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Miss Vietnam missed her role in a much-anticipated Ao dai fashion show, blaming Hanoi traffic


Miss Vietnam 2010 Dang Thi Ngoc Ngoc Han
Dang Thi Ngoc Han, Miss Vietnam 2010, missed Hanoi's millennial ao dai show on the night of October 10.


Han had a good excuse"”or at least good Hanoian excuse"”she was stuck in traffic.


The gorgeous undergraduate was supposed to model an early 20th-centruy ao dai and ride in a rickshaw during the week-long celebration's musical finale at My Dinh Stadium.


But the organizer had to cancel the rickshaw at the last minute and ask model Vy Hanh to fill in for Han.


On Monday, Han told VnExpress she had been busy campaigning to support flood victims in the central region on Sunday (Oct. 10), so she only started putting on make-up at 4 p.m.


At 6 p.m., she took a taxi to Pham Hung Street, then proceeded to the stadium on foot and was stuck 500 meters from the door. Vehicles carrying government officials were also stranded at the same point in a massive crush of people, the 21-year-old college senior said.


"I felt like my feet were lifted off the ground. I felt powerless"¦ Luckily, when I called later that night, the organizers took that as a legitimate excuse and didn't tell me off," Han said.


The musical event began at 8 p.m.


Dang Thuy Trang, the second runner-up at Miss Vietnam 2010 who also donned ao dai that night, said she had to arrive at the stadium at 1:30 p.m. that afternoon to avoid possible problems.


Han told VietNamNet her cell phone signal was lost and many people around her suffered the same problem, so she couldn't call the organizers and let them know she was stuck.


"I'm sorry for my absence," Han said, during an interview with the news site. "That's my big mistake.


"I hope everyone supports and understands for me. I would never skip the anniversary to cause a scandal."


But comment boxes have been filled with the public's ire at such a gaffe.


A reader named Hoang Thai wrote to VietNamNet pointing out that Han could have managed her time more reasonably.


"Other performers came early and waited for the greatest honor of their life"¦ She's irresponsible"¦ In the future, if there's something she thinks she's incapable of doing, she should say so up front"”Vietnam will find someone else," Thai said.


Reader Gia Minh wrote: "If she understood how important her role is, she would have figured out a way to fulfill her obligations."  


Ngo Tan Thuy Tien said the public cannot accept the "simple" excuses Han was making. "That's a grand celebration and she's a major player."


Others said Han was not professional and she should be more serious.


Nearly 600 models took the stage that afternoon to prepare for the performance.


Earlier, Han said she had been eager for the ao dai performance. She expressed enthusiasm for the idea of showing off the beauty of old Hanoi and "introducing Vietnam to the world without having to participate in international contests."


When the entertainment group Elite Vietnam chose the first runner-up at Miss Vietnam World 2010 Nguyen Ngoc Kieu Khanh to represent at Miss World 2010 in China this month, Han said she had no intention to join in the contest as she couldn't miss Hanoi's millennial anniversary.

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