Malaysian influencer Siew Pui Yi has apologized for wearing the Vietnamese national dress, ao dai, provocatively. She said that she would be more sensitive to local cultures.
While she was releasing lanterns along the Hoai River in Hoi An, Vietnam, the former Penthouse cover model became Ms. Puiyi, simply an ao dai gown.
Who posted two photos of her outfit to her social media accounts. This drew a lot of criticism from Vietnamese netizens who felt she was disrespecting their culture. Vietnamese women wear the ao dai, a long dress with slits at the sides. It is worn with trousers.
On Wednesday, 6 April, Siew apologized on her Facebook page. She did so in three languages: English, Vietnamese and Chinese.
Siew wrote, “Hello, all beautiful Vietnamese people!” Due to my recent trip to Vietnam, I made a post that upset people. I profoundly and sincerely apologize for my actions and disrespect to Vietnam’s traditional culture. I have taken it down.
On Friday, Siew posted two photos on her Facebook page showing her in a bikini at Hoi An’s hotel. She captioned the pictures: “Vietnam so beautiful.”
Siew was the cover model of Penthouse’s January/February issue. Siew claimed that she was the first Southeast Asian woman to appear on the cover.
Siew has over 20 million followers on her Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook accounts. Her racy content is also created for OnlyFans, a subscription-based platform.