Despite the show’s staff describing her presentation style as ‘awkward’, 21-year-old Albanian Student Enki Bracaj still managed to land herself the job. Why?
Just a week after the mud-slinging Twitterstorm which followed Alex Carter-Silk’s “stunning picture” message to feminist lawyer Charlotte Proudman’s Linked-In profile, Albanian Student Enki Bracaj landed herself a job as a newsreader by – well – you tell us.
It’s difficult to determine at this stage whether this counts as “sexual objectification of women by a misogynistic patriarchy” or “women getting ahead in the workplace”, however the Daily Mail suggests that Ms. Bracaj has “already proved a ratings hit” in her role presenting an international news presenter on national TV station Zjarr.
A spokesperson for the channel said: “Most agree that her presentation style is somewhat awkward, but we are working on that and to be honest it doesn’t seem to be doing any harm to her viewing figures,” which does rather suggest that she wasn’t necessarily hired for her on-screen talent.
This is Ms Bracaj’s screen test:
Defending her decision to appear semi-naked during her screen test, Ms. Bracaj said “it’s not easy to get a job in television,” adding, “’I simply found a way to put myself ahead and also to ensure that my channel gets the best ratings.”
In light of the vitriolic accusations of both misogyny and “feminazisim” that followed the Linked-In lawyer debacle, and given that some women’s groups want to ban topless models in newspapers, whilst others want to be allowed to walk topless down the streets, it’s difficult at this stage to see what the media’s response will be, although it’s pretty clear how the Albanian media feels about it. Watch this space. The eyes are up here….