Maldivian Vogue Cover Model 'Commits Suicide'

A Maldivian model and medical student, who appeared on the cover of Vogue last year, is sadly reported to have taken her own life at a hostel in Bangladesh.

Twenty-one-year-old Raudha Athif was a second-year student at Islami Bank Medical College in Rajshahi city. She was found dead in her room on Wednesday.

Athif's classmates discovered her and contacted the police, who then recovered the body.

Mahmuda Begum, the superintendent of the female hostel, said: "I was in my chamber. Suddenly, I heard screams of my students."

"Rushing to the second floor of this six-storey building, I saw some of the students trying to break the door of Athif's room."

She continued: "[Athif] always looked happy." She added: "It is hard to believe she would commit suicide."

Athif's friends eventually managed to break the door down and gain access.

Local police have commented that they are treating the case as a suicide, but mustn't rule anything out until the autopsy results come back.

Athif became an internet sensation back in 2014, when a photograph of her taken by photographer Sotti began to gain attention, ultimately landing her on the cover of fashion magazine Vogue.


Credit: Vogue

Obviously, every case of suicide is a tragedy and whether a person was a model, shop assistant, CEO or cleaner, no death is more or less important than any other.

However, the fact that even somebody with an apparent happy demeanour, who appeared to be successful, wasn't immune to suicide serves as a stark reminder that it can happen to any one of us and we should be wary of how we perceive the lives of others, as it's impossible to know how somebody is feeling inside.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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