Hoa emerged as the victor out of a pool of 17 other competitors, securing the prestigious title during the coronation ceremony held at the esteemed Hoa Binh Theater in District 10.

The newly crowned champion, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Chau, has successfully surpassed last year’s winner and is now poised to represent her country in the forthcoming Miss Universe International 2023 pageant. This prestigious event is scheduled to take place in El Salvador on November 18.

The prestigious titles of first and second runner-up were awarded to Nguyen Thi Huong Ly and Trinh Thi Hong Dang, respectively.

Bui Quynh Hoa during the Q&A portion at the Miss Universe Vietnam 2023 finale in Ho Chi Minh City, September 29, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre
Bui Quynh Hoa during the Q&A portion at the Miss Universe Vietnam 2023 finale in Ho Chi Minh City, September 29, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

During Friday’s finale, the 18 contestants showcased their talents in five rounds: introductions, national costumes, swimsuits, evening gowns, and the Q&A portion.

After the initial four rounds, the panel of judges meticulously handpicked the top five contestants, together with Trinh Thi Hong Dang, the distinguished recipient of the prestigious Most Popular Beauty award. These individuals were invited to partake in the engrossing Q&A segment, where they gracefully expressed their thoughts and insights while addressing a series of questions.

During the competition, there was an incident where a judge unintentionally asked a question meant for another contestant to the Hanoi beauty, Hoa. Additionally, several viewers observed that her response resembled a search result from Google.

The event received criticism for its lack of organization, subpar music performances, and the host’s incompetence.

Miss Universe Vietnam 2023 Bui Quynh Hoa waves to the audience after winning the grand title in the beauty pageant’s finale in Ho Chi Minh City, September 29, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre
Miss Universe Vietnam 2023 Bui Quynh Hoa waves to the audience after winning the grand title in the beauty pageant’s finale in Ho Chi Minh City, September 29, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Hoa, a 25-year-old fashion model from Hanoi, emerged victorious and was ultimately crowned the winner.

Nguyen Thi Le Nam received the prestigious ‘Media Beauty’ award, while Mai Phuong Thao was honored with the esteemed ‘Inspirational Beauty’ prize. Lydie Vu emerged as the winner of the highly sought-after ‘Beach Beauty’ award, and Trinh Thi Hong Dang confidently secured the renowned ‘Ao dai Beauty’ prize. Additionally, Le Thi Lan Anh triumphantly clinched the coveted ‘Fashion Beauty’ prize.

The newly crowned Miss Universe Vietnam has a rich history in the pageant world, with previous titles including Miss Ao dai Vietnam World 2017, Supermodel Vietnam 2018, and Supermodel International 2022.

She has previously competed as a contestant in Miss Sea Vietnam Global 2018 and Miss Universe Vietnam 2022.

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