Johannesburg - A Cambodian actress has been banned from making any new movies for a year because the country’s cultural bosses say she is “too sexy”.
Denny Kwan, 24, who has appeared in numerous movies, has had a “re-education” session with the culture and fine arts ministry after it was decided she had violated a code of conduct.
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The ministry’s code of conduct aims to promote the “preservation, maintenance of arts, culture, tradition and the identity of the nation”.
Now, for the next 12 months, Miss Kwan must not step in front of any movie camera - a punishment that has caused outrage among freedom and women’s groups in the country.
The gender equality group Gender and Development Cambodia hit out at the ministry’s decision on both ethical and legal grounds, saying it was violating the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
She said the culture ministry officials “educated me like a daughter”.
Denny told the Daily Mail: “I know it’s my right to dress how I want, but our culture, Cambodian people, cannot accept it.
“I will now try not to be sexy as I usually am when I post on Facebook.”