This year’s University of Arizona’s Vietnamese Student Association’s Miss Vietnam Southern Arizona pageant blended the cultures of traditional Vietnam with modern America. Contestants included students born in Vietnam as well as in the US. Freshman Tiffany Pham was crowned Miss Vietnam Southern Arizona. The pageant is seen as a way to reach out to the community in Tuscon, Arizona, in helping promote Vietnamese culture.
The contestants modeled the traditional áo dài dress in one round and contemporary Windsor evening gowns in another. Each contestant also answered two rounds of questions, with questions ranging from whether or not the U.S. is ready for a woman president, to the biggest challenge facing higher education to ideas on how to make campus more environmentally friendly. Source: The Daily Wildcat.