14-yr-old Russian model dies in China; what could have caused it?
Allegations of over work and exhaustion were coined after 14-year-old Vlada Dzyuba died post her participation in the Shanghai Fashion Week. Although the Chinese model agency representing her has denied these allegations.
But the incident has none the less put the world of modeling under spotlight.The death of Vlada Dzyuba in a Chinese hospital on Friday has yet again highlighted the murky world of western models in China, many of whom are from the former Soviet Union and dream of carving out a career in the notoriously cut-throat industry.
The teenager, who despite her young age was allowed to model under Chinese law, began feeling dizzy and started being sick last Tuesday.
She was taken to a Shanghai hospital the next day but died on Friday after her condition quickly deteriorated.
English-language newspaper The Siberian Times alleged that Dzyuba died of meningitis compounded by severe exhaustion following “a gruelling fashion show in Shanghai”.
“We feel sorry that we lost an angel,” ESEE Model Management in Shanghai said in a statement on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, pointing out that Shanghai Fashion Week ended on October 18 and she fell ill six days later while on another assignment.
ESEE’s chief executive Zheng Yi separately told the state Global Times that the model had worked a legal eight hours a day during her two months in China before her death.
“Dzyuba had 16 different jobs during her two-month stay in China, she had regular breaks while working,” Zheng told the newspaper on Sunday.
“Most of her work was completed within eight hours. Her workload was moderate compared with other models.”
After the Shanghai event Dzyuba travelled to Yiwu, a city south of Shanghai, but a model shoot was cancelled because she began feeling unwell and she returned to Shanghai.
The Global Times quoted a representative for Shanghai Fashion Week as saying it was investigating and cited a medical report saying that she had septicopyemia, a type of blood poisoning.
Dzyuba died less than two weeks before her 15th birthday.>
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