Supermodel contest looks for fresh faces
15:55′ 28/03/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – Forty local men and women will be competing at the regional supermodel finals on March 26 and 28 in hopes of qualifying for the national Vietnam Supermodel Contest in HCMC next month.

Males will be competing in the 2008 Vietnam Supermodel Contest.

Judges will select 10 men and 10 women from the regional finals to compete at the national competition at Hoa Binh Theater on April 4.

The women will take part in a parade of ao dai (traditional Vietnamese dress) at the regional final, while males will strut down the catwalk in evening wear. Both men and women will partake in a swimsuit competition.

At the regional finals, contestants will be judged on their appearance, evening wear or ao dai, bathing suit modeling and overall performance. Only the best candidates will take part in the final question and answer round.

The male and female winners of the 2008 Vietnam Supermodel Contest will each take home VND20mil, a US$2,000 English language scholarship, a trophy and a certificate.

The first runner-ups will receive VND15mil, while and the second runner-ups will receive VND10mil, an English language course, a commemorative cup and a certificate.

The male and female contestants named the Best Supermodel Performers, the Most Talented Supermodels, the Most Impressive Supermodels, the Most Photogenic Supermodels and the Most Favorite Supermodels will each take home VND6mil.

Hoang Dai Thanh, a member of the organizing committee, said that men will be allowed to compete in the contest for the first time in three years and that the surge in demand for male models triggered this change.

According to Thanh, this year’s contest attracted more than 400 contestants between the ages of 18-25, but only the 40 most outstanding contestants have been chosen to take part in the regional finals. All the female contestants are at least 1.65 meters tall, while the males are at least 1.75meters tall.

Renowned singers Dam Vinh Hung, Ho Ngoc Ha, Thanh Thao, Thu Minh, Nguyen Vu, Ngo Thanh Van, Quang Vinh, Nathan Lee, Le Hieu, Ha Tram, Hoang Hai and the New Sun band will perform at the national finals as the contestants saunter down the catwalk.

At the national finals, contestants will be judged on their beauty, knowledge and talent. The competition hopes to find talented supermodels for Vietnam.

Huynh Van Nam, general director of HCMC Television and head of the organizing committee, said that the competition is expected to promote Vietnam and tourism. The contest winners will go on to compete in global beauty contests.

This year’s supermodel pageant has attracted a number of fashion designers including Viet Hung, Vo Viet Chung, Ngo Nhat Huy, ABC, Truong Thanh Hai, Nguyen Duc Huy, Cuong Thinh, Milan, Tran Cao Anh Tuan and Xuan Thu.

Both the regional and national finals will be broadcast live at 8:30 pm on HTV9.

The event is being organized by HCMC Television, Cat Tien Sa and Thoi Trang Tre Magazine.

For more information, contact Ms. My Chau of Cat Tien Sa Co., 5B Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 1, HCMC. Tel: (08) 823 5962.

(Source: SGT)

Pioneer modelling agency dreams of global exposure
23:18′ 27/06/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – One of Vietnam’s first modelling agencies, PL (Professional Look) is teaming up with HCM City’s Stage and Cinema College to train Vietnamese beauties how to be professional models.

This beauty means business: Supermodel Xuan Lan, who raged across the catwalk in the early 2000s. She recently became the director of her own modelling agency.

PL also signed a contract with model training companies in Japan, South Korea and Singapore to hold exchanges with the Vietnamese company, PL director and former model Tran Thanh Long says.

“Our company will also establish representative offices in these countries to hold shows and introduce Vietnamese models.”

Long and his friend Ta Nguyen Phuc, known as the founders of the Vietnamese modelling industry, first set up PL Company in 2003. Since then, dozens of companies have followed the trend, including model Vu Khac Tiep’s Venus Fashion and actor Nguyen Anh Tuan’s A Dong (Eastern Asia). Most companies enrol students aged 14 to 23.

Some of PL Company’s stars include super model Phung Ngoc Yen, Vo Hoang Yen, Miss Friendly winner Chung Thuc Quyen and Miss Fashion winner Truong Chi Truc Diem.

