Inner Sanctum More to beauty quest than meets the eye Inner Sanctum: Are the criteria for the Mrs Viet Nam Pageant 2009, now underway, far different to those in an international contest? I was a contestant in the Mrs World Pageant 2005 in India. A busi

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Inner Sanctum
More to beauty quest than meets the eye
Inner Sanctum: Are the criteria for the Mrs Viet Nam Pageant 2009, now underway, far different to those in an international contest?
I was a contestant in the Mrs World Pageant 2005 in India. A busi

The final round of the Mrs Viet Nam Pageant 2009 will be held in Vung Tau province next Saturday. Huong Ly talks to Dr Doan Thi Kim Hong, the deputy chief of the pageant about the inner issues. Everyone has their own definition success because they have different careers. In my opinion, success is not necessarily richness, fame or position. A woman s success is to fulfil her duty at home as well as at work.

To a woman, the noblest and most sacred thing in her life are the obligations as of a wife and a mother, which is really hard and challenging. Furthermore, she also has to work to help raise a family. Those who not only do their job well, but also try non-stop to develop their careers are highly appreciated.

Furthermore, if they get involved in social activities and receive lots of love from people and relatives, it can also be considered part of their success. If contestants only focus on one field but forget the others, her success will be considered incomplete.

This is the question I was asked by a very strict examiner from India in Mrs World 2005. He asked if I, a businesswomen, always busy with work and also family, could devote my time to social activities after winning the contest. I said "yes", explaining that a successful woman knew how to balance her business and family life.

I strongly believe those entering the married competition have advantages over the single women because they have experience, business relationships and families. They already have a stable life and clear orientation.

This is exactly what I worried about. When I participated in the Mrs World Pageant 2005 in India, I was 37 years old, the fourth or fifth oldest contestant. Like Dieu Hoa, a Mrs World 2008 participant in Russia, who has three children, I was afraid older women could not keep fit as well as younger contestants and that the difference would show in our figures.

A woman with one-child is different from one with two. A 34-year-old is not the same as a 24-year-old. However, when entering the contest, I realised that there was no need to worry because the examiners evaluated each contestant based on their ages, experience and their attitude throughout the pageant.

Each woman has her own beauty. It is related to how she keeps herself. But beauty does not play the main role in this competition. Besides physical beauty, the contestants must have intellectual beauty, talent and pleasant behaviour. Behaviour does not depend on age, but on experience and education. Before holding this contest in Viet Nam, I gave the examiners practical information I had acquired.

Any job, any event, especially a beauty contest, has its advantages and disadvantages. This is the first contest of its kind for married women in Viet Nam, so I and the co-organisers, the People s committee of Ba Ria Vung Tau province and Central Committee for Vietnamese women, are being really careful.

The Department of Arts as well as the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism have been very particular about each process from the first round to the semi-final. However, because this is the first time, there were some unavoidable mistakes.

Actually, many contestants on stage were very confident because they were used to speaking in front of a crowd. However, having never been in a beauty contest, they were a little confused and lost their confidence, which is easy to understand. I think ita contest, not a performance. I regret that we did not have much time to work together. If we had a whole week, they would have done better.

The biggest thing I regret about this contest is that too many CVs were late, preventing many contestants from taking part. I expect the contest will be held every two years. There are many talented women, but there are limited ways for them to express their abilities. Hopefully, the contest will become a foundation for them to develop.

We are rushing through the final processes for welcoming beauty queens from all over the world. A five-star hotel is ready. In a couple of days, Mr David Marmel, president of the Mrs World contest, will arrive to check our audio equipment. Hopefully, he will approve ours, so we won t have to rent like Miss Universe organisers did in 2008. VNS

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