Katoucha Niane (30 December 1960 in Conakry, Guinea – 2 February 2008 in Paris, France) was a French supermodel—one of the world's first to have come from Africa. Events 1460 - Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield. 1816 - The Treaty of St Year 1960 ( MCMLX) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Conakry or Konakry ( Malinké: Kɔnakiri) is the Capital and largest city of Guinea. Events 962 - Translatio imperii: Pope John XII crowns Otto I Holy Roman Emperor, the first Holy Roman Emperor 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. A supermodel is a highly-paid élite fashion model who usually has a worldwide reputation and often a background in Haute couture and commercial modeling Nicknamed "The Peul Princess" (in reference to her ethnic Fula background), she worked, and later wrote, under the single name "Katoucha". The Fula or Fulbe or Fulani (the latter being an Anglicisation of the word in their language Fulɓe) are an ethnic group of The Fula or Fulbe or Fulani (the latter being an Anglicisation of the word in their language Fulɓe) are an ethnic group of She was the daughter of author, playwright and historian Djibril Tamsir Niane. An author is defined both as "the person who originates or gives existence to anything" and that authorship determines responsibility for what is created A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or Drama. See also History An historian is an individual who studies and writes about History, and is regarded as an Authority on it Djibril Tamsir Niane is a historian playwright and short story writer born January 9, 1932 in Conakry Guinea. She had three children.
As a child, Katoucha's family was forced into exile after her father came into conflict with Guinean President Sekou Toure. Ahmed Sékou Touré (var Ahmen Seku Ture) (January 9 1922--March 26 1984 was an African political leader and president of the Republic of Guinea Living with an uncle in Mali, she rejoined her family in Dakar at age twelve. Mali, officially the Republic of Mali (République du Mali is a Landlocked nation in Western Africa. For the Dakar Rally see Dakar Rally. For the Israeli submarine see INS Dakar. There she lived with the family of her paternal uncle, whose wife was private secretary to President of Senegal Léopold Sédar Senghor. Senegal (le Sénégal officially the Republic of Senegal, is a country south of the Sénégal River in western Africa. Sir Léopold Sédar Senghor ( 9 October 1906 20 December 2001) was a Senegalese Poet, politician and cultural theorist who  After marrying her husband at age seventeen and giving birth to her first child, they emigrated to France.
It was there, in the 1980s, that she began modelling first for Thierry Mugler, then Paco Rabanne and Christian Lacroix, and became known as Yves Saint Laurent's "muse. Thierry Mugler, born 1948 in Strasbourg France is a Fashion designer, photographer, and creator of a Fashion design company of the same Paco Rabanne, (born Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo on February 18 1934 in San Sebastián (Donostia in Basque) in the Spanish Basque Christian Marie Marc Lacroix ( May 16 1951 in Trinquetaille, France) is a high-end French Fashion designer. Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, known as Yves Saint Laurent ( August 1 1936 &ndash June 1 2008) was an Algerian In Greek mythology, the Muses ( Ancient Greek, hai moũsai: perhaps from the Proto-Indo-European root * men- "think" are " She remained one of the best known models in France, and an icon in Guinea. Recently she worked as host of the French language television program Top Model. France's Next Top Model is a Reality television programmebased upon America's Next Top Model.
Niane stopped modeling in 1994 to focus on activism. She had been an outspoken activist against female circumcision, a rite performed in some African nations. Female genital cutting (FGC also known as female genital mutilation (FGM female circumcision or female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C refers to 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" (Eng: "In My Flesh"), in France.
Katoucha wrote about the experience of female circumcision in "Dans ma chair":
'One day, mother said we were going to the cinema. Female genital cutting (FGC also known as female genital mutilation (FGM female circumcision or female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C refers to 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 success as a form of revenge for the excision.
'I embodied the most arrogant and admired kind of femininity, I who was supposed to be diminished. '
Katoucha lived in a houseboat on the Seine, near the Alexander III bridge in Paris. A houseboat is a Boat that has been designed or modified to be used primarily as a Human Dwelling. The Seine (sɛn in French) is a slow flowing major River and commercial waterway within the regions of Île-de-France and Haute-Normandie Pont Alexandre III is an Arch bridge that spans the Seine, connecting the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides and Eiffel Tower Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city On February 1, 2008, she returned to her houseboat from a party. Events 1327 - Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common This was the last time she was reportedly seen alive. On February 4, 2008, police opened a missing persons case for her. Events 211 - Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common 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. List of countries by homicide rate Homicide ( Latin homicidium, homo human being + caedere to cut kill refers to the act of killing another 
Her body was found in the Seine River on February 28, 2008. The Seine (sɛn in French) is a slow flowing major River and commercial waterway within the regions of Île-de-France and Haute-Normandie Events 202 BC - coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty 's rule 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common The 47 year old model is believed to have died from an accidental drowning.