Due to the sickening smog in China, many Chinese models at a fashion show this week in the Asian country were forced to wear these protective face masks — and not as a unique fashion statement. The double-taking photos has been the impetus for discussion the smog is causing the Chinese people and how much the environment-damaging pollution is damaging their very way of life, Living MSN Style News affirms this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
Catching a glance of these “models Chinese smog” walkers has brought to the public forefront the fact that this smog is not only sickening the environment, but exposing dangerous pollution to the Asian citizens as well. The photo above was captured this weekend at a big fashion show hosted in Nanjing, featuring several frequent runway walkers. While the models effortlessly made their way across the catwalk to model both stunning jewelry and outfits, the donned protective face masks are what’s catching the eyes of most people here in the U.S.
According to the breaking world news report, these Chinese models are wearing these surgical masks as protection against the pollution that lingers threateningly throughout many parts of China. The smog is said to have reached such a harmful level in certain parts of the country that not wearing a protective shield of some sort could lead to very hazardous health effects before long.
In locales like Beijing and even Nanjing in particular (the latter being the hosting site where the modeling show took place over the weekend), it has been reported this winter that overall pollution levels from the sickening smog have reached levels that can be nearly 40 times the healthy exposure limit, as set by the international World Health Organization.
Tragically and hauntingly, seeing these runway walkers forced to work as Chinese models exposed to the smog and therefore wearing these fashion-backward surgical face masks reveal how trivial such matters as what clothes or jewelry one is wearing when compared to actual bodily health. For the sake of humanity — and perhaps in this case, fashion as well — let’s hope the pollution issues in China are handled before too long.