A competition in Northeast China was recently held, that featured a thousand high school graduates in bikinis. The competition was to find out who would get jobs as flight attendants. Cenk Uygur and Hannah Cranston (ThinkTank) hosts of The Young Turks discuss.
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“The flight attendant industry has been accused of sexism for decades. While the industry has made considerable reforms, some Chinese companies have lagged slightly — er, decades — behind.
In Qingdao, Northeast China, modeling agency Oriental Beauty hosted a slightly unusual competition over the weekend. Recruiters from both the aviation industry and fashion industry watched from the audience as over 1000 female recent high school graduates paraded around in conservative uniforms and bikinis, hoping to land job contracts.
More than 1,000 graduates, from Shandong, Hebei, Shanxi and other nearby provinces, competed for a chance at these often lucrative contracts. Candidates were required to be 5’6″ tall, unless they were exceptionally beautiful, in which case, the requirement could be dropped to 5’5″. Seems fair.”