Xinmin Evening News reported that recruiting for Olympic usher girls from ten colleges in Shanghai began on February 13, 2008. Shanghai followed Beijing in beginning this process. It was reported that 40 college girls would be chosen to represent “Shanghai Image, China Etiquette.” They will participate in the medal ceremonies for the 2008 Summer Olympics and the Handicapped Olympics. 
College girls will be selected from Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai Theatre Academy and seven other colleges. Not only do they have to satisfy the age requirements of between 18 to 24 years old but also their heights must range from 1.68m to 1.78m. Meanwhile, the criteria of these girls’ weights, face shapes, skin colors, manners and intelligence are also strictly laid out. The judges will divide the registered girls into groups and hold preliminary, semi-final and final contests. The total processing time is one month.
Olympics Usher Girls’ Appearance Criteria:
1. Facial Appearance Criteria:
Three distances, the distance from the hairline on forehead to the upper start point of the nose bridge, the length of the nose and the distance from the tip of the nose to the lowest chin point, should be equal.
The lengths of the eyes, the distance between the two tear ducts and the width of the nose should be equal.
When the distance from the lower nose ending point to the lowest chin point is divided into three equal parts, the first divided line should be between two lips, and the second divided line should be the lower line of the lower lip.
The start points of the eye brows should be right above the tear duct; the ending point of the eye brow, the outside corner of the eye and the widest point of the nose should be on the same line.
2. Five Sense Organs’ Criteria
The heights of the eyes should be three tenths of the face length;
The distance between eye brow and eye should be one tenth of the face length;
The nose width should be one tenth of the face width;
The mouth width should be equal to the distance between the pupils;
The chin length should be one sixth of the face length.
3. Body and Four Limbs’ Criteria
The skeleton of the whole body should be symmetrical and proper;
The muscles should be elastic, showing health and the body’s beauty.
The body shape should be plump but not fat and clumsy.
The skin should be reddish and shining.
The four limbs should be long; the overall body should not be heavy-headed.
The thighs should show nice curves and the calf muscles should be high and a little bit popped out.
The two shoulders should be symmetrical, round and smooth, but should not drop down or pop up.
The overall body should not be clumsy, or have loose fat or be too skinny or unbalanced. Looking from the back, the spine should be straight, showing a beautiful body line.
 Xinmin Evening News, February 13, 2008