The Ins and Outs of Being Miss Vietnam

Crowned at 18, Tieu Vy reveals the learning curve of her recent term.

Tran Tieu Vy, born in 2000 in Hoi An, Quang Nam province, was crowned Miss Vietnam 2018. Today, she is one of the most well-loved faces in the fashion industry. Plus, she has been active in philanthropy work and that has helped her win over Vietnamese audiences. After achieving the crown, Tran represented Vietnam at Miss World 2018 and placed in the top 30 out of 118 contestants. Sincere, young and enthusiastic are just a few words that describe Tran.

You were crowned Miss Vietnam at the age of 18. How did you feel back then?

I did not expect to place at the top. I saw the contest as an experience and a way to meet more people. When I heard my name called for the highest prize, I was surprised. But then I felt happy and proud to wear the prestigious crown and bring glory to my family and hometown.

Did the title turn your life upside down? What difficulties did you face?

After becoming Miss Vietnam, things happened in a blink of an eye. It completely changed my life. I went from being a normal student to someone representing Vietnamese beauty who had many responsibilities. At first, I had difficulties facing public opinions, whether they were positive or negative, but I caught up with this new rhythm of life after a short time.

For an 18-year-old girl, the title is overwhelming. I was lucky to have my family by my side, especially my mother. She always encourages me and helps me go through the ups and downs of life. My mom is like a sister, a close-knit friend I trust to share my happiness and sorrow.

The crew and management company helped me, too, because I could not stay strong during the  two-year reign without them.

 Under vast pressures of the crown, how does an 18-year-old girl overcome challenges and grow?

I became a public figure and had to fulfill the audience’s expectations. There was no way to avoid pressures, especially from the public. The best way I found to overcome these challenges was to maintain a positive spirit. I kept the negative reviews away and continued to ace my job.

Don’t let yourself be swayed by the negative factors around us. Whatever happens, always keep your faith, hope, and a positive spirit.

Tran Tieu Vy, Miss Vietnam 2018

What is most memorable about your two-year reign?

I have had many experiences in different places, and each has left a lingering impression on me. The most memorable was when I was in France and met David Beckham, the famous soccer player. That was my first trip as Miss Vietnam, and I appeared at the event in an ao dai. Happiness and pride surged over me as I was able to convey the identity of Vietnamese culture to international friends.

The most memorable volunteer trip was the “Hanh Trinh Cua Nuoc” (The Journey of Water) in Niu hamlet. This significant charity project was to build a clean water well and standard water filtration system for the hamlet’s residents. Watching the people enjoy clean water for their daily use made me and the team brim with joy.

The more places I go, the more I experience and the more open my heart becomes. I want to bring more joy to the community and society, and at the same time, feel proud of what has been done during the past term

Tran Tieu Vy, Miss Vietnam 2018

After wearing the crown for two years, how have you changed?

I have matured both in appearance and in thought. Living independently has taught me how to schedule time, to balance my studying and working as Miss Vietnam. I gradually got control over my feelings and considered things carefully before taking any action. Above all, my world now has not only myself, and my family, but also the community.

What persona have you been building during your term?

Many people thought I would fit with a sexy and mature image, which I have always pursued. But, I am also building the image of a dynamic and enthusiastic Miss Vietnam.

As an actress in Erik’s hundred million views MV “Em Khong Sai Chung Ta Sai ” (meaning it’s not your fault, but it’s our fault), you received a lot of compliments. Will you continue acting?

I was quite surprised to be praised by the audience the first time I took on the female lead role in the MV. Many people want me to continue my acting path. If I am destined to be an actress, I will have to cultivate my skills so that my next appearances, maybe in a movie, will not disappoint the audience.

How will you continue contributing to the community?

Recently, I assisted in helping the people of Central Vietnam stabilize their lives after the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as storms and floods. Most of the trips were urgently carried out to aid the people. I will continue to search for difficult circumstances to help people have a better life. Also, I will maintain community activities that spread positive values among young people.

I will continue my studies in the future. The aura of the crown will eventually be extinguished as all good things must come to an end. Only knowledge will stay. Knowledge is the best foundation to build on and grow from in the future. My term recently ended, and it is time to focus on studying in school.

The aura of the crown will eventually be extinguished as all the good things must come to an end. Only knowledge will stay. Knowledge is the best foundation to build on and grow from in the future.

Tran Tieu Vy, Miss Vietnam 2018

Do you have a positive message for these difficult times?

Don’t let yourself be swayed by the negative factors around us. Whatever happens, always keep your faith, hope, and a positive spirit. Let’s raise each other up and work together to overcome difficulties so we can look forward to a bright future.

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