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Promoter seeks Riverfest job applicants’ bust size, ethnicity

Spectators watch the fireworks as the 2015 Riverfest comes to an end. (June 6, 2015)
Spectators watch the fireworks as the 2015 Riverfest comes to an end. (June 6, 2015) Eagle file photo

A promotional company wants to know women’s bust sizes for a job during Riverfest.

A Facebook post about the job sparked controversy among users in Wichita.

“Why the hell do u gotta know my waist size hip size dress size shoe size bust size I don't think so … smh (shake my head),” one commenter wrote.

A company called Across the Nation advertised the Riverfest job to “pass out a popular cold-coffee beverage at Riverfest.”

The application requires users to provide their breast, waist, hip, dress and shoe sizes, along with ethnicity, complexion, eye and hair colors and hair style.

The application requires bust, waist, hip, dress and shoe sizes. It also requires ethnicity, complexion, eye and hair colors and hair style.

Another commenter wrote: “They ask for race Even skin complexion??? Why..”

They ask for race Even skin complexion??? Why..

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And another: “… is this even real? Sorry but anything that makes me answer personal question like my bra size and waist size just for a temp job is out of your ever loving mind.”

But other Facebook users were excited about the $15-per-hour pay.

“$15/hr makes temp work worth it,” one user wrote.

The company’s website says it uses freelance models and staffers to promote products and brands at street events, festivals, trade shows and PR stunts.

Across the Nation’s website says it freelances models and staffers to promote products and brands at street events, festivals, trade shows and PR stunts.

Across the Nation did not return calls Monday. Its website lists offices in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles.

In its Facebook post, the group spelled Wichita “Witchita,” and said the promotion would take place 1:30-8 p.m. June 4.

The post prompts people interested in the job to fill out its application online, which then contains the personal questions about size and ethnicity.

Its drop-down options for complexion include “dark,” “medium,” “fair,” “freckles,” “olive” and “other.” Hair styles include “Afro,” “bald,” “braided,” “buzz cut,” “conservative,” “curly,” “dread locks,” “long,” “medium,” “shaved,” “short,” “waist” and “other.”

Teri Mott, marketing and communication director for Wichita Festivals, which is in charge of Riverfest, did not at first recognize the company’s name.

She later said it appears the company is hiring workers for a purchased booth at Riverfest, but emphasized that Riverfest does not have any association with the company.

“We don’t have anything to do with how they staff their booths,” she said.

Gabriella Dunn: 316-268-6400, @gabriella_dunn

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