Ruslana Korshunova/ Model

Discovered in 2003, when All Asia magazine printed a story on Almaty’s local German language club where Korshunova attended. Her photograph, which featured in the article, caught the attention of Debbie Jones of Models 1. Jones tracked down and signed the then 15-year-old Korshunova, nicknamed the “Russian Rapunzel” for her knee–length chestnut hair in her early work. Korshunova was represented by IMG (New York, Paris, London and Milan), Beatrice (Milan), Traffic Models (Barcelona), Marilyn Model Agency and iCasting Moscow, owned by her mother. She also modeled in print-ads for Nina Ricci, Blugirl by Blumarine, Clarins, Ghost, Girbaud, Kenzo Accessories, Marithé & François, Max Studio, Moschino, Old England, Pantene Always Smooth, Paul Smith and Vera Wang lingerie.

On the night of 28 June 2008 around 2:30 p.m Korshunova died after falling from the ninth-floor balcony of her apartment at 130 Water Street in the Financial District of Manhattan. Police stated there were no signs of a struggle in her apartment and concluded that Korshunova’s death was an apparent suicide. No suicide note was found. One of Korshunova’s friends stated that she had just returned from a modeling job in Paris, noting that she seemed to be “on top of the world” with no apparent reason why she would commit suicide. Korshunova planned to celebrate her 21st birthday on Wednesday in Pennsylvania.

Korshunova’s former boyfriend, Artem Perchenok, stated that he dropped Korshunova off at her apartment several hours before her death after they watched the Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore film Ghost together. “I feel that she came to say goodbye”, said Perchenok. “She was a good person”, he added to ~The New York Post.