From fashion mags to a Rio slum

VANISHED FROM NEW YORK CITY

Missing fashion model Eloisa Fontes who was found last week wandering disoriented in a Rio de Janeiro shanty town is now in a psychiatric facility in that city.

The 26-year-old model, who has appeared on the covers of Elle, Glamour and Grazia magazines, disappeared from New York City a little over a year ago.

Fashion model found.

Brazilian authorities were alerted after she was seen walking homeless in the mean streets of a Rio favela. 

When social workers rescued her, she was “barefoot and shirtless” and carrying a knapsack containing contracts from international modeling agencies and fashion photographers.

Fashion model found.
Eloisa Fontes shown here wearing sandals and a football shirt that were given to her by social workers.

HUGE MARKETING POTENTIAL

Eloisa Fontes was born in Maceió, Brazil, about 1,300 miles south of Rio de Janeiro. She was discovered  by a modelling agency scout on a street in Sao Paulo when she was 18.

Two years ago she was living in New York City. In addition to being on the covers of glossy fashion mags she was a part of a marketing campaign for the Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana.

Fashion model found.
Eloisa Fontes in a photo shoot in Bulgaria.

After going missing from New York City in early 2019 she was spotted briefly a few days later wandering the streets of White Plains in Westchester County, just north of the city. She then dropped from sight altogether.

Even her family didn’t know where she was. She didn’t contact them. She was clearly a troubled young woman.

TWO-YEAR MARRIAGE ENDED 

From 2014 to 2016 she was married to Russian-Romanian model Andre Birleanu, who she met when she was 18. They had a baby together, who is seven years old. Birleanu, now 42, has custody of the child.

Married to Eloisa
Andre Birleanu

GOD IS BY HER SIDE 

Once, when asked about her happiest memory Eloisa said, “My first runway for Vogue Italia, which I dedicated to a paralyzed man I passed on the street in Milan on my way to the show.”

People who know Eloisa Fontes believe she will get through her current troubles.

On the subject of religion, she once told an interviewer, “I am armored with God’s protection.”


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Once Upon a Time in the World

We could crowd into a stadium and have the time of our lives

RIO DE JANEIRO GOES WILD FOR BOB DYLAN AND THE ROLLING STONES

Dylan, Jagger, Keith Richard

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Once upon a time you dressed so fine
Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you
People call say beware doll, you’re bound to fall
You thought they were all kidding you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hanging out
Now you don’t talk so loud
Now you don’t seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own

With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone

You’ve gone to the finest schools, alright Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
Nobody’s ever taught you how to live out on the street
And now you’re gonna have to get used to it
You say you never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He’s not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say do you want to make a deal

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone

You never turned around to see the frowns
On the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain’t no good
You shouldn’t let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on a chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain’t it hard when you discovered that
He really wasn’t where it’s at
After he took from you everything he could steal

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone

Princess on a steeple and all the pretty people
They’re all drinking, thinking that they’ve got it made
Exchanging all precious gifts
But you better take your diamond ring, you better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him, he calls you, you can’t refuse
When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You’re invisible now, you’ve got no secrets to conceal

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone

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And now back to the here and lousy now:


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