Over the weekend a model Vlada Dzyuba collapsed and later died from “utter exhaustion” following a 13-hour fashion show. It’s reported that moments before the young model was set to make her latest appearance on a Shanghai catwalk, she collapsed and never regained consciousness.
First responders rushed her to the hospital, where she remained in a coma for two days before passing away on Friday. Her preliminary cause of death was meningitis exacerbated by her exhaustion, according to The Siberian Times. Further tests are being carried out to determine the official cause.
Vlada is working in China on a three-month contract from Russia. According to local reports, Vlada was recruited by a modeling agency on what’s commonly referred to as “slave labor contract” where she has no medical insurance. Under the contract, she was only supposed to work three-hours per week while in China.
Vlada’s mother, Oksana, tried to get a visa so that she could be by her sick daughter’s side, but was unable to complete the process on time. She said she often got phone calls from Vlada and recalled how she’d always complain about a lack of sleep.
“She was calling me, saying, ‘Mama, I am so tired. I so much want to sleep. It must have been the very beginning of the illness... and her temperature shot up,” she told NTV. “I didn’t sleep myself and was calling her constantly, begging her to go to the hospital.”
Officials in Russia intend to investigate the circumstances surrounding the 14-year-old model’s death as well as her living conditions during the three-month assignment in China, according to IBT.
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