I'm not urging women to expose their bodies: Ayesha Omar claps back at troll

I'm not urging women to expose their bodies: Ayesha Omar claps back at troll

"Wearing this dress was my choice. As wearing whatever you want, is yours."
05 Jan, 2021

Every once in a while, your favourite celebs remind their critics, that they too are human and have the right to be respected for their own choices, just like the rest of us.

Standing firm with the realisation this time, is Ayesha Omar, who recently clapped back at a troll who was trying to preach the Bulbulay star, a woman, the meaning of women empowerment by mocking her choice of supporting women-owned small businesses.

As the style icon posted a snap of the outfit she wore to the virtual Lux Style Awards, she was accused of 'encouraging women to expose more of their bodies, through their clothes.'

"I'm definitely not promoting/asking/urging women to expose their bodies. That is their choice, as wearing this dress was mine. As wearing whatever you want, is yours," Ayesha snapped back.

"This dress was sent to me as is it. I had no input in the design, length, structure or type of dress they were making for me. They only asked for my size. They contacted me themselves and sent me the outfit in June. I wasn't paid to wear or promote it either and was waiting for an appropriate opportunity to wear it," she added, explaining to the disgruntled "fan" how PR packages work.

"I'm promoting/showcasing their work/talent: the beautiful beaded hand embellishments."

The Karachi se Lahore actor also took this opportunity to teach him a thing or two about kindness and empathy — which goes a long way and which keyboard warriors often forget in their frenzy.

"If you could look beyond a bit of my limbs showing, it would be nice to appreciate someone's hard-work without being judgmental. Try it. Uplifts both parties," she said, adding the meaning of empowerment: "the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights."

As the star dazzled in the shimmery dress, she also took the time to reflect back on 2020 and why she wore to rock this particular ensemble.

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"2020 was undoubtedly a crazy year. A unique year. It saw some people losing their nearest and dearest ones or suffering badly, businesses being shut down, people out of jobs, people sick and in agony.... but it also saw a lot of people come out and help others with open hearts," she said.

"It saw people go out of their way to provide any kind of relief for those in need, reflect on their own needs and wants, rethink their priorities, ponder over what mattered, cherish their loved ones and so much more."

Sharing with a heavy heart that she also saw her close ones suffer, people in financial distress and went through the pain of being separated from her family for months, she decided to contribute in her own capacity.

"I decided I would try and help as many people as I could in whatever capacity I could. one of those ways was to use my social media platforms to promote social causes, NGOs, public service messages and small businesses throughout the year. (completely free of charge)," the Zindagi Gulzar Hai star stated.

"This beautiful custom-made dress was sent to me in June by a new female-run Pakistani brand. They contacted me, just asked for my size and said they’ll make something for me. I had no idea what was coming. When this hand embellished, beaded number came, I fell in love with it."

"Also, it was sooooo comfortable and fit like a glove, but alas there was no appropriate occasion to wear it for a quite a few months. When the virtual LSAs came around, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to showcase the work of these two talented and extremely hard-working girls. Everyone who saw it, loved it just as much!" she said, celebrating her decision.

As Ayesha absolutely killed it with her look and her response, we'd just like to add: if you think women empowerment equates to vulgarity, the real dirt lies in your own thoughts. Purify them.


