She Was A World-Famous Model, Now She’s Broke and Homeless

She Was A World-Famous Model, Now She’s Broke and Homeless

It’s well known that models have short term careers, but Nastasia Urbano went from walking the most prestigious catwalks to living on the streets of Barcelona.

Nastasia Urbano started her fashion career in Barcelona and quickly moved to New York, then did the cover of Vogue and became the face of Revlon. She walked the most prestigious catwalks and worked with the most notorious designers: Yves Saint Laurent, Lancaster, Chanel… the list goes on.

Life was good, but the perfect life came crashing when she met the man who would go on to become her husband, David Keith.  

‘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,’ said Nastasia.

She got married, had two children, and blindly invested all of her money in her husband’s failed projects. After her husband walked out on their marriage, she was left with nothing but the clothes on her back.

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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.’

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

After hearing about her current plight, Nastasia's friend Daniel Mirabal Gallego-Díaz has even set up a GoFundMe page for donations towards "basic necessities" including a few nights' rent and food.

• Kim Scott
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