Le Phuong Thao, finalist of Miss Sports Vietnam 2022. Photo courtesy of Le Phuong Thao
Thao posted a video on his social media account on Wednesday discussing his views on the phenomenon, which is broadly defined as young women dating older, wealthier men primarily for gifts and financial incentives. She said: “I support women being ‘sugar babies’ as long as you don’t interfere in a marriage. »
Thao explained that she thinks dating older men is the best idea for younger women because men have often achieved financial and career stability. Compared to them, their younger counterparts are often busy working for a living and therefore unable to take care of their “girlfriends”.
“If you want to have a stable and lasting relationship, you should date older men,” she advised. “Don’t force yourself to discuss money with your partner.”
His remarks were strongly criticized by local Internet users, many accusing him of helping young people to seek easy money.
Thao said NgoiSao On Thursday, she was misunderstood because of how the concept of “sugar dating” is defined in Vietnam.
She explained that the term originally referred to the type of relationships in which a young person is supported by an older one, married or not. Relationships could involve romantic or other feelings.
“I said that I support dating older men because they have the ability to care for women through their financial and professional accomplishments,” she said. “I made it clear that I was against the idea of extramarital affairs because they are morally and legally wrong.”
“Many twist the definition of ‘sugar dating’ to criticize me.”
Thao added that not only beauty queens, but also every woman should choose to marry someone with good ethics and better financial capability, as women’s careers often slip due to childcare obligations. .
“If you choose to marry men who don’t have the capacity to take care of your family, then you will have to do two things at the same time: give birth and earn money,” she said.
Thao, 29, is a businesswoman and visiting lecturer at HCMC University of Economics and Finance.