A 27-year-old international model, who had worked in the UK the year before the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the world, has tragically died after her car overturned.
Taynnara Melo died in the car accident in the Brazilian municipality of Amorinopolis on the afternoon (local time) of May 8.
Melo was at the wheel of her Chevrolet S-10 compact pickup truck, which is also called a ute, when she lost control and the vehicle overturned on the dirt track she was driving on.
Emergency services were called to the scene. However, by the time paramedics arrived, the 27-year-old woman had already succumbed to her injuries.
Her boyfriend, Rudson Figueredo, was travelling in the passenger seat and was injured, but survived the accident.
In addition to fashion modelling, Melo was active as an influencer on Instagram, where she boasted just below 22,000 followers.
She had lived and worked abroad, including in London, where she posted photos of herself in front of the London Eye for her Instagram followers in July 2018.
"Now is time to go home. Thank God for this amazing time in London. See you soon UK. Now yeeesssss Holiday," she wrote at the time in the caption.
Melo had dreams of further pursuing her modelling career.
Her grieving mother, Joecy Mara Melo, is a councilwoman for Amorinopolis for the centre-to-centre-right Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB).
A statement from the municipal council paid tribute to the young woman, saying she would always be remembered for her "charisma, simplicity and beauty".
It is not clear if the model's death is being investigated by the authorities.
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