Nastasia Urbano, Superstar Model of 80s once a Millionaire is now Homeless and Battling Depression

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    A former Vogue cover model who made a million dollars a year at the height of her career, is now homeless and living on the streets of Barcelona.

    Nastasia Urbano, 57, fronted fashion campaigns alongside supermodels like Linda Evangelista, was the face of Yves Saint Lauren's iconic Opium perfume, and dined with Jack Nicholson and Andy Warhol in the 1980s.

    However, she has fallen far since then, and now sleeps in bank foyers in the capital of north-eastern Spain's Catalonia region.

    At the age of 20, the Spanish beauty had already been on the cover of magazines like Vogue in Europe, and moved to New York where she was signed by the famous Ford Models agency.

    She enjoyed huge success on both sides of the Atlantic, and lived a life that most people could only dream of.

    She said: 'I did all the magazines, I was loved by everybody. I was given a million dollars a year for only 20 days of work, for three or four years.

    'I was having dinner one day with Jack Nicholson, the following day with Andy Warhol or even Roman Polanski. I was in parties with Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, and Simon and Garfunkel.

    'I was about to go to Madonna's wedding to Sean Penn because [US actor] David Keith was invited and I was dating him at that time, but that day we got up with a hangover and couldn't get up. I had everything, I was living like a queen.'

    Ms Urbano says her life changed after she met the man who became her husband and father of her children.

    She claims she funded their lifestyle, and that eventually he 'left her with nothing but the clothes on her back'.

    She added: 'The only good thing from that relationship has been my children, the rest was horrible.

    'He paid for everything with my money. Only two days after knowing him, he wanted me to buy a BMW and I, like a fool, I signed a cheque. I was in love..'

    Ms Urbano, who suffers from depression, says she has been evicted from a series of homes because she could not pay the rent.

    She now alternates between sleeping on friends' sofas and in bank foyers where automated doors give customers access to cash machines.

    She said: 'I want to live, not just survive. I am tired of surviving and asking for money. The people around me have gone away, everybody goes away and I am not surprised.

    'I want my children to see me well. I want to recover as a person and to be OK, so they can be proud of me.'

    astasia started her fashion career in Barcelona and went on to model for top brands such as Revlon and Yves Saint Laurent, making the cover of Vogue in 1981.

    After hearing about her current plight, a group of her former colleagues has decided to do what they can to help her get back on her feet.

    Former fellow model Ruth Schuler said: 'It has left me in shock. Nobody expected this. We were at princess level, but she, she was at goddess level.

    'I remember her as an introverted person, very beautiful and very generous with others. We are gathering more people. The first thing is to talk to her, know how she is and what she needs.'

    And another former model, Hernando Herrera, said: 'She has lot of things to give to the fashion world.

    'She could do a lot of things, not only model, but also conferences, fashion speeches and other activities.

    'I am ready to teach her and talk with photographers and agencies so that she can work again.'

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    Heartbreaking. I really wish her all the best.
     
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    What an appalling situation! Glad to hear her former colleagues are reaching out. But what about her children? They must be of age by now. Why let your mum sleep rough in bank foyers or live in squalor?
    Also, if she made 1million a year for 20 days of work, then she must've been taxed or had a pension pot. Surely she can claim benefits?

    I'm not sure what the situation is like in Spain, but this in a way highlights the shocking hand of cards most Europeans deal their elderly.
     
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    She was the first model to be given a million dollar contract to model clothes only for 20 days a year. When those types of contracts were for given to models for cosmetic campaigns.

    Apparently, her much older ex-husband took advantage of and left her after 7 years and she had to raise their kids alone. Where the heck are her kids?



