~Remembering Daul Kim~
This year marks ten years since the heartbreaking death of the South Korean fashion model, Daul Kim. Back then I followed her brief but brilliant career and life experiences in magazines and online, especially keen to read/view her personal blog. Daul was a truly magnificent being, so interesting, talented, intelligent and unique - her inside beauty even more stunning than her form.
Daul was a victim of online/print media and netizen bullying in SK, which became ruthless after a fashion shoot for the magazine i-D, and she ultimately ended up taking her own life, being pushed to the edge. Daul’s death ten years ago was the first time I’d heard of this kind of high-level mass societal bullying that leads one to suicide — which nowadays seems to be horrifyingly common, as with Sulli and countless others in South Korea. How on earth did it come to this?
Here are two excerpts from Daul Kim’s blog after she was verbally attacked and bullied the summer of 2009:
“say hi to korean bullies read this
seriously korean ppl
stop bullying me
u know what
i have a life
i dont owe you anything
and you dont own me
i dont mean harm, and im just happy to share
my point of views or what i like, its not to offend or to be punk
i respect korean culture as much as possible
im proud to be korean
Korea is Korea. its not the world…
and before im korean,
dont be sad or mad because i change
people change! and move on! i grew. and i wont ask you to change
but i AM going to ask for your understandings.
im not gonna say sorry for living my life…”
[note: 81 days later Daul Kim wrote her last blog entry and the next day she took her own life.]
“say hi to forever”
Thank You for Honoring the Memory of Daul Kim.
Kim Da-ul (김다울)
Born: 31 May 1989 Seoul, South Korea
Died: 19 November 2009 (aged 20) Paris, France
Cause of death: Suicide by hanging
Actual cause of death: Societal Bullying