At a class teaching posing, photography and visual skills in Hanoi.

Many "virtual living" classes have recently appeared in some big cities in Vietnam, indicating that people want to be more attractive on social networks.

Tram Anh, 30, in the central city of Da Nang, one of the first to open a professional photography class for “virtual living”, said that although it is just a class to take photos to post on social media, they also exchange experiences to have a more confident attitude. 

"Previously, when I worked as a fitness coach and participated in some modeling contests, I noticed that many women walked with their backs bent, eyes looking at the ground. This is the consequence of sitting in front of the computer too much. It not only affects their look but also makes them lose confidence," Tram Anh said.

"Not everyone knows how to take photos. As they do not know how to pose, use the right angle, or adjust the light, many people's beauty cannot be expressed. When I opened virtual living classes, many people dissuaded me, saying it was not realistic. However, I thought, I'm young, why not try? If I fail, I can do it again. Thanks to positive thinking, I decided to open this club," she said.

Tram Anh's club offers three classes in the morning, and two in the afternoon. Each class has about seven people for maximum efficiency. They can register for 10, 15, or 20 lessons depending on their needs. The 10-lesson course is priced VND3.5 million and VND900,000 per lesson for one-to-one tutoring.

"I not only teach students at the center, but also take them out to crowds, and participate in beauty contests... so they become more confident and more charismatic," she said.

Tram Anh said that people participating in her class are diverse, including students, office workers, and even children and their parents. Employees of bars, restaurants and hotels come to learn how to behave, how to stand, how to walk, and greet guests more politely. As a result, they serve customers more professionally. The image of the restaurant also improves in the eyes of customers.

"There were people who had a very hunched gait when they first arrived. When they practiced, they fell up and down, it hurt a lot. But after a few sessions, they changed significantly. Seeing them happy because of their change, I was also touched," Tram Anh said.

Le Nga, teacher of an online “virtual living” class, said that some people said that spending VND 3-4 million for such classes is a waste but many young people are determined to invest in perfecting their physique and style.

Ngan, one of the top 30 Miss Vietnam contestants, said: "I feel I have improved a lot, from my gait, and my charisma, to the way I stand in front of the camera. A certain skill that costs VND5 million is not wasted."

"I think that everyone wants to have beautiful photos to capture many memorable moments. Every girl wants to have a confident, elegant demeanor, especially for someone who needs to stand in front of the camera. I learned how to stand, how to pose to both show my beauty and be polite and elegant, how to maintain natural eye contact with the lens, etc. That's why I think practicing photography skills is also important," Ngan said.

Khanh Linh, a student in Vinh City, Nghe An Province, told VietNamNet that she attended a “virtual living” class in Vinh with a tuition fee of VND2.5 million. The class was quite crowded, about 20 students. 

"In the first two lessons, I learned how to pose for taking pictures with different poses and expressions, and in the last three lessons, I participated in outdoor photography practice. Participating in the course helps me take better photos of myself and products, increasing my ability to reach customers and increase my income. I agreed to spend the amount of VND2.5 million in exchange for that result," Linh said.

Bach Duong