Model Tong Bach Thuy and Kim Hong.  

In recent years, more Vietnamese models are strutting their stuff on international catwalks, showing the growth of Vietnam’s modeling industry.

Most models said that international fashion shows gave them the opportunity to gain more experience from their international colleagues as well as represent their home country. 

Model Xuan Lan spoke to Thanh Nien about her experiences in touring abroad.  Most Vietnamese models always do their best to make first good impressions not only for themselves, but for their country, she said.

“I have modeled in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Japan and China.  Thank to these tours, I have learnt about performance styles and gained experiences from foreign models. But above all, I’ve had the opportunity to become more independent and appreciate my country a lot more,” said Ms. Lan.

Tough work

The model spoke about her most unforgettable moment at a huge fashion show in Paris last year.

This fashion show had beautiful models from all over the world, but the Vietnamese models were selected to start off the show, said Ms. Lan.  The models included Ms. Lan, Anh Thu, Than Thuy Ha, Tong Bach Thuy, Ngoc Nga, Kim Hong and Uyen Lan.

For the show, each model had to wear the traditional Vietnamese ao dai in two-degrees Celsius weather and walk down a 20-kilometer street from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning while holding incenses.

“The 10 Vietnamese models had to struggle with the severe cold that night.” Ms. Lan recalled. By the end of the evening, the models were completely exhausted from the cold weather and long walk.

But, they still did their best against the uncomfortable conditions to complete the show. Some models even walked down the street barefoot because their scandals had broken, she said.

“We were extremely tired. But, when we saw the smoke spiralling up from the incenses held in front of our chests, we thought about our national pride and continued our journey, added Ms. Lan.

The models’ determination also won the admiration of witnesses.  Some overseas Vietnamese could not hold back their tears and even Frenchmen praised the bravery of the Vietnamese models, she said.

To prepare for the memorable show, the models also prepped themselves by doing their own hair, ironing their own clothes and arranging their part of the show.

Getting better

Although Vietnamese models have left good impressions on the international scene, there is always room for improvement. 

“Vietnamese models are less professional than foreign models,” according to Director Ngoc Thuy, who used to take Vietnamese models abroad for shows. 

“Their strength and diet are not good enough. And although Vietnamese girls are very beautiful, they are still not the ideal height for modeling,” he said.

Also, the authority should create more conditions for models to gain experiences at shows abroad to hone their professional skills, said Mr. Thuy.

Previously, two models, Phan Thu Ngan and Hoang Men, had been invited to the Philippines to work. But, the two girls could not go because they were unable to obtain overseas working licenses from the relevant authority.  This is because “models” are not officially considered a profession in Vietnam, said Mr. Thuy. 

Meanwhile, Thanh Long, who has accompanied Vietnamese models to fashion shows in Germany, said Vietnamese models needed to improve their English skills. 

Despite some developments, the modeling industry in Vietnam is still young and unpopular.  Most Vietnamese fashion shows are still held for the main purpose of cultural exchange. 

With more Vietnamese models bursting into the international scene, now is the time for people in the modeling industry to promote the industry to the country and world.

Reported by Da Ly – Translated by Quynh Nhu.

July 5, 2006

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Model Duong Yen Ngoc.

VietNamNet – Vietnam Model Award will be launched on July 5. This is the first time the winner of the contest to be voted in via SMS, the prize for which will be worth VND50mil (US$3,125).


Both professional and amateurs are encouraged to join the contest, in which people can vote for their favourite via SMS. Every month, the top five models with the highest numbers of votes will have the chance to participate in a performance.


The Final Award Ceremony will be held mid December.


Examiners of the contest are fashion experts, including Dr Tham Hoang Diep, Miss Sport Vietnam Thu Huong, and a variety of other get-abouts.


The contest means to honour professional model training and management agencies. The organisers will present awards to those companies that have the largest number of models in the competition. And to ensure fair play, members of these companies are not eligible for judging positions for the contest.


Besides the Best Model of the Year Award, the organizing board will offer other awards to candidates such as Talented Model, Model of Advertisement, Impressive Model, and Photo Model.


The awards will be launched on July 5 and the registration deadline is September 15. The TAF Public Relations and Communication Company is the main organizer of the event.

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VietNamNet – Authors and artists from across the country will be recognised by the State for their contributions to their fields.

