Supermodel Ha Anh has been banned from performing in Ho Chi Minh City for three months and fined VND10 million (US$472) for wearing revealing clothing at a fashion show in the city in June.
Chau Quoc Dung, chief inspector at the city’s culture department, said Ha Anh received the ban and fine due to the “distasteful” clothing she wore during the “Thoi trang va Nhan vat” (Fashion and Characters) show on June 26.
Anh performed in a tight-fitting swimsuit-like bottom which was not the outfit she wore to a dress rehearsal attended by inspectors, Dung said.
After receiving the punishments, Anh wrote on her Facebook page: “People think they [the ban and fine] are too terrible. To me, it’s normal.”
“Don’t worry! Being fined or not, I will still work, try, and innovate,” she said.
The culture department also slapped a VND10 million fine on the organizer, Hoa Hong Vang (Yellow Rose) Company.
This is not the first time Anh flouted the culture law.
In September 2010, she wore a super-short black dress that did not cover her white panties while singing at the “Diamond Night” show. At the same show, another popular model, Bebe Pham, was strutting her stuff on the catwalk in a glittering evening gown when one of her nipples popped out.
The organizers were fined VND11 million for using inappropriate outfits and making changes to the show without official approval.
Last week, singer Huong Tram was also barred from performing for three months in Hanoi and fined VND10 million after racy pictures of the 19-year-old winner of The Voice Vietnam 2012 went viral on social networks in August.
Huong Tram wore the partially sheer dress while performing at the Time Lounge Bar on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street in Hanoi on August 25. The garment bared her shoulders and revealed parts of her lingerie.
Huong Tram later explained she wasn't aware her skin-colored leggings would expose her lingerie beneath the stage lights.
According to an updated decree on administrative punishment in culture in 2013, wearing clothing deemed “inappropriate to the purposes of a performance and offensive to Vietnam's pure tradition and fine customs” carries fines from VND5-10 million and a 3-6 month performance ban.
Meritorious Artist Le Chuc, former deputy director of the national Department of Performing Arts, said that in addition to music and fashion shows, sex and gratuitous bedroom scenes have replaced the violence that marked most popular culture a few years ago.