11:56′ 15/10/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – Twenty-one-year-old model Cao Thuy Duong will represent Viet Nam at this year’s Miss International contest.

Cao Thuy Duong.

The beauty pageant, which gathers 67 beauties from different countries and territories, will take place in Japan, Hong Kong and Macao from October 19 to November 8.

Duong won the Miss Talent due and was among the top 10 finalists of the Miss Sport 2007 in Viet Nam. She said she is preparing for this contest by improving her English skills and knowledge of culture and history.

She is also practising other important skills, including performing, communicating, and doing her make-up.

“I also have practised some martial arts to perform in the exchange programme during the pageant,” said the beauty, who graduated from the Yen Bai Sports College.

During the beauty contest, Duong will present evening dresses by designer Hoang Hai, while her ao dai (traditional dress) will be made by designer David Minh Duc.

Duong, who works as a model with the international modelling agency Elite, will leave Viet Nam on Saturday to join the other contestants in Japan. Duong competed in the same pageant last year and won the Miss International Image title, thanks to on-line votes from the audience.

The Miss International contest was first held in 1961 in Long Beach, California and now is one of the five most prestigious beauty contests in the world.

(Source: Viet Nam News)

Vo Viet Chung to design clothes for Miss Universe 2008
22:32′ 29/11/2007 (GMT+7)

Chung is trimming ao dai for Miss USA 2007 Rachel Smith
Chung is trimming ao dai for Miss USA 2007 Rachel Smith

VietNamNet Bridge – Fashion designer Vo Viet Chung said Universe Joint Stock Company, the organiser of Miss Universe 2008, had invited him to design costumes for more than 120 contestants.

The invitation was sent after Vo Viet Chung designed ao dai for Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori, Miss USA 2007 Rachel Rene Smith, and Miss Teen USA 2007 Hilary during their visit to Vietnam several days ago. These girls said they like Vietnamese ao dai very much.

Chung’s ao dai collection was recently introduced on an international fashion TV channel, Fashion TV.

(Source: NLD)

One more beauty queen honoured
12:18′ 20/11/2007 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – Miss Tay Do for Vietnamese women who reside in the Mekong Delta, the southeast region or HCM City, closed last Saturday, with the crown belonging to Vu Lan Phuong from Can Tho City.

Phuong, 19, 1.70m tall, body measurement 80 – 60 – 88, also won the Best answer prize. Miss Tay Do 2007 is a second-year student of the Foreign Language Faculty of the Can Tho University. She previously won a prize at the Miss South Mekong 2007 pageant contest and attended the Miss Vietnam Global 2007.

The first runner-up is Nguyen Thi My Thanh, 21, an office staff member from Vinh Long province. She also won the title Miss Thai Tuan and the cooking and rowing prizes in the talent contest, part of Miss Tay Do.

The second runner-up is Huynh Thi Ngoc Linh, 18, from Can Tho City, a student of the HCM City Foreign Trade University.

Other winners are Nguyen Thi Hong Nguyet (HCM City) – Best Body title, Tran Lam Tu Quynh (HCM City) – Beat in Ao dai, and Bui Le Kim Ngoc (HCM City) – Miss Photo.

This beauty contest was co-organized by Can Tho Television and the Cat Tien Sa Media and Television Company

(Source: Dan Tri)

Miss Vietnam 2006 makes charity DVD
15:02′ 26/02/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – Miss Vietnam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy’s decision to make a DVD for charity is attracting public attention.

The DVD, entitled Wild Flowers, includes 10 chapters about Mai Phuong Thuy’s discoveries about the beauty of Vietnam from the North to the South.

Each area she has passes has a romantic name: Sapa heaven gate, Hai Phong – paradise on the earth, Hung Yen – lotus scent of the North, Hanoi – my hometown, Saigon – Fareast Gem, etc. Mai Phuong Thuy is the DVD’s tour guide around Vietnam’s variety of destinations.

Mai Phuong Thuy’s goals for this DVD is to introduce Vietnam’s beauty to Vietnamese and foreign visitors.

She traveled around the country in 2007 to record beautiful spots in and around 40 different tourist cities. After releasing the first DVD introducing 10 places this February, she will introduce the remaining 3 DVDs in 2008.

Mai Phuong Thuy has invested all of her savings into the 40 tracks and she will donate most of the revenue from the sales of these DVDs to charity activities in 2008.

(Source: VnMedia)

Miss World 2007 visits Vietnam
07:59′ 29/06/2008 (GMT+7)

Miss World 2007 Zhang Zi Lin

VietNamNet Bridge – Miss World 2007 Zhang Zi Lin arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on June 28, beginning her humanitarian and social activities in Vietnam as part of a Miss World’s duties.

