Maldivian Vogue cover model laid to rest

Indo Asian News Service

Dhaka, April 1 (IANS) The body of Raudha Athif, a 21-year-old model who appeared on Vogue magazine's cover and was found dead in a hostel dormitory in Bangladesh, was buried in Rajshahi city's cemetery on Saturday.

Athif was a second-year student at Islami Bank Medical College in Rajshahi, Bangladesh, and her body was found in her dorm room earlier this week by her classmates, reported the Daily Star newspaper.

An autopsy was conducted on the body and the officials called it a suicide, according to reports.

One of the three members of the autopsy team said: "There was no evidence of sexual or any other kind of abuse. We've sent for further tests in Dhaka to determine if she had ingested any pills. However, at this point, we are certain that this was a suicide."

Mahmuda Begum, superintendent of the female-only hostel, said Athif "always looked happy" and "it is hard to believe she would commit suicide".

Raudha's family arranged the burial proceedings with the help of the police and through a foundation.

A total of 11 members of Raudha's family including her parents, brother, and cousins, attended her funeral.

Maldivian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Aishath Shaan Shakir, was also present at her funeral.

Athif posted regularly on her Instagram, sharing professional photos and sketches of herself with her 31,000 followers.

Outfit snaps, travel logs and selfies highlighting her strikingly beautiful blue eyes were all common from the star, who had described modelling as a hobby rather than something she wanted to pursue as a career, said the report.

Athif became an internet sensation in the Maldives in 2014, after a shoot that she posted online called the "Maldivian Girl With Aqua Blue Eyes".

--IANS

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