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Former Vogue Cover Model Now Lives Homeless In Barcelona

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Former Vogue Cover Model Now Lives Homeless In Barcelona

A former Vogue cover model who was once paid $1 million (£770,000) for just 20 days work is living rough on the Spanish streets of Barcelona after falling on hard times.

Nastasia Urbano, 57, once graced all of the major catwalks in the 1980s but she now sleeps in the foyers of banks in the city.

The March/April issue of Vogue from 1989. Credit: CEN
The March/April issue of Vogue from 1989. Credit: CEN

The Spanish beauty's stunning looks took her to New York when she was just 20 years old when she enjoyed a lifestyle that most people could only dream of.

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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 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."

Now Nastasia lives rough on the streets of Barcelona. Credit: CEN
Now Nastasia lives rough on the streets of Barcelona. Credit: CEN
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Nastasia's life changed after she met the man who became her husband. She claims that 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."

Nastasia, 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.

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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."

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

Nastasia's old fellow models are now campaigning to raise money for her. Credit: CEN
Nastasia's old fellow models are now campaigning to raise money for her. Credit: CEN
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After hearing about her current plight, a group of former colleagues have decided to do what they can to help her get back on her feet by setting up a GoFundMe page.

The page reads: "If maybe you belong to the world of fashion, or if you have ever been touched by some of her fashion editorials, if you ever realised that most beautiful dreams can sometimes turn into nightmare, if you ever felt helpless but surrounded by many people, please help Nastasia!

"As little as you can, it's already a lot for her. All the friends and colleagues who know her we know that she would do it in the same circumstances. Nastasia is still the same sweet, nice, generous and noble woman that when she was 20 years old."

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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."

Featured Image Credit: CEN

Topics: Model, News, Barcelona

Rebecca Shepherd
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