I went viral for wearing a white dress to a friend's wedding but it wasn't wrong – I don't have to follow people's rules | The Sun11/17/2022
A WOMAN went viral after people slammed her for wearing a white dress to a friend's wedding.
Lacey-Jade Christie was flooded with criticism after posting a picture of her white frock on TikTok.
Australian Lacey-Jade hit back at critics in an article for Mama Mia where she explained that she had done nothing wrong.
She said: "Not every person will follow your rules. Not every bride wears white, not every wedding includes a bride and not every wedding guest or dress code will fit your idea of what’s appropriate and that’s ok."
The fashion-forward content creator explained that she was attending a queer wedding where the brides had decided to shun tradition.
One of the brides wore teal while the other went for a sequin red gown and the guests were invited to wear whatever they liked.
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According to Lacey-Jade in some cases this was a traditional wedding guest outfit, while in others it was a sheer mini dress or a power suit.
She said: "This is Queer Culture. The fashion on display, the vibe in the air, the photo booth pictures, they show what my community can be when we are allowed to truly be ourselves. And my outfit was not the most revealing of the evening."
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But despite others not knowing or understanding the tone of the day, plenty jumped in to hurl abuse at Lacey for her outfit selection.
One person said: "No no no on all levels sorry."
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And another said: "White to a wedding screams insecurity."
Others commented not only on the outfit but on her looks and body shape.
The brave influencer said: "Thousands of strangers on the internet made me believe they knew my friends and what they wanted better than I did.
"More than that, strangers on the internet made me question how I feel about my body. And I hate them for that."
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Lacey-Jade urged people to be kinder going forward and to remember that influencers and content creators are people too.
She said: "Regardless of a person's reason to exist so publicly on the internet, speak to them like you would a loved one. Your words hurt and they have an impact."
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