Logies Fashion Critics Spark Fierce Debate

Sunday night was all glitz and glamour as Australia's biggest stars strutted their stuff down the Logies red carpet.

While TV's biggest names showed up to watch Waleed Aly take out the Gold Logie, home viewers seemed far more interested in the hair, jewellery, gowns and tuxes. 

The next day, however, some celebs weren't too pleased to find not everyone was in awe of their style choices.

Former Miss Universe Australia, Jesinta Campbell, turned heads in a mesh, green dress over a body suit - a stunning move that brought out some pretty ugly retorts. The controversial dress even prompted media commentator Kate Langbroek to take to the Internet with some not-so-nice comments. 
 

 

This cannot be for real. #logies #beachwear #desperate(for pants)

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"This can't be real," Kate said alongside a pic of Jesinta in the dress, concluding with the hashtag 'desperate (for pants)'. 

However, never one to shy away from speaking her mind, Jesinta shot back: "Woah, nasty @katelangbroek. Hope you enjoyed watching and critiquing from your couch last night."

While Kate quickly managed an apology, Jesinta still took to her own social media accounts to elaborate on her fashion choice.

She explained the woman who designed her dress is Iranian, and was once arrested and sentenced to 40 lashes in her homeland for wearing a T-shirt and skirt in the presence of men.

 

 

"I want to empower women to follow their dreams, I want to empower them to wear what they desire and not to be judged or punished. And thats where my point of the story comes from. Do what you want, follow your dream and wear what you want.” - Tala Raassi Fashion never really used to mean much to me until l met a young designer, Tala Raassi. She grew up in Tehran, the capital of Iran, where women don’t always have a choice in what they wear. During a swimwear fitting I asked her the reason behind her career and how she came to be a designer and work in the world of Fashion. At 16 years old, Tala was invited to a house party with her friends. What should have been a fun and very normal experience for any teenager was something that changed Tala’s life forever. Not long into the evening, Government officials stormed into the house and arrested her alongside other guests. In Tahran, being uncovered as a women around the opposite sex was unacceptable so she was thrown into jail for 5 nights then sentenced to 40 lashes, across her back, because she was wearing a skirt and a t-shirt. It was through this experience that Tala realised that fashion is freedom. Being able to chose what you want to wear as a woman is a freedom that not all women have access to. From the day I met Tala my lack of thought and care for fashion grew into a strong passion. I am proud to work in the fashion industry and promote self expression and freedom of choice. Every day that I get I up I am grateful that I can chose whatever the hell I want to wear without the fear of punishment or violence or imprisonment. Tala, Thank you for opening my eyes to how important fashion and the freedom of choice is for all women!! ???????? Pic @aplphotography

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"It was through this experience that Tala  [the designer] realised that fashion is freedom," Jesinta wrote. "Being able to choose what you want to wear as a woman is a freedom that not all women have access to."

While Jesinta certainly didn't need to justify what she wore, she made a great point: at the end of the day, it was her choice to make, and nobody else needed to comment. 

In a similar incident spawned from the same event, Bachelorette turned radio host, Sam Frost, was also taken back when she was featured on a "worst dressed list" following her Logies appearance.

While Sam mentioned she felt "awkward, anxious and out of place", her boyfriend, Sasha, leapt to her defence with the perfect take down.

"All the ladies at the [Logies] looked amazing and for people to say that some were the 'worst' dressed is quite awful. Everyone shone in their own right, especially [Sam] who looked as good as I've ever seen her," he wrote on Instagram. 

 

While many believe critiquing the fashion choices of celebrities is part and parcel of the biz, it's easy to forget who you're talking about, and who you're affecting.

Celebs aren't the only ones hearing your harsh words - and perhaps it's worth considering those also reading your commentary.

Consider the example you're setting for people who think it's okay to judge and bully their peers - or, worse, for those who live in fear of being bullied or judged. 

In an ideal world, discussing what women wear - and yes, we all know the sport of fashion critiquing is largely targeted at women - would not happen at all.  

In the meantime, perhaps we should remind ourselves if you can't say anything nice, don't say it at all.

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