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    From Andy Warhol parties to living on the streets: How Barcelona’s homeless supermodel fell from grace



    Everyone calls her Nastasia. She came up with the name herself at the beginning of the 1980s when a modeling agency told her to reinvent herself. The name Consuelo Urbano had “no punch,” they said. As Nastasia, she became the face of top fashion labels, perfumes and brands. She took home six-figure checks and rubbed shoulders with movie stars, music legends and fashion icons in New York. Nastasia retired just before the top model phenomenon that would turn her successors into celebrities. It has been decades since she’s responded to the name Consuelo. Today, the former supermodel is 57 years old and has been living on the streets of Barcelona for three months.

    In the 1980s, Nastasia signed $1 million contracts to work for 20 days. Today, all she has left is her dog Jack and the clothes on her back. “My friend Toni gave me the jacket,” she says, referring to the friend whose house she has been staying at for the past few days. “Three months ago I slept in a bank foyer for the first time. I walked around the whole day without being able to think clearly. A scream of despair rebounded in my head. It was a cry for help,” she says. The model’s story first appeared last week in El Periódico de Cataluña, a Spanish daily newspaper based in Barcelona. Since then, there has been a glimmer of hope, but she is still waiting for her life to turn around before she turns 60. She knows that the camera likes her, “it’s something that you’re born with,” she says, but these days she hates her appearance. On Wednesday she shared her story with EL PAÍS.

    Nastasia was born in 1961 in Switzerland. She lived there with her parents, who were Spanish immigrants, and two siblings. She spent her summers in the municipality of L’Ampolla, in Tarragona, a city in northeastern Spain. “I had a boyfriend, and one day he took a photo of me on the beach. He showed it to someone, and it ended up in the hands of some modeling agency,” she remembers.

    Consuelo, as she was still known then, left her job at a department store and flew to Barcelona. After changing her name, she started working. “Everything happened very quickly. First Barcelona, then Milan, then Paris.” The model was earning huge sums of money and was ushered into an exclusive circle where beauty was all that mattered. It was during this time that she met Italian photographer Fabrizio Ferri, who catapulted her into the international limelight.

    At just 20, Europe became too small for her. To boost her promising career, she flew to New York where Ford Modeling agency hired her and put her on the front pages of some of the most renowned fashion magazines. “I appeared in Vogue, New Woman. I was the image for brands such as Yves Saint Laurent and Opium,” she says. As she earned more money, she started drinking more and using cocaine.

    She went to parties with model Jerry Hall and folk duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. She was “one of the girls” that Jack Nicholson liked to go out with. She danced with actress Melanie Griffith and met Andy Warhol and David Lynch. Then she fell in love with a man 22 years her senior who tore her away from the life she loved. “He was very possessive and undermined me as a person.”

    Barcelona, and on one of these trips she met her future husband. In 1992, at the age of 31, she left behind her life in New York, broke up with her boyfriend and moved to live in the Catalan capital. “That year I changed country, I got married and I became pregnant with my first daughter,” she says.

    She was married for seven years, had two children, and blindly invested all of her money in her husband’s failed projects. “In 2000, I start doing temp jobs. I took care of people, of children ... but I wasn’t earning enough. A French bank contacted me telling me I had an account I didn’t remember. I lived off that for a while, then I took care of my father ... but I have never got back on my feet. They have evicted me three times. The last time was three months ago,” she says.

    Nastasia maintains a good relationship with her children, but she doesn’t want to bother them for help. “They have their own problems, and a mother cannot be a burden on her children.” Her friends have started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the former cover model, and for the the first time in a while, she is hopeful. “I only ask for a peaceful future, where I can live and not just scrape by like I am doing now.” Many things have happened in her life, but even today, dressed in black and gray, Nastasia still knows how to pose.
     
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    In the past you had to be beautiful to become a model without plastic surgery or celebrity family connections, how things have changed.
     
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    Very sad story. Hope it works out for her.
     
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    She looked like Ingrid Bergman or Sophia Loren in her youth that's why Eileen Ford represented her.
     
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    She didn't do a lot of Vogue covers or other major magazine covers but made millions more than those big time cover models, which is amazing.
     
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    I think most people rather read about her story than Kylie & Kendall tbh..
    Where you at Vogue?
     
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