Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW) recently closed their curtains yesterday (21 August) after showcasing hundreds of garments modelled by models from all walks of life.
However, while KLFW highlights creativity, diversity and innovation, it does not mean that is is exempt from a few bad apples with questionable practices.
At the event, esteemed model, Alicia Amin, held up a placard demanding for models at the show to be paid within 24 hours.
The 27-year-old model cum actress also posted about this issue on her Instagram which has amassed over 200k followers.
This solo protest surfaced in light of controversy that involved Andrew Tan, an organiser of KLFW who allegedly failed to pay his models despite it being years after they graced the catwalk.
According to Alicia, several models have complained about this situation, yet nothing has been resolved.
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Now, thanks to her courage, this situation has been resolved and Andrew has since paid the fees required to the modelling agencies, however, it is still undetermined whether the models themselves have received payments due to the differing arrangements that each agency has.
According to her, the only agency that has paid their models is Topboi Citizen.
While Andrew has taken accountability for the models this year, he hasn’t escaped the firm grasp of criticism by Alicia just yet since he still owes payment to models prior to this year’s KLFW. Alicia claims this spans from the year 2015.
This discrepancy in respect and due diligence when it comes to payment has been talked about before amongst the fashion industry.
In a recent exposé with a fellow Malaysian male model, it has been revealed that the low pay, poor working conditions, and deception by designers are still ongoing problems despite how far we’ve come in the industry.