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Model Daul Kim dies at age of 20

What in the what? NY Mag has just broken the news that top Korean fashion model Daul Kim was found dead in Paris today, and while details are yet unknown, it appears to have been a suicide.

Daul Kim is probably Korea’s most famous supermodel and had worked a lot in her short career — she was 20. I remember watching her featured in Korean cable reality program I Am A Model, which followed the activities of working models. I’d also occasionally popped in to read her personal blog, I Like To Fork Myself, and found her often-rambling insights interesting and entertaining.

RIP Daul.


Via NY Mag and Omona they didn’t

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R.I.P, lots of people in asia commit suicide this days.
sad .. Dx

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wth!?!? she was one of korea's most promising models - one of the few in the international spotlight that's for sure...So surprising...she seems so old in her pictures though, I forgot she was only 20...

:( RIP...

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How sad. She was one of the few Asian models I thought could be a huge Asian influence in the modelling world.

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RIP Daul Kim. She was so young and had her whole life ahead of her. My condolences to her family, friends and fans.

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Damn. I so was not expecting this. Totally took me by surprise.

RIP

I haven't read her blog in a while. I'll have to go check it out (Gah, morbid curiosity.)

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Wow, I'm completely shocked.

Poor girl, I hope she now finds peace.

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Sweet angel, God bless you.

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Noooo!!! T T

R.I.P.

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She just posted something on her blog yesterday morning too.
Sad, I really liked her.

R.I.P

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so young... that's sad. RIP

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rip...she was so young! her blog was interesting to read.

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Is money, fame and power equate to health, inner peace and bliss? Another shooting star is down!! My condolence to her family and friends!!

What the young, innocent and ignorant celebrities really need is to cultivate their spiritual and cultural intelligence.

Life is a gift!! When the feelings in the heart are true, then whatever the mind thinks will be right. When the heart is not true, then whatever the mind thinks will be convoluted!!

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@ michelle
she lived in NY.

so sad. R.I.P

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i was so sad when i found out, i didnt know her but cos i read her blog from time to time and i've seen alot of her pics in fashion mags i was just really used to her being there. We were the same age too thats just crazy. She will be missed :(

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good im am so sad really.. its so wierd to me...suicide is not the answer to your problems.....she was really prertty and a good model

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OMG WHAT
SHE's an amzing model!!!!!
I can't believe this is for real!

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Could it have been some kind of accidental overdose? In some obscene way, I almost wish it was because the thought of it being a suicide just kills me inside. I don't know anything about this young woman -- I vaguely recall some reference on a fashion blog about rising Asian supermodels -- but the idea that she felt so much pain that she felt her only option was to kill herself leaves me shaken.

But then suicide just cuts me up anyway. Maybe it's because it is so, so, so completely preventable.

Seems that Korean women commit suicide more than men. There are similar trends in other Asian countries. We desperately need more support -- mental and cultural -- for women in Asian countries.

It makes me extra stabby to see all the negative portrayals of women in K-dramas. If it is a women-centered drama, expect cat-fights, bitch-fights, competition. Take for example You're Beautiful: The aunt -- a total idiot. The mother -- a total psycho. Yoo Ai Hee -- a total psycho. In contrast, the manager: a sweetheart. The president: a kindly guy. Shin Woo: gentle, unimposing. Jeremy: adorable.

And YAB is not even an exception.

Women of the world: YOU ARE LOVED JUST AS YOU ARE. Believe it!
/rant over

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RIP Daul Kim. I never realized she was so young.

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Oh my. This is really sad. :-(

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A basic fact of life is that time goes only one way. We are caught in a present that is just an infinitesimal borderline between past and future. We have to live with a future that moves away as fast as we try to approach it, but onto which we project our present hope and fear.

According to Hofstede (cross-cultural guru), Korea is ranked as one of the Ultra High Uncertainty Avoidance country (85 out of 100) (next to Japan).

Extreme uncertainty avoidance creates intolerable anxiety and fear. High uncertainty avoidance is correlated with high suicide rate. It is in the collective national culture. Hence, it may be quite difficult to change the entire culture.

To survive and flourish in this sort of culture/environment, I guess individual (especially celebrities) have to find innner balance and inner peace through cultivating spiritual intelligence and cultural intelligence.

