Fashion models are praised for the glamourous lifestyle they lead but their world also has a darkside. All that glitters is not gold; we heard this aphorism on countless occasions in life. The glitz and glamour of the modelling world looks fascinating and appealing from afar and for a random person like you and me it’s a magical life! Lights, lavish and high-priced clothes; breath-taking shoes and accessories; striking hair-dos and dazzling after-parties dominate life on the runway. But there is some kind of emptiness or void that accompanies people in the modelling world which leads to tragic endings. Suicides are quite common in the world of modelling. Suicides in that world are so frequent that it can be termed ‘Fashion’s worst trend’. History has been witness to the tragic stories of models who committed suicides in spite of successful careers in the ramp. Let us have a look at some of those stars whose curtains closed before their time.
10. Kuljeet Randhawa:
She was a Gladrags model and an Indian television actress who worked in ‘Kohinoor’, ‘Hip Hip Hurray’, ‘C.A.T.S’ and ‘Special Squad’. She ended her life on 8th February 2006 by hanging herself. Randhawa’s death had an eerie similarity to her friend’s Nafisha Joseph’s who too left this world in a similar fashion. It was strange as her friends and family seemed to have thought that things were looking up for her better modelling assignments and television roles.
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9. Tom Nicon:
Who says the fashion world and its added pressures gets only to the female models? The dark side of life catches up without bias to both sexes. Tom Nicon was one of the leading French fashion models who committed suicide at the age of 22 by jumping from the window of his fourth floor apartment. Though no suicide note was found it was speculated that the drastic step was taken by Tom out of depression of his break up. Tom had worked for Vogue, Louis Vuitton, GQ and Bruberry and had been part of several fashion shows for high end fashion brands. His career graph was impressive and had potential of reaching even greater heights but that all stopped suddenly when he decided to put a stop to his life.
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8. Lina Marulanda:
She was a Colombian model and television presenter who died after falling from the balcony of her sixth floor apartment. Her death has been considered as possible suicide as she was in the middle of divorce with her second husband at the time of the incident. It was reported that she was highly depressed and on medication at the time. Her death has been considered as another heartbreaking tale of failure in matters of the heart.
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7. Hayley Marie Kohle:
She was a Canadian fashion model who began her career in the year 2000. Like others, she too died by falling off the balcony of her high rise apartment in Milan on 11th October 2008. Her death was ruled as suicide. She was just 26 at the time of her death. It was told that she went out to take a smoke in the balcony and suddenly took the extreme step.
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6. Lucy Gordon:
Lucy Gordon was a British actress and model. She died by hanging herself in her apartment in Paris on 20th May 2009. Trouble in her personal life has been attributed as a possible reason behind the drastic step she took which included the death of a close friend of hers, also by suicide. She also had a brief appearance in Spiderman 3.
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5. Ruslana Korshunova:
Ruslana Korshunova was one of the most successful Kazakh fashion models who established herself as a rising star in the fashion industry much before the tender age of 20. Beginning her career at 15 her clientele included Vogue, Vera Wang and Nina Ricci. She died by falling from her 9th floor balcony in Manhattan on 28 June 2008. Though no suicide note was found and there was no sign of any struggle in her apartment, her death being termed as suicide was controversial. Many are of the opinion that Ruslan was in fact murdered as she was happy and had recently returned from an assignment in Paris looking forward to celebrate her 21st birthday.
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4. Ambrose Olsen:
Another name in the long list of fashion models who committed suicide. Ambrose was a known face in the fashion world. He has worked for a long list of clients which include TNT, Hugo Boss, D&G, Nautica, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Giorgio Armani and Extreme Attitude among a host of others. He committed suicide by hanging at the age of 24 on 22 April 2010.
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3. Daul Kim:
Daul Kim was an international supermodel from South Korea who died by committing suicide on 19th November 2009. She was found hanging in her apartment in Paris. Apart from being a model, Kim was a painter and a blogger too and her depression often found an outlet through these interests of hers. She had often written about the loneliness in her life and her desire to hurt herself. In fact she had blogged about how overworked and dejected she was which perhaps led her to take that extreme step.
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2. Nafisa Joseph:
Miss India 1997 and among the top 10 semi-finalists’ of Miss Universe that year, Nafisa Joseph wasn’t an ordinary girl. She appeared in the television series C.A.T.S alongside Kuljeet Randhawa and was also the presenter of a show in MTV India. She was one of the hugely successful fashion models but hanged herself in her apartment on 29 July 2004. It is said that the reason for her going the distance to end her life was her marriage being called off.
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1. Marilyn Monroe or Norma Jean:
She needs no introduction, does she? One of the world’s most beautiful actresses, fashion models and singers, Marilyn Monroe rose to fame in the 1950s and 1960s. But on 5 August 1962, she left the world in mysterious circumstances. Though her death was later pronounced as suicide due to acute barbiturate poisoning, many theories exist with respect to her death including murder. There were reports of her having called President Kennedy before her death leading to a sort of scandal for the Kennedy family. Conjectures about her death and its circumstances are till today among the world’s most thriving conspiracy theories.
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