Controversial pair: How (left) and Low said they had learned their lesson from the debacle.
IPOH: Female model How Jo Yee, who was fined RM400 for appearing scantily clad in a wedding-themed public photo shoot, has learnt her lesson from the debacle.
She said she would be more selective with jobs requiring her to dress up in revealing attire outdoors.
She told Sin Chew Daily that she would also seek legal advice before taking on such modelling stints if necessary.
How, 21, and male model Low Kah Wai, 27, were fined RM400 each in default of a month’s jail by a magistrate’s court on Wednesday after they pleaded guilty to causing a public nuisance at a traffic light in front of a bank in Jalan Sultan Yussuf here on Monday.
Photographs of Low, clad only in black pants, shoes and a bow tie, and How, who only had on white undergarments, a wedding veil and heels, went viral on social media after the photo shoot.
How said she only realised that the photos had gone viral after her friends told her about it.
“I quickly called my family to explain to them,” said How, who has been working for three years as a model.
Low, a hairstylist and part-time model, said he did not blame the friend who had pitched the job to him.
He was worried, however, about the effect of the incident on his business.
“I hope my customers will be understanding,” he added.
In Kuala Lumpur, the Federation of Commercial Photography Society slammed the photographer who organised the photo shoot.
Society advisor Datuk Seri Michael Chong said the photographer should have avoided an outdoor location for such “a controversial theme”.
The bridal photographer, known only as Koo, is said to be a member of the society.
It was reported that Koo, who is also a wedding gallery general manager, was the one who had organised the photo shoot with the two freelance models.
Calling it “cheap publicity”, Chong, who is MCA Public Services and Complaints Department chief, said posing in the nude or even semi-nude was not part of Malaysian culture.
“They say they were exploring creativity in photography. If so, please go to a private place, a studio, a house or a hotel for that sort of photo shoot.
“If you do it in public, it causes unnecessary attention and traffic jams. You can also cause obstruction on the road,” Chong told a press conference at Wisma MCA yesterday.
Society president Lim Kim Cheei also advised members to refrain from being involved in such assignments.
“Many members have called me up to express their unhappiness over the photo shoot,” he added.