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Model Moves: Where Are They Now?
The New York Times, February 13, 2013
Model Apartments: Runway to Real Estate
By WILLIAM VAN METER


Trish Goff, now with Douglas Elliman as a real estate agent, in Greenwich Village.

Photo Credit: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times


With her wide-eyed all-American looks, Trish Goff was atypical among the second wave of supermodels of the 1990s. Exotic, heroin chic, angular, grunge — these did not describe Ms. Goff. But her extracurricular activities really set her apart from the pack.

“When I started making money, I immediately began buying property and fixing it up,” she said. “I was always searching for the next neighborhood. The first place I bought when I was 19. I found a huge loft on the Lower East Side, almost 3,500 square feet. I did it up, turned it over and sold it.”

Well before the spate of flip-and-switch home shows, Ms. Goff, now 36, bought that apartment for less than a half-million dollars. It sold for nearly three times that.

Now Ms. Goff is following her muse. After finishing New York University’s accelerated real estate program and getting her license, she has become a broker at Douglas Elliman, where she attracts a hip and upscale clientele, mostly culled from her connections from two decades in fashion.

Late last month, Ms. Goff was in the Greenwich Grill in TriBeCa. With her tan Prada cardigan, white blouse and Comme des Garçons houndstooth skirt (not to mention a symmetrical face and flawless bone structure), Ms. Goff looked like a model starring in a fashion feature as a chic real estate agent. She wore her long hair in a delicate chignon, and there was a vintage Cartier watch around her slim wrist.

“Modeling wasn’t necessarily what I was into,” Ms. Goff said. “It’s something that you’re genetically qualified to do. Occasionally girls would go on to become an editor or something, but they’re few and far between.”

Ms. Goff speaks in a nasally patrician manner, belying her northern Florida upbringing. Her mother was a bartender, and her father was a factory worker. After their split, her parents moved around a lot. Ms. Goff loved trailing her mother to look at houses. She has fond memories of the period.

“There was this new development through the woods,” she said. “On weekends they wouldn’t be working, and they didn’t lock the doors. I would go in and look at all the houses. It was already there, this weird obsession, when I was 7.”

She wanted to be a classical musician and played the saxophone, xylophone, clarinet and bassoon. But after being scouted at 15, she left school and moved to New York. Her rise was swift. She was the face of Chanel, Dior, Versace, Louis Vuitton, YSL and Chloé, among other major labels.

Although she had many hairstyles, one was her signature. “The bubble bowl!” she said, laughing. “Yes, that made my career, and I should be grateful. I was stomping my feet when Garren was giving me that haircut. It’s hard to say to a 17-year-old girl in 1993 that a bowl haircut was cool.”

When she was 19, she had a son, who accompanied her to Fashion Weeks until he was school age. He is now 16 and was recently approached by a modeling agent.

“I was at that agent in a second and said, ‘You do not dare speak to my son, who I am struggling to get through high school and get to university, and tell him he has the chance to make a few thousand dollars a day,’ ” Ms. Goff said, tapping the table hard for effect. “For him to give up anything he might think of doing? He will not!”

She knows well it is a difficult career path. “Modeling will slow down no matter who you are,” she said. In 2009, she moved to London with her husband, and then to a beach-side town in Portugal. The relationship ended, and she returned to Florida to live near her mother.

“I wasn’t me anymore,” Ms. Goff said. “Life pushes you in different directions, and sometimes you need to cut it off. I spent time with my son and myself.” After six months, she returned to New York.

“The light switched on,” she said. “I thought: ‘What am I doing? Why do I have to stay in fashion? With real estate, I can stay connected to all of the relationships I made in fashion. I know what people want. I’ve traveled the whole world. Here you go!’ It was so plain and simple.”

MS. GOFF LEFT THE RESTAURANT to meet the photographer Nathaniel Goldberg, who is looking to buy in the city. Ms. Goff lives in West Chelsea with David Bonnouvrier, the owner of DNA Models, who used to be her agent and has known her since she was a teenager.

