Tuoi Tre News, 2 August 2015. A young Vietnamese woman is running her project on promoting the image of the traditional Vietnamese costume ao dai to the world.

Ms Nguyen Thi Thuy Thuy wore her ao dai to Melbourne’s MCG to catch the attention of Cristiano Ronaldo – but it was Ms Thuy in her ao dai who was the star that night. Fellow spectators queued up to take photos of Ms Thuy in her ao dai and now she is taking Vietnam’s national dress to the world.

An edited extract of the original article appears below.

(For photos of the ao dai and hats designed by Kan Kanemura at AusCham’s Saigon Melbourne Cup Carnival Dinner last year, click here.)

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Nguyen Thi Thuy Thuy, 22, who is studying at William Angliss Institute in Melbourne, has created a Facebook page named Ao dai around the world, where people across the globe can share photos capturing them wearing the traditional Vietnamese costume.

The project was initiated out of the passion of Thuy, who said she owns 60 ao dai gowns.

Earlier she emceed several programs of the Ho Chi Minh City Television Station so she had chances to wear ao dai

She said that she wants to capture the image of ao dai wherever she goes, and that like all other Vietnamese girls, she feels more confident, special, and beautiful wearing the traditional costume.

Thuy stated that living away from home has strengthened her dream of promoting the Vietnamese costume to international friends.

“I cannot bring ao dai to all cities in the world, but together we can do it,” Thuy said…

On Thuy’s page, everyone can send pictures capturing themselves or their relatives donning ao dai

Thuy recounted a joyful memory that she once wore ao dai to watch a football (soccer) match in which Cristiano Ronaldo played, as she wanted to attract his attention.

“But surprisingly many fans of that match came and even waited to take photos with me,” she said…

Thuy is also creating a website providing information on ao dai, with the help of her brother who is a programmer living in Australia.

In the future, the 22-year-old woman said she will boost the promotion of the project to Vietnamese student forums in countries like Japan, Russia, South Korea, and others, and urge them to submit their photos.

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Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy poses in an ao dai at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground). By courtesy of Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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