Photo via Beijing Cream.
In perhaps the most disturbing story to break over the weekend, the company in charge of organizing the Chutian Auto Culture Festival has been roundly criticized for using 5-year-old girls in bikinis in the show.
Zhang Ping, general manager of the event’s promoters 7-Wind Model Costume Company, defended the use of child models to the China Daily:
[She] said the goal was purely to help the children “boost their courage” and no organization or individual made money from the show.
Our colleagues at Beijing Cream also highlighted this particularly messed up comment:
“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.”
While, as Beijing Cream points out, this claim is patently false; Zhang is presumably referring to beauty pageants such as those featured in Toddlers and Tiaras which do feature bikini rounds, and have been widely condemned for sexualizing pre-pubescent children.
Zhang went on to blame the media for publishing pictures of the children, claiming this did far more damage than her hiring them to be photographed scantily clad in front of cars.