Saturday, March 29, 2008
Miss Vietnam Global a Scam?
If you read my post, Vietnamese beauty pageants in the U.S., I bought up the same questions to why these shows exist and what are the girls are really competing for. Apparently MVG is scam, according the former Miss Vietnam Global Linda Vi Trâm Nguyễn who recently spoke out that the organization owns her $30,000 of prize money. The show promised its winner a grand prize of $50,000, however the former beauty queen only received $20,000. And so she is speaking out while also warning others who plan to enter the contest, to be aware. When Miss Vietnam Global ended in 2006, crowning Linda Vi Trâm Nguyễn as the winner, there were many speculators to the reason she took home the title. Many believed that Linda tried numerous time entering many pageants, so much that the judges were tired of her and so they let her win. Funny as it seems. However, friends and fans of Linda stood by saying that she had a goal in mind and she was determined instead of what others said about her as a leech and not letting go. As for the so-called scam, what took Linda so long to finally speak out? It is just because of the money issue or something else? How will the winner of 2007 Jennifer Lê react to this shocking claim? Read the full letter written by Linda Vi Trâm Nguyễn below.
Wow, I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since the day I was crowned Miss Vietnam Global... Quite an experience, quite the suspense, quite the glory... quite a disappointment.
It amazes me how such an organization can continue to thrive on undelivered promises, false advertisement, and money owed to their previous pageant queens and pageant performers... I’ve recently declined many invitations to take part in fashion shows/concerts promoted on behalf of Anh Thanh (Calvin), Kim Loi, or MFC Media for no other reason than to show my disapproval of such poor business ethics...
A measly $300/fashion show does not compensate for the $30,000 of the $50,000 prize the organization still owes me... (The only reason I was even paid the first $20,000 was because they were afraid I’d go public and interfere with the 2nd annual MVG.) Attempts on my part to "ask nicely" are met with complaints that the organization is in debt, experiencing financial difficulty, going bankrupt. A part of me did feel guilty for not "sympathizing"... Until I realized that this same poor organization is continuing to promote show after show, selling countless tickets & DVDs, profiting off of these innocent "pageant girls."
Hrmmm... Wonder why we continue to support such scams? Why we continue to submit our daughters, sisters, girlfriends to sacrifice an entire week of school, work... life in return for costly wardrobe and makeup preparations, tiresome choreography practices, distasteful cafeteria food, suspenseful/nerve-racking competition...
Which leads me to question, "What are we competing for?" The title? The prestige? The prize? Sounds alluring, doesn’t it? The reality, however, is that we’re competing for a crown that will rust and snap into pieces in about six months, invitations to participate in a dozen fashion shows (in which we must provide our own "fashion" and the organization profits off of us AGAIN), and, of course, a fictional prize.
Potential pageant contestants, beware. Know your worth... and, quite frankly, MVG is just not worth it.
Merely expressing my right to freedom of speech. This entire entry is an honest opinion from the point of view of a former Miss Vietnam Global Queen... a.k.a. "MFC’s Money-Making-Puppet". It is in no way an attempt to slander any individual/organization... Just giving girls an insight on what really takes place: behind the lights and cameras, there is no action.
Linda Vi Tram