Actor Bong Tae Gyu spoke frankly about gendered expectations in clothing in response to his wearing a skirt to a press conference.
On October 24, Bong Tae Gyu shared a screenshot of an article about his fashion choices for the press conference of his upcoming drama “The Penthouse.” At the press conference, which was held on October 22, he wore a long skirt and blazer that was inspired by school uniform styles. The screenshot of the article included the caption, “Bong Tae Gyu, fashion that crosses lines.”
Bong Tae Gyu wrote:
I don’t really think that I crossed a line… It was very comfortable. I wonder how nice it would have been if I could’ve worn it from the start? At least now I understand how practical skirts can be. Moreover, it looked really cool when I styled it up. Maybe it was because I was restricted for so long to the item called “pants,” but a skirt was surprisingly cool and fresh. I was surprised by how stimulating it felt, how much of a universe opened up, when this restriction disappeared.
In the past, there was talk about letting female students choose to wear shorts or long pants instead of skirts so they could have more free choice in their school uniforms. Nowadays, most schools don’t obsess over making all female students wear skirts. When Si Ha [his son] is old enough to wear a school uniform, I wonder what it would be like if he had a skirt as one of his options. A child could learn something really important just from the idea that a skirt is something we can choose whether or not to wear. I might have learned this just now, but I wish Si Ha will learn this a little sooner. That men can wear skirts, and that they look really cool doing so.
Bong Tae Gyu is set to appear in the drama “The Penthouse,” which premieres on October 26 and will be available on Viki.
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