Update: 20:24 | 21/11/2020
2001-born Do Thi Ha from the north-central province of Thanh Hoa has been crowned Miss Vietnam 2020.
The 19-year-old law student at the Hanoi-based National University of Economics beat 34 other finalists to take the crown in the grand finale held by Tien Phong Newspaper and Sen Vang Company at Phu Tho Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, on the night of November 20.
Do Thi Ha, 19, has been crowned Miss Vietnam 2020.
Ha is 1.75 metres tall and measures 80-60-90. She also won the title of Miss Communication with outstanding votes from fans.
The first and second runners-up are Pham Ngoc Phuong Anh, 22, and Nguyen Le Ngoc Thao, 20, respectively. Both are from Ho Chi Minh City, with Anh studying at RMIT University while Thao is a student at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology. Thao also won the Miss Beach title.
In addition to the top prizes, the organisers also presented other titles, including Beauty with a Purpose to Huynh Nguyen Mai Phuong, Miss Ao Dai to Le Thi Tuong Vy, Miss Perfect Skin to Pham Thi Phuong Quynh, Miss Tourism to Le Truc Linh, Miss Sport to Phu Bao Nghi, Miss Talent to Doan Hai My, Miss Fashion to Bui Thi Thanh Nhan, and Most Favoured Contestant to Dau Hai Minh Anh.
Miss Do Thi Ha (C) at the moment of coronation along with first runner-up Pham Ngoc Phuong Anh (L) and second runner-up Nguyen Le Ngoc Thao.
Speaking at the finale, Le Xuan Son, Editor-in-Chief of Tien Phong Newspaper, emphasised that the organisers have made great efforts to ensure that the most prestigious beauty contest in Vietnam, with a 32-year tradition, would be uninterrupted due to difficulties caused by the Covid-19 epidemic.
With the theme of “A Decade of Beauty,” the final night of Miss Vietnam 2020 brought about youthful and modern performances alongside traditional cultural beauties, inspired by the nation’s intangible cultural heritages that have been recognised by UNESCO.
At the final, 35 contestants competed in four traditional performances of ao dai (Vietnamese traditional costume), swimsuits, evening gowns and the Q&A round.