A Vogue model has been found dead in a room of a hostel dormitory in Bangladesh.
An hour earlier some of her classmates living in the same building discovered Ms Athif.
“We primarily suspect it is a suicide case. However, we can’t come to any conclusion until we get the autopsy report,” said Zillur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Shah Makhdum Police Station, to India’s The Daily Star.
Mahmuda Begum, superintendent of the female hostel, said Athif “always looked happy” and “it is hard to believe she would commit suicide”.
Ms Athif posted regularly on her Instagram, sharing professional photos and sketches of herself with her 31 thousand followers.
The student saw modelling as a hobby rather than a career and ultimately prioritised her desire to become a doctor over the fashion industry.
“Modelling is a hobby rather than a career for me, since I’m studying to become a doctor,” she told Vogue India when they photographed her last year, selecting six models from six nations of the Indian subcontinent to appear on their cover. “I’ve never been so bold as to take part in any big pageant before this.”
Ms Athif also told the publication she wanted to be an environmentalist when she was younger. She said the only advertising campaign she had featured in before this one was one for the environmental services when she was just 14.
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