H’Hen Niê, 26, recently made history in Miss Universe. She was the first Miss Vietnam to make it to the Top 5 of the beauty pageant.
On December 17, 2018, Niê was one of the 94 women who competed for the Miss Universe 2018 crown at the IMPACT Arena, Exhibition and Convention Center in Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand . She made it to the Top 5 along with Miss Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega, Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green and Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutierrez.
In the Top 5 round, Niê was asked whether or not she agrees that the #MeToo movement has gone too far. As noted in the question, the movement has sparked a global conversation and in response, some have said that the world has become too politically correct.
“I don’t think that it has gone too far,” Niê answered through an interpreter. “Protecting women and women’s rights is the right thing to do. Women need protection and rights. Thank you.”
Only the respective representatives of the Philippines, South Africa and Venezuela made it to the Top 3. In the end, Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa crowned Gray as her successor while Green and Gutierrez were first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively.
While Niê did not advance to the final round, she reached the highest spot for Vietnam in Miss Universe. Her country has been competing in the beauty pageant since 2004.
Prior to Niê, the only candidate from the country to place was Nguyễn Thùy Lâm, who finished in the Top 15 in Miss Universe 2008. Nguyễn also made it to the Top 10 of the Best National Costume award.
Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Niê: