I just came across this story from the New York Post about a stunning Russian Supermodel named Ruslana Korshunova from Almaty, Kazakhstan.
KAZAKH BEAUTY JUMPS TO DEATH IN FINANCIAL DISTRICT
By MELISSA JANE KRONFELD, TATIANA DELIGIANNAKIS and TOM LIDDY
Last updated: 10:24 pm
June 28, 2008
A stunning supermodel leaped from her swank downtown apartment to her death today in an apparent suicide, officials said.
Ruslana Korshunova, 20, whose face has graced the cover of French Elle and Russian Vogue, apparently jumped from her ninth-floor apartment in her Water Street building in the Financial District just before 2:30 p.m.
“I heard what sounded like a gunshot or a bomb or an explosion,” said a stunned Con Ed worker talking to a cop nearby before the beauty leaped.
“I looked down the street, and I say to the cop, ‘Did that person just get hit by a car?’ ” said the worker, who identified himself only as Patrick, 32, of Brooklyn.
(Original Article can be read here.)
The two men raced over. “Her arms were crushed,” Patrick said. “Her head was on the left side and blood was coming out in a pool.”
Cops said there were no signs of a struggle in the apartment.
The window from which she fell had a balcony, which had construction netting around it that appeared to have been cut.
The 5-foot-8 head-turner has been featured in ads for DKNY, Vera Wang and Christian Dior among others and was hailed as “the next big thing” in a profile in Vogue three years ago.
“She’s one of the sweetest, nicest people you’ll ever meet,” said a friend, who did not want to be identified by name.
“I’m still in shock. The world lost a great person.”
The lithe looker has been a mainstay at Fashion Week in the Big Apple and London, working with all-star designers Jill Stuart, Betsey Johnson, Rosa Cha, Lela Rose and Libertine.
The pal said that Korshunova had just returned from a modeling gig in Paris and seemed to be “on top of the world.”
“There were no signs,” he said. “That’s what’s driving me crazy. I don’t see one reason why she would do that.”
Korshunova, who had been sending money back to her parents in Kazakhstan, was in love with the city.
“She really liked New York,” said the friend. “People made her feel comfortable here.”
Korshunova’s doorman, who did not want to be identified, remembered the catwalker as “very soft-spoken.”
“She always said hi and bye,” he said. “She was beautiful, beautiful.”
Now personally I find myself to be very suspicious of Ruslana’s death being labeled a suicide.
Obviously I know nothing about her personal circumstances..
But I can tell you that I’ve gotten to know more then a few Beautiful Girls like her from Kazakhstan and I’ve found all of them to be exceptionally balanced, healthy and happy..
And vices like drugs or alcohol are not normally a part of their modest identities.
I have also found these ladies to be very soft spoken, considerate and polite to a fault.
But most importantly I have consistently seen these “good girls” as having a very positive outlook on life.. And as you would expect this is the complete opposite of someone who would commit suicide.
Of course there’s also the little fact that Ruslana had an incredible career and future to look forward to as well.
My gut tells me that something very much doesn’t add up here.
In any case I hope that someone can get to the bottom of this tragedy..
And help put this beautiful young lady’s spirit to rest.