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New ‘Overexposure Law’ creates stir in Korea

A new law aimed at curbing public nudity and indecent exposure, which went into effect on Friday, has been creating a lot of buzz in Korea recently, drawing comments from celebrities and citizens alike.

New ‘Overexposure Law’ creates stir in Korea

Korean singer Lee Hyori on the cover of her 2006 album "Dark Angel".

SEOUL: A new law aimed at curbing public nudity and indecent exposure, which went into effect on Friday, has been creating a lot of buzz in Korea recently, drawing comments from celebrities and citizens alike, reported Korean media.

The law states that anyone deemed to be "overexposed" in public will slapped with a 50,000 won (S$56) fine.

What the term "overexposed" actually means is not clearly defined, leading Koreans to start questioning whether it is a de facto ban on short shorts and miniskirts, and how it will affect the Korean entertainment industry, where sexy, revealing costumes are de rigueur for female stars.

Some celebrities have also commented on the ban.

"Overexposure will get you fined, is this real? Then I'm dead," tweeted Korean singer Lee Hyori, who is known for her sexy image, earlier this month.

However, Korean authorities have since stressed that the new law is not an attempt to control what Koreans wear, and have stated that they will strive to educate the public on the actual purpose of the new law.

Source: CNA/ha

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