Miss Universe Vietnam H'Hien Niê's Words At A Philippine Youth Congress Will Inspire You

Miss Universe Vietnam H'Hien Niê's Words At A Philippine Youth Congress Will Inspire YouMiss Universe Vietnam H'Hien Niê's Words At A Philippine Youth Congress Will Inspire You

Now that's a legit confidently beautiful queen with a heart.

It's no secret that Miss Universe Vietnam 2018 H'Hien Niê is one of our favorite beauty queens of all time. On a recent trip to the Philippines, she served serious looks. Miss Vietnam in the Philippines wore the traditional Filipino-Hispanic baro't saya or terno, and looked bomb.

But more on the outfits later — it's what she said at a youth congress in Naga City, Camarines Sur, that blew us away.

Hailing from a poor family in rural Vietnam, Niê was required by her tribe's tradition to marry at the age of 14. However, she had bigger dreams for herself, and decided to pursue an education while working as a domestic helper.

Now a 26-year-old beauty queen, Niê donated her entire cash prize from the Miss Universe pageant (worth around US$43,000) to scholarships for underprivileged students and to the non-profit organization Room to Read.

"I created this miracle for myself."

“Without any part of my past, I wouldn’t be the person I am right now," she said. "I believe in the miracle of life, that if you truly believe, life will not give up on you.”

“Many people call me the Cinderella of Vietnam, but Cinderella has a fairy godmother to help her, while I created this miracle for myself. Believe in yourself, always make the efforts, think positively, you would definitely achieve your dreams!”

A true queen right there.

And now, without further ado, the outfits.

Miss Vietnam in the Philippines: The Outfits

Here she is with Miss Universe Philippines 2010 Venus Raj, who Niê called her "sister".

Then she wore the baro't saya.

Netizens praised Niê for acknowledging the diversity of Philippine culture by specifying that it's the traditional costume of "the North of Philippines, the Filipino Hispanic dress".

"I love how she says 'North' (however broad) and 'Hispanic' because it's a recognition of our cultural diversity," writes Twitter user Makadiwata. "As far-reaching Spain's influence was during the colonial era, it's not representative of the entire country. Some of us weren't hispanicised but still 'Filipino'."

At the Youth Congress in Naga, she wore an outfit that was a mix between the traditional costumes of Vietnam and the Philippines.

We could use more of Miss Vietnam in the Philippines.

READ: Why Miss Vietnam 2018 Is The REAL Millennial Role Model

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