The Idea Of Luxury: A Relative Concept

When Zoe Gabriel, a Singapore-based Filipina teenager, shared a video of herself flexing a "Charles & Keith" bag, she likely didn't expect the backlash that ensued. In the video, Zoe expresses her gratitude for the gift from her father and describes the bag as a luxury item. However, the internet was quick to judge, with many users leaving offensive comments and criticizing her for considering the bag to be a luxury item.

It's important to remember that luxury is a relative term. What one person considers to be a luxury item, another may not. For Zoe, the "Charles & Keith" bag was a special gift from her father, and she was proud to show it off. She had every right to be gracious and thankful for the gift, and no one should have the right to bash her for it.

The Character of Those Attacking Zoe

The negative comments and attacks directed at Zoe are a reflection of the character and upbringing of the individuals who made them. It's disappointing to see people attacking a young girl for expressing her gratitude for a gift from her father. Instead of judging and criticizing, we should be encouraging and uplifting one another.

Commending Charles and Keith

On a positive note, it's worth commending Charles and Keith, the founders and executives of the brand, for their response to the situation. They have shown their support for Zoe by inviting her and her father to tour their Singapore facility and have lunch with them. This gesture not only shows their support for Zoe, but it also demonstrates their commitment to promoting positivity and kindness in the online community.

An Overnight Sensation

As a result of her bashing, Zoe has become an overnight sensation. She went from being an unknown TikTok user to having thousands of followers and supporters. In a way, this is a testament to the power of recognition, and it shows that people are capable of recognizing and appreciating those who are gracious and thankful.


It is important to remember that luxury is a relative term and what one person may consider as luxury may not be the same for another. Luxury can come in different forms, for some it may be a designer bag, for others, it may be a comfortable home or a good meal. It's essential to respect and acknowledge that luxury is subjective and personal, and no one has the right to judge or bash someone for what they consider as luxury. We should all learn to appreciate and respect each other's choices and preferences, rather than criticizing and attacking one another.


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