Miss Vietnam 2014 tightens rules over marital status

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Miss Vietnam 2012 Dang Thu Thao smiles as Miss Vietnam 2010 Ngoc Han places the crown on her head. Photo courtesy of Phan Anh Miss Vietnam 2012 Dang Thu Thao smiles as Miss Vietnam 2010 Ngoc Han places the crown on her head. Photo courtesy of Phan Anh
Miss Vietnam, the country’s biggest beauty contest, this year will ask applicants for more than just being single.
“Contestants must be those who have never registered for marriage, or organized wedding, or lived with another in a husband-and-wife relationship,” said Le Xuan Son, the chief organizer.
A scandal erupted during the 2012 contest forced organizers to disqualify then Miss Vietnam hopeful Vuong Thu Phuong just hours before the final after photos of her wedding were spread on social media.
Phuong, the Vietnam Supermodel 2011 winner, had included a confirmation of not registering for marriage, the equivalent of being single in Vietnam, which was certified by authorities of where she lives, in her application to the beauty pageant.
Son said organizers this year will seek help from the Ministry of Public Security and an "independent channel" to verify applicants' registration information.
Miss Vietnam 2014 will take place on Phu Quoc Island with more binding regulations this year, Son told a press conference Wednesday. 
The final rounds of the biennial event are slated for November 26-December 6, according to the organizers, Tien Phong newspaper.
The qualifying rounds will be held from November 1-15 in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu – the hometown of the reigning Miss Vietnam 2012 Dang Thu Thao.
The contest require applicants to be Vietnamese citizen from 18-27 years old who have "good ethics" and natural beauty and have not been convicted or criminally investigated. Minimum height requirement is 5.4 feet (162 cm).
Those who have not graduated high school, underwent cosmetic or sex reassignment surgeries are not eligible for the contest.
The contest is open to applications until October 15.
Miss Vietnam 2014 will be awarded with the crown and VND300 million (US414,154). The first runner-up will get VND150 million and the second runner-up VND100 million.
Besides, eight additional awards of VND30 million each will be granted in various categories.
The final round will be reported live by Vietnam Television (VTV) on December 6.
Miss Vietnam is the country’s most well known beauty contest. The biennial contest was initiated and has been held by Tien Phong newspaper since 1988. Winner of the contest will represent Vietnam at international contest including Miss World.

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