For years, Vietnam had been handpicking its candidates for Miss World. But with stringent requirements set by Julia Morley, Vietnam had made great strides in organizing a new pageant designed specifically to crown the country’s candidate for Miss World.
Trần Ngọc Lan Khuê, a charismatic and dedicated woman, is the first winner of the newly organized Miss World Vietnam pageant. She will represent a nation that is a newcomer at Miss World yet has already produced 5 semifinalists/quarterfinalists. Indeed, Vietnam will be well represented this year and Missosology wishes Trần Ngọc Lan Khuê all the best in her quest for Vietnam’s first ever Big4 crown.
Special thanks to Donald Nguyen for facilitating the interview.
1.) How would you describe yourself?
I am a lovely 23 years old girl, also a very energetic model on the runway and in front of the camera. But the most important thing that makes people appreciate me is that I am a responsible person.
2.) If you win the Miss World crown, which country would you like to visit first and why?
I want to come back to my country, Vietnam, to celebrate and share my victory with my family, my friends and my people. Besides, I want to continue my Beauty With A Purpose project to help “Ease the pain of cancer afflicted children” because Vietnam has high rate of children cancer. Moreover, if I can be the new Miss World I can use my influence and image to develop my project in other countries.
3.) Describe your Beauty With A Purpose project?
My project is “ Ease The Pain Of The Cancer Afflicted Children”. My country is one of the countries with the highest rates of cancer in the world. Children accounted for a high proportion while they are the future of the country. This is a huge loss not only families but also society. My family has 2 blood cancer babies and I have seen the pain that they have suffered so I understand. That motivates me to do something to ease the pain of their body and spirit. But I want, not only me, but also the people to take the responsibility to society. That is the reason why I divided my project into two parts: 1. Mobilize people to donate children ’s books to create bookcases at their treatment place. This has two meanings: Everyone has opportunity to help by making small things, inexpensive but meaningful – the majority of children to be treated in hospital for a long time has so few opportunities to go to school. The books, the stories told by their parents every night will be a dose of painkiller. It will expand their knowledge about the world, learn how to live optimistically and hopefully to fight the disease; and 2. The medical equipment tech that i contribute to support physicians in the treatment of child cancer more effectively.
4.) Do you think that swimsuits are still relevant in beauty pageants?
In my opinion, no one can judge the virtue of a woman based on her swimsuit or whatever she wear. The new age women should have an inner beauty, a kind heart, intelligence and responsibility to society. I think, that is all a Beauty Queen should have.
5.) If you are to choose what kind of dance would you perform at Dances of The World and why?
I want to keep it as a secret. You will know very soon. But I can tell you a little bit about that: It is a traditional dance of North Vietnam that many generations as an ancient religious ritual.
6.) What makes you proud of your country?
Many people admire the curves of most the Vietnamese women and ask me the reason why we always look younger and fresher than our real age. The secret that makes us the way we are is our traditional cuisine because we use less oil and fat in cooking, eat plenty of vegetables in every meal. Nowadays a lot of countries in the world know and put our cuisine on the diet menu while ensuring heath. I am very proud of our cuisine: delicious, diverse, healthy.
7.) What are your current preparations for Miss World?
I am interested and concentrated to develop my Beauty With A Purpose project. Besides that, I always try to improve my skills. The most important thing I will never forget is to remind myself: always keep the mental clarity, optimism, full of energy to bring to Miss World all of my energy and enthusiasm.
8.) What is your breakfast like?
There are a lot of great food in the world and I always want to enjoy it all. I like to experience different dishes.
9.) Vietnam has now a formal pageant to choose it is Miss World contestant. Do you think that is a better arrangement when compared with casting calls and appointments?
In previous years, Vietnamese contestants to Miss World are hand-picked or from another pageant, which without any charity project. As the first and newly chosen of Miss World Vietnam, I have already my own Beauty With A Purpose project which has never happened in Vietnam before.