​Ethnic beauty crowned Miss Universe Vietnam 2017

A young ethnic woman from the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak took home the crown of Miss Universe Vietnam 2017 on Saturday evening after a sweeping performance in the grand finale. Forty-two contestants from across Vietnam shone their brightest in the final night of Miss Universe Vietnam 2017, held in the resort city of Nha Trang in south-central Khanh Hoa Province. H’Hen Nie, a 25-year-old contestant of ethic Rade descent, took home the VND2.7 billion (US$119,000) crown of the competition together with a cash prize of VND200 million ($8,800). The Ho Chi Minh City-based freelance model is dubbed ‘the black pearl’ of Vietnam thanks to her vigorous brown complexion, athletic shape, short hair and powerful strutting skills. Professional models Hoang Thi Thuy and Mau Thi Thanh Thuy became the pageant’s first and second runner-up, respectively. Hoang Thi Thuy was the champion of the 2011 cycle of Vietnam’s Next Top Model, a modeling reality television series, while Mau Thi Thanh Thuy was the winner of the show’s 2013 cycle. This year is only the third time Miss Universe Vietnam has been organized to select Vietnam’s representatives to enter international pageants, with the other two times being in 2008 and 2015. The 2017 edition of the competition was suspended for two months by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in November after it drew criticism for holding the semifinal in typhoon-hit Nha Trang. Typhoon Damrey  hit Vietnam’s south-central coast on November 4, cutting off power, unroofing houses and disrupting traffic… [Read full story]


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