Posted by Alice Xin Liu on Friday, June 4, 2010 at 6:05 PM
Ma Nuo's sexy photo gate － or is it?
Ma Nuo modeling for one of her clients, lamiu
On June 9, SARFT did announce two sets of guidelines that banned "fake participants, morally provoking hosts and hostesses, sex-implied comments."
If You Are The One (非城勿扰), a dating program on Jiangsu TV, has produced some dodgy contestants, some of whom admitted afterward to pretending on be outrageous characters the show. Now, it is rumored that a Beijing model, Ma Nuo (马诺), who has modeled for Gome Electrical Appliances and for magazines such as Cosmopolitan, has come under fire for her remarks about only dating super rich guys. The rumor making the rounds is that SARFT has banned her appearances on future reality TV shows.
Ma Nuo's famously said that she'd rather weep in a BMW than go for a ride on the back of a poor contestant's bicycle. Then － shock! horror! － it emerged yesterday that a set of her 'revealing' lingerie photos has been found! The headline precludes that the two (getting banned and the sexy photos) could be related. The proposed report is from Qingdao news net, via cqnews.com:
The most amusing part of this news report, however, is the headline, which reads: "Again Ma Nuo exposes large quantity of pictures taken in her underwear, rumored ban from SARFT" (马诺又曝海量喷血内衣照 传已遭广电总局封杀) The accompanying pictures to the article has no less than 30 pictures of Ma Nuo in underwear. Those who are familiar with online shopping for lingerie know that these are a series of photos she took for Lamiu, a Tokyo brand selling online in the mainland.
The first one displayed on the Qingdao news net article is a shot of a Lamiu bra used in plunging dresses often seen on celebrities. Every subsequent photo comes from the Lamiu website, and the variations of her turning around, her back, and the different sets of underwear modeled, which can hardly be constituted as clandestine photos, are reposted on the news website.
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