Why Models Kill Themselves

Hayley Kohle, a Canadian model, who was found dead in Milan due to falling from the balcony

Hayley Kohle, a Canadian model, who was found dead in Milan due to falling from the balcony

If you look at the list of recently deceased fashion models you will realize that staggering amount died from suicide. Drug overdose is not considered a suicide, by the way, it is considered accident, as most of people overdose in accident without intention to end their life. Model Suicide could be via jumping, shooting, hanging or other self inflicted injuries. According to American Association of Suicidology not all suicide attempts are successful, only 1 in 25 attempts will result in death. There are more models who try then those make it to the press due to actual apparent suicide.

With models however, many deaths are very suspicious. Just like death of Russian model Ruslana Korshunova who is believed to have jumped to death from her New York apartment. Her friends and family still sure that there was more to it than depression. Many think she was getting death threats and was “helped” out of the window. Same story with Canadian model Hayley Marie Kohle, who also, was found dead after jumping from a balcony in Milan. Since she was not known for any particular mental issues, her friends and family, also are unsure about the cause of death. If these suspicious suicides are taken out of statistics, model rate of suicide would go down closer to average.

All real suicides are preceded by extensive depression. But what causes such a heavy depression that triggers young, successful and beautiful people end their life, often at the peak or the rise of their careers?

Among top 3 reasons for suicide are:

1. Depression, often combined with mental disorder

2. Relationship difficulties

3. Alcohol or drug abuse disorder

Among other reasons is violence in the family, financial and legal problems. This is often on the top of the first three reasons. A person might be depressed because she is facing relationship difficulties.

Models are vulnerable to depression due to the hyper active lifestyle that often entails working long hours without rest and food, but for a short periods of time. The nature of model profession is that they have to show up for castings without being paid for the time. They often will not get a job as a result of a day spent on casting. Another problem of model lifestyle is that they live from job to job, casting to casting and do have lots of free time in between for drugs and alcohol. They also face extreme pressure to look thin.

Here are some reasons for suicide of top models in the past few years:

  • Wallis Franken, Italian Voque cover model, jumped from the window. Among reasons for suicide was abuse by her husband, Claude Montana. She also lost a child and struggled with endless castings resulting in no job.
  • Colombian supermodel and television presenter Lina Marulanda, also jumped. Shortly before her death she undergone a nasty divorce and faced problems at work.
  • Korean model Daul Kim hanged herself in her apartment. She was also an aspiring artist, but prone to depression and metal illness.

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