Vietnamese model could face a big fine for wearing 'skimpy' dress at Cannes Film Festival

Vietnamese model Ngoc Trinh could face a big fine for wearing what its Government is describing as "offensive" at last month's Cannes Film Festival in France.

As a result of Trinh donning the dress, Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism wants to implement laws so those who wear "offensive" outfits offshore can be punished, the Vietnam Express reports.

"She [Trinh] is not an artist that the ministry sent to the event [Cannes]," minister Ngoc Thien said.

At a National Assembly session in the Vietnamese city of Hanoi, Thien reportedly told legislators Trinh's outfit was "improper".

He said it was offensive and caused "public outrage", the Express reports.

Laws to sanction further "offensive" behaviour would now be investigated by his ministry, he said.