Malaysian critic slammed for 60 kg fashion show comment

Malaysian critic slammed for 60 kg fashion show comment
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Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian fashion critic sparked uproar Wednesday after saying people weighing over 60kg should not attend fashion shows as other guests would find it uncomfortable to sit next to their supposedly bulky bodies.

"If you weigh more than 60kg, please don't attend fashion events," Zaihani Mohamad Zain, a regular fixture at catwalk shows in Malaysia and a celebrity stylist, posted on Facebook at the weekend.

"Your huge thighs will take up so much room, making people sitting beside you uncomfortable."

Critics and designers lined up to lambast her for the remarks, which run counter to growing acceptance of plus-size women in the fashion industry and a gradual pushback against unhealthily slim models.

They were also seen as insensitive in a country where many have weight problems, with a study in British medical journal The Lancet showing that Malaysia has the highest rates of obesity in Asia.

on Facebook

What right does one have to criticise plus size people and telling them not to attend fashion shows ?? I dare her to...

Posted by Calvin Thoo on Monday, 16 April 2018

Leading Malaysian designer Calvin Thoo asked in a social media post: "What right does one have to criticise plus size people and telling them not to attend fashion shows??

"I dare her to walk up to an oversize person and tell it to their face that they are fat and should not attend shows."

Malaysian actress Syanie Hisham said she regretted that Zaihani had "poked fun at big girls and guys", the New Straits Times newspaper reported.

"Is she saying we're not qualified to be at fashion-related events and just stay at home? That's not fair."

on Facebook

Malaysian style critic Zaihani Mohd Zain has had a really tough few days. She declared on social media that fat fatties...

Posted by An-Nyssa Art by Yante Ismail on Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Zaihani is an industry veteran in Malaysia and coaches young designers.

The average global body weight is 62kg, according to a survey several years ago by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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