MANILA – A Filipino model recently got flak from Singaporeans online after being photographed wearing a “revealing” outfit in the conservative city-state.
According to a report by Coconuts Manila, Ashley Garcia was criticized by netizens after photos of her wearing a thin tank top made the rounds on Facebook.
The photos became viral enough to be published in various websites such as Singapore’s Stomp by The Straits Times and the Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao.
While she did not do anything illegal or harm anyone, Garcia nevertheless apologized to those who may have been offended by her choice of clothing.
“Yes, this was me waiting in the ATM queue,” she said in a Facebook post, which showed her photos carried by various publications.
“I was not aware that somebody took a photo of me… I apologize if I offended any culture [with] this outfit. But please understand that I do not have any obscene or malicious intention by wearing it,” she added. “I am sorry if you think that this was ‘indecent exposure,’ but it was not my intention.”
Garcia went on to stress that she was wearing shorts and nipple tape underneath her “risqué” tank top.
She also had a message for those who kept on shaming her online.
“To those people who are already hitting me below the belt and criticizing me of something, I respect you. You are already telling [me] things which are too personal [and are] already outside of what you see in the picture,” she said.
“I was already cyber-shamed, bullied, and threatened by several people because of this.”