Russian supermodel falls to death

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Model's death after NYC apartment fall was suicide
June 30, 2008 4:47:34 AM PDT
The death of a fashion model who plunged from the ninth floor of a Manhattan building has been ruled a suicide. The medical examiner's office says Ruslana Korshunova died from blunt impact injuries in the fall Saturday afternoon.

The20-year-old Korshunova was a native of Kazakhstan who graced the covers of top fashion magazines such as European Vogue.

Ruslana Korshunova, 20, died around 2:30 p.m. in a fall from a building on Water Street, in Manhattan's Financial District, The New York Post, the Daily News and Newsday reported. The newspapers cited unnamed officials and police.

Originally from the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, the almond-eyed, flowing-haired Korshunova appeared in advertisements and on runways for such designers as Marc Jacobs, Nina Ricci and DKNY. British Vogue hailed her as "a face to be excited about" in 2005.

Her break came when modeling booker Debbie Jones noticed her while perusing an in-flight magazine article about Korushnova's hometown of Almaty, according to the Vogue report.

"She looked like something out of a fairytale!" Jones told the magazine. "We had to find her and we searched high and low until we did!"