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Vlada Dzyuba: Was Russian Teenage Model Worked to Death?

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Russian model Vlada Dzyuba during the Shanghai Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 in Shanghai, China, on Oct. 13.  (Imaginechina via AP Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:44 AM

Vlada Dzyuba's death has sparked an outcry with some charging the 14-year-old Russian teenage model was working on a so-called "slave contract."

Dzyuba was hired on a temporary contract, Zheng Yi, founder of the Chinese firm ESEE Models, told the South China Morning Post. The teenager died Friday of sepsis in Shanghai after reportedly being forced to work for hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said sepsis is the body's extreme response to an infection. The agency said that it can life-threatening and without timely treatment can rapidly cause tissue damage, organ failure, and death.

Zheng dismissed charges that his agency overworked the teenager, the Morning Post said.

"I think the accusation against us that Vlada was worked to death is groundless," Zheng told the Morning Post. "There is no so-called slave contract. We are one of the biggest model agencies in China and the contract we signed with her is legal and standard."

The Siberian Times said Dzyuba was working a 13-hour shoot before falling into a coma, calling her death "utterly appalling – and avoidable."

Zheng told the Global Times that Dzyuba never worked more than eight hours in a day and considered her workload "moderate" compared to other models.

"Dzyuba had 16 different jobs during her two-month stay in China," Zheng told the Global Times. "She had regular breaks while working. Most of her work was completed within eight hours. Her workload was moderate compared with other models."

The Siberian Times said reports about the girl showed she was paid $3,000 for a two-month contract, but most of those funds went to paying her own airfare, accommodations, food, taxes, and insurance. The contract did not provide Dzyuba with medical insurance, the publication stated.

The Siberian Times said that on an earlier modeling trip, Dzyuba earned about $8 per day for a 60-day contract.

A Shanghai Fashion Week representative told the Global Times Sunday that Shanghai Fashion Week was investigating the teenager's death as well.

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