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China: A Russian model of 14 years dies of exhaustion in Shanghai

China: A Russian model of 14 years dies of exhaustion in Shanghai

14-year-old Vlada Dzyuba, from Perm in Russian Federation, had signed a "three month contract" to work on catwalks and finally realise her dream of becoming a supermodel.

Information denied on Sunday evening by the agency shanghaïenne modeling EEM in a statement posted on the chinese social network Weibo.

'She had regular breaks while working.

An examination revealed she had been suffering from chronic meningitis. Soon before walking in the show where she collapsed, she had a high temperature. This would violate Russian law, which states that underage models can't work more than a three-hour day.

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

She was supposed to be on a contract which permitted her to work a maximum three hours a week.

According to reports, Vlada began feeling dizzy and fell sick and was taken to a Shanghai hospital on Wednesday. "I didn't sleep myself and was calling her constantly, begging her to go to a hospital".

Her case has since raised critical awareness over the exploitation of children in the fashion industry as it has been claimed that before she went into a coma, she told her mother over the phone that she was exhausted.

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'It must have been the very beginning of the illness. and then her temperature shot up.

According to what was revealed, Vlada was hired by a model agency with little money and no medical insurance. She was rushed to the hospital and died Friday, October 20.

She was calling me, saying "Mama, I am so exhausted". It is unclear what role he played in seeking medical care for the model when she needed it.

ESEE Model paid 50,000 yuan in medical fees on Vlada's behalf, Zheng told the SCMP, claiming that it was not his company's responsibility to purchase medical insurance for her.

The young model's relatives fear that "a desire to profit from Vlada won against elementary care" for her.

We're sending condolences to the family and friends of Vlada Dzyuba, and we hope the investigation into her death will bring light to this often unaddressed issue.

A man believed to be her manager who negotiated her Chinese contract has declined to comment on her death.