by Danica Lo
When I first saw these photos of models in China walking the runway wearing surgical masks, I thought, for a minute, that they were making a fashion statement of some kind.
See more: 13 Sneaky Habits That Can Cause Acne
The truth is that these pictures, taken over the weekend in Nanjing, show models at a catwalk jewelry showcase wearing surgical masks because--wait for it--the pollution is so bad in parts of China that it's hazardous to be breathing the air sans face mask. Mind-boggling, no?
According to reports, in the winter, pollution levels in places such as Beijing and Nanjing can reach up to 40 times permissible levels dictated by the World Health Organization.
See more: 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Should Own
So it doesn't matter how beautiful the clothes are or how sparkling the gold jewelry is--if you're wearing it outdoors, you'll also probably need to wear a face mask.
To be honest, it's hard to decide which accessory attracts more attention.
More from Glamour:
8 Super-Easy Steps for Looking Flawless--Fast!
The Best Celeb Haircut for Your Texture
11 Dating Don'ts You Should Stop Doing Now
25 Celebrity Hairstyles That Will Make You Want Bangs