Vietnam’s beauty scene exploded in 2021 thanks to the unparalleled success of its rising pageant stars.
In early December, Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien was crowned Miss Grand International 2021 in Thailand after beating out stunning contestants from Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Brazil, and South Africa.
In the pageant’s finale, held on December 4, the 23-year-old beauty queen stole the show with dazzling swimsuit and evening gown performances before impressing both the audiences and judges with her confidence and fluency in both English and Thai while answering tie-breaker questions to secure the crown.
Thuy Tien’s victory on the Miss Grand International pageant stage is the first for a Vietnamese woman in the event’s 8-year history.
Her pageant resume includes a first runner-up finish in Ho Chi Minh City’s Miss Southern 2017 pageant, a Top 5 finish at Miss Vietnam 2018. Tien also took home the “Beauty with a Purpose” title at Miss Vietnam 2018.
|Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien is seen wearing ao dai (Vietnamese traditional costume) and poses in a photo for a peace-themed series she posted on her verified Facebook page.|
Also in December, beauty queen Hoang Huong Ly – a Top 5 finisher at the Miss Sea Vietnam 2016 pageant – took home the title of Miss Tourism Metropolitan International at the Miss Tourism International 2021 pageant.
The contest was held online with the participation of 50 contestants. The finale took place on December 19.
Huong Ly said her biggest wish was to promote the beauty of Vietnam and its tourism potential while simultaneously calling on the world to protect nature and the environment.
|A supplied photo shows Hoang Huong Ly who won the title of Miss Tourism Metropolitan International at the Miss Tourism International 2021 pageant.|
Two days later, 13-year-old Bella Vu Huyen Dieu was crowned Miss Eco Teen International in Egypt thanks to her impressive singing, piano playing, and catwalk performances.
Dieu took part in the 2019 Little Miss Universe pageant in Georgia where she was named Little Miss Charm.
|A supplied photo shows Bella Vu Huyen Dieu in a national costume at Miss Eco Teen International 2021.|
Unfortunately, not all of Vietnam’s beauty queens found success on the pageant stage.
Nguyen Thi Van Anh failed to make it into the Top 20 at Miss Earth 2021 in the Philippines, Tran Hoang Ai Nhi failed to make it into the Top 20 Miss Intercontinental 2021 in Egypt, and Nguyen Hoang Kim Duyen failed to make it passed the round of 16 at Miss Universe 2021 in Israel.
|A collage of two supplied photos shows Ai Nhi (left) and Van Anh who represented Vietnam at the Miss Intercontinental 2021 and Miss Earth 2021 respectively.|
|A photo shows Nguyen Huynh Kim Duyen in a costume inspired by 'banh tet,' a traditional type of glutinous rice cake in Vietnam, at Miss Universe 2021's national costume round, Duyen posted on her verified Facebook page.|
The country still has high hopes for Do Thi Ha, who had to pause her journey at Miss World 2021 in Puerto Rico after 17 COVID-19 cases were detected.
The contest final’s night has been pushed back from December 17 to March 16 next year.
|A supplied photo shows Do Thi Ha who represented Vietnam at the Miss World 2021 in Puerto Rico.|
Although not technically a beauty pageant queen, Vietnamese model Nguyen Quynh Anh made fans proud with her victory on the sixth season of Supermodel Me (Supermodel Me: Revolution), a modeling competition reality show in Singapore.
In the final round on December 13, Anh outperformed her rivals, Nikki from the Philippines and Hannah from Singapore, to secure the top prize as well as the first victory of a Vietnamese model in one Asia’s biggest fashion competitions.
|Vietnamese model Nguyen Quynh Anh won the top prize of the Supermodel Me: Revolution modeling contest in Singapore.|