In Defence of Straight-A Student’s Appearance

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Criticised for wearing cosmetics during an interview about her straight-A results in the 2016 SPM examination

  • Envy over top scorer’s beauty
  • Denounced for makeup, attire, foreign accent
  • Netizens defend Kolej Tunku Kurshiah student

Malaysian netizens have come to the defence of Natasha Qisty Mohd Ridzuan, a student from Kolej Tunku Kurshiah in Negri Sembilan, who is being criticised for wearing cosmetics during an interview with state news agency Bernama about her straight-A results in the 2016 SPM examination.

According to a Malay Mail Online report, she was also denounced for purportedly speaking with a foreign accent as well as her attire. Most comments expressed either disapproval of her appearance or claimed that she will rely more on her beauty than her intelligence to succeed.

“I’m her batchmate, even in school, she’s always been pretty with and without makeup. Always supportive and helpful too. Zz smh at haters,” schoolmate Admalinda Hasan posted on her @admalindaa Twitter account.

Another Twitter user with the handle @kidzaid also rebuked Natasha’s critics for finding fault in her appearance rather than celebrating her academic results.

Ashrul Ashri said the apparent envy seen in the criticism against the top scorer was an indication of the country’s obstacles in its path to becoming a developed nation.

“This is why Malaysia finds it so hard to progress, so many uneducated people yet so powerful when it comes to bashing others,” he wrote.

Check out the interview footage and see if you agree with netizens that it is much ado about nothing by sour grapes.