After many official announcements on the mass media, the organizing board of Miss FTV Vietnam contest inaugurated the event on Tuesday (March 2).
However, some government officials have said they've neither received nor approved any application to organize the contest.
The contest will take place from March to July and be shot as a reality show to be broadcast on HTV (Ho Chi Minh City Television) and FTV channels in Asia.
Based on Vietnamese regulations on organizing beauty contests, any foreign entity seeking to organize an international beauty contest in Vietnam must cooperate with a prestigious local firm.
The registration forms and application for such an event, which would be sent to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for approval, should include documents that prove its legal status that are attested by diplomatic representatives based in Vietnam as well as the license granted by the host city.
But Miss FTV Vietnam contest has none of these documents and the eligibility age mentioned by the organizers, 16 to 24, breaks national law that allows only women over 18-years-old girls to take part in any beauty contest.
"We were not clear about the license requirements for organizing the Miss FTV contest in Vietnam because we thought the elimination rounds to select candidates for the final round do not need a license," said Trinh Rong, director of the local Europe Vietnam Company that bought the license from FTV's representative FTV Indonesia.
"We only learnt this from the media and we will carry out required procedures," he said.
Rong also said the contest could be canceled because they were yet to find sponsors.