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Miss Vietnam Texas 2012

January 16th, 2012

I’m honored to be a part of Miss Vietnam Texas 2012 as one of the judges. This is always a fabulous event hosted by the local magazine Vietnamese Kien Thuc. I love being a part of my community. I am always in awe of how important and comforting a community can be and I always come to this event with an open mind because I discover and learn something new about my culture each time.
This is my first time being a judge at a beauty pageant. When they first asked me I didn’t think that I would be qualified for this position because I had no experience being a judge. But they were so warm and encouraging that I took the role. I have to say I love it. I believe in volunteering my time and giving back to my community and this is a completely new way to do it. I’m just thrilled that I can help out. They did such a wonderful job putting the show together. Everything was well organized, from the frontstage to backstage. The event brought out about 1,000 people.  I’m very proud!
I wore a black velvet Vietnamese traditional Aodai. Not many young women would wear a black velvet Aodai as they would normally go for brighter shades and more flowing material. Back in our country, velvet Aodai are mostly reserved for older women. In my opinion, they just seem more sophisticated and classic. I decided to break the mold a bit and wear it because I love velvet in general and because I love how elegant it makes me feel when I’m wearing it.

With my friend Oanh of Devine Salon who is also my hair stylist. She’s an expert when it comes to hair. The only person in this world that I would trust to cut my hair. She’s amazing!! Her aodai is made out of a Hermes scarf and she designed it herself. Very clever!!!

With Miss Vietnam Texas 2012 Hac Nguyen. She’s just stunning!!



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  1. January 16th, 2012 at 17:08 | #1

    how fabulous! This event sounds like a great opportunity for your culture and seems a lot like fun. I can’t believe she made her aodai out of a Hermes scarf! So innovative and your velvet aodai seems so beautiful and sleek as usual.



  2. January 16th, 2012 at 17:35 | #2

    You look beautiful!

  3. Yen
    January 16th, 2012 at 17:36 | #3

    I love your posts on ao dai! I had some reluctance from the seamstresses in Vietnam when I had a dark ao dai made for me there so I know what you mean. I love that your hair stylist paired black leather leggings with her hermes ao dai. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. January 16th, 2012 at 17:43 | #4

    I love how you’re wearing yours.

  5. January 16th, 2012 at 18:15 | #5

    stunning photos, gorgeous dress!


  6. Natasha
    January 16th, 2012 at 18:22 | #6

    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! You definitely qualify to judge Nini!

  7. January 16th, 2012 at 19:12 | #7

    You look so classy! Love it!


  8. January 16th, 2012 at 20:00 | #8

    looks like you had loads of fun! you look great too! xx

  9. January 16th, 2012 at 23:53 | #9

    I am no Vietnamese but these I love!! Will definitely get my tailor to make me one of these. I am thinking in green, velvet green 😉

    Thank you so much for for your inspiration Nini

  10. January 17th, 2012 at 00:36 | #10

    you look gorgeous. That necklace is amazing


  11. January 17th, 2012 at 02:49 | #11

    great look! you look so chic

  12. January 17th, 2012 at 10:53 | #12

    Oh wow, I thought you were wearing something super designer! I think it looks AWESOME, but then again I am a huge fan of your blog!!!!
    And I really like how you did your eyes, very very nice!

  13. January 18th, 2012 at 08:44 | #13

    Nini…she’s beautiful….BUT YOU ARE DIVINE!!♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    MUCH LOVE from Italy

    Maria Onorio

  14. January 18th, 2012 at 14:25 | #14

    Nini! Congratulations! What an honor to be part of the pageant, and a judge no less!

    You look beautiful in the black velvet Aodai – it is very sophisticated and chic!

    xo, sam

  15. Alex
    January 19th, 2012 at 13:12 | #15

    So chic Nini!! Never seen anyone wear aodai so well as you!

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