Nineties’ model Kiara Kabukuru was at the height of her career in 2000, booking high-profile covers, walking the runways for Gucci, and poised to nab a contract with Cover Girl Cosmetics. But a horrific run-in on her bike with an eighteen wheeler devastated both her physical self and her plans for a successful career.
But ten years later, the vibrant Ugandan-born Kabukuru has made a comeback, and done so in a big way. She’s featured in the March 2013 issue of W Magazine, along with the second issue of Carine Roitfeld‘s CR Book (we’ve got a sneak preview of it here). The latter includes an interview the model gives with close friend and confidante Gisele Bundchen (who she credits as supporting her return to the scene) about her difficult childhood and the lengthy and painful road she traveled to full recovery.
When she arrived at the hospital after the collision, she recalls, “Everyone was looking at me like, ‘Oh, my God.’ And nobody would bring me a mirror.” Kabukuru was lucky to be alive: the skin on her back had been ripped off, she had broken several bones, and it would take multiple reconstructive surgeries on her jaw, gums and face to restore them to what they’d been before the accident. And those were just the physical implications. It wasn’t until 2008 that she forayed tentatively back into the fashion world, and even then, she admits she was still “shell-shocked.”
Props to Kiara for getting back on the horse, and lucky for us that we get to witness her next moves. And after seeing her twirling in Dior in the spread for CR Fashion Book, we can barely tell she’s been gone.