Ruslana Korshunova (July 2, 1987 – June 28, 2008) was a Russian supermodel.
She was discovered in 2003, when Debbie Jones of Models 1 saw her photo in All Asia magazine in the article about Almaty’s local German language club.
Ruslana was nicknamed the Russian Rapunzel for her long hair.
Korshunova was represented by IMG (New York, Paris, London and Milan), Beatrice (Milan), Traffic Models (Barcelona), Marilyn Models and iCasting Moscow, which was her mother agency. She modeled for the covers of French Elle and the Polish and Russian versions of Vogue, in print-ads for Blugirl by Blumarine, Clarins, Ghost, Girbaud, Kenzo Accessories; Fransois, Max Studio, Moschino, Old England, Pantene Always Smooth, Paul Smith, and Vera Wang lingerie.
On June 28, 2008 at around 2:30 p.m., Ruslana Korshunova died after falling from the ninth-floor balcony of her apartment at 130 Water Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. One of Korshunova’s friends stated that she had just returned from a modeling gig 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. However, Korshunova appeared brokenhearted and angry in some of her postings on a social networking site. Korshunova’s most telling message came in March 2008: “I’m so lost. Will I ever find myself?”
Muhammad Naqib, a concierge who worked in Korshunova’s building stated, “I was shocked when I saw her on the pavement. She was on the road, small and pitiful, in a puddle of blood, surrounded by a crowd. Her arms and neck were broken,” the man said. Muhammad was immediately suspicious. “Only next day I realized what was wrong. It was her hair! It was much shorter than when I last saw her that night, lively and happy. It seemed like it was cut in a hurry since the ends were uneven.” “All I got is a polite “thank you.”
“When I was preparing the body for a funeral, I noticed that the hair was in a very poor condition. The ends were uneven, as if someone had cut it with scissors” said Moscow autopsist Sergey who worked on her makeup in a Moscow morgue.
On July 7, 2008, Korshunova was buried at Khovanskoye Cemetery in Moscow. Her mother stated that the Russian capital was one of her daughter’s favorite cities, and that “she would want her beloved Moscow to be her last resting place.”