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Pageant Day – Hoa Hậu Áo Dài 2013 – Northern California


The Miss Vietnam of Northern California pageant celebrated their 26th annual Pageant on February 19th, 2013 at the Santa Clara Convention Center Theater, near the Great America theme park. There were 16 beautiful ladies, all hoping to become the next Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac California ky 26.

Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - AdvertisementThe Finalists:

  • Hoa Hau Ao Dai 2013: Tran Le Nguyen Minh (Age: 19 · San Jose)
  • A Hau I: Truong Hoang Phung (Age: 24 · Santa Rosa)
  • A Hau II: Vu thi Anh Thu (Age: 27 · San Jose)
  • A Hau III: Nguyen Pauline (Age: 22 · San Jose)
  • A Hau IV: Tran Vu Phuong Hoang (Age: 20 · San Jose)
  • A Hau Duyen Dang: Nguyen Diem Sandy (Age: 18 · San Francisco)
  • A Hau Than Thien: Ly Hong Yen Yvonne (Age: 24 · San Jose)

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 001Just 3 hours before show time, inside the Santa Clara Convention Center Theater (near Great America Theme park), all the stage, light, and film crew scrambled to get everything just right. Some people woke up as early as 4AM to start the setup.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 002Nina and her team took care of decorations for this year.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 003The show began at 3PM. Even though this is a Vietnamese event, we started on American time and that was on-time.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 005Every year, the ladies open the show with a big introduction. This year they were dressed to impress, with a modern, cool, hip theme. As you can see from head to toe they are covered in style and flare. Never before did the opening number have so much pizzazz! You might just want to put on your own sunglasses!

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 004Sandy, contestant #18, rocks those aviator shades.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 006Did you know this opening theme was thought up by the one and only show producer and long time emcee, the infamous Huyen Tran? If you scroll down you can see our beloved “Queenie”, as she liked to be called because she’s a queen in her own right.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 012This is Huyen Tran aka “Queenie”. She is considered the big sister of all sisters in this pageant. She has been volunteering her time and dedication to the pageant since the very beginning. This young lady has many, MANY talents. Not only does she look great, but she possesses outstanding emcee and stage super powers. It was rumored that she was born on a stage with a mic in her hand.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 011The contestants are about to introduce themselves to the audience. They share with the crowd, their name, age, area of study, and what their future plans.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 013The ladies in evening gowns. The judges who sit in the front row definitely have the BEST seats in the room.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 015The audience was mesmerized by all the beautiful dresses these ladies picked out for their evening gown segment.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 016Standing tall and confident in the middle of this photo is Tran Le Nguyen Minh, just 19 years old. If you didn’t know yet, she’s the new Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013. To her right is, Tran Vu Phuong Hoang (A Hau IV – 2013). To the far right, it’s Nguyen Diem Sandy (A Hau Duyen Dang – 2013).

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Bich Dao, the girl with golden voice! Her singing was absolutely delightful. It was no surprise, she won the Asia Entertainment “The Golden Voice” singing competition in 2011.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 020The ladies from 2012 Royal Court, display the fine Ao Dai design of Chau Nguyen (artist/designer) in an Ao Dai fashion show. This year and many years before, a lot of the contestants commissioned their Ao Dai’s from him.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 021Chau Nguyen stand proud before the audience to accept their applause. He’s wearing a red shirt. To his left is Jesse Creed. He designed all the high fashion wigs and head pieces.

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Contestant number 18, Nguyen Diem Sandy waits patiently for her turn to take the stage. The train of her Ao Dai, extends 2-3 feet pass the ground, making it one of the best Ao Dai’s in the show.

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What is a Hoa Hau Ao Dai competition without the Ao Dai’s segment? Here the ladies show off their one of kind Ao Dai’s, created by diffferent designers. This year’s style is a fish net mesh fabric, embellished with lots of sequins, rhinestones, and silk flowers.

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Tran Le Nguyen Minh also wears an Ao Dai with a long train. Her dress is white scattered with spots of red silk flowers and ruby red sequins that branches outward, all which were meticulously hand sewn.

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The Vietnamese traditional long dress called “ao-dai” is worn by all the contestants in this segment of the competition. Tran Le Nguyen Minh picked a white ao-dai, Tran Vu Phuong Hoang chose yellow, Nguyen Diem Sandy wore red, and Truong Hoang Phung selected her favorite color, purple.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 025Miss Minh’s Ao Dai is so nice it deserves a close up.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 028Last years royal court, along with Jason Kagi, put on a Romeo/Juliet play for the audience. These dresses worn by the ladies were sponsored by David’s Bridal.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 029Finally the judges have voted, from left to right these are our lucky top eight semifinalists: Nguyen Diem Sandy, Vu Thi Anh Thu, Nguyen Pauline, Tran Vu Phuong Hoang, Truong Hoang Phung, Tran Le Nguyen Minh, Doan Thuy Thien, and Nguyen Huyen Tran Christine.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 032From left to right: Vu Thi Anh Thu (A Hau II), Tran Le Nguyen Minh (Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali) and Troung Hoang Phung (A HauI)

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 033Tran Le Nguyen Minh, our newest Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali. She only 19 years old.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 038Being a judge in this pageant can be tough. Now that their job is over, they can relax and take a picture with the winners. Some of the other contestants joined the lineup for a photo too.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 039The winners of the Miss Vietnam of Northern California 2013 pose with the Mount Pleasant Marine Junior ROTC Color Guard along with their colonel.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 042An Thu (A Hau II) and Tran Le Minh (Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac 2013) smile for the camera…while the guy in the background…gosh I don’t know what he’s doing…perhaps taking a breather because there are just so many beautiful ladies in one room!

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 037Our two beloved emcees and Linda Tran (Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac California 2008) on the far left with the crown pose with the winners.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 045VietFace TV was there to do coverage at the Pageant.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 043Tran Le Nguyen Minh, the new Hoa Hau Ao Dai 2013 gave her first televised speech and interview for VietFace TV. A Hau II and A Hau IV stood beside her for support.

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 044Here is the line up of our finalists in this year’s competition, starting from left to right: Nguyen Pauline (A Hau III); Nguyen Diem Sandy (A Hau Duyen Dang); Truong Hoang Phung (A Hau I) ; Vu thi Anh Thu (A Hau II); Tran Le Nguyen Minh (Hoa Hau Ao Dai 2013); Tran Vu Phuong Hoang ( A Hau IV, ); Ly Hong Yen Yvonne (A Hau Than Thien).

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 045As you can see the photographers love Anh Thu (A Hau II)

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Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali 2013 - Image 041Le Tuy and Huyen Tran talk to our new Hoa-Hau.

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Video by Que Huong Radio

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Here is our talented emcee, Hansen Vu Hien, sings while the contestants show off their beautiful evening gowns one last time before exiting the stage. Video by: Le Tuy Films.

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Video by Thai Pham

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In this video, our new Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac California 2013, Tran Le Nguyen Minh, accepts her crown, sash, scepter, flowers and big royal queen’s cape. Video by: Le Tuy Films.

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