One of my favorite portions of any international pageant is the “Parade of Nations” and “National Costume” segments. I have a soft spot for such costumes having lived overseas as a kid and getting to experience a different culture and historical dress and dances there.
Getting to share the history of their nation and their patriotism is a fun and exciting display in the pageants that have them, and honestly, I wish they were a larger part of the televised productions. (Read: Top 10 National Costumes from Miss Universe 2016)
At Mrs. World 2016, Mrs. Vietnam, Xuan Thuy Tran, didn’t disappoint. Not only did her costume fill the stage, make a statement and make her stand out, but she also won Best National Costume. (Read: Top 3 Mrs World 2016 National Costumes)
Why was it chosen?
“The costume designer borrowed the idea of Fairy Mother Au Co in Vietnamese legend,” explained Kelly Trang Tran, Director of the Mrs. Vietnam World Beauty Pageant and Mrs. Vietnam World 2015. “She chose to wear this dress because she want[ed] to tell this story to the World about the ancient Vietnam.”
Âu Cơ was a young, beautiful fairy who lived high in the mountains. She traveled to heal those who suffered because she was skillful in medicine and had a sympathetic heart. One day, a monster frightened her, so she turned into a crane to fly away.
Lạc Long Quân, a dragon king from the sea, saw her in danger, so he grabbed a rock and killed the monster. When Âu Cơ stopped to see who helped her, she turned back into a fairy and fell instantly in love with her benefactor. She bore an egg sac from which hatched 100 children.
However, despite their love, she desired to be in the mountains again and he yearned for the sea. They separated, each taking 50 children. Âu Cơ settled in mountainous northern Vietnam where she raised 50 young, intelligent, strong leaders, later known as the Hùng Vương, Hùng kings.
Âu Cơ is often honored as the mother of Vietnamese civilization. (Âu Cơ legend courtesy of Wikipedia)
How it felt wearing the costume
While national costumes are often breathtaking to the audience, they can literally be for the contestants. Some costumes cause contestants to trip or their effects malfunction on stage. (Read: How to Avoid the Top 10 Most Common Wardrobe Malfunctions)
“Although the dress is really heavy and the hat fell several times onstage and cut her forehead during the final pageant, she felt happy when her name was called as the best national costume winner,” Trang Tran said.
Mrs. Vietnam World Pageant
The 2017 Mrs. Vietnam World pageant takes place July 30th, 2017 at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada. It does feature a national costume competition.
The pageant is open to married, Vietnamese born women ages 21-50, from all over the world.
To apply visit the Mrs. Vietnam World website.
Good luck, ladies!