A girl is trolled online for being poor and owning a $60 "luxury" bag but her life changes when her video goes viral

Anita Durairaj

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A 17-year-old girl from Singapore who is also a TikTok influencer went from being trolled to receiving a huge surprise from a company.

According to the New York Post, Zoe Gabriel was mocked after she shared a video of herself enjoying a gift from her father.

Her father had given her a Charles and Keith handbag that retailed for $60 ($80 Singapore dollars). On TikTok, Zoe called the Charles and Keith bag a "luxury bag."

The brand Charles and Keith based in Singapore is known for its inexpensive shoes, bags, and accessories.

She received flak from her viewers for calling the bag a "luxury." For most viewers, the brand Charles and Keith was not a luxury brand and something that cost $60 would not be considered very expensive.

People were cruel to Zoe online about the bag but her post went viral and she received 22.7 million views in January 2023.

In a follow-up video, she explained that she grew up poor and her family even struggled to buy bread.

To you, an $80 bag may not be a luxury. 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,”

Fortunately, viewers sympathetic to Zoe's predicament tagged the Charles and Keith account.

The brand's founders responded by inviting Zoe to the company for a tour and to have lunch with them. She was also gifted with more bags and vouchers.

By March, Zoe had become a community ambassador for Charles and Keith. She modeled one of their bags on their Instagram account.

The teen has also been featured in promotional TikTok videos for an airline.

Zoe had gone from being mocked online to becoming a sought-after TikTok personality.

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