Mr. Goldberg is a friend of the couple and has a house next door to them upstate. (Their Labrador retrievers are half brothers.)

“My white leather Gucci loafers,” Ms. Goff said in a fake accent suggestive of a “Sopranos” extra as she walked swiftly over the cobblestones. “I tried to get away with heels. That doesn’t work.”

Mr. Goldberg explained what he was looking for. “I want a window in the bathroom and light,” he said. “The other requirement is a vent because I cook a lot.”

Mr. Goldberg was once Ms. Goff’s boyfriend “We were together five years, and we moved five times,” he said.

“Now I can stop moving,” she responded. “I can just move everyone else.”

Recently she found a rental for Justinian Kfoury, the owner of Total Management, a photographer and stylist agency. He has known Ms. Goff since the ’90s.

“I wanted a parlor floor with a big fireplace on Washington Square,” Mr. Kfoury said. “We walked in, and it was a Dr. Sloper’s Jacobean apartment from ‘Washington Square.’ She found the most incredible apartment. She’s major.”

Ms. Goff thrives on the intimacy and challenge of finding someone’s dream home. “Can I find this creative person an interesting space in their budget?” she said. “You can. You have to see the person in the space. It’s such a personal thing. It’s their home. It’s not a photo shoot or a fashion show.”

A week later, she was preparing to show her listing, a 19th-century four-story town house with a lower level in the West Village, asking price $5.495 million. The owners are a fashion editor and a photographer.

“It’s not a trendy house,” she said as she walked up the stairs in jeans, a cashmere sweater and Hermès riding boots. “You’re buying something that’s classic.”

Ms. Goff hasn’t officially retired from modeling and would still do fashion work, she said, if something special came along with one of her designer friends. She was planning to attend the Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs shows in New York this week.

She has a desk at an Elliman office, but she isn’t chained to it.

“I don’t have a cubicle, so that’s good,” she said. And she has adjusted from her vagabond model lifestyle.

“Now I go to the office and see the same people,” she said. “It’s nice to have stability. It feels more real.”

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Nice thread, I would like to know what happened to Yasmeen Ghauri and Meghan Douglas. Oh, and mostly Shana Zadrick...

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Thanks for starting this thread Ellastica. There's so many girls that I'd like to hear from: Karen Mulder, Yasmeen, Chandra North, Kylie, Kiara....oh God, I could go on forever!

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More than a decade after a traffic accident nearly killed her career, top ’90s model Kiara Kabukuru is plotting her return. Jessica Lustig meets the fashion survivor.
Mar 2013 | by Jessica Lustig
Photography by Martien Mulder
Styled by Patrick Mackie

When a model is having a comeback, it usually means she has dyed her hair or cut it, or she has taken a season off to have a baby. Kiara Kabukuru’s story, however, is a bit more dramatic. Kabukuru had already lived through much more than your average model long before she ever stepped in front of a camera, having escaped Uganda in early childhood as a political refugee. In the late ’90s, she was one of the top names in the industry, appearing in campaigns for Gucci, Chanel, and Calvin Klein, walking the runway for Dior Couture, and landing the Pirelli calendar and the cover of Vogue. Then, in 2000, she was run over by a semitruck in New York and vanished from the glossy pages where she had made her mark. Now, more than a decade later, at 37, Kabukuru has pieced her life back together and is poised to make what can truly be called a comeback.

On a wintry day in November, Kabukuru, who is lithe and fine-boned and has an almost incandescent effect of being lit from within, was curled up in a chair in her Greenwich Village apartment in New York, wearing a bright red top, leggings, and sheepskin slippers. “You know,” she said, “my name’s not really Kiara. It’s Alice.”

When she first started modeling, she explained, her agent at Ford thought she needed to come across as more “exotic,” like Iman. Kita? Kina? She had babysat for a girl named Chiara and liked the name. Her agent decided to spell it with a K. “It really was this persona,” Kabukuru said. “And still is. It’s confusing, because I stopped modeling for so long, and since I never gave up my own name, everybody started calling me Alice again. It took Gisele”—Bündchen, one of her closest friends—“years to call me Alice, because she met me as Kiara.”

