Falling out of a window, disappearance and murder: tragic fates of Russian supermodels

For some of these beautiful girls, fame and success turned out to be an unbearable burden, and someone suffered from a terrible combination of circumstances.

Падение из окна, исчезновение и убийство: трагические судьбы российских супермоделей

Lydia Ponomareva, Ruslana Korshunova

We used to look at famous models with admiration and some envy. However, not all “beauty queens” were happy with their lives. The story of some Russian beauties ended too early: for someone, a novel became fatal, someone turned out to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and luck just turned away from someone. We tell about the tragic stories of famous Russian models.

Ruslan Korshunov

Падение из окна, исчезновение и убийство: трагические судьбы российских супермоделей

On June 28, 2008, the famous model Ruslan Korshunov fell out of the window of her apartment in Manhattan. She was 20 years old. The circumstances of the tragic death of this girl are still unclear: the relatives of the deceased girl to this day do not believe the results of the investigation. Ruslana didn’t leave a suicide note. No alcohol or drugs were found in her blood. According to the official version, the model committed suicide voluntarily, but another version is popular on the Web. “Russian Rapunzel”, as the girl was nicknamed in the press for her long hair, joined the sect. The star of the Nina Ricci advertising campaign has been attending courses at the Rosa Mira training center for several months. Coincidentally, Ruslana’s friend, a model who also went to classes at this place, also committed suicide.

Lydia Ponomareva

Падение из окна, исчезновение и убийство: трагические судьбы российских супермоделей

Photos from Lydia Ponomareva’s social networks

In March, it became known about the death of Playboy model Lydia Ponomareva. The girl began her modeling career in 2018, becoming the girl of the year according to Playboy magazine, and continued to shoot for a men’s magazine. In 2021, Ponomareva entered the top ten “hottest girls” in Russia according to the same publication. 

Almost nothing is known about the causes of death of the 26-year-old model. According to the official version, the girl committed suicide. Recently, new details have emerged about the psychological state of the deceased. Online from a close friend of Ponomareva: a young man said that Lydia had already tried to take her own life last fall.  And I told him about my plans to try again this spring. The friend did not dissuade her, for which he was strongly criticized by subscribers and fans of Ponomareva. 

Yana Lavrentieva

Падение из окна, исчезновение и убийство: трагические судьбы российских супермоделей

Photos from Yana Lavrentieva’s social networks

“Miss California” 2012 died during an accident in Los Angeles. Yana was crossing the road with her friends when she was hit by an SUV at high speed. The driver fled the scene of the crime, and Lavrentieva was placed in a serious condition in the nearest hospital. But the model could not be saved. 30-year-old Yana has two children and a husband. 

Svetlana Kotova

Падение из окна, исчезновение и убийство: трагические судьбы российских супермоделей

Svetlana Kotova

Svetlana Kotova got the title of “Miss Russia-1996”. But the model linked her life with the famous killer Alexander Solonik. The details of how they met are unknown, however, according to one version, the group in which the hired killer was, led the modeling agency of his beloved.

Together with Kotova, Alexander went on vacation to Greece. The couple was supposed to rest at the villa, but at some point Svetlana stopped contacting. In February 1997, Alexander’s body was found strangled in a garbage dump in Varibobi. Three months later, the dismembered body of Svetlana Kotova was found in Greece. It is still unknown who killed the couple in love and for what, but several versions are being discussed online that this murder was staged by the killer himself. And both of them didn’t really die then. 

Ksenia Puntus

Падение из окна, исчезновение и убийство: трагические судьбы российских супермоделей

Photos from Ksenia Puntus’ social networks

This story has a happy ending. In January 2020, the famous model Ksenia Puntus fell out of the window of a high-rise building, the janitor found the girl under the windows of the house, and the girl was sent to the hospital in serious condition. Ksenia was diagnosed with multiple fractures, traumatic brain injury and concussion.

Before the official statement of Xenia herself, it was unclear what really happened. The girl fell out of the apartment window of her young man Andrei Bakov, the grandson of the writer Sergei Mikhalkov. The Network discussed a possible suicide attempt and even an attack. But Puntus said that she fell out of the window by accident: the girl sat down on the windowsill and lost consciousness. Fortunately, the injuries were not fatal: Ksenia underwent rehabilitation and continued her modeling career.

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