Kelly Marie Tran not too long ago paid historical past to her heritage as she celebrated her historic Disney princess position. The Raya and the Last Dragon actress loved the movie’s premiere with a digital pink carpet, and selected a conventional Vietnamese áo dài for the event. She had the assistance of designer Thai Nguyen, who made her dream costume a actuality. For Thai, Kelly’s determination to honor their tradition left a strong impression.
“When I first heard my friend @kellymarietran was to be the newest and the 1st ever Southeast Asian Disney princess, I was overjoyed. I’m so proud that Kelly is breaking another glass ceiling,” Thai wrote on Instagram. “Imagine how I felt when she called and told me she wanted me to dress her for the premiere of Raya and the Last Dragon… AND in an ao dai??”
Thai designed a stunning robe for Kelly with intricate gold embroidered detailing and a complementary headpiece. He mentioned “pride and excitement” could not adequately describe the way it felt to be concerned on this “truly special project.” Thai defined, “Kelly and I share passion for what we do and a strong love for Vietnamese culture. We also both understand the challenges of being underrepresented minorities in competitive spaces. It is hard to put into words how much it means to me that we were able to join those emotions and experiences, turn it into an iconic ao dai, and share our heritage with the world.” See extra of her costume within the pictures beneath.