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Girls Made to Strip Naked for Opening Ceremony Selection

Saturday, September 8, 2012 18:12
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Editor’s Note: This article is from August 2008. But it’s still strange. 


According, to state-run media, at the opening ceremony girls such as those depicted here, who participated in a programme called “smiling faces,” had to strip naked to get measured in order to get the job. The report notes that after their 6-month training, they were featured in the ceremony for three minutes. (Oliver Morin/AFP/Getty Images)

According, to state-run media, at the opening ceremony girls such as those depicted here, who participated in a programme called “smiling faces,” had to strip naked to get measured in order to get the job. The report notes that after their 6-month training, they were featured in the ceremony for three minutes. (Oliver Morin/AFP/Getty Images)

2008 Olympics: Coverage Behind the Scenes


At least 400 girls were made to strip naked to have their bodies measured before they could be selected for the Olympics opening ceremony, reported The Beijing News on August 15.

Entitled “The girls in white carry water bottles on their waists for the athletes,” the article details the rigorous training process thousands of young girls went through before they could appear in the opening ceremony.

The Beijing News was founded and is supervised by the Guangming Daily, a state-run media.

The selection process started last September, when thousands of girls from universities and dance academies in Beijing registered as candidates, the report says. They had to be 166cm tall, energetic, and have “good-looking faces,” it said.

Any girl shorter than 166 cm would be disqualified, and they were required to learn to walk like models.

The report said they were asked to maintain smiles for “very long time,” and in a “natural way” in front of cameras; any girl found unsuitable in the camera footage was eliminated.

Last December they were informed that they would also be subject to a stricter selection for those who would be the “white dress girls,” based on a measurement of their body frames. The girls gathered in a room, stripped off their clothes, were measured one by one, and sifted out, the report said.

400 were finally selected to be part of the elite group.

At the opening ceremony they participated in the programme called “smiling faces.” The report notes that after their 6 month training, they featured in the ceremony for three minutes.

After the opening ceremony they were supposed to “bounce vivaciously” on the spot for two hours, the longest continuous performance of the night, as they welcomed the athletes. They were taught five dances, and performed them one after another.

Other reports say they actually danced and welcomed the athletes for three hours, and in the height of Beijing summer at least one passed out from exhaustion and had to be taken off.

“We want to dance until the last audience member leaves, only then will we leave.” Zhang Fan, 20, from the Beijing University of Agriculture, was quoted as saying. She also explained that the over 90 girls from her university who participated were exempt from exams for two semesters.

Zhang said that after the intense daily training of different movements and “smile training”, from 6am until around 7pm since mid-April, she began to feel like a smiling puppet.

The article also indicated that there were strict requirements for the water bottles carried on their waists: they were only for athletes, and the girls were not permitted to drink from the bottles themselves.

Some Chinese bloggers thought that the girls being stripped naked and having their bodies measured was disgusting. “Under such a system,” one blogger wrote, “a human being is not like a human being.”

“This clearly indicates that the ruler of this country suffer abnormal psychology,” commented another.

Starting from August 15 the girls in white will be called to practice again, for the upcoming Paralympic Games, the article said.

*republished under agreement with The Epoch Times, an international publication known as the world’s leader in independent reporting on China.

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    • sten

      Yeh I know :evil:

  • Banderman

    Oh, please, women generally can’t keep their clothes on most of the time. To describe post modern women as modest shrinking innocent violets is a sham. They use their bodies to get what they want, one way or the other; either happily taking their clothes off or claiming others ‘made them do it’.

    • Anonymous

      Wow!! This guy is a knuckle dragging scumbag! IQ under 90 I presume.

      • Praise Jebus

        thought that was you? oh well :???:

      • building 5

        get out of the 1950′s, women make nasty comments about men all the time.

    • Supernibiru1

      Was hurt in high school by a woman more than likely……..These are typical responses from their pain ….Dude it’s alright this happens to most people including women!!!

  • Anonymous

    By RRR. September 9th, 2012 SUNday, 3:28 P.M. EST

    Those beautiful and young women should file for a “law suit” because they would not violate any security checks in bathing suits and because naked persons suffer psychological pains and flashes also pas on the psychological pains to others that may see them.

    I love the Olympics and in 2014 Friendly Olympics will continue for a more friendly world.
    2014 Friendly Olylpics, Tribulation End!?. TEAM USA.
    GOD said fight the fine battle and gain eternal life.
    We must Reject and Resist The Wicked False Injected Machinations that can ruin our minds and also demorilize. Eph. 6: 11-17. I am an Angel Dog and only because if I must be insulted by being called a dog. We Stand Divided And May The Great Counsellor Help Us All.

    • sten

      “ALLLLLrighty then” hmm I didnt think the psychiatric units had laptops for patients.

    • Anonymous

      Are you kidding us? These judges were perverts of the Hollywood kind.As for a law suit,this is CHINA! You no speaky lawsuit. :lol:

  • Banderman

    Recycled news from 2008? Men are most assuredly being gamed, controlled, and manipulated at the most devious levels.


      hah.. and now men are most assuredly and unwittingly compelled to serve in the next olympic participant selection process to better facilitate an exciting viewing experience for all in a tantalizing olympic ceremony. devious levels inspire the craftiest of devils.

  • HDThoreau

    Women do this for free. Getting paid for just improves their self-esteem.


      ah.. yeah of course, because they earned it.

  • Anonymous

    No one made these women do this.

    Modern women do this type of thing. They decide to do something, then after they decide they didn’t want to do it.

    Let this be a learning experience for them.

    I will help them out with their lesson.

    THINK before you act.

  • >9K<

    Yes, make this into a sexist thread. We’re all tired of hearing about the machine anyway, and we don’t care about the tiny little itsy-bitsy cultural differences that sets us apart. Honestly, who is surprised something like this could happen in Amerika? I mean China :neutral:

  • cobber

    :lol: :arrow: :twisted:

  • Anonymous

    Well who knows just how much emphasis can be placed on the word “made” as in “…made to strip naked…” Not that I put it past the Chinese to force something like this because if the reports are correct they also harvest organs from anyone they claim are political dissidents. Granted it isn’t a nice thought if the girls were “made” (forced) but if these gals wanted to or not what can we do about it? There are much greater reasons to stop being so buddy-buddy with China; after all, it is still actually “Red” China.

  • Anonymous

    “This clearly indicates that the ruler of this country suffer abnormal psychology,” commented another.”
    he would be if asked boys to strip off… but then again… :grin:

  • Anara

    Obviously the writer of this story has never had a Gynecological exam.

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