When stunning Chinese model Li Ling took to the stage Cosplaying the scantily-clad Athena from the Saint Seiya anime at the Joy Gaming expo in Shanghai, she caused quite a stir.
From the waist up, her costume appeared much like many of the others at the expo, with its plunging neckline that barely covered the bits it should. However the problem was with the bottom half of the costume, which appeared to end rather abruptly meaning that expo attendees could see probably much more than they should have, including her translucent, white lace panties.
Li Ling was cosplaying as a booth girl for Chinese gaming company ZQGAME to promote their online game Legend of Saints, but it didn’t take staff at the expo long to realize that Li Ling’s costume was perhaps just a little too revealing and they sent her home and told her not to return for the remaining two days of the event.
While I can see why they would be disturbed by Li Ling’s lack of costume, I don’t really understand why they couldn’t have just said, ’when you come back tomorrow, make sure you wear something more appropriate’. I’m sure wardrobe at ZQGAME could have found her a pair of white hotpants or something to cover up her modesty…
In any case, it appears common sense was taking a leave of absence and Li Ling wrote about the occurrence on Sina Weibo – which is China’s Twitter-like microblogging platform.
Li Ling explained that after her first performance finished organizers told her to “leave immediately” and said she was “forbidden” from returning. She said, “it all happened so quickly and I don’t know what to do now. I was just doing my job.”
Not long after Li Ling posted about her experience on Sina Weibo, pictures of her from the expo became circulating on the web and she became an overnight sensation. Her profile page on the social networking site was inundated with comments from fans supporting her, with several criticizing ZQGAME for putting her in this position and jeopardizing her career.
Not wanting to rock the boat, Li Ling took to Sina Weibo again and thanked her fans for their support but asked them not to attack ZQGAME. She explained that she wasn’t entirely sure of all of the circumstances and did apologized if her outfit offended anyone.
She said that she did not want what had happened to her to turn into a nasty dispute between the company and the expo organizers. She also said that ZQGAME would be supporting her and that she did not feel bitter about what happened.
Seems like Li Ling has two choices now, she can exploit the momentum of her new found popularity by posting more ‘revealing’ pictures of herself on the net, or she can let the furor fizzle out and the next time she is asked to be a cosplaying booth girl ensure that her costume leaves something to the imagination!