|"Plastics" Beauty In China|
|Living - Society|
|TS-Si News Service|
|Thursday, 06 April 2006 10:22|
An "Image" Ambassador
Fuzhou City, CN. April 3, 2006. Chen Lili, 22, a woman born transsexual, is the image ambassador of a hospital plastics division in Fuzhou City, China.
Ms. Lili took part in an activity called "meet on Women's Day to witness beauty" and sang a song for the audience.
She had previously come in third and won the "Best Figure" prize at a Miss Plastic Surgery pageant in Beijing. Lili made headlines when denied participation at the Miss World China contest.
Although the Miss World committee announced that she would be allowed to participate, a retraction came just two days later. The committee stated that Ms. Lili would not be allowed to participate because of her condition as a transsexual.
It is believed that Lili is the first transsexual woman to attempt to compete at the Miss World contest. Two high-profile contestants, Liu Yulan (62) and and Liu Xiaojing, a transsexual, did not make it to the finals, but received awards for "giving the best impression to the media."
Many women in China are increasingly influenced by Western standards of beauty and undergo surgery for bigger busts, larger eyes, more defined noses, and slimmer bodies.
As people in China become wealthier and more conscious of their appearance, plastic surgery has become more common. Sponsors that range from private beauty clinics to cosmetic surgery hospitals view pageants as a way toward more business in a booming industry.
China used to frown upon beauty and fashion as frivolous and decadent, but has become world's eighth-largest and Asia's second-biggest cosmetics market.
The state-controlled media claim there are 11.2 million practitioners in 1.5 million beauty salons in China. The take in 2005 was 168 billion yuan (US $20.3 B), a 20 percent increase over the previous year.
|Last Updated on Monday, 27 August 2007 18:21|