It’s hard to imagine anyone thinking that Kabukuru needed to be more exotic. She was born in 1975 in Uganda—where her father was “the Donald Trump of Kampala,” the capital city. He was also supporting anti*government rebels and was marked for assassination. In 1980, her parents left the country, and Kabukuru and her three siblings went into hiding with their grandparents. A year later, when she was 6, Amnesty International helped reunite the family in Los Angeles, where she grew up and went to high school.

When Kabukuru was 16, she said, “everybody started telling me that I should be a model.” Everyone, that is, except her parents. “My tribe, the Banyankole, is known for its beauty. And I was skinny, I was boyish, I just didn’t have what they considered beautiful.” Still, in a familiar scenario, one afternoon she was stopped in the Northridge Fashion Center by Bill Bodwell, a commercial photographer who was known for shooting surfers. He was certain the teenager had the makings of a model. Her first booking was for a Coca-Cola commercial. “I had this short little Afro,” Kabukuru said. “The ad said they were looking for the classic all-American beauty, and I thought to myself, Hey!”

The Coke commercial led to her first job in New York, a Levi’s ad shot by Albert Watson. She was sent around to the big design houses. “There was this great response that was unexpected, because I’m small for a model—only five eight and a half,” she said. She met Calvin Klein at his showroom. “Before I even said hello to him, they took me back and put me in camel pants and a camel jacket. He was very sweet to me, and there was this buzz and excitement in the room. I remember just having this feeling that something important was happening.”

Kabukuru lived with Eileen Ford and shared a room with Bridget Hall. One of her first nights out in the city, she ended up in the East Village at Café Tabac, where Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, and Elaine Irwin were all sitting together at a table. “It was such a moment for me,” Kabukuru said. “Like, I’m in New York! With these women! And I’m actually modeling!”

Allure creative director Paul Cavaco, who worked with her on a Mario Testino shoot for Harper’s Bazaar at the time, calls her “one of those rare beauties.” But it was Tom Ford who really pushed her into the spotlight. She excitedly remembered meeting him for the first time, at a Gucci charity show in London: “He walks straight up to me and says, ‘Hi, I’m Tom Ford, and I think you’re great.’ ” After that, she was booked exclusively for the Gucci shows in Milan, and then for the Gucci advertising campaign. “Immediately I could tell: This girl’s got something,” said Orlando Pita, who was the hairstylist on the campaign shoot. “Gisele had that the first time I met her, and Karlie Kloss had that too. They don’t come along often.”

Next she got a L’Oréal contract, then a Vogue cover. She was booked for all the runway shows. “And then,” Kabukuru said, “at the height of it all, I’m about to sign a contract with Covergirl, and I get into the accident.”

It was Memorial Day weekend. Her boyfriend was on his way from London to visit her in New York. She was riding her new bicycle to pick up candles and flowers when, at the corner of Ninth Avenue and 14th Street, an 18-wheel truck manned by an unlicensed driver slammed into her. She was dragged, screaming, along the pavement. When the truck finally stopped, Kabukuru, in shock, started picking up her teeth off the ground. At the hospital, she said, “everybody was looking at me like, ‘Oh, my God.’ And nobody would bring me a mirror.”

The skin on her arms and back had been ripped off. Her jaw, teeth, and gums had to be reconstructed. Her ribs, pelvis, sacrum, pubic bone, and right ankle were broken. She was in a wheelchair for almost two months. “Any movement was excruciating,” she said. “And not being able to bathe or go to the bathroom on my own was devastating.”

In 2003, she moved back to Los Angeles to be with her family. One of her physical therapists recommended Gyrotonic, an exercise method that uses a pulley system to rotate the joints; it was created by a dancer who himself had been injured. Slowly Kabukuru regained her strength and went on to become certified as a Gyrotonic teacher. Meanwhile, she underwent seven separate surgeries to rebuild the structure of her jaw with metal, prosthetic tooth implants, and gum grafts. Miraculously, her skin healed without any visible scarring.

