HCMC fined the Miss Universe Vietnam organizing committee VND70 million ($2,990) for allowing a judge to walk the red carpet wearing a see-through ao dai that revealed her patch on her chest.
The Saigon Universe Joint Stock Company, owner of Miss Universe Vietnam, was administratively sanctioned by the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City for holding a beauty and modeling contest “using costumes, words, sounds, images , movements, means of expression and forms of performing acts contrary to the customs and traditions of the nation”.
The company was also banned from holding beauty and modeling contests for a period of nine months from July 29.
Pham Van Dung, chief inspector of HCMC’s Ministry of Culture and Sports Advisory Unit, said on Monday that the company representative paid the fines, admitted his mistake and pledged not to repeat it.
The company hosted the Miss Universe Vietnam 2022 final on June 25, which included Vietnamese supermodel Vu Nguyen Ha Anh.
She wore a see-through version of ao dai, a traditional Vietnamese outfit, by designer Ly Qui Khanh. The outfit revealed the model’s chest patch when photographed with a camera flash.
Vu Nguyen Ha Anh wears a veil ao dai at a Miss Universe Vietnam red carpet event on June 25, 2022. Photo courtesy of Unicorp
Ha Anh later apologized on her personal page, saying she was “sad and embarrassed” that the “unflattering images” were shown to the public.
“If I had known about the possibility of this incident, I would never have allowed it to happen. I have to be more careful next time,” she wrote.
The designer also apologized to the public, saying he and the Ha Anh team both forgot to take a flash test before attending the event.
Ha Anh, 40, was in the top 10 at the Miss Universe Vietnam 2008 pageant and was named second runner-up at the Miss Vietnam Global 2008.
She was one of the judges for the Miss Universe Vietnam 2022 pageant.