Overworked Russian teen model dies of exhaustion in China

Tuesday, 31 Oct, 2017

Over the weekend a model Vlada Dzyuba collapsed and later died from "utter exhaustion" following a 13-hour fashion show.

BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese modeling agency that hired a 14-year-old Russian girl is denying media reports that a "slave contract" contributed to the teen's sudden death.

The mother was trying to get a visa in order to fly out to give company to Dzyuba along with her younger daughter and Dzyuba's sister but unfortunately, Oksana's daughter died before all this.

An examination revealed she had been suffering from chronic meningitis.

"She called and said, 'I'm so exhausted, I worked for 13 hours, I'm so exhausted, I want to sleep, '" Oksana said.

As her temperature soared, it is said the model was told to continue working despite her worrying health.

Vlada is working in China on a three-month contract from Russian Federation.

Her Shanghai-based agency, ESEE Model Management, said she was a happy young girl who enjoyed her modelling work.

However, Russian diplomats have asked that a cremation is delayed until her mum arrives in China. "I didn't sleep myself and was calling her constantly, begging her to go to a hospital".

They informed her relatives in Russian Federation and Russia's Shanghai consulate that night.

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"There is no coercive clause in this contract", he said in an interview, adding that the three-month contract didn't mention working hours. It is unclear what role he played in seeking medical care for the model when she needed it.

She admitted not personally checking the girl's contract and medical insurance.

Vlada pictured during her last show, her agent Dmitry Smirnov, and doctors at a Shanghai hospital that fought for her life.

"It must have been the very beginning of the illness", the mother stated.

Her devastated mother Oksana said: "She was calling me, saying "Mama, I am so exhausted".

"We are one of the biggest model agencies in China and the contract we signed with her is legal and standard".

'They treat young models with great care there.

The human rights ombudsman in Perm is investigating Dzyuba's death.

Miss Dzyuba's Russian manager Dmitry Smirnov, who negotiated her Chinese assignment, has not commented on her death.