An influencer and business owner has hit back after a clip of her dancing in front of her stepfather was called “disturbing”.
Karina Irby, who lives in Queensland, posted a TikTok video that was met with harsh comments.
The 32-year-old is known for sharing “real” photos of her body with her 1.2million followers and regularly slams “trolls” who make nasty remarks about her natural shape.
In the clip, the founder of Moana Swimwear dances to the Britney Spears hit work b***h while wearing one of her own bikinis.
Her stepfather, also in bathing suits, is behind her as she dances to the song.
But the clip was widely criticized, prompting Karina to respond, telling news.com.au she thought the backlash was “stupid”.
“No matter what you do on social media these days, someone will always find a way to bring you down, or in this case, project their insecurities or problems onto you,” she said.
“But in this case the facts are pretty simple. My stepfather and I have a great, normal relationship.
“We both have a good sense of humor and like to do silly things to make other people laugh.”
The social media star went on to explain that she “lives in bikinis” because she owns and runs a swimwear business – and called ridiculous any suggestion her outfit was “inappropriate”.
“It’s a hot Australian Christmas and our family spent it poolside, hence the swimwear,” she said.
“This kind of stuff is like water off a duck’s back to me. If you don’t read the comments, they don’t exist.
“But I find it kind of funny — and a little sad — that so many people spend their holiday season ranting online when they’re supposed to be having fun with their families.”
The video, which saw Karina in hot water, showed her dancing in front of her stepfather, who wore a pair of Speedos in swimwear while he was crafting in the kitchen.
He then turns when he realizes she’s standing behind him and asks, “What the hell are you doing?”
He shakes his head and laughs at her antics as she bounces around to the music.
Some have taken the video, which has garnered 440,000 views and nearly 350 comments, at face value.
“I love your videos Karina and it’s nice to meet your stepdad. Sorry TikTok is full of weirdos,” one social media user commented.
Another said: “LOL this is hilarious. I can’t believe (some) people don’t see this for what it is – some fun.”
One added: “How dare he ask questions, he’s in the uniform.”
But others said the video was “inappropriate”.
“As if you do [that] in front of your stepfather. REALLY,” one person asked.
Another said: “Who could be comfortable dancing in a bikini like that in front of their stepdad?”
One said: “I find what you are doing in front of him and the way he is looking at you slightly disconcerting.”
The backlash comes after the 32-year-old tied the knot with husband Ryan Jones at a picturesque beach wedding in Bora Bora in November, where she wore a skimpy Cossie two-piece.
“Newlyweds…island style!” she captioned alongside a photo of their first kiss as husband and wife. And it couldn’t have been more perfect.
“Marry your best friend in one of the most beautiful places in the world.”
The Moana Bikini owner rocked a bandeau top with racy cutouts across her bust with a pair of revealing bridal white G-string bottoms.
She paired it with a sheer sarong as well as a huge flower crown in a range of tropical colors.
Karina’s new husband also rocked a floral crown, but opted for a casual cream shirt and cropped combo for her wedding.
The couple had arrived by canoe at the private island where the ceremony was taking place, which was followed by a beach reception with fireworks.
Originally posted as Karina Irby responded to backlash over video of stepdad in bikini