Miss Universe Vietnam 2022 is Nguyen Thi Ngoc Chau

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Chau bested 40 other contestants to win Miss Universe Vietnam 2022 on Saturday, June 25 at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City.

Le Thao Nhi and Huynh Pham Thuy Tien were the first and second runners-up, respectively, while Le Hoang Phuong and Nguyen Thi Huong Ly completed the Top 5 finalists.

Reining Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu together with former queens Catriona Gray and Natalie Glebova graced the competition as international judges. Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart and CEO Amy Emmerich were also present to witness the glittering show.

The new Miss Universe Vietnam is a 28-year-old model from Tay Ninh. She was a winner of Vietnam's Next Top Model, crowned Miss Supranational Vietnam, and placed in the Top 10 at Miss Supranational 2019 in Poland where she earned the title of Miss Supranational Asia.

Ngoc Chau will now prepare to represent her country at the 71st Miss Universe pageant (Miss Universe 2022), possibly later this year. The date and venue for the competition are yet to be announced.

Despite being a pretty young national competition, Miss Universe Vietnam has cemented itself in the pageant circle as a force to reckon with when it comes to professionalism, dedication, determination, innovation, and world-class production.

The pageant also made history by becoming inclusive when it accepted its first-ever transgender contestant, Do Nhat Ha, who received an honorary golden ticket from the organizing committee.

Vietnam has yet to win Miss Universe but its first victory seems already not far behind. In 2018, the country captured its highest achievement at the prestigious international pageant with H'Hen Nie, who placed in the Top 5.

Photos: KIENGCAN STUDIO / Miss Universe Vietnam - Hoa Hậu Hoàn Vũ Việt Nam, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Chau / Instagram

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