A photo of an aspiring model wearing a “fiery red dress” has gone viral, prompting her to call out the “sexist, racist and misogynistic” comments she received on social media.
The image has since been shared more than 2,400 times.
“I want to make a statement to all the people who think it’s okay to tell me how to dress,” she said in the video, titled “I Am Sexy.”
“I don’t wear a dress because I’m hot.
I don’t have to.
I’m sexy because I am me.”
The aspiring model is now sharing her experience on social platforms.
“It’s the same thing every single day,” she told CNN affiliate WBBH-TV in an interview that aired Thursday.
“When I walk down the street, people will ask me what my favorite colors are.
” The model, whose real name is Natalie Soto, said she started wearing the dress at the age of 14 because it’s a way to show her support for the LGBT community. “
“That’s when I realized I could do this, that I could make my own way,” she wrote in the post. “
“If I was going to go back to school and go to college, I needed to do something else. “
That’s when I realized I could do this, that I could make my own way,” she wrote in the post.
“If I was going to go back to school and go to college, I needed to do something else.
I needed a job.”
She also added, “I am so excited to be here.”
She says she doesn’t think the dress has caused any problems for the people in her life.
“This dress is not a big deal for me,” she added.
“The dress is just something that I have always been comfortable with and it doesn’t make me feel unsafe, because I feel safe.”
The post has also gone viral on Twitter.
One user, @jennifermack, wrote: “When you wear a sexy dress you get called a slut, a bitch, a slutty bitch, slutty whore, whore, a whore.
And when you get to the end of your runway runway, you are a whore too.”
Another user, “@lindsey_gottfrieds, wrote, “People are trying to make me a slut.
I am not a slut.
Why is that? “
Sometimes people are like, ‘Why do you wear it?
Why is that?
Why do you want to dress like that?'” she said.
“But I do not want people to think that I’m going to make you feel bad because I don [wear] this dress.
I just want to have a normal life and not feel like an outcast.”
“And that’s when you are like I don´t need to be ashamed of myself.
I have a choice,” she concluded.