PETALING JAYA, April 17 — Fashion critic Zaihani Mohd Zain said people weighing more than 60kg should not attend catwalk events here.
“Your thighs are spilling over onto the chairs on your left and right,” she wrote in social media post.
She claimed people she considered plus-sized were making it uncomfortable and awkward to attend such events as their limbs would touch hers when seated.
According to Malay language portal Oh Bulan, Zaihani’s remarks also come just as labels are gearing up to show their Hari Raya collections.
Zaihani, better known as Kak Zai in the Malaysian fashion scene, has styled many celebrities and is one of the most sought-after image consultants and esteemed fashion critics in the country.
She is often seen in the front row of fashion shows.
Her remarks invited swift reprisals on social media, with messages suggesting that she was also unsuited to continue covering fashion events.
“If you are reaching 60 years of age, no need to be so keen to attend a fashion show, it’s much better to study religion,” wrote Twitter user @maafcakaplah.
“It’s so awkward and uncomfortable when you’re that old but have no regrets.”
Fashion designer Calvin Thoo also used social media to counter her view, saying plus-sized individuals have as much right as Zaihani to attend fashion shows.
Sorry but 60kg doesnt mean you re fat......kalau tinggi cmne....... https://t.co/vJRw2MZy2S— Ceparah (@ceparah) April 16, 2018
Peha melimpah? Mentang2 dia kecut. Meh nak tampar pakai lemak bawah lengan.— Zul (@zulhafizaz) April 16, 2018
Zaihani ni bodo ke? https://t.co/3pZuRsCR5H— zach neurotic (@zachvanalley) April 16, 2018