Thousands of contestants took part in the preliminary round of the Vietnam’s Next Top Model in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, including many candidates who conducted entire or partly transgender surgery, transvestites, bisexuals or the third gender.
In the preliminary competition in HCM City, transgender contestant Dong Phuong Tran entered the bikini round while Lan Phuong entered the interview round. Many other contestants who are transsexuals and transvestites were named by the press, such as Duong My My, Ngoc Anh and Truong Giang.
Although all these candidates have been excluded, the Performing Arts Agency will still review and handle this case. The organizers of the Vietnam’s Next Top Model are alleged to have violated the rules of their own. According to the rules of the program, the contestants must not be transgenders.