Transgender Vietnam Idol finalist Huong Giang is the latest celebrity to wear a dress made of 2,000 condoms for a safe sex campaign.
Giang told Tuoitre News Vietnam she is happy for her name to be associated with condom-use and wants to send the public, particularly young people, a message about safe sex.
The dress was designed by Nguyen Minh Tuan for his industrial fine arts graduate project at Van Lang University in Ho Chi Minh City. Last year the dress was worn by Vietnam’s Next Top Model 2011 runner-up Tra My.
The campaign, now in its third year, is funded by US Agency for International Development (USAID) and aims to ‘bin thong hoa boa cao su’ – normalize condoms.
A survey from US-based Population Services International showed that only 40% of gay men in Vietnam use condoms, Thanh Nien News reports.
According to figures from USAID, in 2011 250,000 people in Vietnam had HIV.
Huong Giang came out as a transgender woman on a live broadcast of Vietnam Idol last year. The show’s judges expressed admiration for her bravery.