Inner beauty

During PL’s training course, students will study different subjects like make-up, performing on the catwalk and how to act in front of the camera, says Long.

But beauty is one thing, behaviour is another, the former model admits. “It’s easy to find beautiful girls in bars and clubs but finding someone who loves the work and is virtuous, is another matter.”

Lessons on good behaviour should also be included on the courses, says director Xuan Lan of Xuan Lan Model Company. “I employ models carefully and selectively, they should be good girls and act responsibly.”

Other companies, like Venus Fashion Company on Nguyen Trai Street, HCM City, also focus on boosting the girls’ skills and charm, with classes on how to act on stage and others on foreign languages.

This isn’t just to look good in the skills round in the Miss Universe competition, as more modelling agencies look to promote their models on the international stage.

A Dong Company has teamed up with a modelling agency in the US to promote exchanges, says company director Tuan. “A Dong will invite some foreign experts in the industry to give lectures in Vietnam in 2009,” he says.

But few agencies can rival the success of PL. Last year the agency received an invitation from Fashion Television to send 20 models to a fashion show on the its Mega-F Diamond Cruise Ship at Nha Rong Wharf, HCM City last year, according to Thanh Long. FTV Jury also chose four models for Miss FTV 2007 in Thailand. PL is now an official representative of FTV in Viet Nam.

(Source: Viet Nam News)

Vietnamese representative chosen for Miss Tourism 2008
Model Chung Thuc Quyen  

Model Chung Thuc Quyen will represent Vietnam at the Miss Tourism Queen International 2008 Beauty Contest, to be held in China next month.

She will leave Sunday for the event, which will take place at Henna International Expo Center in Zhengzhou China on April 10.

Quyen was born in 1987 and won the title of “Miss Photogenic” at the Miss Vietnam Beauty Pageant in 2005.

She appears frequently in fashion magazines and on the catwalks of Ho Chi Minh City.

In preparation for the contest, fashion designer Dung Nguyen, under the trade name Laura V, has created some 40 outfits for Quyen including a gala evening gown and a disco queen ensemble.

Another important sub-contest is the online Miss Popularity portion.

The winner of this component will automatically advance to the final round comprising 15 contestants.

The annual pageant is slated to be one of the most popular events in China this year with participation from over a hundred contestants from around the world.

Pageant hopefuls will also have the opportunity to showcases their unique cultures and promote tourism in their home countries.

It will be the fifth time Vietnam has had a representative at a Miss Tourism Queen International contest.

The event is not only an opportunity to honor the unique characteristics of Vietnamese women, but also to highlight the country’s global integration, especially in the area of tourism.

Supporters can vote for Quyen at

Reported by Hai Vy

Model Tong Bach Thuy and Kim Hong.  

In recent years, more Vietnamese models are strutting their stuff on international catwalks, showing the growth of Vietnam’s modeling industry.

Most models said that international fashion shows gave them the opportunity to gain more experience from their international colleagues as well as represent their home country. 

Model Xuan Lan spoke to Thanh Nien about her experiences in touring abroad.  Most Vietnamese models always do their best to make first good impressions not only for themselves, but for their country, she said.

“I have modeled in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Japan and China.  Thank to these tours, I have learnt about performance styles and gained experiences from foreign models. But above all, I’ve had the opportunity to become more independent and appreciate my country a lot more,” said Ms. Lan.

Tough work

The model spoke about her most unforgettable moment at a huge fashion show in Paris last year.

This fashion show had beautiful models from all over the world, but the Vietnamese models were selected to start off the show, said Ms. Lan.  The models included Ms. Lan, Anh Thu, Than Thuy Ha, Tong Bach Thuy, Ngoc Nga, Kim Hong and Uyen Lan.

For the show, each model had to wear the traditional Vietnamese ao dai in two-degrees Celsius weather and walk down a 20-kilometer street from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning while holding incenses.

