"That is their choice, as wearing this dress was mine."
Ayesha Omer hit back at a troll who criticised the way she had dressed.
The Pakistani actress had shown off her outfit for the virtual Lux Style Awards. It was a shimmery navy dress and while many loved her look, one person accused her of promoting “vulgarity”.
The netizen had said she was “encouraging women to expose more of their bodies through their clothes”.
This prompted Ayesha to issue a lengthy reply to the hater. She said:
“I’m definitely not promoting/asking/urging women to expose their bodies.
“That is their choice, as wearing this dress was mine. As wearing whatever you want, is yours.”
She went on to say: “This dress was sent to me as is it.
“I had no input in the design, length, structure or type of dress they were making for me. They only asked for my size.
“They contacted me themselves and sent me the outfit in June. I wasn’t paid to wear or promote it either and was waiting for an appropriate opportunity to wear it.”
Ayesha then explained to the troll how PR packages work.
The Bulbulay star added: “I’m promoting/showcasing their work/talent: the beautiful beaded hand embellishments.
“If you could look beyond a bit of my limbs showing, it would be nice to appreciate someone’s hard-work without being judgmental. Try it, it uplifts both parties.
“Empowerment is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.”
Ayesha Omer also took the time to look back on 2020 and explained why she wore the shimmering dress.
“2020 was undoubtedly a crazy year. A unique year.
“It saw some people losing their nearest and dearest ones or suffering badly, businesses being shut down, people out of jobs, people sick and in agony… but it also saw a lot of people come out and help others with open hearts.
“It saw people go out of their way to provide any kind of relief for those in need, reflect on their own needs and wants, rethink their priorities, ponder over what mattered, cherish their loved ones and so much more.
“I decided I would try and help as many people as I could in whatever capacity I could.
“One of those ways was to use my social media platforms to promote social causes, NGOs, public service messages and small businesses throughout the year. (completely free of charge).
“This beautiful custom-made dress was sent to me in June by a new female-run Pakistani brand Curated.”
“They contacted me, just asked for my size and said they’ll make something for me. I had no idea what was coming.
“When this hand embellished, beaded number came, I fell in love with it.
“Also, it was sooooo comfortable and fit like a glove, but alas there was no appropriate occasion to wear it for a quite a few months.
“When the virtual LSAs came around, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to showcase the work of these two talented and extremely hard-working girls.
“Everyone who saw it loved it just as much!”