Unfortunate history repeats itself in Onassis circles…The Palm Beach crowd arrives…Tree talk among the royals

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Barbara Black

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Athina’s Rules of Engagement * A Model Mom * Prince Charles Gets Prickly

Athina Onassis, at 18, the richest girl in the world, is wearing a "friendship ring" and is not afraid to let it slip that she is unofficially engaged to her Brazilian boyfriend, the Olympic show jumper Doda Miranda. Unofficially, because he is still officially married to a Brazilian model/actress and has a three-year-old daughter. The news coming from the São Paulo papers has Athina getting liposuction on her hips and thighs from plastic surgeon Ricardo Lemos. It is said that she will do anything to keep from being nicknamed "thunderthighs" as her mother was, and that Doda has a big thing for sleek women. He has had her on a strict diet and exercise program since they met, but evidently that wasn’t enough. This news is reliable and it is dreadful. Athina is letting an older man run her life and screw it up just as her mother, Christina Onassis, did. Only in Christina’s case it was men, not just one man, that she needed to help her fall apart. She was always and forever her own worst enemy.

Motherhood seems to have made Kate Moss downright sensible. As it is widely known, Kate has said she wouldn’t want her daughter to become a model because that industry "really messes you up unless you’re really strong." Baby Lila Grace is only five months old, so she has to depend on her mother to make such decisions. So I guess that means we won’t be seeing her in ads for Baby Gap — unless, that is, the big offers start pouring in. Kate, herself, now 29, is not so sure how much longer she wants to be in front of the camera. Her boyfriend and Lila’s father, the editor Jefferson Hack, thinks she would make a fine fashion editor. And Kate, known for her personal style, is seriously thinking it over.

But for now, she is content with her life as a supermodel and mother. "I won’t be flying around and doing all the shows," she says, "but I will still be working hard." But now, we don’t have to worry about that, do we?
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