A Malaysian singer – who, instead of having her singing as the focus – has recently made headlines for her choice of outfit on a reality TV singing competition. Malaysian singer Ashira’s beautiful red jumpsuit came under scrutiny after her recent appearance on a local show.
Ashira’s jumpsuit is said to be inspired by a similar one worn by ‘Hollaback’ singer Gwen Stefani at a performance of her hit ‘Don’t Speak’. However, where Stefani’s original outfit was short, Ashira’s was longer and more modest. Nevertheless, a last-minute addition to the design of the outfit garnered criticism from netizens. Where the original design of Ashira’s outfit had no followers on the front, designer Jimmy (who owns Jimmy Couture) was asked to add the embellishments by the production staff of the show. This last-minute addition proved to be the main focus following her performance, with netizens commenting:
“Congratulations.. just that next time don’t choose an outfit with this design. Not nice for the eyes to see.”
“Sorry ya. Your diction is really good… but the position of the flowers are a bit disturbing.”
“The outfit is pretty…just the designs on the midsection area are not appropriate… please la, the designer too…”
“Congratulations… But next time choose an outfit design that is nicer for the eyes to see… this is Malaysia not America…”
According to Harian Metro, following the backlash, Ashira clarified:
“During the last checks on screen, the production team said that the design needed to be changed slightly by adding flowers in ‘that’ section. We did not have enough flowers because it was already at the last minute. So, designer Jimmy Couture took flowers from some other parts of the dress and pasted it as requested by the production team,”
“As someone who has designed outfits for the shows contestants, I am familiar with the kind of requirements of outfits that are appropriate or not,”
The designer of the now-viral outfit was baffled by the attention given to his creation, sharing on Instagram how he only wanted to fulfil Ashira’s wishes for the semi-finals of the competition.
“It’s viral?? Lah […] Sorry if it looks too much .. I forget that Malaysian’s can be .. sensitive .. Whatever the case, thank you for sharing positive and negative comments .. I accept them with an open heart .. wait for the final outfit later .. love u all ..”
At the end of the day, if the outfit made Ashira feel confident and beautiful – who are we to judge? We should instead be celebrating her advancement into the finals of the competition! Congrats to the talented artist!
*Cover image credits: Instagram / @jimmycouture