While Vlada was in the country, moreover, she even took part in a show at the prestigious Shanghai Fashion Week. Once that event had ended, though, the teenager stayed in China to fulfill at least one other assignment. For that, she headed to Yiwu, a city some three and a half hours’ drive from Shanghai.
However, it was during this trip that Vlada became ill, and so the proposed photoshoot in Yiwu was canceled. And according to Dmitry Smirnov, the man who had helped arrange the contract with ESEE Model Management, the teenager had been in rather a bad way at that time, throwing up and suffering from a body temperature higher than normal.
And Vlada’s sickness was seemingly later confirmed by the model’s mother Oksana Dzyuba. While Oksana hadn’t traveled with her daughter, she had nevertheless been in contact with Vlada while the teen was abroad. And The Daily Mirror quoted Oksana as saying, “[Vlada] 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.”