Encouraged, Kabukuru took a few tentative steps back into the modeling world. She signed a new Covergirl contract and appeared in the all-black issue of Vogue Italia in 2008. But she was “still a bit shell-shocked,” she said, and not ready to commit. Instead, she studied acting and helped start a nonprofit, Women for the World, of which she was the vice president. She still owned an apartment in Manhattan, and in 2010 she decided, with trepidation, to return. “I was so freaked out about the city. So it was quite a feat to move back. I did yoga every day and became a raw-foodist—I had to do a daily thing just to be okay here.”

All of this work on her well-being had a remarkable effect on her looks. About a year ago, she and Bündchen were talking about the future. Maybe Kabukuru should become a teacher. Or a psychologist. Or open a spa or a wellness center. Bündchen had a different idea: “I just knew there was something unfinished there. I said, ‘Well, do you ever think about modeling again?’ ”

Through Bündchen, Kabukuru was cast for a shoot in Carine Roitfeld’s new magazine, CR Fashion Book. The fashion editor, who hadn’t seen her since her Gucci days, was taken aback by how good she looked. Kabukuru started telling her about all the alternative remedies she’d gotten into, including hyaluronic acid, alkaline water, and the BioMat, which uses amethyst crystals and infrared heat to purportedly balance the body’s ions. “Carine was like, ‘Oh, my God, we’re all going to be so beautiful by the end of this shoot!’ ”
The story Kabukuru appeared in had a “queens” theme, and she was photographed sitting on a throne by Pierpaolo *Ferrari. Once again, Pita was the hairstylist. “I’m not sure the *Kiara I first met would have looked the way Alice looked in that picture,” he says. “She commanded that photograph.” The issue was titled “Rebirth,” in a fitting coincidence. “In my life, there have been all these reversals of fortune,” said Kabukuru, who is currently up for a major cosmetics contract. “I think I was proving to myself my strength and my ability to survive. And now,” she said, “I’m ready.”


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There is going to be an Oprah Where are They Now Special on Niki Taylor tonight. more info here She is going to talk about the 40 surgeries she had to have after her car smashed into a utility pole while her boyfriend was driving and trying to answer his cell phone at the same time.



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Thanks for starting this thread Ellastica. There's so many girls that I'd like to hear from: Karen Mulder, Yasmeen, Chandra North, Kylie, Kiara....oh God, I could go on forever!
Yasmeen is a housewife. She got married and had a daughter. Check her thread there are a few recent images of her. I wish she would make a return to fashion, she's the only one of the Supers who never came back. She would slay 99% of the models on the runway now. One of the best runway walkers of all time.

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Thanks so much for all the updates guys! The hairs on my neck are raising on I read about Kiara's experience. It's so graphic, especially the part where she picked up her teeth!! I need to see Niki Taylor's interview as well. I remember reading a snippet about Niki's reconstructive surgeries, but the piece didn't mention the accident was caused was due to her boyfriend's distraction. Makes my blood boil!

I'm surprised that the magazines who booked these women in their heyday doesn't run features on them more often. They've each a very interesting story which to tell.

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Roberta Chirko, Gallery Manager at Brown Country Art Guild


Roberta Chirko was born near Chicago Illinois. At the age of 16 she entered the fashion world as a model. Roberta lived in Milan, London and Paris before moving to New York where she met her future husband.

In 1992 Roberta settled on top of a hill in Brown County and started her family. She fell in love with Brown County and the people who lived there.

Roberta co-founded the restaurant Muddy Boots in downtown Nashville where she met many local artists. Although she is not an artist herself, Roberta loves all types of art and people. Her friendly enthusiasm is a wonderful addition to the staff of the Brown County Art Guild.


Roberta Chirko at a fund raiser on September 14, 2013 (Photo Credit Tamara Joy)


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