During a podcast interview with Phyna, popular skit maker and influencer Ashmusy disclosed her experience of rebranding and discontinuing the use of revealing outfits after being mistaken for a runs girl.
Ashmusy admitted that her consistent exposure of her body in her videos led individuals to associate her with the runs girl stereotype.
“Before I rebranded a few months ago, I used to wear sexy outfits. As a young girl, one would want to show one’s body. I did not know that I was being perceived as a prostitute. Meanwhile, I knew how much I was working behind the camera, running a business, and shooting adverts every day. With all of that, I was able to buy a car and house. It pained me when people insinuated that those things were bought for me by a man.”
Taking a step back, Ashmusy analyzed the reasons behind this perception and realized that it was due to her choice of outfits.
Initially, Ashmusy believed that she was providing entertainment and being playful for her audience, oblivious to the fact that their attention was directed elsewhere.
“I was later in my quiet zone, thinking about why I was being judged that way, despite all my works that they people were seeing. I then started watching my videos, seeing that most times my body was exposed, with my nipples even showing. I was being goofy, but I did not know that people had been looking at something else. I have realised that if one wants to be seen as a prestigious woman, one has to dress accordingly. One cannot be showing (sensitive) parts of one’s body.”