arts • 09 Aug, 2017
INSTA ELITE @Melle.Fian
Miu’s Provocative Paris-Inspired Insta Posts
Paris is only three letters away from being Paradise. And it feels that way, in Pham Hien Trang's sexily provocative pastel-coloured Instafeed (@Melle.Fian).
Better known as Miu, The Digital Marketing Communications Officer who works for a fashion company in the French capital has formed a small collective with other Vietnamese overseas. “I started the blog YayMiu with three friends. As Vietnamese in Paris, we wanted to share fashion and beauty trends to our audience in Vietnam, while also giving our perspective of life from the French city of love,” Miu says. “Each photo expresses my thoughts, my style and stories from my life. On Instagram and in real life, you will always see me dressed very colourfully, with a mix of styles,” she adds.
Understandably intrigued, we wanted to know a little more. And don't forget if you want to join the Insta Elite army, use the hashtag #aainstaelite on your Instagram posts and follow us @anyarenamagazine.
Describe your Instagram for us in three words.
Colorful + Energetic = Fresh!
What inspired you to start posting to Instagram?
I started using Instagram a long time ago, but I started taking a real interest in it in the last two years since I started writing my blog. My first inspiration was #ootd photos, events I attended, and then places I’ve been and little things in daily life.
Do you spend a lot of time curating your images?
Yes and no. Sometimes I spend time planning for an entire week, other times I can decide things on-the-spot and just go with the flow.
Who is your Instagram for?
Besides fashion, I think that people follow my Instagram out of curiosity. They are curious about what I wear, what I do, and how I go about it. It took me over 20 years to learn to love my body and to love its imperfections. When that happened, I started to take sexier photos. My message is this: ‘Ladies, be confident and love your own unique beauty. So what if it’s a bit revealing? You’re beautiful, you have the right to show it off to the world. But of course, revealing doesn’t mean distasteful’.
What are your favorite elements to use in your visuals?
I always add colour to create highlights in my photos to avoid any gloominess and murkiness. Tones and colours need coordination or contrast. For example, if my outfit is already colourful, the background only needs to be one colour and with few details.
I like to pose with my face tilted or looking down a bit so it looks leaner. Another important thing is eye contact. It draws in viewers’ attention, so I usually look straight into the camera lense.
How has your style evolved?
I always want to improve so I focus on clearer composition and a better connection between photos, and I’m constantly learning how to select and organise images more effectively.
If your Instagram were a fashion accessory, what would it be?
Can lipsticks be considered an accessory? If so, I think of my Instagram as lots of lipsticks — multicoloured, full of emotions and flavours but also very colourful and sweet (with a dash of recklessness and weirdness — like my own personal flavour).
What are your tips for great fashion photos?
Contrast, balance and compensation. To me, in both fashion and photography, you always need a unique factor to contrast completely with the rest to create your individuality, and avoid dullness and repetition. Using contrast, yet still being able to coordinate and harmonise is an art. I’m still learning and trying my best everyday.
Do you have a favorite image from your Instafeed?
This photo (below) supported my blog post on ‘Why girls strip?’ The motivation was to clap back at a post saying that women who dress provocatively and show off their bodies on social media are wrong, and that it’s just to get attention from men, and nobody wants to marry someone like this. I think lots of people think that way in Vietnam, but I strongly disagree.
What do you think of the Instagram Stories feature?
Oh, I’m addicted to Instagram Stories because not all of my photos can be posted to my feed. So this is my saviour. I’ll usually post things like my daily activities, food I eat, people I meet, interesting things I see on the road because Paris is a really fascinating city, selfies (obviously), and any extra-revealing photos I don’t want my parents to see.
What are your favorite Insta accounts to follow?
I’m always blown away by @aureta. I don’t know what Aureta does, but she seems to travel all the time. One day there’s a photo of her with a bunch of tigers, another day she’s in the middle of the desert, a few days later she’s on the back of a camel in Morocco. She has a second account which is also interesting @watts.on. It’s sarcastic, daring and stimulating. Check it out! You will be mesmerised just like me. Other than that, I also like @anotherfilthymagazine, @rudergirl, and @dirtyglitters to learn about their posting and photo techniques, and of course to look at beautiful women...but who doesn’t like doing that?!
Photo: Melle Fian
Words by David Kaye