French model Tom Nicon, 22, was reportedly found dead in Milan this morning after a fall from his apartment window.
Nicon’s agency has declined comment on the incident, and Nicon’s death comes just one day ahead of Milan Men’s Fashion Week. In the absence of official confirmation about the details of Nicon’s death, the blog Issac Likes spoke with an unnamed friend of the model:
“He did the Versace fitting this morning. After that he was supposed to go to his agency but he never arrived. I don’t know if it was suicide or if he fell.”
Another runway model, also unnamed, speculated about Nicon’s death to Issac Likes:
“People think we are young and beautiful and rich and happy. But we’re not. We go to castings and the directors take one look at us and then we’re dismissed. You spend your whole life wondering what’s wrong with you. Why didn’t I get that job? You’re competing with your friends, you’re away from your family. The pressure is huge. It’s not the fairytale life people would expect.”
During his career, Nicon worked for Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Kenzo, Costume National, Gareth Pugh, and Hugo Boss. Models Daul Kim and Ambrose Olsen also died unexpectedly within the past year, at the ages of 20 and 24 respectively.