ASIA’s Next Top Model participant Alicia Amin (pic), who has drawn flak for modelling semi-nude, said she has been ready to receive criticism since she was 16 years old.
Alicia, whose real name is Raja Alicia Raja Amin, 22, said that she needed to be brave in facing all challenges that comes her way.
“Since I was 16-years-old, I have been faced with such situations when fighting for women’s rights as well as my personal views.
“Sometimes the industry expects perfection, but we must be brave in taking the first step. Because of that, I always want to do the best with what I have,” she told mStar, The Star’s Malay portal.
Recently, Alicia, who is a Malay and a Muslim, has faced strong criticism on social media because she appeared seemingly nude in pictures used to promote a website selling women’s clothing.
The photo shoot on a beach was believed to have taken place in Melbourne, Australia in 2016 and Alicia was said to be modelling for Victoria’s Secret collection.
However, Alicia, who now acts in the Meh Sandar Lagi television series, asked netizens to look at the good in a person and not just finding their faults.
The pictures, which were taken in 2016, have gone viral on social media.
“I hope that netizens find the good qualities of a person and not only finding fault.
“Finding fault with others will not make them happier. I know that my views may not be the same as other people.
“But I believe we live in a country that upholds our rights to accept all cultures, races, religions and to live happily with one another,” she said.
In developments in her artistic career, Alicia wants to take acting classes to improve her ability in the field.
The mixed-race Malay-German model also wanted to challenge herself in taking up more acting roles in English and Malay.
“I hope to take acting classes and improve my acting ability and skill.
“In fact, I am excited to learn and take in everything like a sponge. As long as the opportunities keep coming in, I want to try challenge myself with more roles, whether they are in English or in Malay,” said Alicia.
Meh Sandar Lagi is produced by Zeel Production and airs every Monday to Thursday at 7pm on TV3. – The Star