Ruslana Korshunova (July 2, 1987 – June 28, 2008) was a Kazakh model of Russian descent. Ruslana Korshunova was born in Taldykorgan, Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR, and was of Russian descent. Her father, Sergey Korshunov, died in 1992 when she was 5 years old. Her mother, Valentina (née Kutenkova) and her brother, Ruslan, live in Kazakhstan. She spoke fluent Russian, English and German. Ruslana was nicknamed the Russian Rapunzel for her long knee length chestnut hair in her early work. She established herself as a rising figure in the fashion industry by posing for magazines like Vogue and designers such as Vera Wang and Nina Ricci.
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British Vogue hailed Korshunova as "a face to be excited about" in 2005. Korshunova modeled for the covers of French Elle and the Polish and Russian versions of Vogue.
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Korshunova's death, which was ruled a suicide, became the subject of international attention. On June 28, 2008 at around 2:30 p.m., Korshunova died after falling from the ninth-floor balcony of her apartment at 130 Water Street in Manhattan's Financial District.