Model smashed with wine glass is a Hurricane Katrina survivor

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Model smashed with wine glass is a Hurricane Katrina survivor
Brittani Bader, a model who was bashed with a wineglass last week at an upscale nightclub in the Meatpacking District, has seen her share of broken glass and tragedy.

It will take more than a bar fight to break this bombshell.


Brittani Bader, a model who was bashed with a wineglass last week at an upscale nightclub in the Meatpacking District, has seen her share of broken glass and tragedy.


The 22-year-old stunner lost everything in Hurricane Katrina and moved to the city years later with just $300 in her pocket, she told The Post.


In 2005, when Bader was 13, flooding from Katrina pulverized her family’s house in coastal St. Martin, Miss., and left her homeless.


“The water was three inches, then it was three feet, then they couldn’t even open the front door. My stepdad put our birth certificates in a plastic bag . . . To escape, he had to punch a hole through the roof of his own house,” said Bader, who waited out the storm with family in Florida.


But there was nothing left in Mississippi to return to, she said.


“It was just mud, six feet of mud. My clothes were in trees. I lost everything I ever had that was sentimental, things that were irreplaceable . . . I had nowhere to live. I never came from money,” she said.


 


At the time, local newspapers recorded the charity efforts to help Bader make a new home with her grandmother in Delhi, Calif.


But the Southern belle’s rags-to-riches story nearly took a turn for the worse when she and another woman, Kathleen Ward, butted heads at the Provocateur club around 2:50 a.m. March 7.


Ward, 23, allegedly chucked a glass at Bader. The impact left a gash above Bader’s right temple.


Ward has been charged with felony assault and using a weapon with intent to cause physical injury, the criminal complaint says.


Ward could not be reached for comment.


Bader refused to say anything more about the altercation other than that it was unprovoked.


“None of it was my fault,” she said.


 


She moved to New York two years ago with just $300 and some head shots, after spending her teen years caring for her mother, a disabled Navy vet.


She said relatives offered to help care for her mom so Bader could chase her dreams — which include returning to school to study marine biology when her modeling days are over.


The 5-foot-9 Bader was signed to a top modeling agency, One Model Management, in January.


“It’s been a constant battle . . . but I’m very blessed to be where I am,” she said


“I’ve definitely been through much worse.”


Additional reporting by Gabrielle Fonrouge

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