The Ministry of Culture and Information will submit to the Prime Minister a list of artists, including nine freelancers who are listed for the first time.

They were selected out of total 314 artists who qualified for the title of Meritorious Artist, including singers, actors, instrumentalists, directors and painters.

The National Award Board also proposes five authors for the Ho Chi Minh Prize, one of Vietnam’s highest honours.

The five are: composer Nguyen Trong Bang, artist Nguyen Dinh Quang, poet Vuong Kieu An, professor Ha Minh Duc and movie director Dang Nhat Minh.

The State Prize is expected to award 155 authors of artistic and literary works in the fields of music, fine arts, theatre, dancing, photography, folk art, architecture, film and literature.

The National Award Board decides to nominate 30 individuals working across a range of artistic and broadcast fields for the title of People’s Artist.

This is the first time the list of artists will be made public before it is submitted to the Prime Minister for consideration.

“During the next five years the living standard of Vietnamese people will improve remarkably.”
By Jakob Holm
“Where will Vietnam be in five years?” that was the question up for debate on a recent meeting between donor-countries discussing Vietnam’s development plan for 2006 – 2010.
During the meeting members of Vietnam’s donor community all agreed that one of the propulsive forces for the development of Vietnam, in their view, was the recent accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and strong reforms being initiated by the Vietnamese government.
Among the participants was the Danish Ambassador to Vietnam, Peter Lysholt Hansen, who commented “that in the next five years, the living standard of Vietnamese people would be improved remarkably.”
“As a member of WTO, Vietnam will attract foreign and domestic investment to gain a higher annual growth rate, create jobs and reduce both hunger and poverty rates,” he added.
However, the ambassador noted that the quality of investment and the impact on the environment by fast economic growth require the government to set urgent solutions to limit risk.
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VietNamNet – Yet again, Ha Anh, A Vietnamese student in London, has won a modelling contest. This time it was the Asian Face competition in London.


This is a competition organised by Clickwalla – a well known Asian Media and Entertainment Services Company in London – in conjunction with Celebraisan. Eligible contestants are Asian students living in Britain. The competition chooses one best male and one best female model.


Recently, Nguyen Vu Ha Anh also won first prize in a fashion competition organised by Glamour Fair (London and Miami) and A La Carte (Paris), two famous fashion companies.


Ha Anh is also known to Vietnamese students in Britain as an executive member of the Vietnamese Student Committee in England.


Before going to Britain, Ha Anh was an excellent student at the Hanoi Amsterdam School. Last year she was granted a one-year scholarship to the British Academy of Music in London.


Before the final night of the competition audiences voted for candidates they liked most through the website


(Source: Tuoi Tre)

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Vietnamese police have arrested 16 bookmakers and intermediaries between bookies and bettors in two separate soccer betting rings, local media reported Tuesday.

The police on Monday detained the boss and 11 intermediaries in a ring operating in some northern localities, including Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Lao Cai and Yen Bai, with daily revenue of 3-5 billion Vietnamese dong (VND) (188.7 million to 314.5 million U.S. dollars) , said newspaper Youth.

The inter-provincial ring is led by a 38-year-old local man named Tran Chau Phong from Hanoi, the capital.

Last weekend, four local people from southern Ho Chi Minh City, including a man named Tran Duy Nghia, his son and Nghia’s brother- in-law, were detained for organizing soccer betting. Nghia opened a bank account of 100,000 dollars to serve betting transactions via the Internet.

For each World Cup soccer match, the four people received bets worth over 100 million VND (nearly 6,300 dollars) from local bettors.

Gambling, especially in the forms of soccer betting and card playing, is widespread in Vietnam, although all kinds of it, except for casinos designated for foreigners and overseas Vietnamese, are illegal in the country.

In Vietnam, where many people are passionate for both soccer and betting, dozens of local bettors and bookmakers were detained during major national and international soccer tournaments.

Source: Xinhua

[foto] Some 100 20th-century works at Vittoriano complex (ANSA) – Rome, July 4 – A new exhibition at Rome’s Vittoriano complex spotlights one of the rising stars of the world art scene – Vietnam .

The show, entitled the Dragon and the Butterfly, features around 100 paintings that give visitors a view of the Oriental nation’s art in the 20th century and the latest trends .