“The 10 Vietnamese models had to struggle with the severe cold that night.” Ms. Lan recalled. By the end of the evening, the models were completely exhausted from the cold weather and long walk.

But, they still did their best against the uncomfortable conditions to complete the show. Some models even walked down the street barefoot because their scandals had broken, she said.

“We were extremely tired. But, when we saw the smoke spiralling up from the incenses held in front of our chests, we thought about our national pride and continued our journey, added Ms. Lan.

The models’ determination also won the admiration of witnesses.  Some overseas Vietnamese could not hold back their tears and even Frenchmen praised the bravery of the Vietnamese models, she said.

To prepare for the memorable show, the models also prepped themselves by doing their own hair, ironing their own clothes and arranging their part of the show.

Getting better

Although Vietnamese models have left good impressions on the international scene, there is always room for improvement. 

“Vietnamese models are less professional than foreign models,” according to Director Ngoc Thuy, who used to take Vietnamese models abroad for shows. 

“Their strength and diet are not good enough. And although Vietnamese girls are very beautiful, they are still not the ideal height for modeling,” he said.

Also, the authority should create more conditions for models to gain experiences at shows abroad to hone their professional skills, said Mr. Thuy.

Previously, two models, Phan Thu Ngan and Hoang Men, had been invited to the Philippines to work. But, the two girls could not go because they were unable to obtain overseas working licenses from the relevant authority.  This is because “models” are not officially considered a profession in Vietnam, said Mr. Thuy. 

Meanwhile, Thanh Long, who has accompanied Vietnamese models to fashion shows in Germany, said Vietnamese models needed to improve their English skills. 

Despite some developments, the modeling industry in Vietnam is still young and unpopular.  Most Vietnamese fashion shows are still held for the main purpose of cultural exchange. 

With more Vietnamese models bursting into the international scene, now is the time for people in the modeling industry to promote the industry to the country and world.

Reported by Da Ly – Translated by Quynh Nhu.

July 5, 2006

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15:50′ 30/06/2006 (GMT+7)

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Model Duong Yen Ngoc.

VietNamNet – Vietnam Model Award will be launched on July 5. This is the first time the winner of the contest to be voted in via SMS, the prize for which will be worth VND50mil (US$3,125).


Both professional and amateurs are encouraged to join the contest, in which people can vote for their favourite via SMS. Every month, the top five models with the highest numbers of votes will have the chance to participate in a performance.


The Final Award Ceremony will be held mid December.


Examiners of the contest are fashion experts, including Dr Tham Hoang Diep, Miss Sport Vietnam Thu Huong, and a variety of other get-abouts.


The contest means to honour professional model training and management agencies. The organisers will present awards to those companies that have the largest number of models in the competition. And to ensure fair play, members of these companies are not eligible for judging positions for the contest.


Besides the Best Model of the Year Award, the organizing board will offer other awards to candidates such as Talented Model, Model of Advertisement, Impressive Model, and Photo Model.


The awards will be launched on July 5 and the registration deadline is September 15. The TAF Public Relations and Communication Company is the main organizer of the event.

11:48′ 03/07/2006 (GMT+7)

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VietNamNet – Yet again, Ha Anh, A Vietnamese student in London, has won a modelling contest. This time it was the Asian Face competition in London.


This is a competition organised by Clickwalla – a well known Asian Media and Entertainment Services Company in London – in conjunction with Celebraisan. Eligible contestants are Asian students living in Britain. The competition chooses one best male and one best female model.


Recently, Nguyen Vu Ha Anh also won first prize in a fashion competition organised by Glamour Fair (London and Miami) and A La Carte (Paris), two famous fashion companies.


Ha Anh is also known to Vietnamese students in Britain as an executive member of the Vietnamese Student Committee in England.


Before going to Britain, Ha Anh was an excellent student at the Hanoi Amsterdam School. Last year she was granted a one-year scholarship to the British Academy of Music in London.


Before the final night of the competition audiences voted for candidates they liked most through the website


(Source: Tuoi Tre)