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Vietnamese beauty queen revisits hometown after Miss Universe top-five finish

Wednesday, January 09, 2019, 11:38 GMT+7
Vietnamese beauty queen revisits hometown after Miss Universe top-five finish
H'Hen Nie plays the role of a referee for the tug-of-war game during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre

H’Hen Nie, who is the first Vietnamese woman to make it all the way to the Top 5 of Miss Universe, one of the ‘Big Four’ international beauty pageants, has made a visit back to her hometown as part of her charitable activities.

H’Hen opened a series of voluntary activities after her successful run at Miss Universe 2018 in Thailand with a cultural and sport exchange session at her birthplace of Sut Mdung Village in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on Monday.

Sut Mdung villagers used a tractor to welcome H’Hen Nie from the village gate to the community culture house, where she spent 30 minutes meeting local people and the press.

The 26-year-old beauty queen, who was crowned Miss Universe Vietnam in 2017, also spent this occasion to express her gratitude towards her parents, who always cheered her up in difficult times.

Taking her mother’s advice, H’Hen wants to support the construction of local roads and electricity and clean water supply, especially for people in Sut Mdung Village.

A fan takes a photo of H'Hen Nie during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A fan takes a photo of H'Hen Nie during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre

She also said she would build a scholarship fund that will cover school fees for local students.

“H’Hen hope that all parents will try their best to allow their children to go to school,” Miss Universe Vietnam 2017 told the villagers.

“Just like me, thanks to schooling, I had chances to go outside the [Sut Mdung] village to see and learn many more new things,” H’Hen added.

After the meeting, H'Hen Nie joined the villagers in some cultural and sports activities, where local authority organized football, tug-of-war and bag jumping.

 H’Hen participated in and enthusiastically cheered for the games.

Together with the women in the village, she also tried to pound rice after the sporting activity.

“I was really good at this [pounding rice] back then that I could pound up to three kilograms of rice at a time,” the beauty queen said, recalling when she still lived with her parents at Sut Mdung.

H'Hen Nie speaks at  a meeting with local people and the press during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
H'Hen Nie speaks at a meeting with local people and the press during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Below are some photos of H’Hen Nie:

H’Hen Nie celebrates when the villagers win a game during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
H’Hen Nie celebrates when the villagers win a game during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
H’Hen Nie cheers for the players of the bag jumping game during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
H’Hen Nie cheers for the players of the bag jumping game during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
H’Hen Nie makes an example of the bag jumping game during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
H’Hen Nie makes an example of the bag jumping game during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Local people gather for the sports session involving H’Hen Nie during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Local people gather for the sports session involving H’Hen Nie during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
H’Hen Nie collects small rocks on the track for the bag jumping game during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
H’Hen Nie collects small rocks on the track for the bag jumping game during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
H’Hen Nie sifts rice during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
H’Hen Nie sifts rice during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
H’Hen Nie cheers for the players of the football game during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
H’Hen Nie cheers for the players of the football game during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
H’Hen Nie pounds rice during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
H’Hen Nie pounds rice during her voluntary schedule in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on January 7, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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