Single’s Inferno’s Song Ji-a under fire for wearing fake designer clothes

Social media influencer and YouTube sensation Song Ji-a (also known as Free Zia) has come under public scrutiny for wearing counterfeit designer clothes on a South Korean reality show Bachelor’s Hell.

As one of the most popular contestants on the show, netizens and viewers clearly had their eyes on her and her social media accounts. Ji-a was often seen wearing high-end brands like Chanel and Dior on the show, with fellow cast member Moon Se-hoon commenting that “she was the most ‘bling’ and fabulous” out of all the contestants.

After the show aired, Ji-a was later accused by netizens in online forums of wearing counterfeit designer items on the show, such as a pink knit Chanel top, a Marine Serre style, a tube top with the Dior logo, and a pair of Van Cleef & Arpels earrings. Some eagle-eyed netizens compared the photos of Ji-a with BLACKPINK’s Jennie, saying there were slight differences in the color of the pattern compared to the real thing.

On January 18, 2022, Song Ji-a posted a handwritten letter on Instagram, apologizing for “disappointing and hurting” people over the controversy. She had also mentioned that “she will recognize the seriousness of the problem and reflect” on her actions and that she will “live more responsibly” in the future.

With her online persona Free Zia focusing on luxury fashion and lifestyle content, there was no doubt that this issue would be overblown in Korean social media circles, with others saying they felt ” deceived and misled”.

However, for his international fans, it’s a whole other story. Unlike Ji-a’s compatriots, international fans have shown their support for the influencer and see no need for her to apologize for it. Some even commented on how unnecessary hatred was towards Song Ji-a.

From an international fan’s perspective, the situation seems to have been overdone, considering the amount of hate Korean netizens tend to throw at a person. But, in a post by Buzzfeed’s Steffi Cao where she interviewed Korean-American social media agency owner Courtney Park who translated Song Ji-a’s apology on TikTok, she said he was not not surprising to see a difference in the reactions of Korean netizens and Western Fans.

In this article, Park explained that “South Korean culture is very image conscious” and that “the focus is more on where you shop than how you search for Korean content creators. “. Besides these main reasons why Korean netizens are abuzz, lying is also a big no-no in South Korea’s highly conservative culture.

So we have it. What do you think about all this controversy, was Song Ji-a just a material gworl, was she wrong, or do you think it shouldn’t even be an issue?

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