Podium Girls, Where Are You?

by Chikashi

Vuelta a España is nearly upon us, having previously been reported by El Mundo that podium girls will be replaced by men and women in tasteful attire.

“Tasteful attire”, whatever that means. I don’t know why that’s even a point worth mentioning given that these people are meant to stand next to some guy in garish Lycra and, when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, a baseball cap. But I digress…

There has been quite a lot of discussion in the last couple of years about podium girls / hostesses. These discussions have led to the Tour of Down Under doing away with them altogether, and more recently, to Vuelta’s reported decision.

Many have referred to these discussions as debates. I don’t see them as debates because there is one key interested party that appears to have been absent from the discussions: the podium girls themselves.

Many of those active in those discussions seem to be concerned about the social, moral and psychological welfare of the podium girls. They appear to be advocating on behalf of them.

Are they?

I am not acquainted with a podium girl, but I get the impression that at least some of them take pride in what they do.

Some first-person narratives from the singular constituent at the centre is required, I think.