This is the kind of blog entry that is just right for the Holiday Feels of Christmas.
H’Hen Nie of Vietnam, who finished in the Top 5 of Miss Universe 2018, is one determined fighter who defied all the odds growing up poor in a remote village in her country, working her way up by taking in domestic helping jobs in an assortment of households and pursuing her dream of becoming a top Vietnamese fashion model and eventually the crowned representative of her country to the biggest beauty pageant in the Universe.
At the age of 14, she was encouraged by her mom to marry into a more well-to-do family to rise above their humble existence. But then again, she wanted to pursue a better life in a different way. And so, she strived hard to take a more challenging route to her objectives. Excellent height and exotic looks became her weapon to success. And the minute she was discovered, it was only a matter of time before she started establishing a name in her country.
H’Hen Nie went to Bangkok with all the support of a nation looking for its highest placement ever in Miss Universe. Along the way, there were bumps she needed to overcome, but nothing that distracted her from fulfilling a game plan inspite of a limited facility in English that even became the subject of a controversial viral video that involved Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers (who already apologized for what she did).
H’Hen Nie prevailed over the same individuals who belittled her chances. She went on to make Top 20, then comfortably breezed through the Top 10 and eventually made her country proud by entering the Top 5 of the competition in Bangkok.
The rest is history as she went back to Vietnam with a victorious hero’s welcome of sorts.
And with her homecoming, H’Hen Nie also went back to her roots to show to the Universe that she has not changed one bit ever since.