Unlike professional models and performers in China’s tier-one cities, “white monkeys” in the smaller cities get by just being white, handsome, blond and blue-eyed at bizarre corporate promotional events. Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

China’s illegal ‘white monkey’ foreign models paid to bare skin and be gawked at as marketing prop

  • Called ‘white monkeys’, foreign models working illegally outside China’s tier-one cities get by on being white, handsome, blond and blue-eyed
  • They are used as a marketing prop at bizarre corporate promotional events – exhibited to be photographed
Topic |   China Society

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Unlike professional models and performers in China’s tier-one cities, “white monkeys” in the smaller cities get by just being white, handsome, blond and blue-eyed at bizarre corporate promotional events. Illustration: Adolfo Arranz
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Pavel Toropov

Pavel Toropov

Involved in competitive sport since the age of four, after completing a PhD in Ecology, Pavel worked in Colombia, Brazil, the UAE, South Korea and China. His love of outdoors sees him setting courses for ultra-marathons in Bhutan, powder skiing in Japan and guiding tourists to both the North and South Poles. He also crossed South America by bicycle, pedalling over 12,000 kilometres, alone. A former competitive distance runner, Pavel speaks English, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and French and supports AFC Wimbledon, his local football club.