Teen Russian Model's Death In China Sparks 'Slave Contracts' Debate

by Luis Castro October 31, 2017, 0:23
Teen Russian Model's Death In China Sparks 'Slave Contracts' Debate

A Russian teen model on a three-month assignment in China collapsed amid a 13-hour fashion show and died after suffering from "utter exhaustion".

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.

Dzyuba reportedly suffered from sever meningitis and exhaustion. "I so much want to sleep", she told NTV.

Some reports indicate Dzyuba experienced a spike in her body temperature prior to the ill-fated fashion show. According to The Daily Mail, the young model had a high temperature before she collapsed, but was afraid to seek medical attention because she had no medical insurance - which was supposed to be a part of her contract. However, officially Dzyuba had has to work for only three hours a week.

Her agent made a decision to cancel the next day's event and sent her to the railway station on Wednesday morning to take a train back to Shanghai, Zheng said. Nor could I sleep with what she was telling me and told her to go to the hospital.

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She had been prominent at this month's prestigious Shanghai Fashion Week.

Zheng insisted her contract was "legal" even though it did not specify the number of working hours.

Miss Dzyuba's mother said she was crying down the phone to her saying: "Mama, I am so exhausted".

A 14-year-old Russian girl has died tragically while modeling in China, triggering accusations that she had been literally worked to death on the runway.

"No one expected it to lead to such consequences", said Elvira Zaitseva, who set up the model's trip through her Perm modeling agency. Her workload was moderate compared with other models'.

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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.

Dzyuba was "a happy girl with good appetite" the night before she fell ill, it said.

The Kremlin's human rights ombudsman in Perm, Pavel Mikov, said he was personally investigating the girl's death.

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

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