A teenage Russian model reportedly died after a grueling fashion show in Shanghai, China.
According to Fox News, Vlada Dzyuba, 14, had been in China for three months, during which time she was required to perform what has been described as “slave labor” in the country.
Following what reports indicate was as long as a 13-hour workday during the Shanghai assignment, Dzyuba reportedly collapsed, fell into a coma and died two days later.
An examination revealed she had been suffering from chronic meningitis. Some reports indicate the disease, combined with severe exhaustion, led to her death.
Russian officials are now looking for answers from China, where Dzyuba was reportedly supposed to be limited to three-hour workdays.
The Sun reported that Pavel Mikov, a human rights ombudsman for the Russian city of Perm, “is personally investigating” the circumstances surrounding her death.
Some reports indicate Dzyuba experienced a spike in her body temperature prior to the ill-fated fashion show. Her mother, Oksana, believes the reaction was a result of her underlying medical issue, the International Business Times reported.
“It must have been the very beginning of the illness,” she said, “… and then her temperature shot up. I didn’t sleep myself and was calling her constantly, begging her to go to the hospital.”
Dzyuba’s mother went on to recall her daughter’s complaints that she was “so tired” and needed to rest prior to her death.
“No one expected it to lead to such consequences,” said Elvira Zaitseva, who set up the model’s trip through her Perm modeling agency. “We are now reaping what we have sown.”
She reportedly acknowledged she had not ensured Dzyuba’s contract provided for sufficient medical insurance.
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