Preteen Girls Are Now Being Used As Bikini Models At Chinese Car Shows [UPDATE]
If you thought there might have been laws forbidding prepubescent girls from posing as bikini models at car shows, you were wrong. At Chutian Automobile Culture Festival in Wuhan, which kicked off November 16, girls who look about nine years old were marched onto the showroom floor alongside adult models, all wearing two-piece bikinis. The only way this gets more distasteful is if you had these children pose with a snake. Check out the picture after the jump, via Offbeat China.
At the terrible risk of uncomfortable juxtaposition, here’s what auto shows in China are usually like. Ku6 video for those in China after the jump.
UPDATE, 11/19, 9:39 pm: Organizers of the event have spoken out. Via China Daily:
However, Zhang Ping, general manager of the event’s organizers, 7-Wind Model Costume Co, said the goal was purely to help the children “boost their courage” and no organization or individual made money from the show.
“If you type the key words ‘children’ and ‘bikini’ into an Internet search engine, you’ll find tens of thousands of results for child bikini contests,” she said on Sunday. “It’s natural for kids to wear bikinis and other things they like.”
She said only two 5-year-olds wore bikinis, both with the permission of their parents.