The Super Girl singing competition, a Chinese version of American
idol, is always capable of making headlines in the Chinese media.
This time, it is about a Super Girl contestant's sexy photos shot
for a magazine and her mother who poured cold water on
Super Girl contestant Shao Yuhan posed for a string of sexy
photos but her move sparked a harsh reaction from her mother,
writes the Chongqing Times on October 23.
"It is ridiculous for her to shoot such a series of sexy
photos," Shao's mother wrote in a public letter obtained by the
paper in which she did not include her name.
"Although some neighbors told me that she is very beautiful, I
cannot bear her insolence," the enraged mother wrote.
The singing competition, whose official name is the Mengniu
Yogurt Super Girl Contest, after the company that sponsors the
series, is unprecedentedly popular among Chinese teenager, and even
seniors are saddened when their favorite contenders are knocked
out. However, until now, no one has suggested the show be
"I want her to be a normal girl who leads a happy life. I regret
I allowed her to be one of the participants. The entertainment
industry is too dirty and girls are easily led the wrong way. I
should have prevented her from attending the show," Shao's mother
wrote, adding that 'Shao didn't listen to" her.
Shao's mother was also doubtful about the magazine's
"Can it be a good magazine if it always shoots pictures of girls
wearing almost nothing?" she asked.
"Lots of girls are persuaded to pose for such pictures out of a
desire for fame and popularity, but have they ever thought of their
mothers' personal feelings?" she asked.
"I am afraid the overall environment will destroy my daughter.
She is too young to be able to judge for herself. I hope she will
get out of it and make a better choice for a more promising future
life," she wrote.
"Parents of those who are looking to join the industry should
dissuade their children from doing so. You can't take it back if
anything bad happens," she wrote.
The 1980s in China saw a generation of children who held
different attitudes than those of their parents, who were at times
labeled 'outdated' by their offspring.
"It is nothing serious," Shao says, adding it is all right to
pose for a magazine as long as the content of the magazine is
"When I first saw the design, I thought it was acceptable, but
when I saw the photos, I thought I was a little underdressed. My
mother got angry and I am sorry for that," says Shao.
According to the paper, the pictures were discussed and accepted
by both parties.
"We are male-orientated," the picture designer told the
(China Daily October 25, 2006)