During her stay in Vietnam from June 28 to July 10, the beauty queen will call on and present gifts to poor families, disabled children’ centres and HIV/AIDS prevention establishments in a number of localities, including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Khanh Hoa, Quang Ninh, Tien Giang and Lao Cai.

She will also visit Nha Trang city to attend a parade welcoming the Miss Universe 2008 contest.

Teresa Sam – first runner of the World Beauty Contest for Vietnamese which was held in Vietnam last year – will join Miss World Zhang Zi Lin in her social activities.

Hoang Kieu, chairman of the US company RASS which sponsors the Miss World’s humanitarian activities in Vietnam , said RASS is preparing to apply for hosting the Miss World contest in Vietnam in 2010.

(Source: VNA)

2008 Miss Universe commences in Vietnam
12:27′ 22/06/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – A press conference held on June 20 at the Caravelle Hotel in HCM City saw Le Tien Tho, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism open Miss Universe 2008 pageant in Vietnam.

Eighty contestants from around the world and Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori are present in Vietnam.

The organization board announced that many activities will take place in HCMC and Nha Trang from the 20 June to 14 July 2008.

VietNamNet captured international beauties at a night party at Sheraton Hotel, HCM City.

Security staffs

Miss Guatemala and Miss Uruguay

Miss Kazakhstan

Miss Germany

Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori

Miss Turkey and Miss Vietnam 1998 Ngoc Khanh

Vo Tien

Miss Universe: 40 contestants call on children’s village
16:45′ 27/06/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – Over 40 competitors paid a charity visit to the SOS village for disadvantaged children in Hanoi this morning, June 27.

On this occasion, the Miss Universe organising board presented VND200 million ($11,700) to the village. VietNamNet’s Le Anh Dung was on hand for the calling.

A representative of Miss Universe organising board presents VND200 million to SOS village

Miss Germany plays with children

Miss Venezuela takes photos of children

A little girl with portraits of Miss Universe contestants

Beauties taking photos with children

Saying goodbye

Nguyen Thuy walks away with Miss Vietnam 2008 title
June 03, 2008 (Vietnam)

Nguyen Thuy Trang, has been crowned Miss Vietnam Universe 2008. The young, beautiful and extremely talented Nguyen was awarded this prestigious title in a beauty contest held on May 31 at Nha Trang’s Vinpearl Land resort.

Trang who is also popularly known as Lam, has won three more titles including Miss Talent, Miss Vote and Miss Best Interview, by out performing almost 17 contestants. She is a famous singer and renowned television actress who has stolen many young hearts.

On the grand and glamorous night of May 31, all the stunning beauties contested in three rounds, including Ao dai, swimsuit and evening gown, for the splendid crown.

The terrific tiara sparkled with Swarovski crystals was crafted in Singapore to adorn the already beautiful lady. Along with winning the pageant, Lam has also bagged US $12,000 as prize money.

Miss Vietnam is 1.70 meter tall and is now working much harder to represent the country, at the Miss Universe 2008 beauty pageant that is scheduled on July 14, at Crown Convention Center in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

The international event is going to be much bigger and better as contestants from various countries will take part to beat the best.

Miss Universe contestants visit Ha Long Bay
12:41′ 29/06/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – Eighty contestants of the Miss Universe 2008 on June 27-28 visited northeastern Quang Ninh province where they called at well-known Ha Long Bay and voted for it as one of the world’s seven natural wonders.

On June 28 evening, the beauty queens joined a seashore gala night and an exchange with Vietnamese entrepreneurs.

Many of their souvenirs were auctioned during the event to raise funds for the Thanh Nien daily-initiated Nguyen Thai Binh scholarship programme.

VietNamNet captured their visit to Ha Long Bay:

The souvenirs for auction

Miss Universe 2007 at the auction
The sourvenir of Miss Denmark
The sourvenir of Miss Czech Republic
The sourvenir of Miss Colombia
The sourvenir of Miss USA
The sourvenir of Miss Ecuador
The sourvenir of Miss Kazakhstan
The sourvenir of Miss Vietnam
The sourvenir of Miss Guam
The sourvenir of Miss Georgia

Vote for Ha Long Bay

A technician instructs Miss Albani to vote for Ha Long Bay
Many boys asked for signature of Miss Kazakhstan
Contestants left their signatures at Tuan Chau tourist site

Le Anh Dung – Ha Son

Nha Trang welcomes Miss Universe contestants
00:02′ 30/06/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – 80 contestants of Miss Universe 2008 pageant arrived at Cam Ranh Airport in the coastal city of Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province at 3pm June 29 to prepare for official competitions in the city.

The buses bring contestants from Cam Ranh Airport to Diamond Bay Resort

At Diamond Bay Resort

Vo Tien