Miss Viet Nam competes for Miss World

September 14, 2006

(08-09-2006)

Maiden voyage: Mai Phuong Thuy brings Vietnamese smiles to Poland. — VNS Photo

Newly crowned Miss Viet Nam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy joined more than 100 contestants in the Miss World Garden where each woman planted a tree yesterday in Gdynia, Poland.

Thuy planted a cactus that she took from Viet Nam to Poland for the event. Explaining why she chose the cactus, Thuy said the plant is a strong-willed survivor, just like Vietnamese people.

Thuy arrived in Warsaw on Tuesday and was welcomed by the pageant’s organisers. She is sharing a room with Miss Venezuela, also from the 15-contestant Asia Pacific group.

“I will try to convey the message to people around the world that Viet Nam is a country of smiles and friendly people,” Thuy said before leaving for Poland.

Viet Hung, Thuy’s fashion designer, prepared about 50 dresses for her including a velvet ao dai with an impressive tale made from 500 peacock feathers. The dress was made by 40 craftsmen who worked for four days to finish it in time.

She also brought a 7kg sand painting of Ha Long Bay that will be auctioned off for charity.

At the Miss Talent event that will be held next Tuesday in Wroclaw, Miss Viet Nam will perform a northern folk dance wearing ao tu than (the long four-lapped dress of young women in the northern delta).

Interactive Miss World

The 56th Miss World pageant will take place in Warsaw on September 30 at Sala Kongresowa, the main 2,897-seat auditorium at the Palace of Culture and Science. This is the first time the pageant is being held in a European city other than London.

A total of 104 nations are attending the pageant where Iceland’s Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir, Miss World 2005, will crown her successor. All contestants will be divided into six regional groups: Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Caribbean, Northern Europe and Southern Europe.

The four fast track events for Miss World 2006 are Miss Beach, Miss Talent, Miss Sport and Miss Beauty with a Purpose. Besides the four event winners, 12 regional semifinalists will be selected out of each group based on the results of the Miss World Global Vote.

From the top six finalists (or Regional Miss World) a combination of star judges and a worldwide vote will decide who is crowned the 56th Miss World.

Miss Beach will be selected today among 20 finalists at the Baltic Sea resort of Gdynia. — VNS

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