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Paris Fashion Mag Features China’s Famous “Facekini” In Photo Shoot

Posted: 08/14/2014 3:24 pm

cr fashion book pool mask facekini Chinese auntiesAunties of China: you never cease to amaze. Known for their propensity to public dance in squares and buy up vast amounts of gold, they may be most famous for encouraging the use of facekinis, a beach accessory used to keep the sun away from their faces.

Since they first appeared in the public eye in Qingdao in 2012, Facekinis have been the talk of summertime in China. But they’ve never really gotten the attention they’ve deserved… until now.

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As reported by Sina, fashion magazine CR Fashion Book has published a pictorial featuring the facekini. Photographed at Piscine Molitor, the pictorial centers on the concept that a “deep tan is the enemy”:

While our summer beauty routines are devoted to bronzing, self-tanning, and tan-extending, in Asia, beauty-seekers are more likely to center theirs around lightening and brightening… These beautiful eyes are peering from behind a mask—still enjoying summer, but avoiding a summer glow at all costs.

CR Fashion Book is run by Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris. Who knows? Perhaps the facekini is set to take the world by storm.

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Photos: CR Fashion Book


Man in Shenzhen drowns 5 metres away from a lifeguard

Posted: 07/31/2013 7:00 am

The nation’s first Good Samaritan Law will come into effect in Shenzhen tomorrow and boy is it needed.

Although last week had the feel-good story of an old man who was rescued from drowning by a Good Samaritan, this has been counterbalanced by an incident in a Shenzhen swimming pool in which a man drowned while swimming five metres away from a lifeguard and nobody noticed him for 10 minutes.

Yangcheng Evening News reports that Mr. Zheng, 45, was swimming with his 8 year-old son in the pool at Futian Stadium on July 24. At around 8 p.m., he went swimming under water in an area where the pool was about 1.35 m deep and never came up again.

It was 10 minutes before either the lifeguard, who was five metres away, or the other swimmers noticed the drowned man. Security camera footage then shows the lifeguard trying to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead by paramedics when they arrived.

That evening, the swimming pool offered Zheng’s family 1.1 million yuan in compensation but his cousin, Mr. Zuo, said this was way too low. Zheng’s 13 year-old nephew was also reportedly hit by a member of staff after a dispute related to how the corpse would be removed from the premises.

Expect a bitter legal battle to ensue.

Lifeguards have a stressful and dangerous job. At that particular swimming pool, they have to watch the water for seven hours a day and only get paid 3,000 yuan a month. In other words, they need all the help they can get from members of the public, which is hopefully where Good Samaritans will come in.


Guangzhou women secretly photographed while swimming

Posted: 06/12/2012 7:00 am

There has been a rash of scandals involving lone perverts in China recently, such as the man who installed a hidden camera in a girl’s dormitory at Shenzhen Polytechnic, and another who hid 20 cameras in a women’s changing room at a gym in Hainan Province. It appears the world’s perverts are getting increasingly tenacious, as another scandal has arisen, this time involving women being photographed while swimming.

According to local television, last weekend a number of women were secretly photographed with iPhones at a swimming pool in Guangzhou. A women identified as Ah Zhu was swimming in the pool at The People’s Municipal Fitness Center in the city’s Yuexiu District around 7.30 in the evening when she saw three men near her with mobile phones. She thought it odd that they would have phones near a swimming pool, and made a mental note of the men’s appearances. The men all had non-local accents, she told 163 news.

One of the men, very tall, thin and thought to be in his twenties, sat by the pool playing with his phone, while the other two men would swim in the water with their iPhones, which had waterproof jackets. The men would periodically get together to look at each other’s screens, then laugh at what they saw.

Ah Zhu observed them for some time and noticed they would go under water to take photographs any time a female entered the pool, this included little girls and middle-aged women. She later told her boyfriend Ah Qiang who said that if he had been there, he would have started a fight. Concerned that the men might upload the photographs to a pornographic website, Qiang called for the health center to ban mobile phones from the pool area.

While the health center has yet to introduce a ban, according to lawyer Huang Zhiyong, it is a criminal offense to publish somebody’s picture on a pornographic website without their permission. In Huang’s opinion, the health center should take the necessary steps to protect the privacy of swimmers, and ensure such an offence isn’t committed again.

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