Critics of Photographer Franey Miller’s Áo Dài Are Out of Bound

Commentary: Áo Dài is a Vietnamese traditional costume, which represents the feminine charm and beauty of Vietnamese women. Despite of the traditional heritage it represents, it is not a sacred treasure or religious treasure that people should not be overly sensitive. The fashion evolution of Áo Dài has made it into different sexy and classy styles that some foreigners have noticed and worn.

Vietnamese facebookers voiced their objections about this photograph

Vietnamese facebookers voiced their objections about this photograph

The critics of any sexy changes of Áo Dài are narrow-minded and out of bound. One should not be fanatics and radicals about a costume. One should embrace that other people find inspiration in the Áo Dài for their artistic creativity. One may be critical of how a dress is too sexy or revealing, critical of skin exposure has some valid grounds depending on whom wearing Áo Dài.

Finding offensive that a tradional dress being misused is a lack of self-pride in the tradition itself. A former Miss Vietnam was criticized for wearing a transparent Áo Dài; this can have some valid basis because she was a Miss Vietnam and represented Vietnam at some level, the decency and class should be taken into account even though her photo album was beautiful.


Mai Phương Thuý

One should not be offended by the photographic work of Franey Miller about Áo Dài because she had no intention to offend Vietnamese tradition. Instead, she should commended for her appreciation of the beauty of Áo Dài and made it more sensual and artistic to her taste.

Luckily, Vienam has no state religion, religious extremists would have more vocal than the online critics.

American Photographer Franey Miller’s work featuring a model is wearing a costume designed similar to a Vietnamese traditional long dress (Áo Dài ) has faced a strong opposition from Vietnamese facebookers.

Vietnamese facebookers voiced their objections about this photograph

Vietnamese facebookers voiced their objections about this photograph

US Model Baska Mroz is captured wearing an Áo Dài without trousers. The photo was among the works of 17-year old Franey Miller’s new collection posted on her facebook on February 26 which had a great response from her friends for its creativity.

One irate Facebook-user Nguyen Le Thuy Vy said, “You use our traditional costume for your artistic work, but you might make the world think that our country is so poor so that we don’t even have trousers to wear?”

Another facebooker Phuong Nguyen said, “I am very glad to see that you care about our traditional costume, but it seems that you don’t understand ao dai. Fashion is about the freedom to be creative, but you shouldn’t miss basic things about a country’s culture.” Some other people said that when taking a photo relating to a country’s culture, the photographer should learn about its culture.

Ms Miller was eventually forced to remove the photo from her fanpage.

The photographer said that, “This photo was not made as an interpretation of Vietnam or Vietnamese culture in any way. I apologise for any offence that may have come of this, but please understand and respect the art. From here on out I will do my best to be more conscious of cultures and my impacts on them.”

She also added that she just took the photo and the model’s costume was arranged by stylist Ashley Barlow.

Franey Miller’s apology

Bức ảnh mẫu Tây mặc áo dài quá sexy khiến cư dân mạng bức xúc 3
 

Nhiếp ảnh gia Tây xin lỗi fan Việt, Thời trang, trang phuc ao dai, trang phục áo dài, mau tay mac ao dai, nhiep anh gia xin loi, tin thoi trang, nong cung thoi trang moi ngay, thoi trang

Some Vietnamese ladies wear Áo Dài in the sexy way:

Thiếu nữ Việt "xấu xí" với áo dài!, Thời trang, ao dai, áo dài, ao dai truyen thong, mac ao dai phan cam, tin thoi trang, nong cung thoi trang moi ngay, thoi trang

Thiếu nữ Việt "xấu xí" với áo dài!, Thời trang, ao dai, áo dài, ao dai truyen thong, mac ao dai phan cam, tin thoi trang, nong cung thoi trang moi ngay, thoi trang

Thiếu nữ Việt "xấu xí" với áo dài!, Thời trang, ao dai, áo dài, ao dai truyen thong, mac ao dai phan cam, tin thoi trang, nong cung thoi trang moi ngay, thoi trang

Thiếu nữ Việt "xấu xí" với áo dài!, Thời trang, ao dai, áo dài, ao dai truyen thong, mac ao dai phan cam, tin thoi trang, nong cung thoi trang moi ngay, thoi trang

Thiếu nữ Việt "xấu xí" với áo dài!, Thời trang, ao dai, áo dài, ao dai truyen thong, mac ao dai phan cam, tin thoi trang, nong cung thoi trang moi ngay, thoi trang

 

 

 
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