Chinese women had to pose in bikinis for the chance to become flight attendants

Candidates vie for roles in the fashion and aviation industries in this annual Chinese competition.

Candidates vie for roles in the fashion and aviation industries in this annual Chinese competition.

Unless you're auditioning for a spot on the Victoria's Secret catwalk, a job interview shouldn't usually include a mandatory swimsuit category.

However more than 1000 Chinese women had to strip down in a bikini-clad parade for a chance to become a flight attendant. 

In an annual competition organised by modelling agency Oriental Beauty to help airline recruiters source "talent", high school graduates had a chance to compete for roles as models or cabin crew.

Held on Monday in Qingdao, the event also aimed to "help relevant professional colleges and universities 'focus' on selection criteria", reports.

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Suitable bikini bodies aside, entrants also had to be 25 years old or younger, at least five foot six, "elegant, slim, have sweet voice and have no scars in the exposed part of their skin", according to Oriental Beauty's website.

Women who were five foot five would be considered if they were supremely beautiful. 

Entrants also posed in formal flight attendant garb in a bid to nab a contract in the aviation and fashion industries, as well as showcasing their "artistic talents" in another round.

In China, where there is fierce competition for airline roles, strict criterias and bizarre hazing rituals come with the job.

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At China Southern Airlines, worthy candidates must be no older than 24 and above average height. At Hong Kong Airlines, they have to master kung fu.


Some flight attendants are forced into overhead compartments. Image: FACEBOOK


And at Kunming Airlines, female cabin staff are forced into overhead bins in an initiation process to mark the employees' first 30 to 50 hours of flight service.

Those who tried to avoid participating in the practice were deemed uncooperative and arrogant.

The airline apologised after images of staff in the compartments spread across social media, saying the company did not condone the tradition, which was the "personal behaviour" of their attendants and security staff, conducted after flight hours.

 - Stuff


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