Vietnamese singers and rappers are adding splashes of color to their nails, chipping at the formal fashion boundary.
Rapper Karik draws attention with his black and silver nails during a recent TV appearance.
Polished nails are becoming something of a red carpet mainstay for men. At the 2019 Met gala, co-chair Harry Styles sported a raven-colored manicure punctuated by pops of teal. Over the past few months, American rapper A$AP Rocky has emerged as a fierce nail-art enthusiast.
“I feel like men should be able toapplynail art without feeling feminine,” the rapper told Vogue. Photo courtesy of Karik.
Kariks showcases a set of blue nails, matching his Guicci outfit.
Previously, iconic stars from David Bowie to Kurt Cobain endorsed the painted-nail trend. Notable designer Marc Jacobstoo has nailed the #MalePolish challenge on Instagram. Photo courtesy of Rap Viet.
Rapper De Choat sports black nails during a photoshoot. Male artists tend to choose dark nail colors to highlight their strong, bold style. Photo courtesy of De Choat.
Rapper Wowy is not afraid of showing off his light blue nails on stage. Photo by Kiet Vo.
Singer June Pham chooses to paint tiny pictures onto his nails. Photo courtesy of June Pham.
Son Tung M-TP is one of the first Vietnamese male stars to have his nails painted in 2015. At the time he was criticized for copying South Korean singer G-Dragon.
Over the years, many fashion trends have turned unisex, with photos of male stars sporting colored nails becoming more acceptable. Photo by Leon.