Teddy Jan 05, 2021 12:14pm
Ayesha is a vulgar woman.
Waheed UK Jan 05, 2021 12:33pm
It is tragic that our women have not learned anything from the Western societies where women have become sex objects due to their figure hugging dress and half-nakedness. It is empowerment but equates to sexual strips women bare of their self respect and dignity by appealing to the base instincts of men to achiev acceptance
syed arif hussain zahidi Jan 05, 2021 12:41pm
" you are free to choose, but are you free from the consequence of your choice "
He had a brother Jan 05, 2021 12:41pm
Is this dress exposing?
Solomon The King Jan 05, 2021 12:54pm
she is not a star of caliber that would influence Pakistani women choice to what to wear and how much to wear
syed arif hussain zahidi Jan 05, 2021 12:59pm
O yes, freedom is a cage if a person's mind is directionless .......
NYS Jan 05, 2021 01:24pm
Well said Ayesha u hit the nail right on the head Your endeavours in trying days are speechless I have a question why don't you assign any other drama apart from superhit Bulbulay we want to see you on screen please
Parvez Jan 05, 2021 01:31pm
Let the woman make her own choice .... and as for the first comment ..... Ayesha is not a vulgar woman, rather it is your mind that sees vulgarity where none exists.
Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Jan 05, 2021 01:34pm
Who are these people? Why are they even getting coverage in a top of the line newspaper? Do whatever you want. Who cares.
Chrís Dăn Jan 05, 2021 01:34pm
If a beautiful mind is exposed in poetry or prose and we appteciate that beautiful mind -why a beautiful body can not be appreciated in same way?It can be. As classical dances through body movements narrate poetry /stories and is one of the refinist form of the art .
Chrís Dăn Jan 05, 2021 01:35pm
@Teddy I think she is just honest. If a beautiful mind is appreciated-why not a beautiful body in some classical dance telling some mythology or telling some tragedy of some woman.
Chrís Dăn Jan 05, 2021 01:39pm
@Waheed UK western women are not sex objects. Western women are hard working achievers in their respective civic set up. Women wear in west what they wish. Sex is the last thing on minds in west as sex is open and not something mysteriously attractive as in Pakistan. You think of sex in every thing as sex is suppressed in Pakistan.
Chrís Dăn Jan 05, 2021 01:41pm
@syed arif hussain zahidi what consequences? Every human being has the right of living the life of his/her own choice. Everyone goes only and only in his own one grave. So in life also,he has all the rights what keeps him/her happy.
Amjad Jan 05, 2021 02:25pm
@Waheed UK We have our religious and cultural values and we need to protect them. Complete disconnect between these types of people and the vast majority of the people in Pakistan.
Ton Pere Jan 05, 2021 03:54pm
IMAGES' writers on their feministic agenda.
Mahi Jan 05, 2021 03:57pm
The point of the critic dude was not to criticize women empowerment . I myself am a very big supporter of women empowerment . But do you really know what women empowerment means ? No . People think bringing women to roads . Making them show their beauty , working , making them violatethe respected norms , etc etc or what Ayesha said is women empowerment. But in reality it is making a women realize that she matters . She must take her rightful right. She must have her share of property, respect from husbands men , the society , she must know her rights in house , she can choose whom to marry , she can choose to study, she has all the right to get her rights provided by the religion If she wants to do business it's ok support her .. but Ayesha totally turned the comment towards women empowerment when it was only on her " real good"" choice
Farhan Jan 05, 2021 04:10pm
For coming to people's eyes some people do some things.... As Aysha did wear very vuglar dress and so cheap....... I think she did same thing like film actor Meera.
M. Saeed Jan 05, 2021 04:20pm
If you are genuinely urging women not to expose their bodies Ayesha Omar then, walk your talk first.
Browngirl Jan 05, 2021 06:10pm
So people who put her down, haven't ever seen legs, arms and shoulders? Every human has them.
Azam Kadeer USA Jan 05, 2021 06:20pm
It is tragic that our women have not learned anything from the Western societies where women have become sex objects due to their figure hugging dress and half-nakedness. It is empowerment but equates to sexual strips women bare of their self respect and dignity by appealing to the base instincts of men. Unfortunately some corrupt people will say you are free to choose, but are you free from the consequence of your choice. Modesty is the best way to flourish the nation
vin Jan 05, 2021 06:32pm
@Waheed UK Then why are you in such a society?
Rahul S. Jan 05, 2021 06:40pm
A braves modern woman. She should move to India for her safety.
Haseeb Toor Jan 05, 2021 07:50pm
Besides she is no role model, merely a model.
NK Jan 05, 2021 08:46pm
You are, my dear! There has been a trend in your dressing. It seems like you are working on an agenda. Promote what your culture allows. Become a woman who would be known for good things.
NK Jan 05, 2021 09:24pm
@syed arif hussain zahidi Very well said.
Zulfiqar Jan 05, 2021 09:40pm
Ayesha Omar is not a hypocrite. Perhaps many of us are. In this day n age when everyone's become a media outlet, its hard for her not to get noticed. And she stayed true to herself after getting noticed. That shows a person is genuine.
Chrís Dăn Jan 05, 2021 10:04pm
@Mahi what is the criteria of "respect" for a woman in our culture?
Waheed UK Jan 05, 2021 11:25pm
@vin I do not embrace their values . I know what I am and what I want to be !!
Ahmed Jan 06, 2021 12:21am
Lovely dress worn by a smart young lady. Those narrow-minded folks who find something as harmless as a beautiful dress offensive should keep their comments to themselves.
Indoaryan Jan 06, 2021 01:09am
She has the right to wear whatever she likes, if people disagree with that don't go see her films or dramas. There is obviously a demand for such dramas, that demand will be fulfilled if not by her then somebody else will.
Adil Jadoon Jan 06, 2021 09:28am
@Waheed UK what have you learned from the western men??? Certainly not discipline, honor or hard work...
Zak Jan 06, 2021 07:54pm
Ayesha Omar like many good actors and singers are talented artists who strive to uplift the entertainment industry in pakistan and to connect it to the outside world. They use a decent respectable blend of East and west. No one should preach or dictate to them but understand their profession and commend their efforts for the nation.
Rumi Jan 09, 2021 07:27am
@syed arif hussain zahidi consequences? Oh you mean dirty minded men like yourself!