Nastasia Urbano, 57, used to hang out with Jack Nicholson and Andy Warhol, fronted magazine campaigns with Linda Evangelista, and was invited to Madonna’s wedding to Sean Penn.
Now, she sleeps in bank foyers in Spain after an ex-husband took all her money.
“I did all the magazines, I was loved by everybody. I was given a million dollars a year for only 20 days of work, for three or four years,” she told el Periodico. “I was having dinner one day with Jack Nicholson, the following day with Andy Warhol or even Roman Polanski. I was in parties with Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, and Simon and Garfunkel.
“I was about to go to Madonna’s wedding to Sean Penn because (US actor) 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.”
Urbano says her ex-husband and father of her children “left her with nothing but the clothes on her back”.
“The only good thing from that relationship has been my children, the rest was horrible,” she said. “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.”
Urbano says that she also suffers with depression.
“I want my children to see me well. I want to recover as a person and to be OK, so they can be proud of me,” she said.
Urbano modelled for top brands such as Revlon and Yves Saint Laurent, making the cover of Vogue in 1981.
Meanwhile, a group of her former colleagues has decided to do what they can to help her get back on her feet.
Former fellow model Ruth Schuler said: “It has left me in shock. Nobody expected this. We were at princess level, but she, she was at goddess level.
“I remember her as an introverted person, very beautiful and very generous with others. We are gathering more people. The first thing is to talk to her, know how she is and what she needs.’
And another former model, Hernando Herrera, said: “She has lot of things to give to the fashion world.
“She could do a lot of things, not only model, but also conferences, fashion speeches and other activities,” she said. “I am ready to teach her and talk with photographers and agencies so that she can work again.”