All registered and participating contestants meet to go over the contract and get an introduction of the journey. Afterwards, they get their hair and makeup done by the area’s top professionals for contestant photos and promotions.
The Miss Vietnam DC pageant is a non-profit, community-oriented organization which aims to celebrate Vietnamese-American women who embody poise, leadership, and service to the multi-cultural community.
We identify and connect young women with community and professional leaders to cultivate learning and success. Our organization seeks to find the most qualified and capable successors to continue our legacy of community building and empowerment.
We enable Vietnamese-American women to find their inner leader, as well as provide a unifying platform for community involvement to transcend cultural and generational boundaries.
MVNDC bridges the cultural and age gap between older and younger Vietnamese-Americans. MVNDC also bridges the cultural gap between the Vietnamese community and other ethnic groups through collaborative programs supporting social and economic development in ethnic communities.
MVNDC promotes leadership development in women by providing structured training and opportunities to serve as role models in the community. MVNDC’s mentoring program also provides young women with direct access to successful leaders and role models in the community.
MVNDC promotes community service by connecting young women to diverse, charitable projects in the area. MVNDC also presents an annual award to an exemplary woman who demonstrates exceptional commitment to the D.C. Metropolitan Area communities through service and volunteerism.
Tuyet-Nhi Le is a business owner and the co-founder of 3 Restaurant concepts in the D.C. area which include Chasin’ Tails Cajun Seafood and Bar, Roll Play Vietnamese Grill and Teas Me Tea Bar.
She first entered the organization as a contestant, and from there saw the potential to bring together talented people to make it bigger and better.
As the Pageant Director, she combines her business experience and her passion for philanthropy to organize the entire pageant year and find ways to mobilize and help her local community. Her passion for beauty, fashion, fitness and make-up also fuel her desire to help others feel beautiful inside and out.
CREATIVE & MARKETING DIRECTOR
David Dang is a self-taught web developer, graphic designer, digital marketing strategist, branding architect and commercial photographer.
As the organization’s Creative and Marketing Director, he oversees the artistic direction of the brand and personally handles the photoshoots and digital media.
David joined the organization because he is passionate about creativity and wanted to give both the Vietnamese and Pageant communities something new and fresh.
2009 | Miss Eden Center
The first Miss Vietnam DC was held in Eden Center to celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival, and at the time, was called Miss Eden Center.
2010 | Miss Eden Center becomes Miss Vietnam DC
Under title holder Nhien Pho, the Miss Eden Center pageant changed it’s name to Miss Vietnam DC, and the pageant shifted towards more collaboration with the community and vietnamese student organizations.
2013 | MVNDC gets a Make-over
Under the leadership of Tuyet-Nhi Le, an official Exec Board is formed for the organization and one of the first tasks is a complete re-brand of the pageant. A new logo and cohesive look was created and we begin to establish ourselves as a more mainstream pageant and away from its festive origins.
2014 | Non-profit status and Horseshoe Casino
We officially become a 501c3 non-profit organization to solidfy our position as a community-serviced pageant. With the increased traffic from the previous year’s rebrand, we decide to move out of the Eden Center parking lot and under the roof of our new title sponsor, Baltimore Horseshoe casino for the first time.