Kiara Kabukuru

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Kiara Kabukuru
Born (1975-07-31) July 31, 1975 (age 42)
Kampala, Uganda
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 8 12 in (174 cm)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
  • IMG Models (Worldwide)
  • Ice Models (Cape Town)
  • Mega Model Agency (Hamburg) [1]

Kiara Kabukuru is an American fashion model of Ugandan descent. Kabukuru is best known as a CoverGirl model.

Early life and discovery[edit]

Kabukuru was born July 31, 1975 in Kampala, Uganda. With the aid of Amnesty International and United Way, Kabukuru and her family emigrated to California when she was a child due to political unrest in their native country. Kabukuru was discovered by fashion photographer Bill Bodwell in a Los Angeles shopping center when she was 16.


Kabukuru has been represented by several of the world's top modeling agencies, including Women Management, Trump Model Management, and Why Not Model Agency.,[2] As of February 2011 she is represented by Silent models in New York and Paris.[3] Kabukuru has walked for fashion houses including Dior, Versace, Calvin Klein, Chanel, and Balmain.[2] Her most notable editorial work includes covers for Vogue (Spain and United States) and Amica Italy. In 2000 she was seriously injured after being hit by a truck while cycling in New York City.[4] After years of reconstructive surgery she returned to modeling with a feature in the July 2008 all-black issue of Vogue Italia.[5] She has posed for advertising campaigns by Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, L'Oréal, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, and most famously CoverGirl cosmetics.[2]

She was featured in the Pirelli Calendar of 1998 and walked the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 1999.

She is friends with Gisele Bundchen and godmother to Bundchen's son Benjamin.[6]


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