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agent darwin you are too on point and I am listening to everything you are saying especially your last post just before the one you posted now.

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I know her, I actually recognize some of the pictures. I can't believe this happen yet again... what is going on? Everytime I am starting to feel better I found out about another suicide.

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Hehe...I have just been called someone who like to preach in a soap box!! :) Night night....zzzzz.....

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OMFG!
She is one of the most famous korean models in the world. Asian models in fact.
She is the one that made it cool to have asian in the runway!!
OMFG! I CANT BELIEVE THIS!

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@Nom Kitteh: awwh. i love you for writing that [:

it really saddens me theyre saying it looks like suicide... i almost wish they'd find out that it was actually something else, because suicide just seems too sad and terrible to me. in high school, you learn things like "suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem." but i think you'd have to really feel that life was too hopeless, and that your problem wasnt temporary in order to kill yourself... and thats really sad. i dont know. the thought of it being a suicide is just too sad...

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WTF!?!

she was my favorite model!
when i saw this post i literally gasped out loud.
i can't believe this, i feel like crying...

T____T

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I can't believe she's dead. I loved her photoshoots and also was a follower of her blog.
I'm going to miss looking forward to her next shoots.
RIP, I hope she is happy, wherever she is.

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I don't know her but they had some of her video diaries on Huff Post and now I feel so sad. I hope it wasn't suicide. Maybe it was an accident like Heath Ledger and MJ. She was so beautiful and seems very smart too. A model who read Tolstoy.
What a tragedy.

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This ___ sucks. She was only 20. Have no idea why she did this, none. Could rattle off a list of possibilities, but don't want to suggest where I have no business. Didn't know her, but the thought of suicide leaves me shaken, too, and angry.

I agree with Nom_Kitteh, the only way a girl can be loved, it seems, is if she's childlike and submissive. It gets creepier the longer you think about that. Really sad, this news...

@Agent Darwin~~Whoa...I could run with that, but my brain is now buzzing angrily and I haven't had any coffee.

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that is sooo sad...

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Came across her and her blog earlier this year. Never realized how young she was... RIP.

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So sad! So young...

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OMG why oh why??????????
R.I.P Dual Kim.

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Suicides are always a mournful affair.

Could someone enlighten me on "hav(ing) to find inner balance and inner peace through cultivating spiritual intelligence and cultural intelligence." ?

Agent Darwin perhaps? (awake from your sweet slumber)

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RIP.. Daul Kim... so SAD....

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she has such a interesting personality that showed through her blogs ... she was my favorite model... it just seems so sudden. RIP

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It is indeed a shame to hear of so many beautiful people especially Korean ladies commiting suicide. I would personally hope that the police are using all of the forensic abilities available to them this day and age to prove that it is a suicide and not a homicide. It just does not fit with the people that are supposedly killing themselves - mothers leaving children behind and models with such success and beauty just getting her momentum. I can understand coming from an unstable country with the potential for war and uncertainty but that also creates a much stronger person/character - an acheiver, which these people have been. I think a closer look should be taken at some of the men in their lives to ensure that they were not behind these wonderful people's deaths.

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sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
T_T

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I feel sorry for the ones left behind, I feel a mixture of anger and hopelessness towards the perpetrator, suicide touches more than just one person, mental anguish is a f_ _ _ing bitch, but going out in this manner is the ultimate tragedy. Not only Asian Females choose this way out, but in a Culture were self worth is base not on inner peace and inner beauty, the alternative will always produce a higher number of victims, it brakes my heart, may we all find inner peace, and may God have mercy on us all.... :o(

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*gasp*

She doesn't sound suicidal in her blog... This is such a shocker... Rest in peace, Daul Kim...

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#34 pongs - "Could someone enlighten me on “hav(ing) to find inner balance and inner peace through cultivating spiritual intelligence and cultural intelligence.” ?"

this is just a high falutin" way of saying this ----- being thankful and finding happiness with what you already have in your life. learn to appreciate the little things in life - sunshine, rain, love of a child, tears, laughter, love of your family, friends, rainbow, a cup of hot coffee, a slice of cake, a good drama/movie, a good book (even a bad one), a beautiful poem (even a bad one also), a green joke, even the fact that you are still alive in this insane world should be appreciated. when you learn to appreciate the "little things" in your life you will find that no problem will be big enough to make you think of taking your own life.

