She’s 178cm and 55kg, she’s born in Shaanxi and goes to uni in Beijing, she likes hip-hop music, Chinese classical art and old people. She’s single. Zhao Tingting, also known as Miss China 2005 sees her role as a “great responsibility” (interview in Chinese and video clip in Chinese).
She didn’t win the Miss World 2005 pageant, once again held in the south Chinese resort city of Sanya, but it was no surprise. Miss Philippines was a huge favourite at odds of 4-to-1, but was pipped to the post by the presumably cool Miss Iceland, who won at odds of around 12-to-1. Apparently two billion people watched a bunch of OK-looking strangers wandering round, and doing some rather inspirational things such as planting trees. Unfortunately not one of them said “I want to save the world … through modelling” (we’re guessing no one else got that quote from the old US sitcom Blossom). They did say the words “beauty,” “nature” and “mother earth” a LOT though. After we threw up and had regained consciousness, we spent the next three hours trying to pronounce the winner’s name: Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir. The first two words fill you with confidence until the third somehow forces the world into slow-motion.
Back to dear Miss China: When will they pick a girl who actually looks much better than the average Chinese girl on the street? Oh wait. How could we forget. Miss World isn’t about looks and the celebration of vanity, right?
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