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31 October 2017, 12:21 | Erma Lawrence

Modelling scandal: young girl dies in China after 13 hour fashion show with no medical insurance

Modelling scandal young girl dies in China after 13 hour fashion show with no medical insurance

Vlada Dzyuba, a 14-year-old model from Russian Federation, went into a coma after a 13-hour fashion show in Shanghai, China on Wednesday, The Siberian Times reports.

However, once she became ill, the modelling agency did pay her bills, it is understood.

Moscow is set to demand an explanation over the conditions Vlada was living in during her time working in Asia.

Her mother couldn't see her for the final time after she was unable to obtain her visa, and it is now reported that her parents can't afford to fly her body home.

"She was a very excitable girl, she liked to eat, she liked to eat chips, like a teenager is supposed to do", Ms Fang told reporters on Monday.

As her temperature soared, it is said the model was told to continue working despite her worrying health. However, her modeling contract kept her working much longer.

Elvira Zaitseva the head of the Perm modeling agency said, "No-one expected it to lead to such consequences".

It is also being said that she was not covered by medical insurance despite having spent three months working with a major Chinese modelling agency.

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

An ambulance was called and she was rushed to the hospital.

The girl had appeared at the prestigious Shanghai Fashion Week. before going on to other assignments.

According to the Global Times: "China's Labor Law provides for an eight-hour work day, and 44 hours a week". She never regained consciousness, dying two days later, according to reports. Her workload was moderate compared with other models'. Oksana said that these were the first signs of her daughter's illness and that she had urged Vlada to go to the hospital.

It is not clear who is to blame for her not having medical insurance.

Miss Dzyuba's mother said she was crying down the phone to her saying: "Mama, I am so exhausted".

The agency said it halted the next day's work, and sent Dzyuba back to Shanghai on October 25.

'They treat young models with great care there.

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

Dzyuba's Russian manager Dmitry Smirnov, who negotiated her Chinese assignment, has not commented on her death.

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