The ninth edition of the beauty contest was officially launched by the Vietnam Gemstones, Jewelry and Handicraft Association at a press briefing held in Hanoi on June 5.
The biennial pageant aims to honour the beauty of Vietnamese women as well as exquisite jewelry collections created by talented craftsmen, according to the organiser.
All Vietnamese girls aged between 18- and 27-years old working either in Vietnam or abroad are eligible to enter the contest.
Candidates must be above 1.6 metres tall, unmarried, graduated from high school, and without cosmetic surgery.
After the initial qualifying stage, 70 candidates will progress to the semi-finals, which will be in Ho Chi Minh city on September 14.
The top 30 will progress to the final round which is scheduled to take place on November 19 in Phu Quoc in the southern province of Kien Giang. A notable change to this year’s competition is the organizer leaving out the swimsuit segment in the pageant’s final.
The winner of the competition will be awarded VND500 million, while the first and second runners-up will receive VND300 million and VND200 million, respectively.
Contestants who win the two consolation prizes will receive VND70 million each.
Other sub-categories on offer include Miss Ao Dai, Miss Sea, Miss Evening Gown, and Miss Friendly with the winner of each being given VND50 million.