Russian model didn’t die from overwork: Shanghai agency

By Liu Caiyu Source:Global Times Published: 2017/10/29 23:28:39

Russia teenage worker died after Shanghai Fashion Week

A local model agency on Sunday denied a Russian teenage model died from overwork during her two-month stay in China for the Shanghai Fashion Week.

The 14-year-old Vlada Dzyuba's death on Friday had nothing to do with the show as it ended a week before, and she worked legally 8 hours every day during her stay in China under contract, Zheng Yi, CEO of ESEE Model Management told the Global Times on Sunday.

A Shanghai Fashion Week media representative told the Global Times Sunday that "Shanghai Fashion Week is also investigating when, why and where Dzyuba died, noting that she could have collapsed after the show."

The Siberian Times reported on Friday that Dzyuba died after a 13-hour Shanghai fashion show and blamed her death on extreme exhaustion, saying, "The preliminary cause of death was meningitis compounded by severe exhaustion… officially, she was required to work three hours a week in China."

However, Zheng denied the three-hours-a-week work claim, noting that the number of work hours was not stated in the contract.

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

ESEE Model Management, which employs about 30 foreign models, signed a three-month contract with Dzyuba's home company, Smirnoff Models, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

China's Labor Law provides for an eight-hour work day, and 44 hours a week.

The law states that people in cultural, sports and arts activities in China are entitled to hire kids below the age of 16, but they have to meet national permission procedures and ensure their right to education.

A medical report provided by the organizers of Shanghai Fashion Week to the Global Times says that the young model was found to be suffering from septicopyemia, a type of blood poisoning, at the ICU, with multiple organ damage, liver dysfunction and renal problems.

She died of multiple organ dysfunction, the medical record reads.

Dzyuba arrived in Yiwu, East China's Zhejiang Province Monday night and her agent canceled her stay on Wednesday after she said she felt sick. She was sent to Shanghai's Rui Jin Hospital emergency room on Wednesday, and the Russian embassy was informed.

Dzyuba was accompanied by ESEE management personnel at the Rui Jin Hospital, Zheng added.

On Thursday, Russian embassy staff and the local police arrived at the hospital and inquired about the case, said Zheng.

The Russian embassy did not reply to an interview request from the Global Times as of press time.

Newspaper headline: Model’s death being probed

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