HomeIn the NewsGame ResultsTeam ChinaWorld's Teams
Chinese He Wenna wins Women's Trampoline GoldChina beats Germany to win Olympic table tennis men's team goldBritish cyclists stun the world at Beijing GamesAndrei Aramnau of Belarus breaks snatch world record in men's 105kg Preview: Who will meet May-Treanor/Walsh in beach volleyball final? Beijing: Thundershower 29-22°C
Perfect hostesses outclass sexy cheerleaders
 + -  
21:20, August 18, 2008

Josh Inman (L), Bryan Volpenhein and Marcus McElhenney of the US men's eight rowing team look on during the medal ceremony after their bronze medal win at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 17, 2008. (Photo: chinadaily.com.cn)

Forget the skimpily clad cheerleaders. The immaculate hostesses handing out medals at the Olympics have won the spectator vote for glamour.

Wearing Chinese silk dresses with their hair pulled back tightly into neat buns, the hostesses are beautiful, elegant and their eyes are three-tenths the length of their faces.

"They are so pretty and precise. They smile continuously," said Debra Sinex, a tourist from Atlanta, Georgia, in Beijing for the Olympics.

Victory ceremony hostesses are ready for another ceremony in Qingdao, Shandong Province August 17, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)

At every medal ceremony six or more hostesses are on duty.

Two wearing "cheongsam", or long dresses, stand either side of the podium while three or more in knee-length dresses hold platters bearing the medals and bouquets of nine red roses, with red a lucky colour in China and nine meaning everlasting.

But although the role looks simple these hostesses have been meticulously chosen and trained.

Medal bearers pose during a medal ceremony after rowing finals of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park north of Beijing, August 17, 2008.(Photo:chinadaily.com.cn)

Hostess candidates have to be university educated, aged 18 to 24, between 1.68 and 1.78 metres in height (5 ft 5 ins and 5 ft 8 ins), with a "ruddy and shiny complexion", "elastic skin" and "a plump but not fat body".

Their faces needed to meet standards including the ratio between the "width of the nose and the length of the face" and "width of the mouth and width between the pupils", with eyes three-tenths the length of the face.

From about 5,000 applications, 297 candidates were chosen from a dozen Beijing colleges and 40 students from Shanghai to be "Olympic victory ceremony volunteers".

Victory ceremony hostesses are ready for another ceremony in Qingdao, Shandong Province August 17, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)

Five series of costumes were designed for the hostesses to wear at the 302 Olympic and 471 Paralympic medal ceremonies, each for different sports and featuring traditional Chinese images such as blue-and-white porcelain, embroidery and jade.

The women have been through thorough training at a kind of charm boot camp, learning to stand for hours in high-heels and honing the perfect smile exposing eight teeth by spending hours before a mirror with a chopstick between their teeth.

"In the standing sessions, we have to stand still and smile for half an hour or more. We also run about a 1,000 metres every day for physical conditioning," one of the hostesses, Ma Sha, 20, told reporters ahead of the Games.

Source: chinadaily.com.cn

Comments Related News
 Kenyans confident of bagging gold in 800m at Beijing Olympics
 Six-time table tennis Olympians honored in Beijing
 Olympic Games: Most glorious, most moving
 Lithuanian PM arrives in Beijing for Olympics
 Video: Wrap for Friday's gold winners
 Liu's coach breaks down in press conference
 Australia's Snowsill wins women's triathlon at Beijing Olympics
 Georgia for first time in beach volleyball top four
 U.S. gold favorites make it through to men's beach volleyball semifinals
 Weightlifting preview: European lifters to fight for title of “world's strongest man”
1 China 39 14 14 67
2 USA 20 22 25 67
3 Australia 11 10 12 33
4 Great Britain 11 7 8 26
5 Germany 9 7 7 23
6 South Korea 8 9 5 22
Most Popular News
·Romanian Sandra Izbasa wins women's floor exercise Olympic gold
·Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei advances into badminton final at Beijing Olympic Games
·Horse ride or horse fight?
·Kazakhstan's Ilin wins Olympic men's 94kg weightlifting gold
·Women wrestler Huynh wins Canada's first gold at Beijing Olympics
Latest Photos
Chinese He Wenna wins Women\'s Trampoline Gold
Chinese He Wenna wins Women's Trampoline Gold
Perfect hostesses outclass sexy cheerleaders
Perfect hostesses outclass sexy cheerleaders
Popular Videos
Video: 2008 Olympic Youth Camp members enjoy themselves in Beijing
Video: 2008 Olympic Youth Camp members enjoy themselves in Beijing
Popular Features

Copyright © 1997-2008 by www.people.com.cn. all rights reserved