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Young women audition for jobs in the fashion and airline industries in Qindao, East China's Shandong province. (YouTube)

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1,000 Chinese women apply for airline jobs by posing in bikinis

By WITW Staff on January 1, 2016

At a beauty competition in Northeast China, more than 1,000 recent high school graduates posed in bikinis, hoping to land a job in the fashion industry — or the aviation industry. The pageant, held annually at a school in Qingdao, marries two fields that should really have no intersection by offering young women jobs as either air hostesses or models. Representatives from both industries observed the competition, which saw women audition in both conservative outfits and swimwear. The pageant’s website proclaimed that candidates had to be at least five-foot-6, “elegant, slim, have sweet voice and have no scars in the exposed part of their skin.” The site also specified that women who did not meet the height requirement would be considered if they were exceptionally beautiful.

This is the second time in recent months that the questionable practices of Chinese airlines have been brought to light. In October, Kunming Airlines drew criticism after photos emerged of female crew members being stuffed into overhead lockers as part of an initiation ritual.

Read more at The Telegraph.


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