There’s something slightly uncomfortable about watching this recently-surfaced video of contestants strutting the stage in their swimsuits during a preliminary round at the 2013 Changlong Bikini Competition in Guangdong Province from this summer. I mean, they’ve got all the classic poses down: the hand-on-the-hip, blowing a kiss, the beached mermaid, some air punching…and then things get weird. Is this sexy? I don’t know, please watch and tell.
The competition, which was filmed at a water park in Changlong and aired through August, featured over 40 bikini-clad participants who proved their passion and vitality through activities like watermelon-eating contests, dancing, and rope-pulling races.