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Katoucha Niane (1960 – February 2, 2008) born in Conakry, Guinea, was a French supermodel, one of the world's first to have come from Africa. In the 1980s she modeled for Thierry Mugler, Paco Rabanne and Christian Lacroix, and was described as Yves Saint Laurent's "muse." She is the daughter of author, playwright and historian Djibril Tamsir Niane. She had three children.

She stopped modeling in 1994 to focus on activism. She had been an outspoken activist against female circumcision, a rite performed in some African nations.[1] Following her success as a model she started the organization KPLCE - Katoucha pour la lutte contre l’excision (English: Katoucha for the battle against female circumcision). Niane herself was circumcised at age 9. In 2007 she published a book about her personal circumcision experience, "Dans ma chair," in France.

'I grew up surrounded by hibiscus and ylang-ylang flowers. I used to get drunk on the richest perfumes and saw myself as a perfumer or a model,' she wrote in the book. But then her life changed forever after she underwent excision. 'One day, mother said we were going to the cinema. And I found myself the victim of a horror movie. 'An unimaginable trauma that I had never managed to talk about, until I found love and wrote In My flesh,' she said. She said she saw her career as a top model as a form of 'revenge' for the horror of excision. 'I embodied the most arrogant and admired kind of feminity, I who was supposed to be diminished.'

She lived in a houseboat on the Seine, near the Alexander III bridge in Paris. On February 1, 2008, she returned to her houseboat from a party. This was the last time she was reportedly seen alive. On February 4, 2008, police opened a missing persons case for her. Her purse was found untouched outside the door to her boat. Police believed that no foul play was involved, and that she was likely intoxicated and fell into the Seine.[2]

Her body was found in the Seine on February 28, 2008


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oh sweet jesus, i didnt know :cry:

oh, she was pure couture

im in a weird state of shock

thank you lisa for doing this :hug:

shes floating down the runway in another world

yeah it's sad.....I will post that for everybody remember her.... :heart:

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