Top model who killed herself flew on Epstein’s private jet

by NEW YORK DIGITAL NEWS



A top model who jumped to her death from her Wall Street apartment building had previously been one of the teen girls flown to Jeffrey Epstein’s private island, newly unsealed court documents show.

Ruslana Korshunova — who featured in ads for Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Vera Wang and Nina Ricci perfume — was just 18 when she was a passenger on the since-deceased pedophile’s so-called Lolita Express on June 7, 2006, the latest batch of unsealed documents show.

The trip to Epstein’s Little St. James was almost exactly two years before the Kazakh-Russian beauty signed to IMG leaped to her death from her ninth-floor balcony.

Her ex-boyfriend told The Post at the time that the model had problems that she kept “bottled up.”

Korshunova’s trip to Epstein’s island was just weeks before the moneyman was arrested in 2006 and later convicted of sex with underage girls.

He was listed as being with her on the flight, along with three of his staffers — bodyguard Igor Zinoviev, personal chef Lance Calloway and longtime assistant Sarah Kellen.

Ruslana Korshunova flew to Epstein’sisland just two years before she jumped to her death. Charles Sykes / Rex USA

There was also a woman identified as Stephanie Tidwell — and an unidentified former UFC fighter.

It is unclear what happened when Korshunova arrived on the island, where Epstein was known to sexually exploit underage girls — sometimes with some big-name friends.

She flew on Epstein’s so-called “Lolita Express” jet with the pedophile, seen here getting a foot rub from his madam, Ghislaine Maxwell. US DOJ/ MEGA

Several years after her tragic death, Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre’s attorney emailed her asking whether she knew Korshunova.

“I think it’s a long shot you would recognize her, but read the article I attached and then look at the pictures and see if you recognize her,” attorney Brad Edwards wrote in the newly unsealed 2011 email, attaching a link to a Newsweek report on the model’s death.

It is unclear what happened when Korshunova arrived on the island, where Epstein was known to sexually exploit underage girls — sometimes with some big-name friends. Shutterstock for NY Post

But Giuffre replied: “I am sorry to hear the news of Ruslana, and my condolences are with her family and friends.

“I can say that I have never had any meetings with her, sorry not to be of any help there.”

Korshunova died at the age of 20, after cutting a hole in construction mesh covering her ninth-floor balcony, squeezing through it and jumping.

“I heard what sounded like a gunshot or a bomb or an explosion,” said a stunned Con Ed worker talking to a cop nearby.

Korshunova was 20 when she jumped from the ninth-floor balcony of her Wall Street apartment. Paul Martinka

“I looked down the street, and I say to the cop, ‘Did that person just get hit by a car?’ ” said the worker, who identified himself only as Patrick, of Brooklyn.

The two men raced over. “Her arms were crushed,” Patrick said. “Her head was on the left side and blood was coming out in a pool.”

It was later revealed that Korshunova left long messages describing how she missed her home and family, and talked about problems with her love life.

Korshunova was working with elite modeling agency IMG at the time of her death.

She had also lost a lot of weight in the month prior to her death and had trouble balancing her personal life and her demanding work schedule, her ex-boyfriend told The Post at the time.

“I think she just gave up,” said Artem Perchenok, who was with the model on the last night of her short life.

He added that Korshunova kept her problems “bottled up.”

“When a job would go bad, she’d take it out on herself.”

She had recently told her manager “she didn’t know what to do with her life,” Perchenok said.

Korshunova, a green-eyed beauty, known as “The Russian Rapunzel” for her long, flowing chestnut locks, was discovered in 2003 when a booker from London-based Models 1, Debbie Jones, noticed her in a feature about the model’s hometown of Almaty, Kazakhstan.

“She looked like something out of a fairytale!” Jones told British Vogue. Soon after, the 17-year-old beauty was hailed as the next big thing, gracing runways at Fashion Week wearing Jill Stuart, Betsey Johnson and other designers.

She was working with elite modeling agency IMG, which boasts clients like Heidi Klum and Kate Moss, at the time of her death.

It is unclear how or when she met Epstein, but the year she got on board the pervert’s private jet marked the peak of her career — that winter, she would be the cover star of The New York Times Style magazine.

It is also unclear what, if any, effect the trip may have had on the model.

But a 2014 book by author and academic Peter Pomerantsev noted that Korshunova decided to join a controversial “self-help group” which its critics have called a cult.

Pomerantsev wrote in his book, “Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia,” that Korshunova was driven to the Rose of the World after her modeling career took a hit.

At the time, Pomerantsev said, Korshunova was also left broken-hearted after an oligarch — who was only identified in the book as “Alexander” — dumped her.

She then returned to New York, where she fell in love with a Russian luxury car dealer — but he too, left her.



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