Thai Ha, one of Vietnam's A-list models, has been fined VND5 million (USD239.7) for her clothes that were too revealing at an event in HCM City.
Thai Ha fined for shows too much
The HCM City municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism decided that the costume Thai Ha wore during her act, on February 18, was inappropriate. The show, called Umbrella Party, included several other well-known models, such as Ngoc Quyen, Minh Trieu, Thanh Hai and Quanh Di.
While giving a vigorous performance her costume apparently slipped, showing a little bit too much. Photos of the event quickly spread online, and lit up chat rooms and forums.
This 'slip' just happened to take place at a time when the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Department of Performing Arts is trying to tighten controls over 'decency rules' in the performing arts.
Following several similar incidents involving artists, such as Thuy Tien, Ly Nha Ky, Minh Hang and Thu Minh, the department has been determined to apply stricter sanctions on these kind of violations.
The department is in the process of drafting a regulation, under which, if it is decided that an artist's costume is too revealing, they would be be banned from performing for between three months to a year. In the worst cases, the ministry could put a life ban on an artist and impose a complete media black-out.
Thai Ha paid her fine on February 20. The organisers of the event met with officials from the HCM City municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism on February 21 to determine their responsibility.
Thai Ha blamed the incident on the fact that the organisers had asked her to wear something skimpy, along with the fact that she was overly energetic in her performance.