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Look, I know what you're thinking, that this is just another one of my faintly tacky attempts to lure traffic to Flares via titillating subject matter. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, this post is a powerful expose that rips the veil off of booth babery and reveals its steamy underbelly!
The IT World article The life of a 'booth babe': high heels, long hours and leering visitors (via Slashdot), tells it all. Below are some of the sordid details about booth babery, but be warned -- what you read may shock you:
On Wednesday, Lee was holding a smartphone outside mobile chip maker Nvidia's booth, a fake tattoo of the company's name stamped below her left shoulder blade.Looking happy and smiling all day? The horror. Alas, it gets worse...
On average, Computex models make $100 to $170 for about 8 hours of work, she said, while models at other shows can make as little as $60. Lee decided to model at Computex for the money, after working in the modeling industry part-time for four years, in music videos and commercials. This year's show will be her last, because she's taking a job as a product manager at a biotech company that produces cosmetics and health products.
"It takes a lot of energy, because you stand for a long time," she said. During her eight hour day, Lee stands for 30 minutes holding a product, then takes a 10-minute rest and repeats the process. "You have to look happy all day and smile, but it's not that easy," she said. "It gets very tiring."
Some models at Computex work full-time in the modeling industry, such as Regina Xue, 23, who was promoting PC vendor Micro-Star International by handing out plastic fans to visitors. "People think we are doing nothing and just daydreaming, but it's very difficult," she said. "You have to meet a lot of people."Gadzooks! Standing, smiling, meeting people, skimpy costumes and getting gawked at by goofballs at trade shows, who could ever imagine that would be a booth babe's lot? To paraphrase Captain Renault, "I'm shocked, shocked to find that ogling is going on in here!"
She hoped that visitors would respect her profession. "This is a job for us, we just wear less," said Xue, who was in a blue mini-skirt and top. "We are doing real work."
The booth babe pictures are of the Computex 2010 show and are from the website Bjorn3D. There are more there if you want to research this travesty further.
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