Booth babes are becoming an endangered species. In 2006, the organizers of the Electronics Entertainment Expo placed limitations on how sexually provocative a model's attire can be on the E3 show floor. The organizers of the Penny Arcade Expo have been very vocal about their disapproval of companies who hire attractive women to make their booth more visibly distinguishable from the hundreds of other booths that are competing for attention at the same trade show. When polled about the decision to ban booth babes from PAX, users of Penny Arcade supported the decision, demonstrating how strongly anti-booth babe sentiment has grown in recent years.
The most recent twist in the war on booth babes took place at this year's PAX East. Jessica Nigri, one of the most well-known and celebrated cosplayers, competed against other models for the right to represent Juliet Starling, the main character of the upcoming Lollipop Chainsaw. Her job is literally to look as much like Juliet as possible - and some of Juliet's attire is very skimpy. When Jessica arrived at PAX East wearing a pink jumpsuit zipped down below her navel, the operators of the convention received a "number of complaints" and asked Jessica to "leave the show floor." Jessica complied with their request and returned in much more conservative attire - but was once against asked to leave, despite the fact that she had worn that same outfit to the convention yesterday without issue.
Ms. Nigri was very pleasant about the affair, tweeting "Haha guys! I just had to tone down the costume! Coming back to PAX! DAY 3! I love you @PAX! <3 SORRY! <3" and apparently bears no ill will toward the Penny Arcade Expo - however, it is not unreasonable to suggest that the organizers of the event are the ones who should be apologizing for their irrational decision to remove a woman from their Expo for doing her job exceedingly well.
News of the affair rippled throughout the video game community rapidly - as news involving scantily clad women usually does - and has prompted numerous individuals to name Jessica with the prestigious title of "The Woman Who Was Too Sexy For PAX". The fact that Jessica was kicked out of PAX for being too provocatively dressed speaks volumes about her beauty and the highly appealing design of Juliet Starling. One can only hope that this unfortunate event does not deter Jessica from continuing to dress in sensational outfits, or foreshadow similar events at future expositions.
Images of the revealing attire in question can be seen below.
The Infamous Pink Jumpsuit 1
The Infamous Pink Jumpsuit 2
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