Vietnamese model Ngoc Trinh turned heads when she walked the red carpet at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in a skimpy, flesh-baring dress, and her choice of outfit could land her a hefty fine from the government of her homeland.
Vietnam’s VN Express International newspaper reports that the Vietnamese government is considering levying a large fine on 29-year-old model and fashion designer.
According to the newspaper, her dress — which she wore on May 19 — has been described as “sexually explicit,” “weird” and “gross.”
Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Vietnams’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that Trinh disgraced the nation in the eyes of the international community by wearing a dress that violated the country’s accepted standards of decency.
“She is not an artist that the ministry sent to the event,” said the minister during a session of the National Assembly in Hanoi. “Her outfit was improper, offensive and has caused public outrage.”
As a result, he added, the ministry is looking at current laws that allow the government to impose cash penalties on people who wear revealing or suggestive clothing in public.