“I’m in a good place.” If you spent the 1990s watching Michael “Air Jordan” slam dunk his way to victory game after game with the Chicago Bulls, then you’re likely familiar with the name of his former wife, Juanita Vanoy.
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Over the next few weeks, Vanoy started shopping for attorneys as an article in The Washington Post reiterated the 29-year-old’s plan to get Jordan’s attention: “A well-dressed and determined young woman walked into the spacious downtown offices of one of Chicago’s toughest and better-known domestic lawyers.
Juanita Vanoy had been meticulously attorney shopping for weeks.
“He soon proved to me that he was mature and could deal with me at my level of maturity,” Vanoy recalled.
They had their second date at a party hosted by their mutual friend and spent the next few years dating regularly as Jordan’s popularity soared on the hardwoods with the Chicago Bulls.
So, how exactly did the basketball legend meet the former model and what caused their marriage to crumble? The fifth of six girls raised in Chicago’s tough South Side, Juanita Vanoy came into this world on June 13, 1959 in the Windy City where she often dreamt of making a better life for herself.
Determined not to fall into the traps of Chicago’s slums, Vanoy was in her teens when she started working as a fashion model and was later hired by the American Bar Association where, after briefly modeling for the company, she worked her way up the ladder and was named executive secretary of the organization.
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