Indonesian fashion influencers pushed back in the closet

Other queer men working in the influencer world told me that they were told to tone down their “flamboyant,” personalities, their fashion choices, and to keep their political views to themselves. Valerie MS, another pseudonym, got a job as an influencer for a cigarette company, but he was told that he needed to act “tough and macho”—the exact opposite of his fashion-focused image. The tobacco company said it hired him because he “represents the boldness in society,” but they then took great pains to tell him that he couldn’t be too bold.

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