BEIJING, July 1 (Xinhuanet) -- The Russian
supermodel who gave up her life by jumping down from her ninth-floor Manhattan
apartment on Saturday "felt confused about the direction of her life," media
quoted her ex-boyfriend as saying on Tuesday.
In this Sept. 7, 2007 file photo,
fashion model Ruslana Korshunova wears a design during a presentation of
The Cynthia Rowley 2008 spring/summer collection in New York. Korshunova,
20, fell to her death from her Manhattan apartment building Saturday, June
28, 2008 in an apparent suicide, published reports said. Police said the
fall was under investigation.(File Photo)
Ruslana Korshunova, 20, had trouble balancing her
personal life and her demanding work schedule, according to her ex-boyfriend
She had dropped a lot of weight in the last month,
said Perchenok, who was with the Russian Vogue cover girl on the last night of
Korshunova wrote months before in her online journal that
she felt "lost" in America.
"Will I ever find myself?" she added in March on her page
on a Russian social networking site.
Korshunova felt she was over the hill in a business that's
always looking for a brand new face, her ex said.
New York police on Sunday declared Korshunova's death
a suicide. One investigator said they found several bottles of medication in her
But her family and friends were yet to be convinced.
The supermodel's mother said the suicide was
"She's had her ups and downs but never anything that
would lead to suicide," she was quoted as saying.
"She was a positive person," Korshunova's 26-year-old
brother, Ruslan, agreed in a telephone interview, "She was not capable of such
A cousin, Nastya Chkopoya, 19, said "Everyone knows
she was a good person. It's not suicide. Of course, she will be buried in her
Although born in Kazakhstan, Korshunova was known in
the modeling business as the "Russian Rapunzel" because of her flowing chestnut
Korshunova was four days from her 21st birthday. She
was featured in ads for Marc Jacobs, DKNY and Vera Wang, and also made the cover
of French Elle.
Before her death, Korshunova had a full schedule of
high-profile modeling jobs in New York and had recently returned from Paris.