Doctor loses licence after posting bikini photos on her Facebook

A Myanmar model and doctor said she would appeal against a medical council decision to revoke her licence for posting photos of herself on Facebook in revealing outfits and bikinis.

The Myanmar Medical Council suspended the medical licence of Nang Mwe San in a letter to her dated June 3, saying she dressed inappropriately.

On her Facebook page the 28-year-old often posts photos of herself wearing tight dresses, lingerie, swimwear and traditional Burmese clothing.

Mwe San has been a general physician for four years but stopped practicing two years ago to pursue a modelling career.

The move to revoke her licence bans her from medical practice.

The GP's medical licence was removed because she dressed 'inappropriately' on her public Facebook page. Source: Facebook Nang Mwe San

The council said Mwe San had continued to post photos of herself in outfits that did "not fit with Burmese tradition" despite promising to stop doing so after a warning in January.

"I was shocked and very sad, to be a doctor, it was a long struggle," Mwe San told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone on Friday.

"Did I dress in sexy outfits when I was meeting my patients? Never," she added.

The Myanmar Medical Council did not respond to the Thomson Reuters Foundation's request for comments.

Mwe San's post of the council's letter has drawn more than 18,000 reactions and 5,600 comments on social media.

"You must choose between being a medical professional and an exhibitionist, you can't take both because they contradict each other," one user, May Thet Htar, commented.

Mwe San has been a GP for four years but stopped practicing to pursue a modelling career. Source: Getty

Shunn Lei, a founder of the Myanmar feminist magazine Rainfall, said the case of Mwe San was an example of society's control of women's bodies in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

"Sexism is rooted in the mindset of the Burmese. The problem is our patriarchal society equates a woman's role with protecting Burmese traditions and culture," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"Whenever a model poses for sexy photos, it's always against Burmese culture. But what is Burmese culture? I don't really get it."

Mwe San said she has not been in contact with the council yet but she planned to appeal their decision.

"There are many important ethical issues in Myanmar's medical sector. I don't want them wasting time taking care of minor issues like my modelling," she said.

"But whatever I'm facing, I won't give up my modelling profession."

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