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Jakarta Post

Shanghai may ban sexy car show models

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

China   /   Sun, January 11, 2015   /  06:58 am

Scantily clad female models who adorn vehicle displays could be banned from this year'€™s Shanghai motor show, state media reported Saturday.

'€œWe haven'€™t ruled out the possibility of banning auto-show girls,'€ the organising committee for the Shanghai Automotive Exhibition said in remarks carried by the Xinhua news agency.

Female models have been a mainstay at international auto shows for decades and were featured at last year'€™s Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

But Yang Xueliang, director of public relations for Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, wrote in an online post on Friday he had been told that '€œauto show models are to be banned this year'€.

'€œIt is best to cancel the performances, so as to let visitors enjoy a quiet exhibition,'€ Xinhua quoted him as saying.

No reason has been given for the possible ban, but the media agency said the decision could be down to '€œmoral concern'€ and security considerations after a deadly stampede in the city on New Year'€™s Eve killed 36.