When
Aug 13th, 2016 – Runway, Talent, and Swimwear
Aug 14th, 2016 – Main pageant competition
Where
The Plaza at Tysons Corner Shopping Center Mall
(Tyson’s I, 2nd Floor)
1961 Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22102

2016 Miss VietFest United States Pageant Registration is now Open! Apply below before June 10th, 2016.

Contestant Benefits

Royal Court Prizes and Honors

Miss VietFest United States TitleCash PrizeCrownSashState Entry to Miss DC/VA/MD*Professional 1-on-1 Coaching**Professional Photography Package
Miss VietFest Queen$15001st Priority
Miss VietFest 1st Princess$8002nd Priority
Miss VietFest 2nd Princess$6003rd Priority
Miss VietFest Photogenic
Miss VietFest Congeniality
* One (1) state entry to one (1) of the following:

  • Miss DC (Miss Earth, Elite Miss Earth, or International Ms.)
  • Miss Virginia (Miss Earth, Elite Miss Earth, or International Ms.)
  • Miss Maryland (Miss Earth, Elite Miss Earth, or International Ms.)
** One (1) free One on One coaching with International Coach Kyle Haggerty

Benefits for All Contestants

  • The Miss VietFest United States Experience for All Contestants
  • Free Professional Head Shot and Body Shot
  • Modeling and Pageant coaching session prior to competition provided by:
    – Former and current state titleholders from Miss United States Organization
    – Former and current state titleholders from Miss World America Organization
    – Former and current titleholders from Miss VietFest United States Organization
  • Contestant Sash and personal contestant number pin
  • Flowers on the day of competition because we believe you are beautiful and winners in our eyes
  • Mental and emotional support
  • A safe environment for you to ask questions and for 1-on-1 attention
  • An experience of a lifetime
Contestant Qualifications
  • Must be at least 50% Asian descent and at least 25% Vietnamese.
  • 18-30 years of age at time of competition. 29 is acceptable depending on birth month (contact director for details).
  • Is single, not married, has never been married, and has never had children
  • Has never posed nude in film or print media
  • Is natural born female
  • Has never given birth
  • Reside, attend school, or work in Virginia, Maryland, or District of Columbia
  • Is a Citizen of the United States, by proof of a birth certificate
  • Must be willing to compete in a state preliminary for Virginia, Maryland, or District of Columbia for the Miss Earth Organization in the Miss Division (ages 18-25), Elite Miss Division (26-29), or for the International Ms. Division (ages 26-30)
Contest Details
The Miss VietFest Pageant competition consists of 4 parts: Evening Gown Showcase, Vietnamese Proverb 30 second speech, Ao Dai Showcase, and Top 5 Q&A. Each contestant will be encouraged to show off their grace and poise through their confident catwalks and poses in both a long evening gown and ao dai. The Vietnamese Proverb speech will give the contestants an opportunity to learn about their culture by choosing a meaningful Vietnamese proverb and explaining why the proverb they chose is special to them. The Q&A portion will give each contestant a chance to voice to the community who they are and what they believe in. Throughout the competition, the contestants are encouraged to be confident, build new friendships, and most importantly, have fun with this once in a lifetime experience!
Apply Now
The Miss VietFest United States Pageant wants your confidence, intelligence, beauty, and love of the Vietnamese culture to shine through in our next competition! To become the next shining queen, simply complete the steps below. Please be sure to read the terms and agreement before submitting your application.

  1. Fill out the 2016 Miss VietFest United States Application:
    Apply Now
  2. Send a professional or non-professional head shot photo (neck or ribcage up) to liz.nguyen@vietfest.com
    Email Now
  3. Use the PayPal button below to pay the $35 registration fee:
    Pay Now

We look forward to meeting you and seeing you shine on stage!

