China agency: Dead Rus­sian model not over­worked

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The Chi­nese agency rep­re­sent­ing a 14-year-old Rus­sian model who died af­ter tak­ing part in Shang­hai Fash­ion Week has de­nied al­le­ga­tions that she was over­worked and ex­hausted.

The death of the teenager in a Chi­nese hos­pi­tal on Fri­day has shone a light on the murky world of west­ern mod­els in China, many of whom are from the for­mer Soviet Union.

Vlada Dzyuba be­gan feel­ing dizzy and started be­ing sick last Tues­day and was taken to a Shang­hai hos­pi­tal the next day, but died on Fri­day af­ter her con­di­tion quickly de­te­ri­o­rated.

The Siberian Times al­leged that Dzyuba died of menin­gi­tis com­pounded by se­vere ex­haus­tion.

“We feel sorry that we lost an an­gel,” Esee Model Man­age­ment in Shang­hai said on Weibo, China’s equiv­a­lent of Twit­ter, point­ing out that the fash­ion week ended on Oc­to­ber 18 but she fell ill six days later.

Esee chief ex­ec­u­tive Zheng Yi sep­a­rately told the state Global Times that she 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 said. “Most of her work was com­pleted within eight hours. Her work­load was mod­er­ate com­pared with other mod­els.”

The Global Times quoted a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the event as say­ing it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing and cited a med­i­cal re­port say­ing she had sep­ti­copy­emia, a type of blood poi­son­ing.

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