The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2022 (KLFW2022) is set to take place from 17 to 21 August at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur this year.
This event is also one of the biggest in the local fashion industry, where aspiring models can take the opportunity for more exposure and a higher chance of making it onto the runways of world-class designers.
However, the fashion show this year has met with huge trouble after a TikTok video showing a model named Alicia Amin staging a protest at the event went viral online.
The video, shared by TikTok user @yelamango, showed Alicia standing in front of the main entrance of the mall while holding a placard demanding models to be paid.
The placard reads, “All models this year to be paid within the day. Those still waiting for Andrew’s payment from previous years, come speak to me.”
Andrew Tan is the founder of KLFW and he has been in the spotlight recently due to accusations of not paying models.
The video also showed the guards attempting to Alicia to leave.
Speaking with Sinar Daily, Alicia said most would keep quiet about payment issues and wait for more work opportunities to come by. “But the money owed will eventually accumulate,” she added.
Alicia has been in the modelling industry for over 12 years and she is tired of the issue of models going unpaid.
In an Instagram story, she said she decided to protest on her own accord so she would not risk the careers and reputations of other people.
“I can disagree and protest against terrible paymasters and still support my beloved designers who built my career because these two entities are not the same.” she wrote.
“I’m not owed any money. I do this because I remember how scary and isolating it was as a young freelancer trying to balance getting what’s rightfully mine and the opportunity to be booked again,” she added.
Meanwhile, netizens praise Alicia for having the courage to fight for the models’ rights to receive payment.
“Some models, photographers and event people from previous KLFW events have also yet to receive payment- some even dating three years back,” a netizen highlighted.
“That’s why they are recruiting new models every year, don’t be fooled,” another netizen said.
At the time of writing, the company has not issued any statement in response to the incident.
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