Miss Universe 2022 was postponed in order to make way for the FIFA World Cup which will be played in December.

This change to the schedule means that there will be two Miss Universe pageants held next year, with the 2023 winner ultimately being crowned later in the year.

Early in August, the Miss Universe Organisation made history by introducing a major rule change relating to eligibility. Starting with the 72nd pageant, the annual competition will now accept married women and mothers.

Previously, only single women aged between 18 and 28, who have never been married or had children, had been allowed to apply to enter the global contest.

The 71st version of the international beauty pageant has attracted the participation of contestants from 67 countries from across the world.

Moving forward, 28-year-old local beauty Nguyen Thi Ngoc Chau, who was crowned Miss Universe Vietnam 2022, will represent the nation at Miss Universe 2022.

Standing at 1.74 metres tall and with body measurements of 81-63-92.5cm, the Tay Ninh-born contestant is a professional fashion model who rose to fame after being crowned the winner of Vietnam’s Next Top Model 2016.

Chau also won the title of Miss Supranational Vietnam 2018 and made her mark in the international arena after being crowned Miss Supranational Asia 2019.

Aside from winning the grand title of Miss Universe Vietnam 2022, the beauty also received the Best Body award and the ecology and environment ambassador title.