Kiara Kabukuru

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Kiara Kabukuru
Born (1975-07-31) July 31, 1975 (age 44)
Modeling information
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
  • IMG Models (New York, Paris, Sydney)
  • Ice Models (Cape Town)
  • Mega Model Agency (Hamburg)[1]

Alice 'Kiara' Kabukuru (born July 31, 1975) is an American fashion model of Ugandan descent.[2][3] Kabukuru is best known as a CoverGirl model.

Background and discovery[edit]

Kabukuru was born in Kampala, Uganda. Although her grandparents emigrated from Rwanda to Uganda in 1920,[4] she identifies as an Ankole.[3] 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.[5]


Kabukuru has been represented by several of the world's top modeling agencies, including Women Management, Trump Model Management, and Why Not Model Agency.,[6] As of February 2011 she is represented by Silent models in New York and Paris.[7] Kabukuru has walked for fashion houses including Dior, Versace, Calvin Klein, Chanel, and Balmain.[6] Her most notable editorial work includes covers for Vogue (Spain and United States) and Amica Italy. She has posed for advertising campaigns by Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, L'Oréal, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, and most famously CoverGirl cosmetics.[6]

She was featured in the Pirelli Calendar of 1998 and walked the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 1999.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Kiara's real name is Alice but this was changed at the suggestion of her then agent at Ford models to Kiara, as the agent felt it sounded more exotic[10][11]

She is friends with Gisele Bundchen.[11]


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  2. ^ "Kiara!". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  3. ^ a b "PHOTO: Gisele Turns Reporter For The New CR Fashion Book". HuffPost. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  4. ^ Magazine, Ladybrille (2009-09-07). "Kiara Kabukuru, Ugandan American Supermodel". Ladybrille® Magazine. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  5. ^ "Kiara Kabukuru Bio, Married, Husband, Height, Net Worth, and Wiki". Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  6. ^ a b c Kiara Kabukuru at Fashion Model Directory
  7. ^ Silent New York
  8. ^ Uwumarogie, Victoria (2016-12-05). "All The Black Models Who've Walked In A Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Since 1995". MadameNoire. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  9. ^ "Kiara Kabukuru On Her Major Fashion Comeback, And Close Friend Gisele Bundchen". SatisFashion Uganda. 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  10. ^ "Model Moves: Kiara Kabukuru Lists Greenwich Village Co-op for $2.55M". Observer. 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  11. ^ a b Lustig, Jessica. "Back in the Picture". W Magazine. Retrieved 2019-06-05.

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