– Kaye Lin
Girls are scrutinized in the Burmese culture, and a girl is to dress modestly as she is a representation of her family. Well, you can imagine what the model, Honey Oo had to deal with when pictures of her modeling in a bikini came to display. Burmese people complained and criticized her for her attire.
Honey Oo had an interview with the Irrawaddy, and she stated, “I have received many e-mails criticizing me for wearing them. I just want people to consider that I am creating art and doing a job.” Oo says that she wants people to realize that in Burma, models do not have the same opportunities as models from other countries.
Fashion in Burma is its own politics: controversial. A woman is considered immoral for keeping up with the ” modern fashion” while modern fashion does not affect men. A woman is called unworthy, disrespectful and unpatriotic while these adjectives do not adhere to men in terms of fashion.
It’s a shame that women are still criticized today for wearing modern clothing and when they are a part of the modern fashion. However, the controversy of Honey Oo, brings up a very important point. Is it necessarily a good thing when Burmese women are changing their traditional ways to become part of the modern Westernized culture?
Women’s fashion in Burma remain very much the same. The traditional dresses are still worn, but some girls are following the Western fashion and media. Take a look: