Kiki’s colourful life was alight! She was a respected muse & had finally made her small fortune by exploiting her various talents. Sadly though, and as in all great stories, a turn for the worst was about to come. Her art & party filled lifestyle soon extended its hand of temptation and Kiki found herself immersed in alcohol & drugs. To make it all the worse, the excitement around Kiki’s work soon began to fade and before long, Kiki was singing for the tourists of Paris in order to fund her violent addictions. It wasn’t long at all before Kiki’s health started to deteriorate and she soon became dreadfully ill. Although she tried many times to put the bad habits to a halt, she couldn’t help but eventually give in to temptation.
Despite her demons, Kiki continued to play the role of ‘muse’ and was sought after by many artists. But in a turbulent twist, in 1939, Kiki was arrested for the abuse of cocaine which led to her being institutionalised. After her release, Kiki vowed to quit her damaging habit. Woefully, her attempt was futile as poor Kiki was arrested for the same offence in 1946. Following her second release, Kiki continued in her addictive battle and was eventually seen collapsing in front of her apartment.
Due to medical complications associated with her continued use of alcohol & drugs, Kiki tragically passed away. Many artists & fans gathered to attend her funeral, and even followed to see her burial in Montparnasse Cemetery. Kiki was buried in the place that she loved most amongst the people who had supported her passions.
Her tombstone identified her as ‘The Queen of Montparnasse’.
Kiki was known for her creativity, frankness & bravery. She rose from poverty stricken beginnings to inspire artists who thanks her, produced astonishing works. Kiki was unashamedly fearless in her approach to life and proved that with grit & persistence, the boldest dreams can be realised, even when you start with nothing.