Miss Vietnam 2010 officially kicked off through a press conference on April 27th, announcing all of its regulations, restrictions, and time schedule.

For the past 20 years, the pageant has been held by Tien Phong magazine and is acclaimed as one of the most prestigious and popular Miss competitions of the generation. The pageant is widely supported and anticipated by the country for its contributions towards nurturing cultural and spiritual life.

This year, Miss Vietnam is held by Tien Phong magazine and Central Youth Union.

In celebration of Hanoi’s 1,000th birthday anniversary this year, the pageant will be themed “Miss Vietnam 2010 – Ngan Nam Huong Sac/A Thousand Years of Beauty”.

The short-list round and semifinal will take place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The final round will be held in Quang Ninh’s Ha Long City, at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay, August 3-15, according to Tien Phong newspaper.

This year the organizers will especially dismiss themselves as judges and will also keep the judges’ identities unrevealed. The judges for Miss Vietnam will be different from Miss Vietnam Global which is to also be held around the same time.

Anyhow, if you are Vietnamese,
-is in-between the age of 18 to 27
-currently living and studying in Vietnam,
-have graduated from high school and above
-have never been surgically enhanced
-have not been married
-have not given birth
-and is taller than 162cm

You’re qualified! =)

Applications may be sent to 15 Ho Xuan Huong, Hanoi, Vietnam (April 27th to July 15th).

Besides the crown and scepter, Miss Vietnam will also receive 500 million VND (25,000 USD) in cash with gifts from sponsors. First runner up will receive 200 million VND (10,000 USD) and Second runner up will receive 100 million VND (5,000 USD).

Mr. Đoàn Công Huynh, chief editor of Tiền Phong newspaper

Recent speculations also encircled the reigning Miss Vietnam 09, Thuy Dung, due to her absence at the press conference as well as her unrevealed plans to actively participate in any of this year’s pageantry activities.

Instead, Miss Runner Up, Thuy Van, played the role of worthy Predecessor.

If I do say so myself, Thuy Dung has got to be one of the most insignificant winners up to date. Last we heard of her was through the scandal that broke out after her win. The regulations require that contestants must have at least a highschool diploma but Dung (a 90-er) was only still attending high school at the time. However, the organizers did not strip her of the title.

L-R: Thuy Dung (178 cm), Mai Phuong Thuy (184 cm), Duong Thuy Linh