Pageant Committee
Liz Thai Huong Nguyen, Senior Advisor
Natasha Huynh, Co-Director
Laura Doan, Co-Director
Royal Court

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Miss VietFest 2013 Queen
Ngoc Anh Vi Nguyen

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VietFest 1st Princess 2013
Ngoc Qui Duong

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VietFest 2nd Princess 2013
Lizzi Van Thy Nguyen

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VietFest Miss Photogenic 2013
Jade Phuong Tran

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Miss VietFest 2012 Queen
Miss Ngoc Hoa Bui

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VietFest 1st Princess 2012
Miss Ngoc Hue Vo

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VietFest 2nd Princess 2012
Miss Thaihuong Nguyen

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Miss Alex Linh Vu

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Pageant Alumni

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The Miss VietFest Pageant strives to be much more than a beauty contest. The ultimate goal of of Miss VietFest is to be a positive pageant that empowers young, confident, intelligent Vietnamese women. What makes the VietFest Pageant unique is our equal focus on community work, scholarship, culture preservation, and leadership. The Miss VietFest Pageant strives to give young women the essential tools to be strong role models by providing a network of local community leaders. We also provide opportunities for participants to improve professionalism and interpersonal skills through our workshops and giving back to the community. Most importantly, the Miss VietFest Pageant is a stepping-stone for future Vietnamese-Americans who aspire to grow personally and to use their experiences to empower the Vietnamese community.

Archive >> 2013

Sept 20, 2014

Getting to come back and visit my church last weekend for Trung Thu was such an honor. Seeing all the kids grow up and following my fellow Thieu Nhi brothers and sisters’ footsteps was an experience I’ll never forget. Thank you, Don Bosco!

2nd Princess – Sherry Nguyen

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Sept 14, 2014

I had the pleasure to attend The Asian Festival this past Sunday. There were wonderful performances by performers far and near. I enjoyed getting to each culture a little more by watching the different dances and shows. The Vietfest court plans to attend Miss. Vietnam DC at Eden Center this Saturday at 6 to support the beautiful ladies competitions. Hope to everyone there! Xoxo
-Natasha Huynh
1st Princess

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Where is the 2016 Miss VietFest Scholarship Pageant?
The 2016 Miss VietFest Pageant is a two day pageant that will take place on August 13th and August 14th, 2016 at Tyson Corner Mall Plaza in McLean, Virginia. The runway, talent, and swimwear will take place on August 13th. The main pageant competition is held on August 14th.
What is new and exciting in the 2016 Miss VietFest competition?
The main Miss VietFest Queen, 1st princess, and 2nd princess will have an opportunity to compete in a state level competition at the Miss Earth Organization or in a state level competition at International Ms.! We are excited to send our winners to represent the Vietnamese community in these prestigious competitions.
What are the major Competition areas?
The Miss VietFest team is excited to once again bring back the talent, swimwear, and runway portion to the Miss VietFest competition! These three competition areas will take place on the first day of the Miss VietFest United States competition.

Talent will be judged by the contestant’s enthusiasm, contestant’s display of confidence, and audience engagement. We accept all types of talents, such as singing, dancing, martial arts demonstration, poetry recitation, and more.

Swimwear portion will be judged based on the individual’s confidence, style, and healthy physique.

Runway will be judged on the individual’s creative and unique style, as well as a strong and confident runway walk.

All participants must enter at least one and no more than two of the three competition areas. If contestant enters into two competition areas: the highest score will be chosen to be added into the overall score.

On the finale day of Miss VietFest United States, contestants will compete in evening gown, ao dai (Vietnamese traditional dress), Vietnamese proverb presentation, and On-Stage Question. The evening gown and ao dai portions will be judged based on style, confidence, and presentation. Vietnamese Proverb and On-Stage Question portions will be judged on confidence and reasoning and content of answer.

