On social media


WALKIES, ANYONE?: Maybe it was a hot day when singer Kimberley Chen took her dogs out for a walk.

But her choice of clothing – a bikini – has unleashed both howls of protest and barks of approval from netizens after she posted the photographs on Monday.

Chen, an Australian artist who is based in Taiwan, was frowned upon by those who said the colour of her clothing – beige – made it seem as though she was naked. Some critics said a bikini did not suit the train-station surroundings.

Other netizens, however, praised Chen, 25, for having a curvaceous body and the guts to express her individuality, even if she ran the risk of being called an attention-seeker.

Her supporters said that if Chen really wanted fame, she would not have left a Korean agency which allegedly made her take slimming pills in a bid to maintain a sexy image.

Now, she is on track, her fans added, to call her own shots, with the video of her 2012 song Love You already breaching 100 million views.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2019, with the headline 'On social media'. Print Edition | Subscribe