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Czech Republic overdoing the nuclear lobby’s drive to win women over? – Bikini contest.

Czech Republic nuclear power station hosts bikini contest to choose interns, DW, 25 June 17 A Czech nuclear power plant decided a bikini contest would be a good way to choose its next round of interns. Facebook users were asked to rate school graduates who posed inside a cooling tower. A Czech nuclear power plant operator apologized last week for using a Facebook bikini contest to choose its next intern.

Power generation conglomerate CEZ had 10 bikini-clad high school graduates pose in a cooling tower of its Temelin nuclear power plant, which was briefly closed for maintenance.

It then asked Facebook users to vote for their favorite, with the most popular winning a 14 day internship at the plant.

In a press release CEZ likened the photoshoot to its previous cultural enrichment programs, such as hosting the Bohemian Philharmonic at the plant in South Bohemia. The release said the experience was greatly enjoyed by the girls, who were required to wear hard hats and enclosed shoes at all times.

Local TV channel Jihoceske filmed a feature on the shoot, showing the models touring the Czech Republic’s largest power station which is about 90 kilometers (55 miles) north east of the state of Bavaria on the German border.

The competition caused an outcry among Czech news and social media.

“The competition is absolutely outside the bounds of ethics. In 2017, I find it incredible that someone could gain a professional advantage for their good looks,” Petra Havlíková, a lawyer for human rights non-profit Nesehnutí and an equal opportunities adviser, told

Undress and you get an internship – this can not be serious, it’s degrading, disgusting and primitive,” one internet user commented.

“Knowledge obviously does not matter,” noted another user……

A Russian first

The power plant was not the first to link the wonders of nuclear energy with the revealing bathing suit.

Russia used to host an annual beauty contest open to women working in nuclear industries or studying in nuclear-related subjects in Russia and former USSR countries. Women aged 18 to 45 would pose in front of a nuclear power plant.


June 26, 2017 - Posted by | EUROPE, spinbuster


  1. Wonder if there is a Trump connection since his first wife and children are half-check and he owns a beauty pageant. At any rate, exploitation of women and environment seem to always go hand in hand,

    Comment by miningawareness | June 27, 2017 | Reply

    • Perhaps it’s all a misjudged part of the nuclear lobby’s campaign to get women to support the industry?

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | June 28, 2017 | Reply

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