Miss Universe Vietnam 2023 Bui Quynh Hoa. Photo from Hoa’s Instagram
When asked to define the beauty of confidence during the finale of the Miss Universe Vietnam 2023 pageant on September 29, Hoa almost immediately provided her answer, saying the concept could be defined as a woman having confidence and therefore capable of directing it. own life.
According to her, a “confident beauty” is also someone who can recognize the successes of others and overcome their own failures in order to improve and become a better version of themselves.
This answer has since been discovered to share similarities with one of the top results appearing on Google when users searched for the phrase “how beautiful is confidence.”
Specifically, Hoa’s response was partially identical to a 2012 article published on the official website of the Vietnamese Women’s Union which wrote: “Self-confident people are willing to cooperate with others and recognize the successes of others. »
“They do not care about those who are better than themselves. They are humble, because they never become arrogant when they win or become discouraged when they lose. They view failures as the foundation of their future success and see challenges as opportunities for them to succeed, improve their abilities and determination.
This led pageant viewers to doubt whether the beauty queen knew the interview question being asked in advance and thus provided a fluent answer to it.
Hoa denied the accusation during the contest’s press conference on October 1. She said her smooth response was a result of her careful preparation for the pageant, as she had participated in the Miss Universe Vietnam pageant twice before finally being crowned the winner of this year’s pageant. .
Responding to allegations that her answer was similar to Google results, Hoa said she had researched “the beauty of confidence” online before the pageant, as the topic is also the main theme of the Miss pageant Universe itself.
“There’s nothing wrong with looking around and gathering information from different sources,” she said. “My answer shared similarities with Google’s suggestion since I had researched online, gathered the information for myself and wanted to share it with others.”
Hoa had also denied, during the press conference which followed the last evening of the competition, the rumors according to which the organizers of the competition had already chosen her as the winner even before the competition.
“I think you all have seen my efforts and careful preparations for the competition,” she said. “And I think you all see how deserving I am of this title.”
Hoa, 25, is a model and businesswoman. She won the Supermodel International 2022 pageant title and participated in various beauty pageants before being crowned Miss Universe Vietnam 2023.