Bikinis add controversy to cow contest

August 22nd, 2012 - 3:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 22 (IANS) A contest to find China’s most beautiful cow caused controversy when young women in bikinis began milking them in Shanyin county, the Shanghai Daily said Wednesday.

The event was meant to promote the county’s dairy industry, but instead sparked claims of promoting vulgarity.

The “beauty pageant,” organised by the Shanyin government, asked villagers to vote for cows based on their appearance, milk production, udder size and bloodlines, the daily said.

However, many villagers were shocked when eight young women in bikinis joined the beauty pageant to milk the cows. A model said she was hired to represent harmony between human beings and nature.

But the move backfired, with many people accusing the event of “promoting vulgarity” by hiring the models.

“Are the officials trying to test people’s aesthetic notions to see whether they would focus more on the cows or on the girls wearing bikinis?” read one Weibo post.

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