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Ann Kok spills about her iconic 1996 Star Awards see-through outfit

“In the immediate aftermath, I didn’t feel great about what happened," admitted the actress.

Ann Kok spills about her iconic 1996 Star Awards see-through outfit

Ann Kok in her now infamous Dolce & Gabbana black sheer top. (Photo: Mediacorp/8 Days)

It was definitely the watercooler moment of the 1996 Star Awards. A then 22-year-old Ann Kok wore a Dolce & Gabbana sheer black top to the annual awards show that year and made headlines the very next day.  

In a recent episode of Quan Yifeng’s talk show Hear U Out, the now 48-year-old Kok was decidedly candid about her now infamous fashion choice 25 years ago.

“I was taken aback (at how sheer it was) too. The outfit didn’t look like that when we were trying it on. Not at all!” she said, agreeing with Quan’s suggestion that camera flashes and the spotlight might have been the reason the outfit appeared as such.

She added: “In the immediate aftermath, I didn’t feel great about what happened. At the time, society was still not as open-minded, so my very first worry was that my family would take it badly. I wasn't sure if my parents could accept it. As it turned out, they didn't put any pressure on me at all. Not at all."

She admitted about worrying about being labelled a sex symbol moving forward, but realised along the way that “there were also the more open-minded folk who got to know about me because of what happened.”

As comfortable as the actress was with showing some skin and filming more intimate scenes for drama over the years, she has requested for the crew to leave the set during the filming of a racy bed scene.

"When I was filming Cooking Without Clothes, there was a scene where Joseph Chang had to take my clothes off," she said.

Kok, who took extra precautions by wearing three pairs of shorts and had taped her bra to her skin, explained: “I made the request because there was a lot crew around that day, and all of them were men. Only the director was female. But the sound man had to be around because he had to hold the boom mic as a mic couldn't be taped on to me.”

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