A 14-year-old model has reportedly died after falling into a coma, following claims she worked a 13-hour fashion show in Shanghai, China on Wednesday.
The Siberian Times reports Russian model Vlada Dzyuba was rushed to hospital and died on Friday 27 October after she had taken a three-month assignment in China.
Elvira Zaitseva, head of Vlada’s modeling agency Perm, told the Daily Mail: ‘No-one expected it to lead to such consequences.
While the causes of Vlada’s death are currently unknown, it is widely thought to be as a result of meningitis and exhaustion.
Vlada had been working in China for Shanghai Fashion Week, which ended October 18, but it is thought that she had been booked for a number of different jobs while in the country.
Since SFW, her other jobs have reportedly included a jewellery shoot which spanned 13 hours and then a further catwalk show, last Tuesday, at which The Guardian reports she began to feel dizzy and ill.
The Daily Mail reports that the teenager collapsed, some have said into a coma, before this latest runway job began. Although she was taken to a Shanghai hospital, she died on Friday.
Dzyuba’s mother reportedly told NTV, according to the International Business Times: ‘She was calling me, saying “Mama, I am so tired. I so much want to sleep.” It must have been the very beginning of the illness.
‘And then her temperature shot up. I didn’t sleep myself and was calling her constantly, begging her to go to the hospital.’
However, accounts over what happened to the young model vary widely, with the country’s official newspaper The Global Times in Beijing, disputing The Siberian Times’ original coverage of the death.