Zoe Gabriel: ‘Growing up, I did not have a lot.’


A Filipino teen TikToker living in Singapore shared her joy after getting her first luxury bag —a Charles & Keith bag— a gift from her father. However, it was met with ridicule comments amongst TikTok users considering the bag as a luxury item.


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In a subsequent video, the teen named Zoe Gabriel openly called out the haters and said that the bag was already a luxury for her because their family was not wealthy.

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“My family did not have a lot. We couldn’t buy new things as simple as bread from Bread Talk,” she said.

“Every time we passed by a store my parents would just say next time, but next time would never come.”

“Your comment spoke volumes on how ignorant you seem because of your wealth. To you an $80 bag may not be a luxury but for me and my family it is a lot,”

“And I’m so grateful that my dad was able to get me one. He worked so hard for that money,” she said.

“I can’t believe I got hate over a bag that I was so excited to have.”

Which was then lauded by her supporters as it shows how mature and graceful she is with handling the criticism, going as far as Charles & Keith catching wind of the story.

As a treat, She was then invited to lunch and a tour of the Charles & Keith HQ by the company’s founders.

“Our heart really went out to Zoe, but we were so impressed with (how gracefully) she handled the situation, displaying wisdom far beyond her years and values that resonated with us greatly,” the Straits Times quoted a company spokesperson as saying.

“Our founders believe that our products should spark joy, empower fashion lovers and give them confidence, something we believe she presented so eloquently in her video and for which we are so grateful.”

“It was so fun, everybody was so nice and accommodating. we had the chance to sit down with Keith and get to know their company a little better,” she said.

“Thank you to everybody who has shown their support! Without you, we would never be here.”

Zoe expressed her gratitude for the chance and posted two pictures from their visit.

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