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14-year-old model dies after 12-hour fashion show in China

29 October 2017

She slipped into a coma that was discovered to be caused by chronic meningitis, and died two days later.

The model was found to be suffering from chronic meningitis.

"It must have been the very beginning of the illness", she said, "... and then her temperature shot up.

Some reports indicate Dzyuba experienced a spike in her body temperature prior to the ill-fated fashion show. "I so much want to sleep", Vlada had told her mom.

Vlada's distraught mother Oksana wept as she told NTV: "She was calling me, saying 'Mama, I am so exhausted".

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Vlada Dzyuba died after she reportedly suffered "utter exhaustion" after the show in Shanghai. She said she often got phone calls from Vlada and recalled how she'd always complain about a lack of sleep.

She was supposed to be on a contract which permitted her to work a maximum three hours a week.

The mother begged her daughter to go the the hospital, but the girl was reportedly too afraid.

A number of young Russian models are recruited to China, but Vlada's tragic case has raised concerns over working conditions for the models and how they can be exploited.

China is recruiting an increasing number of - often very young - models from Russian Federation and especially Siberia to work at catwalk shows.

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

Oksana had been trying to get a visa to be with her daughter, but she failed to get it in time before she passed away.

There have been claims that Dzyuba was on a "slave labor" contract and did not have medical insurance.

According to the preliminary version, the film was admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of "meningitis", but her severe condition for a long time no one noticed. The head of the agency is quoted as saying, "We are now reaping what we have sown". Zaitseva confessed that she was not aware if the teenage model's contract included medical care.

Kremlin human rights ombudsman in Perm, Pavel Mikov, is personally investigating the girl's death.

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14-year-old model dies after 12-hour fashion show in China