Cambodia’s youth draw on a multitude of fashion influences when cultivating their looks. Vandy Muong and photographer Charlotte Pert ask three about their inspirations.
PHONG CHAI YUTH, 18, SOTHEAROS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
“Normally, I shop at Boeung Keng Kang market because it’s close to my house, and there are lots of clothes at a reasonable price. Sometimes, I come up with my own style but otherwise, I like Korean styles.
“I wear earrings because it looks good to me, and my hair colour is popular among Cambodian young people today. When I see other people wearing a beautiful style, I follow their styles – I always update myself to become a fashionable guy.”
KAE SOKHA, 22, CLOTHES SELLER AT PENCIL MARKET
“I mostly wear long trousers, but sometimes I wear shorts with a T-shirt to be different. Sometimes I wear high heels and sexy makeup to come to the shop.
“Because it fits my body, people always look at me and compliment me.”
OR SREYLEAK, 27, CLOTHES SELLER AT NIMA SHOP
“But sexy fashion is my style, and I like wearing makeup on my face to look more beautiful.
“When I see customers and other sellers look beautiful and elegant, I try to find more interesting clothes to make myself look as good as them.
“Mostly, I buy clothes in Thailand, because they have more styles and it’s easy to buy stock to sell to my customers. I know I am beautiful when I take pictures.”