Posted: Feb 14, 2013 6:44 PM by Siera Santos, firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Feb 15, 2013 12:02 AM
It was one of the most infamous scandals to come out of Colorado Springs.
In the 1990s, a 26-year-old Charles Daugherty pretended to be a 17-year-old girl and enrolled in Coronado High School. He joined the cheerleading squad and even flirted with football players.
The debacle drew national media and fostered tabloid headlines. After the school became suspicious, he was arrested and charged with third-degree forgery and criminal impersonation.
Using multiple aliases, Daugherty later went on to claim to be the half-sister of Kathy Ireland and the niece of Donald Trump.
"He believes that he is a 21-year-old white supermodel when he is, in fact, a 48-year-old black man," said Jay Soulia, a private investigator who once served as Daugherty's body guard.
Daugherty now goes by Christy Lombardi. Daugherty is still in Colorado Springs and still claims to be a supermodel.
Lombardi says she's intersex, meaning she was born with anatomy that doesn't fit the standard for male or female. Information she has not shared with crew members working on her calendar shoots in the past.
"What they had a problem with was I didn't say: ‘This is how I was born. This is what my whole life has been about,'" Lombardi said.
Records indicate Lombardi was a man but now identifies herself only as a woman. A few court documents list the gender as unknown and it was difficult for Lombardi to find out who she was.
"Because the biggest problem through my whole court thing was: who is it?" Lombardi said.
It's an issue Lombardi hopes will come to accept.
"When it comes to a job per say or a venture like that, how I was born is not the issue. It's not what we're here for."