The outfit named Hồn nước (soul of water) has been created by fashion designer Nguyen Huu Binh. It draws inspiration from water puppetry which is a unique traditional folk theatrical art form that was originally born from the nation’s wet-rice culture.

The Vietnamese art genre was officially recognised as a part of national intangible cultural heritage in 2018. It not only exists in North Vietnam, but has also spread all over the country, providing entertainment for the people all year round.

Binh said the 12 puppets represent the 12 months of the year, symbolising a natural cycle where Vietnamese people cherish crops, peace, and prosperity, as well as festive seasons.

In June last year 19-year-old Thanh Ha of Ben Tre province was crowned Miss Eco Vietnam 2022 and she will represent Vietnam at the Miss Eco International 2023. 

Miss Eco International was formed in 2015 with the motto of “Beauty For Eco”. The main motivation behind starting the pageant is to spread environmental awareness among the masses through the theme of economics and the environment. In addition, the pageant also abides by the motto of finding an emissary for environmental causes.

The beauty pageant seeks delegates who have the ability to spread the message of protecting the environment to the masses. 

This year the contest is set to begin in Egypt from February 22, with the participation of 65 contestants worldwide. Kathleen Patton of the Philippines, who won Miss Eco International 2022, will crown her successor in the grand finale to be held on March 4.