Group to take protest against 'pseudo models' to book fair
Visitors to the annual book fair next week will be asked to join a campaign against 'pseudo models' - young women who parade at the fair promoting products with books of photographs of themselves in skimpy outfits.
They will be handed protest slogan stickers by members of a group who by yesterday had amassed 35,000 signatures on an online petition against the practice.
Teenagers and women in their early 20s were still flocking yesterday for a chance to join the trend. But opponents say it debases what should be a cultural event and that albums of photographs are not books.
'Honestly, I do not think photo albums should be regarded as books,' Bobo Wan wrote on the Facebook site hosting the petition.
Group organiser Isaac Cheung Chun-hoi said the behaviour of the 'pseudo models' went far beyond what citizens would tolerate.
The group said it would give out stickers during the fair's opening ceremony on Wednesday next week.
Mr Cheung and 20 other members had their first meeting last night to plan action. 'We are still working on the design and slogan for the stickers, which visitors can stick onto their clothing,' he said.
The group would soon write to the Trade Development Council on the issue, he said. 'We hope the council will manage such events better and we would like the council to consider holding a 'Celebrities and Models Fair' separately ... to reduce the disturbance to the people visiting the book fair.'
Meanwhile, more than 200 competitors aged 15 to 25 joined a model hunt held by a jeans brand yesterday. Yoki Tam Chun-king, 15, a Form Four student in tight vest and hot pants, was the youngest among the final 20. 'Seeing those young models doing great in the model industry makes me want to have a try at it,' she said.
Another 15-year-old competitor, who gave her name as Karen, arrived in the uniform of a well-known school in Jordan. 'I have prepared an off-shoulder tee for the casting,' she said. 'I love modelling because it gives me a sense of achievement.'