If there’s anything we’ve learned in 2020, it’s that the most absurd things can happen — including controversy arising from the color of a long-sleeved undershirt worn by a hijabi internet celebrity.
In a TikTok video uploaded on Sunday, internet-famous aesthetician Reza Gladys appeared to wear a flesh-colored long-sleeved undershirt — widely known as “manset” in Indonesia — under her black top, which apparently didn’t seem hijabi-friendly to many of her viewers. Reza also wore a hijab of a similar color as the undershirt, albeit of a different tone, as well as two necklaces. Though the undershirt’s sleeve is visible, Reza’s choice of clothing can undoubtedly deceive as immodest to the inattentive eye.
@rezagladysLagi pgn ngambilin sendiri eh pasang2 in nya tetep dipaksa harus dipakein 😂
The TikTok video itself was intended to show the designer pieces Reza owns in her walk-in closet, before being styled by her assistant or fashion stylist. It didn’t take long for Reza to receive negative comments from netizens, who mainly accused her for not covering her aurat (Islamic term for parts of the body that should be covered for the sake of modesty), though some others also took the matter lightly.
The comment section of this TikTok video has since been turned off, though that hasn’t stopped netizens from talking about her undershirt on other platforms.
kenapa dia kepikiran pake daleman warna kulit ya pic.twitter.com/6cqsLKLvM1
— feni (@ffarliani) November 24, 2020
Why would she think of wearing a flesh-colored undershirt.
Gua kadang berhijab, kadang kaga. Nah selagi berhijab. Tolong lah pakai pakaiannya yang kelihatan sopan untuk wanita berhijab. Dibalik lo berhijab tapi ahklak lu blum sempurna gapapa. Tapi tolong lah masalah hijab berhijab yang bener aja pake bajunya.
— Nama tidak boleh kosong (@danjugahati) November 25, 2020
I sometimes wear hijab, but sometimes I don’t. If you wear the hijab, please wear clothes that look modest for hijabis. It doesn’t matter if your akhlak (practice of virtue, morality, and manners) is not yet perfect beneath your hijab. But please, wear appropriate clothing for hijab.
I have nothing to say, unless Miss Reza Gladys Prettyani Sari if u need personal stylist i’m here. https://t.co/fisdEbqH5U
— STREAM #RinaLucid (@anxiousssalien) November 25, 2020
Reza hasn’t addressed the matter at the time of writing, as she still continues to post about her daily life and businesses as usual. For what it’s worth, who are we to judge anyone’s piety based on the color of their undershirt?
Yet for influencers like Reza, scrutiny over what one wears is part of the job description, and it can be empowering to see that she doesn’t seem to be perturbed by it.
Born Reza Gladys Prettyani Sari, the skincare specialist has made quite a name for herself in the past couple of years thanks to her viral social media posts, which have seen her amass over 269K followers on Instagram and 1.1 million on TikTok. She owns a chain of aesthetic clinics in her birthplace of Cianjur, West Java, Jakarta and four other cities in Java, along with skincare and slimming drink brands under the name Glafidsya.
The doctor, who’s famous for her glowing-borderline-oily skin, revealed that she and her husband were financially struggling and lived in a small kontrakan (rented house) up until 10 years ago before they became successful.
Reza, who will turn 32 in December, recently gained much attention online for revealing that her walk-in closet is equipped with an iPad for her fashion inventory, as well as hiring two personal stylists and a cleaner. She also recently attempted to sue netizens who made negative comments about her on social media.