A female tourist has been arrested and slapped with a fine after she wore a bikini deemed too revealing while on holiday in the Philippines.
The woman wore the admittedly micro-sized, ‘piece of string’, swimwear while visiting popular tourist island of Boracay last week, before the fun was stopped by authorities, according to the Philippines News Agency.
When pictures of the woman’s risqué swimmers started circulating on social media, she caught the attention of the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group (BIARMG), which then notified police.
Photos of the tiny white bikini show it didn’t just feature a G-string style at the back, but also at the front.
And the look didn’t necessarily go down well with onlookers either, local reports suggested the woman was fined for disobeying a law that forbids the taking and displaying of "erotic and lewd" photographs to the tune of 2,500 pesos ($71AUD).
Jess Baylon, the Police Chief of Malay told media: “Several residents and tourists took photos of her on Wednesday and Thursday because of what she was wearing.
“It was literally a string. In our conservative culture, it is unacceptable.”
According to reports, the woman was arrested the next day when she did the same thing and wore another tiny bikini.
Fashion police have their say
The Inquirer reports that while there are no laws for wearing indecent clothing, she was given the ticket for violating a law that prohibits the taking and display of “lewd” photographs.
Natividad Bernardino, head of the BIAMRG, said: “Foreign tourists should observe proper decorum as a form of respect for Philippine culture and tradition.
“We have our own cultural values as Filipinos and Asians. They should be able to respect that. There is no dress code but it is just common sense.
“They were told not to by the hotel management, but they said it was a form of art.”
Words by Marie Claire Dorking.
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