What are the requirements?
  • Must be at least 50% Asian descent and at least 25% Vietnamese.
  • 18-30 years of age at time of competition. 29 is acceptable depending on birth month (contact director for details).
  • Is single, not married, has never been married, and has never had children
  • Has never posed nude in film or print media
  • Is natural born female
  • Has never given birth
  • Reside, attend school, or work in Virginia, Maryland, or District of Columbia
  • Is a Citizen of the United States, by proof of a birth certificate
  • Must be willing to compete in a state preliminary for Virginia, Maryland, or District of Columbia for the Miss Earth Organization in the Miss Division (ages 18-25), Elite Miss Division (26-29), or for the International Ms. Division (ages 26-30)
When is the pageant deadline and how do I apply?
The 2016 Miss VietFest application deadline is June 7th, 2016. You can apply on the “Application” tab of www.vietfest.com/pageant
Is there a registration fee and what does the fee cover?
Yes, the non-refundable registration fee for the Miss VietFest Pageant is $35 and is payable through PayPal. The entry fee can be paid by you, sponsors, family, or friends. The registration fee helps fund the pageant production.

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Do I need to have any previous pageant experience to compete in the Miss VietFest Pageant?
No experience necessary! Most of our participants have never competed before. It takes confidence, elegance, poise, personality, and intelligence to compete in a pageant, not experience. The Miss VietFest team is committed that all contestants learn and develop personally and professionally throughout the competition. We provide walking, modeling, and public speaking workshops from professionals and pageant queens from other pageant systems such as Miss World Org, Miss United States Org, and Miss Earth Org. You are receiving training from the best, valued at hundreds of dollars.
Do I need to live in a certain area to compete?
The Miss VietFest Pageant is open to all Vietnamese-American women who live, work, or go to school in the District of Columbia, Virginia, or Maryland. Note that all participants must be able to make mandatory meet-ups and be present for the pageant. Each participant is responsible for her travel and lodging.

The Miss VietFest Pageant, pageant meet-ups, and royal court appearances will be held in the DC-metropolitan area. Titleholders are ultimately responsible for appearances near their location. For example, if you reside in southern Virginia, as a titleholder, you should seek out events in southern VA to make appearances to with a crown and/or sash.

Is there a physical requirement (height & weight)?
No, there is no required height or weight requirement. We believe everyone is beautiful in their own unique way. “Beauty” is not a judging criterion. We look for confidence, professionalism, elegance, individuality, and intelligence.
Why should I compete in Miss VietFest?
  • Gain new friendships through the competition. One of the many wonderful things about the Miss VietFest Pageant is the strong bonds forged during practices, meetings, and on the day of the pageant. We encourage camaraderie and helping each other to improve throughout the Miss VietFest Pageant experience. Most importantly, we encourage sisterhood and lifelong friendship.
  • Reconnect with the Vietnamese culture. Through the Vietnamese Proverb competition, contestants must research a Vietnamese proverb and reflect on why the proverb is meaningful to them. We encourage contestants to discuss with family and friends about the proverb and our culture
  • Improve your public speaking and interviewing skills. Strong communication skills are needed in any field of work, not just in pageantry. We provide a public speaking workshop and practices so you will feel confident when you’re holding the microphone on stage. If you can nail a pageant interview and on stage question, you can nail any job interview.
  • Gain networking opportunities with NOVAL-DC partners. Knowing the right people and having the right connections are essential to success. By joining the Miss VietFest Pageant, you are joining the NOVAL-DC family. You will have opportunities to connect with our community and professional partners.
  • Gain modeling experience. As a contestant, you have the opportunity to partake in our contestant photo shoot and contestant video. We provide workshops on how to walk, pose, and model in ao dai and evening gown.
  • Gain pageant experience. We encourage all contestants to continue onto pageantry and grow from the Miss VietFest Pageant experience. The Miss VietFest team is comprised for former and current titleholders from the Miss VietFest Pageant system as well as winners from the Miss United States Organization. With knowledge from both Vietnamese pageants and American pageant system, the Miss VietFest Pageant team will provide workshops on how to prepare and compete in other systems.
  • Be a role model. All Miss VietFest Pageant contestants are ambassadors of the Vietnamese community. As a contestant, you are encouraging other young women and girls to take risks, follow their dreams and aspiration, and to grow and learn from their experience. We are proud of all our Miss VietFest contestants (past and current) and we will continue to support your endeavors before, during, and after the pageant.
Will mandatory meetings before the pageant take up much of my time? When do they take place?
There are few mandatory meetings such as the initial meet & greet, learning stage formation, and rehearsal. Catwalk and posing practices are mostly optional. Most mandatory meetings will take place on Sundays around the afternoon. As with most life events and commitments, the more time you put into the process, the more you will get out of it.
Will the Miss VietFest Team help me feel comfortable on stage?
YES! We understand that not everyone has stage experience. We will reserve time to help you feel and look confident on stage through your walk and posing. The Miss VietFest Pageant team is here to assist you every step of the way. Our team consists of current and former VietFest titleholders as well as local and state titleholders from the Miss United States Organization.
Do I have to speak Vietnamese to compete?
No, you don’t have to speak Vietnamese to compete. There is no preference if you speak Vietnamese or English during the competition. We do ask during the proverb section of the competition, you say your Vietnamese proverb in Vietnamese, but then you may explain your proverb in either Vietnamese or English. Your scores will not be affected by the language you speak during the Proverb or Q&A section. Your score will be based on how well you answered the question, how confident you were in your answer, and if your answer was well-reasoned.
What wardrobe items do I need?
Each contestant should have an ao dai (Vietnamese traditional dress) and floor-length evening gown for the competition. A swimsuit is also needed if you are competing in the optional swimwear competition. A performance outfit is also needed if you are competing in the optional talent competition. A runway outfit, either bought or made, is needed for the runway competition.
What if I do not have an ao dai or evening gown? Do I need to buy everything new?
Each participant is ultimately responsible for her own wardrobe for the competition. However, the pageant team understands that these clothing items will not always be easily available to everyone. It is a personal choice if you want to buy new outfits for the pageant but it is NOT required for you to buy anything new. If you do not have an ao dai or evening gown, we encourage you to borrow ao dais and evening gowns from friends or family or reuse an existing ao dai or prom dress. We highly recommend that each contestant dry clean each borrowed outfit as a courtesy to their lender.

