January 9, 2008
BEIJING — Striving to put a pretty face on the Summer Olympic Games,on Wednesday displayed its candidates to serve as medal ceremony hostesses— none of them too heavy and all carefully coifed and able to balance books on their poised heads.
official announced late last year that “they can’t be too fat.”
All candidates were between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-6 inches
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The Telegraph (UK)
December 11, 2007
China has begun training the first of 1,250 teenage girls as hostesses for next year’s Olympics, at what is billed as a charm school — but is more like a boot camp for beauties.
In their determination to ensure that the Beijing Games are flawless, the communist authorities are leaving nothing to chance. For girls hoping to be selected to take part in the award ceremonies, that means enduring a gruelling schedule of etiquette and movement classes as they are groomed, just outside Beijing, to appear alongside medal-winning athletes.
(The Telegraph also has pictures)