China agency: Dead Russian model not overworked
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.