‘Wanted: Busty women’: Job ad sparks storm

'Wanted: Busty women': Job ad sparks storm
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The organizers of a major comic fair in Barcelona are fuming after a recruitment firm placed a job ad on their website for hostesses with a minimum bust measurement of 95 centimetres (37 inches).

Wanted: "brunettes, taller than 170 centimetres (5 feet 7 inches), minimum bust size 95cm".

That's the job advertisement which has caused headaches for FICOMIC, the organizers of Barcelona's major annual International Comic Fair, coming up in May.

Spain's general union, the CCOO, slammed the job post placed by the events staff recruitment firm NSH, national paper 20 minutos reported on Friday.

"To use a woman's body as a billboard, or for the success of an event" is not part of life in a "civilized and advanced society", said the union in a statement. 

Advertisements like the one posted by NSH were also a roadblock to equal access to the job market, the union added.

The organizers of the firm say they are not impressed either, laying at the blame of NSH, the agency they outsourced to hire event staff.

The job post was withdrawn on Thursday and FICOMIC director Carlos Santamaría has asked party planners NSH to make a public statement saying the comic fair's organizers did not endorse the ad.

This year sees Barcelona staging its 32nd comic fair. Last year's edition received 106,000 visitors.

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