Vietnam officially bans lip-syncing, skimpy clothes on stage

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The government has officially banned lip-syncing and skimpy clothes in art and commercial performances, fashion shows and beauty pageants.

A decree passed earlier this week says costumes that do not suit the purpose of the performances, and that go against Vietnam's traditional culture and aesthetics should not be worn on stage.

It bans artists and show organizers from staging performances different from what has been approved, or using advertising that is different from the approved script.

Vietnam currently fines artists US$144-288 for wearing "inappropriate" skimpy outfits on stage, but some officials have suggested tripling it or raising it to as much as $96,000.

Singer Thu Minh in May was fined VND3.5 million (US$170) for wearing clothes that exposed her breasts in a music show in Ho Chi Minh City on April 20.

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The new decision also says lip-syncing is strictly prohibited.

It limits the number of national beauty queen pageants to two per year. At the city and province level, the limit is one pageant a year, while three beauty contests can be held for a region.

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