By Tieu Tan – Translated by Kim Khanh
Transgender candidate for miss universe
By Thu Huong – Translated by Kim Khanh
Khanh Van, the Vietnamese representative at the Miss Universe beauty pageant, set off from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on May 2 in order to compete in Miss Universe 2021 being held in the United States.
| As a result of the impact of the fresh coronavirus outbreak, not many people come to see off Khanh Van ahead of the global beauty contest.
| A group of supporters come out to bid farewell to the beauty queen at the airport. All of them wear face masks and limit gathering in a crowd.
| Some of her relatives are present to see her off at the airport.
| Khanh Van says that she will follow COVID-19 prevention and control measures, both in Vietnam as well as in foreign countries.
| After being hit by a year of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 69th Miss Universe pageant is scheduled to get underway in the US between May 6 and May 16.
The morning of May 6 saw Khanh Van livestream with fans and talk with beauty website Sash Factor. She expressed her great appreciation for the experience with many experts giving her plenty of hope of winning this year’s pageant.
In terms of Sash Factor’s seventh leaderboard, the local beauty was followed by the entrants from Colombia and Puerto Rico.
The other contestants to make the Top 20 include the entrants from Peru, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, India, and Brazil.
Khanh Van, the winner of Miss Universe Vietnam 2019, is currently representing the nation at Miss Universe 2021, the 69th version of the event. She departed from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on May 2, bringing with her 15 separate pieces of luggage for the competition.
Khanh Van began her first activity at the pageant in Florida, the United States, on May 6, with the grand final scheduled to get underway on May 16.
Fans will be given the chance to participate in a vote conducted by the Miss Universe pageant which is due to run until May 15. The winner of the vote will subsequently progress to be among the competition’s 21 finalists.
Furthermore, global beauty website Missosology recently ranked the Vietnamese representative at 21st among the hot picks at the Miss Universe pageant.
The organisers of the Miss Earth Vietnam 2021 pageant will give awards to four winners during the upcoming grand finale, making the pageant the first Vietnamese contest to have four beauty queens.
The four titles Miss Earth, Miss Earth Air, Miss Earth Water, and Miss Earth Fire, will be awarded to the winners in line with the format of the Miss Earth pageant, according to Phuc Nguyen, head of the pageant’s organising board.
The beauty contest is scheduled be held in Lan village of Lac Duong district in the Central Highland province of Lam Dong, about 40km away from the centre of Da Lat city.
The terrain at the site of the event proves to be a challenge for organisers as they want to encourage environmental protection activities throughout the course of the pageant, Nguyen said.
The Miss Earth Vietnam pageant is to seek Vietnamese representatives who will not only compete in the Miss Earth contest, but also take responsibility toward environmental protection.
The preliminary round of the pageant is due to get underway in May, and the grand finale is to take place on December 4.
Miss Earth represents one of four largest and most prestigious contests in the world, alongside Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss International.
Vietnam has sent representatives to compete for the global title for many years. Indeed, the 2018 version of the competition saw Nguyen Phuong Khanh beat 86 rivals to be crowned Miss Earth for the first time.
HÀ NỘI — The National Assembly is increasing innovation, improving operational efficiency and raising the quality and professionalism of the delegates, members of the NA have agreed.
Hoàng Văn Cường, member of the National Assembly Delegation from Hà Nội and Member of the Finance-Budget Committee of the National Assembly, Vice Rector of National Economics University, said the consultation work to select NA candidates is crucial and it is necessary to select delegates who are capable and qualified.
“The responsibilities of National Assembly deputies are not only listening to the voice of voters but also know how to convey those opinions to contribute to important issues of the country; and to hold law enforcement agencies accountable,” Cường said.
“The selection of delegates who are qualified and knowledgeable in professional fields is essential. They must be people who dare to speak, dare to act and be honest, upright, willing to contribute to the common good.”
In addition to information from candidate profiles sent to the agency participating in the negotiation, Cường said that candidates’ action plans are an important channel for voters to learn about their abilities and position which is crucial when choosing candidates to fulfill their promises to the voters.
Supporting the increase of full-time delegates from 35 per cent to 40 per cent, Trần Văn Lâm, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the National Assembly of Bắc Giang province and Member of the Finance-Budget Committee of the National Assembly, said this is a reasonable direction, suitable for the current conditions.
He added that the increase will promote the National Assembly’s role, especially in the work of supervision and ensure transparency.
With the position as the highest representative body of the people and the highest state power agency of the country, the requirements for the National Assembly in the future carry a lot of responsibility and, requires the National Assembly to continue promoting the spirit of innovation, creativity and action for the benefit of the people and the nation, Lâm said.
Deputy Hoàng Văn Cường said when the full-time delegates spend all their time on issues at the National Assembly, they will be able to contact voters and experts in different fields as well as collecting and listening to many opinions when contributing to the law.
But at the same time, full-time delegates will work completely independently from law enforcement agencies, therefore can question the operation of these agencies independently.
“The delegates will be more objective and have an independent perspective and position, without any constraints from the management and executive agencies. This will allow them to give their opinions and questions directly, more frankly and more directly,” Cường said. — VNS