Frequently asked questions
Where is the 2019 Miss VietFest Scholarship Pageant?
The 2019 Miss VietFest Pageant is a two day pageant that will take place on August 10th and August 11th, 2019 at Tyson Corner Mall Plaza in McLean, Virginia. The runway, talent, and swimwear will take place on August 10th. The main pageant competition is held on August 11th.
What is exciting about the 2019 Miss VietFest competition?
This year, thanks to our friends at All Nippon Airways (ANA), the winner of Miss VietFest United States will receive 2 Roundtrip Tickets to Vietnam. In addition, the main Miss VietFest Queen, 1st princess, and 2nd princess will earn scholarships and 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 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.
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
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 the Mid-Atlantic Region — Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, or the 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 2018 Miss VietFest application deadline is May 11, 2018. 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.
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, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina Pennsylvania, or West Virginia. 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.
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 the weekends around the afternoon but practices are scheduled based on contestant availability. 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.
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.
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.
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