The Miss VietFest pageant team will be available to answer your questions regarding outfits. We may assist in obtaining borrowed outfits but it is not guaranteed we will be able to lend you an outfit.

Remember, the judges will be looking at the confident woman wearing the outfit, not the outfit itself. Choose the dress you feel most confident in.

Are tattoos and body piercings allowed?
Tattoos and piercing are a statement of your individuality, and to this point we have not prohibited anyone from entering the pageant because of them. Judges are not told to look upon someone negatively because of tattoos or piercing, but judging is a subjective process done by each individual differently.

Should you feel that your tattoo might be offensive, you may want to make sure it is covered by your gown, ao dai, or body makeup. If you are uncomfortable with your naval piercing, you may want to make sure your wardrobe covers it, replace it with something smaller and less noticeable or remove it completely for pageant weekend.

I competed previously in the Miss VietFest competition. May I compete more than once?
Yes. We welcome all previous contestants to join the pageant again as long as they do not hold a previous or current Miss VietFest title where a cash prize was given out. Therefore, if you won Miss Photogenic or Miss Congeniality in the past, you may compete again. We are big supporters for those who do not give up on their dreams and goals.
What is expected of me if I win a Miss VietFest or Royal Court title?
The Miss VietFest Royal Court is the voice and image of NOVAL-DC and the bright Vietnamese community for a term of 1 year. Each titleholder is expected to act with the highest standards of professionalism. They will be responsible for participating in local Vietnamese community/charity events, do radio/television interviews, attend seminars, and inspire other young Vietnamese women to take initiatives in their goals. Each titleholder has a number of appearances to fulfill during their reign. The Pageant team understands school, work, and family is a first priority and will coordinate with your schedule when arranging all pageant appearances/events.

It is also expected that crowned Miss VietFest titleholders will compete in a state level competition for the Miss Earth Organization.

Still have a question regarding the Miss VietFest Pageant?
Please contact liz.nguyen@vietfest.com

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