This Zimbabwean entertainer shouldn't have had to apologise to her fans for an "indecent" red carpet look

Tyra "Madam Boss" Chikoko
Tyra "Madam Boss" Chikoko

But she actually really didn't have to apologise.

And it seems that upon introspection, Zimbabwe-based comedienne Madam Boss, has realised this too, as the figure-sculpting bodysuit she wore to the Star FM Music Awards was not, in fact, indecent. 

The entertainer walked the red carpet for these awards in a black jumpsuit with gold detailing that created an optical illusion of nudity, causing much controversy. 

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After getting slammed for "indecency", Madam Boss issued an apology to her fans on social media, promising to "go back to wearing those long dresses."

"Firstly I would like to apologize for my dressing at the STAR FM AWARDS.As you know I travel a lot,so mukufamba tinoona zvakasiyana siyana and I really thought this jumpsuit was going to be a show stopper to my fans but overall YOU MY FANS you didn’t accept it that well.

I do what I do for you,so it is with great deepest apologies from the bottom of my heart and I repeat AGAIN I AM SORRY.

I am going to go back to those long dresses because they were more elegant than the jumpsuit.

Ndiri munhu wenyama ndombotadzawo, and I hope you accept my apology.

I love you all and God Bless."

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But the plot twist is that it was her husband who chose this particular jumpsuit for her out of three other jumpsuit options, so the gatekeepers of misogyny and respectability might have to eat their "who would marry a woman who dresses like that" comments. Not that the way women dress should have anyone concerned about which representative of the patriarchy approves of us anyway. 

In a national radio interview earlier this week, Madam Boss reportedly shared how she "felt that this was the kind of fashion that’s trendy these days".

"Plus, I advertise clothes and outfits for a variety of people, like that jumpsuit. Before I wear any piece of clothing I ask my husband which one I should be dressed in,” she added.

So why did this star feel compelled to apologise to her fans and the greater Zimbabwean audience at all?

Madam Boss explained the reason for her apology as follows:

“When I started off in the industry I put aside my personal life. I’m not used to people insulting me. I do see some comments, but they don’t really affect me. I felt that I needed to apologise and let people know that I’m sorry if they felt offended by what I was wearing.”

It's safe to say that we all know that there was no need for this lady - whose wardrobe is no racier than the average - to issue an apology of any sort.

Yes, some parts of our continent are more conservative than others, but amid all our chaos, is a woman in a tight jumpsuit really something to be outraged over?

We know that the real problem is the policing of women's bodies and the perverse male gaze, so how about we start getting apologies and reparations for that instead?

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