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 in new york just before 2:30 p.m. on saturday.
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.
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.
a 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."
my thoughts and prayers go out to this young woman's' family and friends.
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