Former Hawaiian Tropic Model Who Contracted Aids to Speak Nov. 17

Nov. 14, 1997

WACO, Texas - LaGena Lookabill Greene, a former Miss Hawaiian Tropic model who contracted the AIDS virus, will speak to Baylor University students at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, during Chapel-Forum in Waco Hall.

As the first Miss Hawaiian Tropic model, Greene traveled around the world and was featured in magazines such as Glamour, People and Seventeen. Her promising career as a model and actress was cut short in 1986 by the news that she had contracted the HIV virus from her boyfriend of six years.

In 1995, Greene went public after living with the disease for eight years. She has told her story at high schools, churches and universities all over the country. Her message of faith in God, abstinence and HIV/AIDS prevention as well as unconditional love for all people with AIDS has been chronicled on "60 Minutes" and "The Today Show," and she will appear on "Entertainment Tonight" later this month.

Greene's appearance at Baylor is sponsored by the Office of Health Education and Wellness in conjunction with AIDS Awareness Week. For more information, contact the office at 710-3482.

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