Glamour magazine's fashion faux pas as it publishes image of tragic supermodel who committed suicide three years ago
16:57 GMT, 17 July 2012
An image of a model who hanged herself almost three years ago has been published in the August issue of Glamour magazine.
The U.S. edition of the title printed an image of Daul Kim, the 20-year-old South Korean model who committed suicide in 2009.
The photograph was used in an editorial spread about the '52 ways' in which women can wear their jeans.
Careless mistake: Fashion magazine Glamour has printed an image of a model who hanged herself three years ago. Daul Kim (far left), 20, was found dead in her Paris apartment in November, 2009
It comes as some surprise that a fashion
magazine would make such an error. Kim had been a rising star in the
industry and featured in a high-profile Topshop campaign before her
The model, who is seen in the image wearing a pale blue denim shirt and dark denim jeans, was known for her thick long hair and served as a fixture on the international catwalk circuit.
Editors from the magazine claim they were not aware of Kim's 'back story'.
A spokesman told Fashionista.com: 'Our long-time backstage photographer Mark Leibowitz took this picture, which we'd always loved and wanted to use – we had no idea… and are heartbroken to learn this news.'
The reader who first alerted Glamour to its careless mistake told the site: 'What a regretful and disappointing oversight.'
Tragic: Kim, who was seen on the catwalk for Swarovski in Seoul on February 2, 2009 (above), also appeared in a high-profile Topshop campaign
The model was raised in Seoul and Singapore before making her modelling debut at Paris Fashion Week in 2007.
She walked the runway during shows by Chanel, Dries van Noten and Maison Martin Margiela.
She then went on to walk shows during New York, Milan and London Fashion Weeks as well as further Paris Fashion Weeks.
A highlight was landing the campaign for Christopher Kane's capsule line for Topshop.
In an October 30, 2009, entry on her blog, Kim wrote that she was 'mad depressed
A further entry said: 'The more I gain the more
lonely it is … I know I'm like a ghost.'
The final entry on her blog, which was posted on November 18, was titled 'Say hi to forever' and included a video of I Go Deep, a song by British singer Jim Rivers.
She was found dead in her apartment in 2009 after hanging herself.
At the time of her death, South Korea had seen a string of high-profile suicides over the previous year.
The former Korean President, Roh Moo-hyun, jumped to his death in May of 2009.
He had been caught up in a growing corruption scandal.
The ex-chairman of South Korea's oldest conglomerate also killed himself in November of 2009.
In 2008, top actress Choi Jin-sil also committed suicide, supposedly following in the footsteps of a fellow actor.
Bloggers in South Korea had mourned Kim's suicide, speculating that she felt pressure working as a high-profile fashion model.
It is said that Kim's professional life also felt her feeling as though she had lost her identity.
Glamour may have simply committed an unfortunate mistake but as Fashionista put it: 'We can only imagine how Kim’s loved ones might feel when they open up the magazine and see their departed friend staring back at them, years after her suicide.'