The modeling industry has been known to overwork and asks a lot of their models. Recently, tragedy struck when a 14-year-old model from Russia, Vlada Dzyuba, died from “utter exhaustion” during a three-month assignment in China.
Dzyuba had returned from a 12-hour fashion show in Shanghai when she collapsed into a coma and never regained consciousness. She sadly died two days later. A coroner’s report discovered the model was suffering from chronic meningitis.
The Siberian Times reported that Dzyuba was only allowed to work three hours a week. However, her modeling contract had her working much longer.
Before walking the show where she collapsed, The Daily Mail says she had a high temperature and was scared to go to the hospital due to not having medical insurance.
“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,” her mother Oksana told NTV, according to the International Business Times. “And then her temperature shot up. After that, I didn’t sleep myself and was calling her constantly, begging her to go to the hospital.”
There are a plethora of underage models working in China currently. Dzyuba’s tragic death raises concerns about the working conditions.
Some celebrities recently took breaks from the limelight after announcing their battles against diseases that restrain them from performing. One such celebrity is Lady Gaga. In her new Netflix documentary, “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” Gaga reveals that she suffers from Chronic Fibromyalgia. She confirmed the announcement via her Twitter feed, claiming she wishes to spread awareness of the disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread muscle pain and tenderness. Other effects of the illness include fatigue along with sleep, memory, and mood issues.
Due to Fibromyalgia, Lady Gaga was forced by her doctors to cancel and reschedule the European leg of her Joanne World Tour. On September 21st, LiveNation released the following statement:
“Lady Gaga is suffering from severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform. She remains under the care of expert medical professionals who recommended the postponement earlier today. Lady Gaga is devastated that she has to wait to perform for her European fans. She plans to spend the next seven weeks proactively working with her doctors to heal from this and past traumas that still affect her daily life, and result in severe physical pain in her body. She wants to give her fans the best version of the show she built for them when the tour resumes.”
This is not the first tour the “Born This Way” singer has had to postpone. In 2013, Gaga was forced to cancel several tour dates to have surgery on her broken hip.
Another celebrity who was discovered to be suffering from a life-threatening disease is Selena Gomez. In 2015, Gomez came out by saying she has been battling Lupus since 2013. According to National Resource Center on Lupus, Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs). “Chronica” means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.
Over the summer, Gomez revealed on Instagram she became very ill due to the disease. She received a kidney transplant from a close friend, Francia RaÃsa, recovering for months.
Diseases like Fibromyalgia, Lupus, and Chronic Meningitis are already terrifying to be dealing with. Adding the work element to it makes day-to-day living hard to deal with—the dangerous culture of being overworked needs to be taken seriously as a serious threat. Being healthy is very important, and not taking it seriously can end up taking over the body and, just like Vlada Dzyuba, end in death.