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August 24, 2010

-in 2007 she tested into not one but TWO colleges with the highest possible entrance exam scores

– valedictorian, teen model, MC, TV host, Miss Hot VTeen 07

– spokesperson of a couple handful of products

– photoshoot by famous photographer Louis Wu


Back to school: Two young women wear ao dai. The Hue-based charity, the Ao Dai Association, besides helping poor girls study and get vocational training, is also trying to encourage them to wear the traditional Vietnamese ao dai. — VNS File Photo

HUE CITY — Many poor bright girls in Thua Thien–Hue Province will soon receive financial support for continuing their education while others will get vocational training from a new charity that has been established by women in Hue.

The Ao Dai (traditional long dress) Association, established last week, is now working to raise funds.

“Our association has been formed with the aim of respecting and preserving traditional Vietnamese cultures and lifestyles in general, and Hue’s culture in particular,” the country’s former deputy president, Nguyen Thi Binh, also the association’s honorary chairwoman, said.

Along with scholarships of VND1 million, it has also gifted an ao dai to 20 high school students living in remote districts like Huong Long and Thuy Bieu.

“I dreamed of wearing a new ao dai to school,” Ho Thi Ngoc Quy, who studies at the Hai Ba Trung School in Thuy Bieu Commune, said.

“Thanks to the Ao Dai Association, my dream has comes true. I will try my best to complete my studies,” added the 15-year-old girl, who, together with her younger siblings, earn money after school to support their parents.

A member of the association’s executive board, fashion designer Nguyen Minh Hanh of HCM City, said providing a “better life to poor girls is also our duty.”

The association will provide free training courses in sewing to poor girls so that they can find stable jobs.

The association and its partners, the Thua Thien-Hue Province Women’s Union and the HCM City Women’s Union, have organised dozens of cultural and charity activities to raise money.

It has more than 200 members, many of them local officials and well-known artists. — VNS

China: Mr. Bush and former President Jiang Zemin in Shangai in 2001

Saudi Arabia: Mr. Bush arrives for a dinner with King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud at his personal retreat in January, 2008, wearing a traditional Saudi robe.

Vietnam: Mr. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin prepare for an official group photo at an APEC session , wearing a Vietnamese ‘ao dai’ silk tunic, in November 2006.

South Korea: Mr. Bush, Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi head for a photo session after a meeting in Pusan, South Korea, in 2005.

Chile: Mr. Bush and Mr. Putin again, this time in Chilean ponchos at La Moneda Palace in Santiago November 21, 2004.


A contestant in a preliminary round of this year’s Miss Cherry Blossom pageant

The finale of the second Miss Cherry Blossom beauty contest will be held Saturday in Ho Chi Minh City’s Hoa Binh Theater.

The 29 contestants will appear in ao dai (Vietnamese traditional long tunic), sportswear and evening gowns.

The beauties will take part in a multiple choice question and answer session to vie for the Miss Intelligence title.

The titles of Miss Ao Dai, Miss Sportswear and Miss Compassion will also be awarded.

The overall winner will receive a VND50 million (US$3,000) award and two runners-up will be presented VND25 million ($1,500) each.

Saturday’s event, to be broadcast live on BTV2, DRT and HanoiTV, will feature popular singers including Tra My, Cam Ly, as well as Miss Universe Vietnam Thuy Lam.

The contestants will visit two centers for disadvantaged children in HCMC’s neighboring provinces of Binh Duong and Dong Nai Thursday.

The activity will help organizers judge the Miss Compassion award and choose children to perform in the finale.

The competition was organized by Japanese-owned Hisamitsu Vietnam Pharmaceutical Company, Binh Duong Province Television (BTV) and local Phan Gia Company.

The winner and two runners-up will become Hisamitsu’s exclusive representatives in advertisements and will also take part in the company’s social and charity activities.

Previous Miss Cherry Blossom winners have represented Hisamitsu in giving scholarships to underprivileged students at the HCMC University of Medicine and Pharmacy and donating wheelchairs to the handicapped.

Reported by Trong Kha

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