Ambitious Child Models

China's pushy parents are shunning traditional ambitions for their children and have a new profession they hope their kids will conquer - modelling.

Stiff competition for top universities have parents fretting more than ever over their child's future.

So in a bid to find a new niche in which their children can succeed, parents are turning to the catwalk instead.

Mothers at China's most prestigious modelling school at New Silk Road spent the day ahead of curtain call at a Beijing shopping mall fussing over the children and putting the finishing touches on pink cheeks and glossy lips.

More than 100 contestants, none older than about 13, are taking part in two days of competition to show off their skills. Read More