Daul Kim, a top model born in South Korea, has died of an apparent suicide. Kim, 20, apparently hanged herself Nov. 19. Her lifeless body was discovered by her boyfriend in her Paris apartment.
Interestingly, the 5’10” Kim, who kept a blog called “I Like to Fork Myself, ” wrote her last entry on Nov. 18 (the day before her death).
Daul, who was an accomplished painter and videographer, recently confessed to feeling exhausted by her hectic work schedule.
In an Oct. 30 entry on her blog, Kim wrote she was “mad depressed and overworked,” and in another entry said “the more i gain the more lonely it is … i know i’m like a ghost.”
Some in the fashion industry speculate that the pressures of the super-competitive modeling world got to Daul. Eating disorders and substance abuse are common in the youth- and perfection-obsessed industry.
In June 2008, 20-year-old Russian model Ruslana Korshunova jumped to her death from her Manhattan apartment building on a gorgeous, sunny Saturday afternoon.
The stunning 5-foot-8 Ruslana had been featured in ads for DKNY, Vera Wang and Christian Dior and was hailed as “the next big thing” in a profile in Vogue magazine three years earlier.
Daul, who was a fixture on the runways of New York, Paris, London and Milan, has modeled for Chanel, Dries van Noten, Peter Pilotto and Christopher Kane. Kim’s distraught mom is on her way to Paris to collect her daughter’s remains.
Police were investigating the cause of her and said it was most likely that she committed suicide, the prosecutor’s spokeswoman told Reuters.
“We are in shock and profoundly sad to learn of the death of Daul Kim,” said Patrick Lemire, booking director at Marilyn Agency, which had worked with Kim.
“She was a real artist, a model with character, she wasn’t a weak woman at all,” he told Reuters.