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Famous Korean Model Found Dead in Paris
By Seoul Times EU Office
Late Daul Kim, South Korean model

Paris, France on Nov 20, 2009 — Daul Kim, a 20 year old South Korean model who was a fashion week regular in Paris, London, New York and Milan was found hanged in her Paris apartment on Thursday by her male friend, a French police official said Friday.

Police were investigating the cause of the 20-year-old's death and said it was most likely that she committed suicide, office of the prosecutor stated on Friday.

Her modeling agency Next has confirmed her death. The agency said in a statement "She was a top model and a great friend to all of us at Next. Please respect her family's privacy at this time of sadness. We will all miss her very much."

Daul Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, on May 31, 1989. She began modeling in 2006, appearing in several editorials for Vogue Korea before debuting on the runway for Chanel, Dries Van Noten, and Maison Martin Margiela in March 2007.

Since then Daul has captured the hearts of many with her quirky, fun personality and personal style — she rocked the blunt-bangs trend even before Kate Moss. In 2007, Daul landed an editorial for i-D in May, walked for Chanel couture, shot a Moschino campaign with Peter Lindbergh, appeared on the cover of Vogue Korea with Coco Rocha, and in an editorial for Chinese Vogue.

She walked for Salvatore Ferragamo, Alexander McQueen, and Chanel that fall—in fact; she has walked in every single Chanel show since her March 2007 debut.

The trance music lover had danced her way through the industry. In 2008, popular Japanese magazine Anan named her Model of the Year, she appeared in three editorials for i-D (March, April, and July), and on the covers of May's Vogue Korea and July's Korean Harper's Bazaar. Adding another top photographer to her portfolio, she worked with Steven Meisel for a V Magazine editorial in November.

Daul was even more interesting off the runway, sharing her spunky side with the world in her blog and through her paintings. She recently had her first experience with American sports culture at a Knicks basketball game, an experience she enjoyed, and curiously, likened to a rave.

When she was not traveling the world for work and missing her guinea pigs; Tiger and Jamong, Daul worked hard to bring environmental awareness and action to the youth of South Korea as the spokesperson for the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement.






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