It has been confirmed that Daul Kim was found hanged in her Paris apartment by one of her friends.
She was born in Seoul and raised there and in Singapore. She modeled in Asia before making her fashion week debut in Paris two years ago.
There has been a spate high-profile suicides in South Korea over the last year, including that of former president Roh Moo-hyun in May who ended his life after becoming embroiled in a corruption scandal.
South Korea ranked third in terms of suicides per head of population among the 30 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development member nations in 2007, with 18.7 in every 100,000 people killing themselves.
If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, call 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK.