It’s fair to say Jesinta Campbell turned heads with her dress at Sunday night’s Logie Awards — but not all the attention she received was positive. Now she’s struck out at her haters with an inspirational Instagram post.
The 24-year-old’s ‘fishnet’ dress — a green strapless bodysuit covered in a fishnet-looking mesh — left little to the imagination and attracted a few critics.
One of those critics was media personality Kate Langbroek, who posted a pic of Jesinta on Instagram with the caption: “This cannot be for real. #logies #beachwear #desperate(forpants)”
Of course, the former Miss Universe Australia fired right back.
“Woah nasty, @katelangbroek!,” Jesinta wrote. “Hope you enjoyed watching and critiquing from your couch last night.”
Last night, Jesinta was back on Instagram to share the story behind her stunning Camilla and Marc dress with her followers, starting with a quote from young designer Tala Raassi.
“‘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 that’s where my point of the story comes from. Do what you want, follow your dream and wear what you want.’ – Tala Raassi,” Jesinta wrote, before explaining the significance of the quote.
“Fashion never really used to mean much to me until I 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 woman around the opposite sex was unacceptable so she was thrown into jail for five 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 choose 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 up I am grateful that I can choose whatever the hell I want to wear without the fear of punishment or violence or imprisonment.
“Tala, thank you for opening my eyes to show how important fashion and the freedom of choice is for all women!”
Needless to say, we approve of Jesinta’s message.
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