Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is not the only beauty queen Filipinos are supporting nowadays. Miss Universe Vietnam 2018 H’Hen Nie is receiving much love from the Philippines after her Top 5 finish in the international beauty pageant.
In a recent interview with the Yan News show “Oh Man!,” the host read a message from a Filipino fan. Touched by the sweet message from a different country, Nie returned the love by saying, “Thank you. Mabuhay, Philippines!”
Recently, Nie, Gray and 92 other women from all over the world were in Bangkok, Thailand for the 67th edition of Miss Universe. Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa crowned the candidate from the Philippines at the end of the coronation night at the IMPACT Arena, Exhibition and Convention Center in Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok on December 17, 2018.
Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green was runner-up to Gray while Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutierrez was second runner-up. Nie and Miss Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega made it to the Top 5 but did not advance to the Top 3.
In the Top 5 round, Niê was asked whether or not she agrees that the #MeToo movement has gone too far. She answered in the Vietnamese language.
“She doesn’t think that… I don’t think that it has gone too far,” an interpreter relayed Niê’s answer. “Protecting woman and woman’s right is the right thing to do.”
“I need… Woman need protection and rights,” the interpreter continued. “Thank you.”
After the Miss Universe 2018 coronation night, some netizens accused the interpreter of insufficiently translating Nie’s answer particularly the latter part. According to netizens claiming to be native speakers of the Vietnamese language, the Vietnamese beauty queen emphasized that every woman needs to be protected from sexual abuse and to have her well-being protected and that every human being needs protection and freedom.
After becoming the first woman from an ethnic minority to be crowned Miss Vietnam, Nie was mocked by Vietnamese journalist Dao Tuan due to her skin color. The latter eventually apologized after suffering from a consequent backlash.
Days before the Miss Universe 2018 coronation night, Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers was under fire after being captured on video making fun of Nie’s English ability. The American candidate tried to apologize through an Instagram post but failed to convince many netizens.
Watch Nie and her response to a message from a Filipino supporter here: