Mathira: ‘Yeah, so what if my top fell down?’

Published: April 8, 2012
A wardrobe malfunction mid-stride left Mathira partially exposed, as her white top fell down. PHOTOS SOURCE: TWITTER.COM

A wardrobe malfunction mid-stride left Mathira partially exposed, as her white top fell down. PHOTOS SOURCE: TWITTER.COM

KARACHI: It took over two years for Fashion Pakistan Week to come together and just a few steps down the cat walk for TV show host Mathira to provide the event its defining fashion faux pas.

A wardrobe malfunction mid-stride left Mathira partially exposed, as her white top fell down. Not to be fazed by the accident in a hall full of onlookers and flashing cameras, she continued her walk and later shrugged off the incident on Twitter, stating, “Yeah so what if my top fell down. S*** happens at fashion week.”

The incident led to an uproar on Twitter, making Mathira a top trend in Pakistan.

Top tweets

Nishtar Park ‏ @NishtarPark

#Pakistan crosses another milestone of modernity as model Mathirahas wardrobe malfunction at Fashion Week. My, how far we’ve come.

Tapu Javeri ‏ @tapujaveri

Oops! Mathira does a boob boo! #FPW3

Fatima S. ‏ @Fsalim6

Wardrobe malfunction? Don’t think so considering who it happened to, anyone else and I’d believe. #mathira.

Sky is Neela ‏ @SkyisNeela

Apparently, Mathira has had a wardrobe malfunction. We are talking Janet Jackson level my friends. Whoever gets me the pics. Indebted 4ever

USB ‏ @usamaaBabar

Was it just a teaser from the controversy queen Mathira or a wardrobe malfunction.

Essa Malik ‏ @pateesa

Mathira’s wardrobe malfunction is hardly a malfunction, doesn’t anyone remember Fayezah Ansari’s wardrobe faux pas la TeeJays?

Hira Z ‏ @hirazulfiqar

@faizanlakhani Mathira for nishan e imtiaz ! #Shameless

Zeeshan Rana ‏ @funeverytime

Mathira – The Paris Hilton of Pakistan! Mathira – The Paris Hilton of Pakistan!

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Reader Comments (80)

  • Ali Hasan
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:19PM

    Um. Honestly, ALL Pakistanis see a lot more on a daily basis via Bollywood and Pakistani channels’ coverage(pun intended) of Bollywood. Fuzool ka shor.


  • Abdul Moiz
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:20PM

    This sick obsession with what women wear and the length of their clothes has reached insane levels.So,her top slipped,what’s the big deal in that.This stems from a misogynistic mentality that considers the female body as something inherently sinful and promotes the stereotype of women as evil temptresses who must be kept hidden behind black cloth to save the world from their sinful bodies.


  • Sharjeel Khan
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:24PM

    Good on Mathira for not being fazed by the bullies who like nothing better but to attack women who don’t submit to their caveman mentality.She dares to live her life as she wants and not according to what men dictate.
    Her courage in face of extreme hate in a patriarchal society like ours is heartening.
    She is regularly attacked because she does what very few pakistani women are ever able to do, live life according to their own wish and not as slaves to the demands of the men in the family.


  • Pakistani Agnostic
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:45PM

    This was hilarious. Good job et for lightening up my day


  • Asad
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:45PM

    wont’ be surprised if it wasn’t an accident.


  • J
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:46PM



  • raw is war
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:46PM

    no problem. absolutely whatever.


  • Nadir tareen
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:48PM

    She’s right,there’s hardly anything to hide,lol.


  • Shadytr33
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:52PM

    @Sharjeel Khan: Then lets clap for all the ladies who like to get their full/partial nudity on.. Raise a glass for bay-sharmi and beghairat-pan.. Hell yAA..!! :P lolz..


  • Zia
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:54PM

    This is not the Pakistan envisioned by great iqbal and quaid e azam….I am sorry my great leaders…:((((


  • Shariq
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:59PM

    So what? It’s okay if a Bollywood actress struts scantily clad on our televisions but it’s obscene if a Pakistani does the same?


  • Zia
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:01PM

    @Sharjeel Khan:
    Ahh……I don’t know why Pakistani ‘liberals’ always equate modernity with nudity…I mean can’t they just stress young generation to focus on studies, so that they can come up with a Microsoft type company in Pakistan???…


  • Zia
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:05PM

    @Abdul Moiz:
    Well this is what the Allah ( SWT) has ordered woman that they should cover themselves properly and I don’t think so that we, as Muslims. Can challenge the order of the great lord…..


  • bilal
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:06PM

    grow up everyone. Its part of fashion:)Recommend

  • Zeeshan Bilal
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:16PM


    Begharaitpan and besharmi more aptly describe the mentality of people who regard women as a source of besharmi and beghairti. A woman’s body is her own,not the jaagir of any man.
    Those who regard women as a source of sin and shame are the ones who are the most beghairat of all.


  • Faraz
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:17PM

    or maybe you should mind your own business, women are not your slaves, who knows you/I maybe bay-sharm/bay-ghairat too in our own ways but why target women only?? Let us correct ourselves please and please don’t misuse/misquote the Quran/Hadith to try and correct others, we ourselves are bay-sharm/beghiariat and yet only target our women.


  • umair
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:18PM

    I’m sure who evr is condemng ths act must hv clickd to see the enlargd pictre, hypocrite ppl


  • Usman malik
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:22PM

    Typical misogynistic responses in some of the comments above who are using religion to promote the subjugation of women. For far too long women have been subjected to imprisonment to satisfy the insecurities of men.
    Insecure men riddled with inferiority complexes worry about how long or short a girl’s clothes are. They then take assistance of religion to further cloak their insecurities. Religion has been a useful tool for misogynists over the centuries to hide their own insecurities.


  • Apr 8, 2012 - 1:24PM

    Her top slipped for a fraction of a second. She didn’t strip on the walkway.

    Start acting like adults. Mathira had the gravitas and the maturity to shrug it off, and so should you.


  • Chulbul Pandey
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:49PM

    @Zia: This is not the Pakistan envisioned by great iqbal and quaid e azam….I am sorry my great leaders
    Suicide bombing… terrorism… international isolation…. low education level…. no, no and nope. It’s a little slip of a woman’s clothes that amounts to treason against Iqbal’s Pakistan!

    You rock, Zia!


  • Zabandraz
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:53PM

    A it is she is an exhibitor


  • Apr 8, 2012 - 1:56PM

    I don’t see why this was newsworthy. So her top fell, big deal. You would expect an uproar with twitter comments from a tabloid, but not from a reputed newspaper like the Tribune.


  • Naheed Ateed
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:56PM

    You should not have printed the obscene photographs.
    Please practice clean journalism,it is our family newspaper!


  • Salman
    Apr 8, 2012 - 2:00PM

    I’ve seen worse… or should I say better


  • KM
    Apr 8, 2012 - 2:03PM

    calm down, i thought it was a nip slip!


  • Jawad
    Apr 8, 2012 - 2:06PM

    Mathira V/S Veena


  • Me
    Apr 8, 2012 - 2:18PM

    Paris Hilton still has some class, Mathira is more like the Rakhi Sawant or Anna Nicole Smith of Pakistan. A bit tacky.


  • Shadytr33
    Apr 8, 2012 - 2:38PM

    @Faraz: Those who don’t have the power to stop others from doing the questionable only shows that they themselves are involved in questionable things. Also many people including you want others to mind their own business because you people don’t want other people to comment on your unquestionable findings. Lets together make a better place instead of letting people act crazy and being silent about it.


  • Shadytr33
    Apr 8, 2012 - 2:46PM

    @Faraz: I don’t know why you being a feminist. I would not target a women. Actually I would target any one who goes against morality.
    Also to all those people who feel that everyone should shut their mouths whenever something weird happens, let me tell you one thing. “There are 3 degrees of criminals. The 1st degree being the one who committed the crime. 2nd degree criminal who stood there watching the crime. The 3rd degree who knew that the crime will happen but didn’t do anything to stop it.”
    According to you Faraz, let people do whatever crazy thing they want, hell let them break laws, lets remain quiet and let the crazy spread.


  • Shadytr33
    Apr 8, 2012 - 2:59PM

    A women decently clad and properly covered would be so much respected unlike some people here who want women partially naked for their own enjoyment.Recommend

  • avada
    Apr 8, 2012 - 3:04PM

    Sooooooooo she had a wardrobe malfuntion… WHO CARES, whatever, can we please move on now to better things or at least to things that actually matter. Anyone?!
    The hate above is disheartening… peace


  • Ali S
    Apr 8, 2012 - 3:04PM

    I personally don’t think it’s a big deal since we see a lot more skin in the average Bollywood flick these days. Recommend

  • Donga Bonga
    Apr 8, 2012 - 3:20PM

    Pics or it didn’t happen!


  • Whats in the name.
    Apr 8, 2012 - 4:44PM

    Art imitates life and life imitates art. This scene could easily be from the National Award winning movie Fashion by Madhur Bhandarkar, starring Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut and Many others. Also 5 years ago, Carol Gracis had a similar ward robe malfunction. Back then it had created quite a flutter. And I remember reading in an interview that Madhur was inspired to make the movie Fashion excactly on that premise.


  • Pinto
    Apr 8, 2012 - 4:58PM

    Can’t see anything


  • Pakistani
    Apr 8, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Zia, why are you looking at the pictures in the first place? Isn’t that forbidden too? Correct yourselves first. You have no right to tell anyone else what to do. Everybody will do as they wish and you can keep whining about it as much as you want.


  • Apr 8, 2012 - 5:21PM

    Clearly if we are going to allow this fashion extremism, then we have to face consequences more than this accident. even look at the shameful act she didn’t even get ashamed after this happened. this is bold or Shamelessness! Fashion shows should be banned in Islamic Republic!


  • ahmed
    Apr 8, 2012 - 5:38PM

    i guess our baysharmi and bayghairti only revolves around ladies without purdah, what about the other stuff which we do everyday, lie, cheat, steal, harassing the weak, usurping the rights, bending the law as we wish, not stopping on red signal, using foul language often, not respecting the others, over profiteering, bribe etc etc etc. but our bayghairti and baysharmi is all about the clothes on the body of a lady.


  • Yaida M
    Apr 8, 2012 - 5:49PM

    I never understood why fashion shows take place in Pakistan. Does anyone seriously believe women can wear these dresses and step into the streets? The only fashion show should be in Hijabs.


  • Shadytr33
    Apr 8, 2012 - 5:49PM

    @ahmed: A lady is the one who is modest. a woman can not be called a lady who is in minimal clothing. Respect should be given to those who deserve it. Not the other way round


  • yeah,rite!
    Apr 8, 2012 - 6:34PM

    I think the top falling down was a part of the act.


  • Abdul
    Apr 8, 2012 - 7:00PM

    so woman’s liberty will be measured how long cloths shes going to wear? bikini girls for that instance are the most liberals


  • Parvez
    Apr 8, 2012 - 7:09PM

    I give the girl credit for carrying it off as if nothing much happened ….. because in fact nothing much happened.


  • Pollack
    Apr 8, 2012 - 8:30PM

    These malfunctions are mostly stage managed. In other words, the malfunction is by design. It’s a useful tactic to generate buzz.


  • Big Rizvi
    Apr 8, 2012 - 9:17PM

    The biggest of noise created on the smallest of issues! It’s a pair of breasts, ladies and gentlemen, not atomic bombs like the ones dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Why is the general public so afraid of the human body?


  • Raza
    Apr 8, 2012 - 11:26PM

    Who cares? And its not that big a deal people.


  • BLing BLing
    Apr 8, 2012 - 11:52PM

    Publick-city ishtunt :)


  • Noble Tufail
    Apr 9, 2012 - 12:10AM

    even on purpose .. but was still a slip .. bravo mathira u carried yourself well.


  • mr. righty rightist
    Apr 9, 2012 - 7:07AM

    Aur, aur aur!!!


  • Faraz
    Apr 9, 2012 - 7:15AM

    So you want to be another Maya Khan…what’s the limit?? Don’t play God (istagfar) because you are no judge and stop this moral policing are nobody to tell people what to do, everybody decides for themselves and Allah is the one and only judge.


  • Baqar
    Apr 9, 2012 - 8:55AM

    I was down and out coz of usual monday morning downer, but mathira has cheered me up.. lolz


  • HHH
    Apr 9, 2012 - 9:30AM

    This girl has always seemed shady, and I for one won’t be surprised if this was planned. Recommend

  • Bumble bee
    Apr 9, 2012 - 12:43PM

    @big rizvi…

    Yup bro they werent atomic bombs… Rather they WERE hiroshima and nagasaki… I didnt see nothing… :p


  • Farhan javed
    Apr 9, 2012 - 12:59PM

    We should not abuse Mathira. Infact she is not aware of social or moral values. We should try to convince her that dear girl it’s immoral. This is Pakistan, please don’t hurt our sentiments.. This is what we can do. We’ll make Pakistan an islamic state by convincing them. No violence, no abuse!


  • Riaz Khan
    Apr 9, 2012 - 1:38PM

    Pakistani men are sick! Things like these happen all the time. Grow up, it’s 21st Century.


  • humzee
    Apr 9, 2012 - 3:27PM

    Yet another Veena Malik in the offing…Recommend

  • N.M. Mitha
    Apr 9, 2012 - 5:58PM

    What if same would have happened to a male model and he would have gone on twitter saying “so what! his pants fall down” ??

    My answer it would less interested, with less comments on News article, and less entertaining.. and would not have even bothered so many citizens…

    Dear all,
    Please except it that if any thing has happened accidentally, it doesn’t mean that it has been done with a means of providing some entertainment and blogging…

    We all need to grow up yaar!


  • Salman
    Apr 9, 2012 - 6:21PM

    Those of you who are posting under muslim names, we know who is what. We are not idiots. First of all a women walking down the ramp like a piece of meat is not progress. It is exploitation. Exploitation of her gender and her physical attributes. The progress is women becoming a doctor or a teacher and that is not un-islamic.

    Second If the wives and daughters of Holy Prophet P.B.U.H were asked to do pardah, what gives you the right to reject it. Are you too good. Are you better then them. Did Allah gave another islam for you. If Allah asked muslim women to cover them and muslim men to lower their gaze, are (Allah forbid) you more powerful than him? Who gave you the right. It is not “moral policing”. Right and wrong is clearly written in quran. Go against it and be ready to face the consequences from Allah.


  • Syedain Imam Wasti
    Apr 9, 2012 - 6:21PM

    Absolutely nonsense


  • Azfer
    Apr 9, 2012 - 6:41PM

    @Zeeshan Bilal:
    its not the matter of jaagir of man or something.
    We all are jaagir of GOD buddy. God has defined limits. Even men can’t take off their pants in front of public because its forbidden by GOD. It doesn’t mean that our body is a jaagir of woman. God has defined some norms and values for living a life, that we are supposed to follow. Keep a difference between jungle and human society. In old age, people were used to live naked, we are moving forward. Covering you body properly is a sign of modernization.Recommend

  • Irfan Ahmad
    Apr 9, 2012 - 9:05PM

    This is nothing new. Intentional wardrobe malfunctions existed in 1902!

    Here is what Henry Savage Landor writes in his book A JOURNEY FROM FLUSHING (HOLLAND) TO CALCUTTA, OVERLAND in 1902 about Persian women who are covered in chaddars:

    “Yet with some good fortune one occasionally gets glimpses of women’s
    faces, for face-screens and chudders and the rest of them have their
    ways of dropping occasionally, or being blown away by convenient winds,
    or falling off unexpectedly. But this is only the case with the prettier
    women, the ugly old ones being most particular not to disillusion and
    disappoint the male passers-by.

    This is possibly another reason why hasty travellers have concluded that
    Persian women must all be beautiful.”


  • Riaz Khan
    Apr 9, 2012 - 9:06PM

    Brother Salman, Why are you bringing religion & prophets in a fashion show? If you are so religious than in the first place, you should not be reading this unless you are a hypocrat just like our Mullahs. Go read something else & leave us alone. I will not be sharing my grave with you therefore do not worry about me.


  • gp65
    Apr 9, 2012 - 10:27PM

    @Salman: “Those of you who are posting under muslim names, we know who is what.”

    You are assuming that only non-Muslims can be supportive of a woman who does not allow herself to be bullied by moral police. What about Zeenat Aman, Parveen Babi, Shabana Azmi, Katrina Kaif?


  • nauman
    Apr 10, 2012 - 12:19AM

    there’s just something more provocative about brown muslim ones than your run of the mill white ones. We live in a time in which there is no monetory benefit in supporting religion, but bashing it (blogs, websites, books, fashion shows, etc) does and the incriminator can live quite the lavish life


  • Salman
    Apr 10, 2012 - 1:03AM

    @gp65: A muslim is supposed to conduct in a certain manner. Man or woman both. It is not about moral policing. It is about stating right and wrong. Period. Both are clear. Black and white.


  • Salman
    Apr 10, 2012 - 1:14AM

    @Riaz Khan: Oh so i should not be reading this. If i read and comment, i am a hypocrite. Wow. So much for “listening to the opinion of others even if makes your blood boil”.
    Thing is simple. I am stating right and wrong. Read the comments from top to bottom. Every body objecting to this has been criticized as a “Jahil ujjad ganwar” who wants to enslave women. boo hoo. I am only stating the expected conduct of a muslim. If it touches a nerve with you then you should take a good hard look at your conduct. For commenting on this article i do not need to see the pics. I can read the content and then comment. And btw it is a mullah who carries the ceremony of nikkah which makes consummation of a marriage legitimate. It is a mullah who carries the janaza of a muslim after his death. It is a mullah who teaches you Quran. No matter how much you hate a mullah, you cant do without him.


  • Saad Durrani
    Apr 10, 2012 - 2:33AM

    WOW! ET loves to stir up a controversy while it censors a simple comment. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT SENSE WOULD MAKE A BLOODY COSTUME LIKE THAT? The upper part is silk, the lower part is some silky cotton. It had to slip when Mathira would have breathed in or out. Rather than putting religion on the front line, it seems ET is too scared to criticise the horrendous design of this monstrosity. Recommend

  • Me - You are very wrong
    Apr 10, 2012 - 6:16AM


    At least Mathira had a bra/bikini top to cover some of her breast area.

    You obviously have no clue about what Paris Hilton is capable of doing – How can you say Paris Hilton has some class?

    Paris was filmed topless/nude with another man involved in intimate physical relations :(

    It is all over the internet…


  • zainab
    Apr 10, 2012 - 4:19PM

    why are we forgetting that the majority of people in pk are Muslims. Why is islam being brushed under the carpet all the time. I knnw my comment will be read as a mullahs point of view but Please! Et should shame itself for promoting immodesty!


  • Kiran
    Apr 10, 2012 - 4:57PM

    All opinions aside, can anyone hold equal blames for the designer as well?! Wardrobe malfunctions are the results of the designer’s incompetence, not the model!


  • Sarah
    Apr 12, 2012 - 4:52PM

    sooo allama iqbal and quaid were known to imbibe alcohol regularly and rarely ascribed to the ‘islamic’ code in their personal lives. but they envisioned a pakistan where women strut their stuff in burkas only? shaabaash


  • Sarah
    Apr 12, 2012 - 4:56PM

    @zainab: because who CARES if they are muslims or sikhs or atheists. kisi k mazhab se behan aap ko farak kia parhta hai. islam being brushed under the carpet? how about keeping it at home and trying to be a good muslim instead of condemning others who clearly wont think highly of you for doing so


  • Shadytr33
    Apr 12, 2012 - 6:12PM

    Its because of those people who have confined Islam at home that our society has reached levels of immodesty and corruption and cruelty. If the teachings of Islam had been spread and people would have taught others whats right and wrong, we would have been at a much better position tight now as a society and a nation. “Being ignorant about something can be excused but wanting to stay ignorant can not be”


  • Shadytr33
    Apr 12, 2012 - 6:19PM

    Listen man, I’m NOT God and I don’t pretend to be. I just share whats His message is. Share my opinion on whats right and wrong in the light of Islamic Law because I have studied it. People should know what good and whats bad. Whether anybody wants to listen or not, that’s not my problem. They will pay for their own actions and I will for mine. “There are two kind of people, an ignorant person and a person who wants to stay ignorant. The latter wants to stay ignorant so that they don’t have to change for good, because everybody hates change”


  • Umer
    Apr 12, 2012 - 6:28PM

    Seriously, you call this ‘top falling down’ a lot of us have been gravely disappointed!


  • Umer
    Apr 12, 2012 - 6:33PM

    I would take a ‘top dislodged’ model strutting on the catwalk anytime over a figure of enemies of islam blood thirsty gun wielding fanatic. Honestly, I would like the same for my 12 year old son to view as well.


  • Apr 13, 2012 - 9:01AM

    Why not someone counter these fashion shows with the modesty fashion clothing shows ? I think this would be a best step a fashion show for females only, and media not allowed, so that women can see and buy the clothing, this will be a great step in making a modest environment.


  • Bats
    Apr 16, 2012 - 10:25PM

    A mere publicity stunt from a woman who has nothing to lose!!


  • May 12, 2012 - 12:11AM

    Also visit the consequences of the fashion billboards all over the city:

    and what is the reaction to them

  • May 25, 2012 - 6:06AM

    she is another veena malik but purified veena malik


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