Actress Angeline Yap still proud of baring body after online harassment

Actress Angeline Yap still proud of baring body after online harassment

She has been called cheap, fame-hungry and just plain trashy on her Facebook page.

Men have been messaging her, asking for sex.

Even her parents are angry with her for taking on such a racy role.

But local actress Angeline Yap, who has taken off all her clothes in the upcoming local thriller Lang Tong, has no regrets.

The 27-year-old, whose acting credits include the yet-to-be-released indie drama 1400, insisted that she would do it again, given the chance.

Yap's notorious role in the Sam Loh-directed movie has been the talk of the town since the trailer was released recently as part of this year's Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF), which kicked off two days ago.

The 11/2-minute trailer, which has garnered over 230,000 views on YouTube, gives a graphic glimpse into the movie's themes of sex, violence and murder.

Yap, the lead actress, is seen topless in the trailer in some steamy sex scenes, including one with actress Elizabeth T.

Since the trailer came out, Yap, who finished in the top five in this year's Miss World Singapore, said that strange men have started propositioning her for sex.

She said: "There are many netizens who message me online to ask me out or ask for sex and I've turned them down."

"I've also had dodgy photographers and film-makers contact me about doing photoshoots and movies for them, I've also turned them down."

Worse still, she has been called a lot of names on her Facebook page

But even though the online criticism has hurt, the actress stands by her decision to bare it all for the movie.

She wrote previously on her Facebook page: "Just because no one is daring enough, it doesn't mean it can't be done..."

"It only shows that I'm strong and brave enough."

In an interview with The New Paper on Thursday, Yap gave another insight into the reason for her courage: Her battle with anorexia.

Having almost died from the disorder in her teenage years, the actress believes that her decision to bare her body is proof that she has conquered her fears.

Yap had also just ended a six-year relationship with her boyfriend last year when she was asked to audition for Lang Tong.

PUSH FACTOR

The painful break-up had pushed her to face her demons as it was the first time she had been single since she recovered from anorexia.

"Recovering from anorexia for me was a miracle in itself," said the 1.64m-tall Yap, who weighed a mere 33kg when she was 15.

"As someone who hated my body and had low self-esteem, I've proven to myself that I am not ashamed of my body any more by being brave enough to bare it all in a film."

Yap said: "I hope other women who are struggling to love themselves will one day realise that everyone is beautiful in her own way."

Yap, who started recovering from the eating disorder only when she was 21 and now weighs a healthy 47kg, said: "I am not asking other people to go out and accept these roles. I am proud to say that I did this (starring in Lang Tong) for me."

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