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can i repost this?

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Poor girl... Reading her blog, I felt like she was loveless and on heroin... RIP

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@ Nom_Kitteh # 17

My initial thought was that it might be cultural and family pressures to succeed but recent studies have sown that

Asian-American women born in the United States are more likely to kill themselves than women who immigrated from Asia to America

and

the longer an Asian-American immigrant had lived in the United States, the more likely she was to have considered suicide.

From: http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2009/08/asianamerican_women_born_in_th.html

So there must be some other mix of issues in here :(

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Ini adalah gejala gradasi spiritual yang parah. Sangat memprihatinkan. Mereka pikir, kematian adalah sebuah langkah terakhir dari pemecahan masalah yang dihadapi saat ini. Tapi apakah, dengan kematian masalah akan selesai? Tidak. Karena dia akan dikenang sepanjang catatan sejarah, sampai dunia ini berakhir. Hanya akan meninggalkan sejarah yang buruk tentang dirinya. Apakah tidak bisa, setidaknya kita meninggalkan dunia ini dengan catatan yang baik untuk dikenang, bukan? Mereka lupa pertanyaan : mengapa kita dilahirkan? Siapa yang menghadirkan kita di dunia ini? Ada kekuatan di luar, yang memiliki kuasa untuk mengendalikan kehidupan di alam raya ini. Yang mengganti siang dan malam, yang membuat langit tanpa tiang, yang membuat bumi ini berputar. Dia yang juga berkuasa atas hidup kita. Maka kita tidak ada hak untuk mengakhirinya. Mereka sudah lupa tentang Tuhan. Mereka tidak memilikinya di hati mereka. Hanya materialisme, percaya hanya pada yang terlihat. Betapapun dia memiliki banyak kesuksesan, dia akan merasa gagal dalam hidup, karena mereka tidak punya makna dan tujuan hidup itu sendiri. Menyedihkan.

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Its cruel spirit gradation. Great concern. They think death is the final way to walk out from their problem. But is it really ended? No. Because they will be reminded for long term as long as life itself. As a worse story, till the end of the world. Can't we make the best notice to remember? At least. The forget about the question : why we were born? Who is allow us to exist in this world? There is a great power beyond this universe to control. Who's changed night and noon, make sky without pillar. He is the owner of our life. We have no right to finished. They forgot for God. They have no possess in heart. They just believe on materalism, existent only. However, they are successful, they think failed, because they have no aim and concept, life is for. Sadden.

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Life is only once. Like Lee So Hyun (Capital Scandal) said "Keep alive, to revenged bitterlife. Keep alive, illness make you will be stronger." It means: if you give up at all, you are weak, you nothing. And you proper to die, the world don't need the people like this. The future just be owned the strong people, who is faith in God, existention of him, faith in life circle before and after in the world. Actually, we should be patient, our time end had written before we've borned. Just wait fo while, it will be over all the way. Our duty is only make the best history on grace that God have given us. Life is too sweet to missed. Don't ever be sorry.

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@ hajung,

sorry i didn't know that xD
i'm not a fan of her.
i just felt sorry for her, and her family etc.

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Whoa..this is sad. If she did commit suicide because she was overworked, stressed or depressed she should of seeked help like going to counseling or find someone to talk to about how you are feeling. It really helps if you let it out!! If you find it is too tough for you to handle, get out of that situation. Don't let it overcome you and take your life. It doesn't help you or anyone else. It just creates too many questions too many more unanswered questions. Most of all, your loved ones are the ones who really are hurt in the end.

Anyways, not to be mean but I don't think she is pretty at all. Just tall, lanky and has a nice facial structure but overall, for me she doesn't have that OMG, how pretty factor. Just my opinion, don't shoot.

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wth? so many korean actressess comit this act nowadays, gosh is it the trend in their circle or what, no wonder old actressess have often more roles in dramas because there are less of them. Is there someone that can break that trend. they look so young, pure and full of hope, but inside they are so insecure, full of despair, and can't handle fame, criticism and competition. I really wish they grow up, the dramas inspire and help many people, they should think about it. sad Korea.

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