|Model Li Yingzhi poses with a BMW ACS7 during the 12th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on Monday. (Xinhua Photo)|
Models wearing revealing dresses at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition became the focus of public attention, with many criticizing them for seeking instant fame through behavior that crossed a moral red line.
Despite a total of 1,125 cars on display, many Web users said they enjoyed a "breast show" rather than a car exhibition after pictures featuring nearly topless models circulated online.
"The brand is trying to convey the features of its car - convertible with double airbags," a microblogger joked on Sina Weibo Wednesday, commenting on pictures of Gan Lulu, an explicitly dressed model known for showing off her homemade nude photos.
Gan's mother, who works as her daughter's agent, told the Global Times that Gan was dressing as required by an online portal.
"The public does not have to fuss about this. She is just performing her duty as a professional model, which isn't doing any harm to anybody. Beautiful models are a special view at the show. This is a worldwide trend," she said.
Her claims could not be immediately verified by Gan's employer.
Ahead of Gan's appearance, Li Yingzhi, a model for BMW, became an overnight star thanks to a diamond-studded dress that emphasized the contours of her breasts.
But the parade of beauties obviously failed to cater to all audiences.