The Twisted Flight Paths of 'Global Girl' and the Lolita Express

Posted By Peter
Date Thursday, 1 August 2019, at 10:05 p.m.

Nadia Marcinko (right), with model Zuzana Gregorova.
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The Gulfstream Girl can’t use that nickname anymore. In 2013, the model turned pilot—then 27, blond, often beaming in photos—was hit with a trademark infringement suit by Gulfstream Aerospace, which told her its brand name was off-limits.

That must have been a disappointment. As a commercial pilot, the former Gulfstream Girl, whose real name is Nadia Marcinko and before that Nadia Marcinkova, holds three rating certificates: for single-engine aircraft, multi-engine aircraft, and various Gulfstream business jets, which have their own rating certificates. Furthermore, she is the CEO of Aviloop, a supremely odd aviation branding business, whose website features flawless shots of her with Gulfstreams.

Marcinko was a good sport about losing her old handle. In the Miami Herald last year, Julie Brown reported that Marcinko was “brought” to the US from (the former) Yugoslavia to live with an abusive man more than 30 years her senior when she was 15. It’s not hard to imagine she’s adept at survival. Moreover, as an aerobatic pilot, she’s stylish and dashing; in a video from March 2018 (taken down just last week), she flips a Pitts S2B and then eats a doughnut, hanging from a ribbon, while upside down in the cockpit. In materials for Aviloop, she now calls herself Global Girl.

Marcinko’s shifting sobriquets bring to mind the opening to Vladimir Nabokov’s novel of child rape. “She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning … She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.”

Which makes sense, as the airplane that would later help shape Marcinko’s life in America—a large-cabin Boeing 727 now associated with both high glamour and incomprehensible suffering—was known as the Lolita Express. It belonged to Jeffrey Epstein.

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