Vogue Covergirl's Alleged Suicide May Have Been Murder

From Nine:
To the world, Raudha Athif was known as ‘the girl with the blue eyes.’ A stunning young Vogue cover model with even more ambitious plans for the future.

Australia and the world beckoned. But at just 21 her life was cut short in the most brutal way. Police say it was suicide, but her family insist it was murder.

Raudha Athif was an model who grew up with her family in the Maldives, known as 'the girl with the blue eyes'.

According to police, 21-year-old Raudha hanged herself with a scarf from the ceiling fan in her college dormitory room.

Yet, as Stefanovic reveals the only real evidence - the marks on her neck – suggest otherwise.

Australian forensic pathologist, Professor Joe DuFlou tells Stefanovic these marks paint a more sinister picture of murder. The scarf witnesses say she used, does not match the marks on her neck.

“I’d have grave doubts that that ligature caused those ligature marks. It just doesn’t match.”

It’s this evidence that has fuelled Raudha’s father, Mohamed Athif’s fight to find answers.

“I want to know the truth behind my daughter’s death. Who killed her and why?”

The 21-year-old model's parents want answers because they're convinced her death was not a suicide but a murder.

Raudha grew up with her family in the Maldives but even in paradise she stood out from the crowd. Her piercing blue eyes added to her exoticism, and when this now famous image was taken the young Muslim girl’s life changed forever.

Overnight fame followed and Raudha soon became a top model, appearing on the cover of Vogue magazine.

But as Raudha’s father Mohamed tells Stefanovic, she wanted to be known for more than just her looks and yearned to be a doctor.

“She wanted to take care of people.”

But to fulfil her dream, Raudha had to leave the Maldives and move to Rajshahi, in western Bangladesh.

Peter Stefanovic spoke to Australian forensic pathologist Professor Joe DuFlou about the crucial marks around the model's neck.

Bangladesh is a strict Muslim country and while Raudha was raised Muslim, her family’s approach was much more moderate and relaxed.

Mohamed says his daughter took precautions and bought clothes to wear in Bangladesh that fit with the strict Muslim dress code. However the reaction to her Vogue magazine shoot was not what she had expected.

“Some people were saying that she belonged to Muslim country, Islamic country and she should not do that.”

Just 6 months later she was found dead.

Was this Raudha’s undoing? Did a culture clash cost Raudha her life?

Adding to the intrigue of this case, Raudha is not the first model to die in Bangladesh. In fact, two models supposedly committed suicide in the last few years under dubious circumstances.

Peter Stefanvoic investigates the mystery surrounding the beautiful cover girl. And what he uncovers is truly shocking.

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