Sexualizing School Uniform? Hwasa Sparks Controversy Anew Following Her R-19 Stage Issue

Following her obscenity controversy, Hwasa received the criticism anew after wearing “unconventional” school uniform in “Knowing Bros.”

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MAMAMOO Hwasa Accused of Sexualizing School Uniform

After being sued for R-19 university festival stage, MAMAMOO Hwasa got embroiled in another controversy over alleged school uniform sexualization.

On September 9, Hwasa appeared as a guest for the JTBC’s 400th special episode of “Knowing Bros.” On this day, the celebrity also prepared a special stage of her latest comeback track, “I Love My Body,” released on the 6th.

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(Photo : P NATION)

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But during her performance, a particular striking detail was noticed by viewers, and this was Hwasa’s school uniform. Her ‘fit was based on the signature concept of the long-time running program.

Contrary to the ordinary school uniform usually worn by K-pop idols attending the show, Hwasa showed her “unconventional” side by tying her blouse below her chest and made it look like a bra top. She then wore a grey cardigan over it and partnered it with pleated miniskirt underneath.

To enhance the look, Hwasa also wore grey knee stockings and Mary Jane high heels. She finished the look by wearing a ponytail with a hair accessories reminiscent of a pink cotton candy.

Sexualizing School Uniform? Hwasa Sparks Another Controversy After R-19 Stage Issue

(Photo : Hwasa (Daum))

Eventually her look became a hot topic among netizens, where a lot pointed out that Hwasa’s uniform was a “sexualization.”

  • “She always does excessive things.”
  • “She crossed the line again.”
  • “Nowadays, students just looks so mature that it concerns me in a way. If she does this kind of stage wearing a school uniform, the perv*rts will always get crooked thoughts every time they see them so I’m worried.”

International Moomoos Defend Hwasa: ‘It looks like a homage to Britney Spears’

Sexualizing School Uniform? Hwasa Sparks Another Controversy After R-19 Stage Issue

(Photo : Hwasa (Pann Nate))

Amid criticism, international fans praised Hwasa’s fashion and performance, pointing out that the idol apparently paid homage to Britney Spears’ iconic “Baby One More Time” school uniform ‘fit.

According to fans, Hwasa’s stage costume resembled Spears’ ‘fit when the song’s MV was released in 1999. This is one of the icon’s representative songs and became a significant contribution to her “neighbor’s sister” image and since then, a lot of local and foreign artists and fans have been paying homage to her.

Sexualizing School Uniform? Hwasa Sparks Another Controversy After R-19 Stage Issue

(Photo : Britney Spears (Daum))

However, netizens counterattacked. They said that the global star at the time was only 16; thus, what Hwasa did was still “inappropriate.”

  • “Let’s stop messing with minors’ clothes.”
  • “Those people saying, ‘so what? she’s paying homage to Britney” are sick. She also got so much hate back then. She was accused of sexualizing school uniform and igniting ped*philia.”

What are your thoughts on this? 

Sexualizing School Uniform? Hwasa Sparks Another Controversy After R-19 Stage Issue

(Photo : Hwasa (Pann Nate))

Hwasa recently faced an obscenity controversy over her R-19 stage several times. The case got worse when a parent organization sued her.

As of September 10, the Seongdong Police Station in Seoul summoned Hwasa as a defendant at the end of last month to ask about the intention and background of the performance.

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Eunice Dawson.