Always in High Style
Every day, top to bottom, Karen S. Navarro looked like a million bucks. Even when the rest of her friends were schlepping to Sunday brunch with their eyes barely open, Ms. Navarro would join them fully coiffed, nails enameled, makeup perfect, and in heels, said her former roommate Patricia Antogiovanni.
"Everyone who knew Karen knew about her obsession with her hair," Ms. Antogiovanni said. "She had very thick, curly hair and always tried to straighten it. The blow dryer was always on in our apartment. Then when she bought her apartment in Queens, she had a standing appointment twice a week to get her hair blown out professionally. She wanted long, straight hair, and with a lot of work and money she accomplished it."
Ms. Navarro, 30, worked just as hard at everything she did. She had studied to be a teacher and loved children, but went to work in finance instead. She was an assistant on the foreign exchange trading desk of Carr Futures, a fast-paced job that required a high energy level and suited her personality just fine.
"It was a very demanding job, but she enjoyed the challenge," said her father, Edward. "You have to be young and motivated to work those kinds of hours."
Ms. Navarro returns every night in Ms. Antogiovanni's dreams. Recently she was there, restless as ever, complaining about the long wait to get into heaven.
"You can't believe the lines up here," Ms. Antogiovanni said Ms. Navarro told her in the dream. "I can't just wait around. I have to do something. I have to get a job."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 5, 2001.