The event, which runs until July 16, is the highlight of a Festival of Vietnamese Culture organized by the Province of Rome as part of its wide-ranging Spring Festival .

“Rome is acting as a door to apparently distant artistic delights, which globalization is turning into new forms of expression that are increasingly accessible to other cultures,” explained Province of Rome Culture Councillor Vincenzo Vita .

“The provincial government has an international outlook. It is increasingly looking to the Orient and offering itself as an anchor (in Europe) for these new, explosive cultural phenomena”. Vietnamese painting kicked off in earnest in the first half of the 20th century, when the French colonial rulers founded the Fine Arts College of Indochina (FACI). Since then the nation’s art has been under the influence of the former colonial power, as well as to its northern neighbour China. But experts stress that Vietnamese art has managed to emerge from shadows of these cultures, especially in recent decades, to forge an unmistakable national identity. In doing so it has also released creative impulses repressed by centuries of foreign domination, they say .

Works by Vietnamese painters are now highly sought after on international markets, especially in France .

The exhibition opens with a range of traditional-style lacquer paintings, which artists in the 1950s used to tell the story of the war of independence from France. There are also the beautifully simple works of Nguyen Thanh Binh, perhaps Vietnam’s most popular artist, and hyperrealist paintings by Do Quang Em. The exhibition features some video installations too, as well as a series of traditional costumes of the country’s 57 different ethnicities .

The curator of the show is Truong Quoc Binh, the director of the Hanoi National Fine Arts Museum, which lent many of the pieces on display. “We Vietnamese consider Italy to be very close to us,” said Quoc Binh. “We love its art and other aspects of its culture – in soccer we cheer on the Azzurri”. The Festival of Vietnamese Culture also includes the screening of a selection of Vietnamese movies, conferences on development projects and tourism in the eastern country and a culinary bonanza at Rome’s Citta’ del Gusto (City of Taste) .

There will also be a photography exhibition entitled Images of Vietnam .

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Uniquely American

July 5, 2006

Three daughters in an immigrant family were each born on July 4

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Michelle Doan, left, and her sister Julia, right, were born July 4, as was their sister Jenny. Their father came to the United States in 1975, their mother five years later.

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Michelle Doan, left, and her sister Julia, right, were born July 4, as was their sister Jenny. Their father came to the United States in 1975, their mother five years later.

Most people get candles and a birthday cake if they’re lucky.

“We get fireworks,” says Michelle Doan, who was born on the Fourth of July, along with two of her sisters. “Not everyone gets that on their birthday.”

Michelle, 18, Jenny, 20, and Julia, 13, live in Wichita in a traditional Vietnamese household of nine children, whose ages range from 10 to 31.

Being the daughter of immigrants while having her birthday fall on an unmistakably American holiday has left Michelle torn between her Vietnamese roots and her American upbringing.

“The older siblings are a little more Vietnamese. They know the traditional dances and things like that,” she says. “We (younger siblings) are a little more American.”

The older Doan clan — Tim, 31, Tram, 25, Viet, 24, Nam, 22, and Amy, 21 — have retained more of the Vietnamese culture and language than their younger siblings, Michelle says.

She, Jenny, Julia and 10-year-old David struggle more with the language, she says.

“I’ve always wanted to visit Vietnam, but I’m scared because I don’t know the culture and might do or say something wrong,” she says.

Their father, Luan Doan , 64, flew from Vietnam to Kansas in 1975 after the communist government’s rise to power. His wife, Sau Truong, 50, joined him five years later.

Luan says it was hard to be away from his family because he had lost contact with his parents and eight brothers and sisters after enlisting in the Vietnamese army.

“When I left, I didn’t have time to say goodbye to my family,” he said in Vietnamese, with Michelle translating. He also speaks English.

Luan has since regained contact with his family in Vietnam and phones them at least twice a month.

He says the United States was a place to find the freedom that the Vietnamese government didn’t allow.

“Freedom, a lot of people come to the United States for freedom,” he says.

For the Doan family, that freedom includes celebrating American holidays with Vietnamese flair. Thanksgiving dinner means not only turkey, but rice and pho — noodle soup.

But when it comes to parenting, tradition still reigns supreme in the Doan household, Michelle says.

“They’re pretty strict,” she says. “To them, it’s God first, then education, then relationships. They don’t want us to get married until we’re 35.”


July 5, 2006