Vietnamese model Ngoc Trinh turned plenty of heads at the Cannes Film Festival last month when she attended the premiere of The Hidden Life wearing a very revealing dress. While naked looks on the red carpet are nothing new – Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski often wear barely-there outfits at high-profile events such as the Met Gala – it appears Trinh’s dress didn’t go down well with the Vietnamese government.
According to multiple reports, Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Vietnam’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, began an investigation that could lead to a heavy fine against Trinh for breaching the country’s strict decency laws. “She is not an artist that the ministry sent to the event. Her outfit was improper, offensive and has caused public outrage,” the Minister explained during a session of the National Assembly in Hanoi.
The dress in question was by Vietnamese designer Đỗ Long and featured hip-high slits. While Trinh may be facing backlash in her home country, the model is said to be unapologetic about her ensemble. “I’ve got a lot of praise for my outfit. I don’t care if people criticise it because I felt pretty in the dress, which made a good impression on the Cannes red carpet,” she reportedly told VNEexpress. “I cannot satisfy the whole world,” she added.