The term “copycat” has been thrown around a lot these days. When a piece has a similar design, regardless of how low-key it is, there’s going to be a discussion on it. Diet Prada, the online watchdog that calls out fashion imitations, would even make polls that’ll ask followers whether it’s a “Preach” or a “Reach” whenever they make comparisons.
Those types of discussions make you raise an eyebrow and test your critical thinking. That said, when we saw videos of Miss Intercontinental Vietnam wearing a red gown similar to Catriona Gray’s, the copycat arguments went through the roof.
Ngân Anh Lê Âu was the center of criticism because of how she allegedly attempted to imitate Catriona. She didn’t do the lava walk, but she did tuck her hair behind her hair like Catriona did when she reached the end of the catwalk. And you really can’t miss the gown.
— ?? (@claireyu) January 28, 2019
Netizens pointed it out—many were angry, others were ridiculing the imitation. Anh Le addressed the comments and said that this is the reason she’s advocating for cyberbullying. At that point, we don’t know if she did her routine for this very purpose, or she’s just making the most out of a bad situation. Either way, she’s sort of a genius for doing this. (Sort of.)
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Finally, I have got 4th runner-up placement of Miss Intercontiental 47th edition. First of all I want to say thank you for Miss Intercontinental Organization to give us memorable gathering in a beautiful Philippines for this biggest celebration in the pageant history. Thank you for teaching us how to be responsible, disciplined and focused to overcome our comfort zones to pursue our dreams. Thank you for the entire management and our chaperons : Héctor, Simone, Harini, Ashley, Diana,..for always taking good care of us. For my fellow contestants, thank you for giving me the opportunities to know you and become good sisters. I will never forget the way you celebrated my birthday together. I love you all ❤️ To have this achievement, this is not only my effort and hard work but also thanks to the great support from my family, my team, my fans and my beloved ones. Thank you so much for always be back behind me ❤️ I want to express my most sincere gratitude to Tito Rodin Gilbert B.flores, Miguel West, Bench Ortiz, Enan Bernaldez, Cruz Drew Galleguez for providing me professional training to be well-prepared in this competition. I am proud to be a part of #KFamilia. Also I want to thank you for Jim Ryan Ros and Glam team to make us beautiful on stage. Thank you my Filipino fans, especially Janice Camallere for watching and supporting me from the beginning of the journey. I appreciate your caring very much ❤️ Last but not least, for my bashers, thank you for your negativities to make me become positive-minded person. Thank you for your hurtful words to make me stronger and be a reason for me to pursue my advocacy against cyber-bullying on the world stage 😉 #MissIntercontinental #PowerOfBeauty
On the other hand, this begs the question: Does Miss Vietnam deserve the harsh words she’s been receiving? We don’t think so.
We can pass off Anh Le’s performance as being inspired by Catriona—she is Miss Universe 2019 after all. It was too soon to do it though since the Miss U pageant was just a month ago. But it’s also unfair to make demeaning comparisons between her and Catriona. Anh Le has her own accomplishments; she is fourth runner-up in Miss Intercontinental 2019.
Nakakainis si Miss Vietnam ng MI… lahat n lng ginaya niya kay Catriona… Sobrang unacceptable nung ginawa niya… atsaka I think it's disrespectful
— Darwin John (@DiJey_10) January 28, 2019
If anything, we are interested to hear Catriona Gray and Mak Tumang’s opinions on the matter because that would count more than plain social media hate comments against another beauty queen. We also hope that Anh Le would learn from the experience and inspire other young girls in her own way.
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