02/19/2013 07:29 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Top Nineties Model Kiara Kabukuru Makes A Comeback After Near-fatal Car Accident Destroyed Her Career 12 Years Ago

Nineties model Kiara Kabukuru thought her career was over after a horrific car accident nearly killed her, after reconstructive surgeries and more than a decade of recovery, she is plotting her return.

The 37-year-old former Victoria's Secret model was riding her bicycle around New York City on Memorial Day weekend in 2000 when she was hit by an 18-wheel truck, which left her face mutilated.

But thanks to some encouragement from her close friend, Gisele Bundchen, the Uganda-born beauty is ready to make her comeback; featuring in the first issue of Carine Roitfeld's new magazine, CR Fashion Book, and now the March 2013 issue of W magazine.

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