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Did Sun Ho show too much skin at awards?
by Tan Kee Yun

DECKED out in a black Rodarte dress complete with striking stockings and Rodarte boots, Singapore singer Sun Ho looked girlish yet gothic.

But, oops, did the 37-year-old mother slip up and accidentally expose the lower part of her right breast? Did that slit across the bodice show too much skin in the wrong place?

The picture, taken by wire agency Reuters, was of Sun walking down the red carpet at the Grammy Awards held on Monday at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

However, in an e-mail interview with The New Paper from New York, where she is currently based, Sun insisted that “the dress was made that way”.

She good-naturedly added that there was “no deliberate attempt to create any wardrobe situation”.

“Actually, it’s (referring to her get-up) pretty covered up for a red carpet dress.” Sun said. “I don’t think I was in any risk of losing my modesty.”

She had chosen the dress with renowned stylist B Akerlund, who has styled celebrities like Lady Gaga, Madonna and the Black Eyed Peas.

Sun said she loved the leather-and-lace look. “It very much fits my style, which is a mix of hard and soft,” she said.

The singer added that she had taken all the necessary precautions to “tape” herself up, in order to prevent a wardrobe disaster.

“There was enough tape stuck on me to make me feel like an art project,” she said. “I was totally secure.”

However, opinion was divided about her Grammys costume.

US newspaper Orlando Sentinel picked Sun’s edgy dress, alongside those worn by big names Beyonce, Rihanna and Taylor Swift, as “one of the outfits that captured the WOW-’em spirit of the Grammys”.

However, it drew flak from some local netizens. On popular online communities SgForums and Hardware Zone, while no mention was made of her slip-up, comments on her dress ran the spectrum from “bad taste”, “too SM (sadomasochistic)” to “skanky”.

Ick or chic?

Other netizens, however, called her dress “unique” and “classy”, and said that the singer looked “pretty and super chic”.

It’s not the first time that her sexy fashion choices have met with distaste from her critics.

In November 2003, she raised eyebrows when she wore a daring red Armani gown – with a plunging neckline – to the Hollywood Film Festival in Los Angeles.

At the 2006 Global Music Awards held in Singapore, she was criticised again for turning up in a short grey-black dress that barely covered her buttocks.

Criticisms apart, she is doing well with her music. To date, she is the only Singaporean artiste to have cracked the US market.

This is her third appearance at music’s biggest night. She made her Grammy debut in 2004 and attended the event in 2007 as well.

Fancy Free, her catchy dance single released at the end of last year, clinched the top spot on Billboard’s Club Breakout charts – which means it was once the most-played new song in clubs all over the US.

Married to Reverend Kong Hee, the founder of City Harvest Church, she is extremely proud of Fancy Free’s achievements in the US.

She said: “I’m very happy to know that deejays and clubbers get my music. It feels good to know that people enjoy dancing to my music.”

Her debut US single Where Did Love Go, produced by David Foster and Peter Rafelson, reached No 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play Breakout charts in Dec 2003.

Three other singles subsequently also took pole position.

She is also living it up in the US, rubbing shoulders with the superstars.

Besides the Grammys, she also turned up at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York last November.

“Full of pomp and panache” was how Sun described her experience at the flamboyant event the US lingerie brand has come to be known for. Then, she was togged out in another all-black ensemble, topped off with a custom-made punk rock jacket.

She said: “It was a fun show, as one would expect a Victoria’s Secret show to be. I sat next to UK singer Jay Sean. It was nice to chat with someone not from the US, who understands how difficult it was to break into the industry here.”

This article was first published in The New Paper.

readers' comments
They should play it on Sunday session. KH will be proud!

Posted by Desmond.SG1 on Wed, 17 Mar 2010 at 02:29 AM
Overtime, her beauty grows on U.

Posted by Desmond.SG1 on Wed, 17 Mar 2010 at 02:28 AM

Hiya, give pastor kong wife a break la :o

Still talking about her showing boobs,

Watch unitl sian liao :o
Posted by HarvestisRight on Wed, 17 Mar 2010 at 01:38 AM
Go Sun! Fancy free is now #1 on the billboard dance chart!
Posted by grayfren on Tue, 16 Mar 2010 at 16:42 PM
Anymore Ho's raunchy videos?

I see nothing wrong with people proud of their body, if SG laws allow me to go naked ...

I will like to be that way whole day!
Posted by 阿南! on Tue, 16 Mar 2010 at 12:19 PM
Same here, the lesser they wear, the more "prouder" the supporters get when they see their star in naked glory. :D

Posted by amfreeaccess on Mon, 15 Mar 2010 at 20:30 PM

Hiya grayfren, you dont pretend la. You read the other forum and pretend dont know leh. Anyway here just one of them to remind you leh.:o

Wa lau pastor kong copy cat, where got integrity leh !!:o

From LionHearted

This issue in fact, is more serious than mere copying of somebody else’s work.

The intent of having a daily devotional is for him as a senior pastor to share God’s special revelation to him with members of city harvest church. By having a daily devotional for his congregation, kong hee is in effect giving them the impression of his supposedly Godly anointing and is sharing with them, God’s communication with him.

And boy of boy, the daily devotionals were actually copied, word for word ! .....
Posted by HarvestisRight on Mon, 15 Mar 2010 at 19:44 PM

I'm very proud of her too.. and like you, i dun understand where is this thread going too.. really out of point..
Posted by grayfren on Sun, 14 Mar 2010 at 23:20 PM
Hi harvestisright,

No one is con-ing anybody..i think the real con man is you.. trying to con everyone with ur comments.. and making statements like "bluff abt bible" is not something to be taken lightly.. pls re-frame from false accusations..
Posted by grayfren on Sun, 14 Mar 2010 at 23:19 PM

Hiya grayfren, I know you la. support senior pastor to bluff about Bible and make people believe that God will bless them if they give to city harvest.:o

I tell you 100% this is rubbish. This is nonsense. Because Bible never say this:o . You con man :o

City harvest people go and ask your pastor to show you the verse.
Posted by HarvestisRight on Sat, 13 Mar 2010 at 01:31 AM

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