Lan Ngoc Hoang Noble Queen of the Universe-Vietnam USA 2019
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Lan Ngoc Hoang Noble Queen of the Universe-Vietnam USA 2019.
Full name: Lan Ngoc Hoang
Title/Year: Previous titles: Noble Queen of the Universe-Vietnam USA 2019; Noble Ambassador Queen of Goodwill 2019, Mrs Vietnamese USA 2019, Miss Vietnamese Arizona 2002;
Pageant System: State and International/Advocacy pageant
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Hobbies: Reading novels, cooking, baking, traveling, hiking and spending time with my family and close friends
Platform: Empowering others through education
Years competed: 2002, 2019
Countries visited: Vietnam, Canada, Mexico, Cambodia, Philippines, residing in the USA
Likes: Spending time at the beach with my children, enjoying desserts and good food, reading a good book, working and promoting Asian cultures with different communities in the US.
Dislikes: Negative/arrogant people
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I'm currently a stay at home mom with 3 kids all under the age of 10; Sofia who just turned 10, Ava 7 and Max 3. I'm very blessed to have a strong foundation and support from my family; my loving parents, my two awesome brothers and my 3 beautiful children. In my free time, I have a passion for baking, making flower arrangements and wedding planning so I offer those services to friends and others who are on budget. Nothing makes me feel better than knowing I can help make their special day less stressful, without costing an arm and a leg. I'm also very fortunate to have a wonderful group of friends who back me up in everything I do and encourage me along the way to do what I love - helping others in obtaining an education and becoming successful. My parents' teaching is deeply rooted in me to be respectful, be kind and always giving back to the community and those in needs. For almost 20 years until I took a step back to focus on my family 2 years ago, I was an educator and a project management for one of the largest community colleges system in the US, based in Arizona. I love assisting with shaping the education system as I truly believe education is the key to success; getting involved in introducing and expanding the Asian communities in the states. I'm currently studying to become a certified medical interpreter and a medical manager for my family's business...coming in April 2020! In a nutshell, I'm a happily well-rounded person who loves to be surrounded with like-minded individuals. World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?
Women empowerment means lifting their spirits up and inspiring them to find their own voice and place in society. I would encourage women to continue getting themselves educated and using that knowledge to speak up on every woman's behalf; using their powerful voice for those who can't be heard; actively participating in local community; assisting others to make educated choices in electing and voting for the right officials. The possibility is endless if we all take one step at a time in helping each other. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I won my first title as Miss Vietnamese Arizona in 2002 at the age of 21; I became very involved with the asian communities for years before taking a break to focus on my family and kids. In 2019, I decided to get back on stage to compete for Mrs Vietnamese USA and won the title. As the title holder, I was asked to represent my proud heritage of being the first Vietnamese American delegate to compete in the Noble Queen of the Universe and won the Noble Ambassador Queen of Goodwill 2019. World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I actually stumbled upon the pageantry while helping the Vietnamese community in 2002 when pageantry was fairly new at the time. I was asked to participate the event which changed my attitude in life and most likely shaped part of who I am today. I walked in with a young mentality that pageantry is only for those beautiful girls with empty shells and boys, was I wrong? Practicing diligently and working together with these new friends made me realize, they were beautiful inside and out. We all joined the competition with the same purpose; to help promote our culture and to build a stronger Vietnamese community. I never intended to win but I was glad that I did. It opened a whole new world for me! I was given an opportunity to be out there with others, to promote my beautiful culture, to raise social awareness, and most importantly, to give back to others who are less fortunate. World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
After taking a few years off focusing on my family and supporting my spouse on his school journey; I wanted to get back and get more involved with the Vietnamese community and other Asian communities. I wanted to challenge myself even more and with encouragement from family and friends, I competed and won the Mrs Vietnamese USA 2019 and was appointed as the very first Vietnamese American delegate to compete at an international level. World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
The most current pageant I competed is an advocacy based pageantry where all the queens competed are asked to present what advocacy they believe in or have worked on. The competition gives all the queens an opportunity to showcase what they are passionate about in helping others; what they truly believe in making a world a better place for those who are less fortunate; and how they encourage and empower others to make a difference! World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
40% on the advocacy you presented; 40% on outfits and activities participated during the stays; 20% overall on Coronation Day performance. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
It was my first time being away from all my kids and family during a major holiday so it was quite rough for me but all the queens made me feel welcomed and comforted. The moment I met them, we instantly bonded and it was no longer a competition! We just became a group of like-minded women who are determined to make a positive change in the world. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
My platform is Empowering others thru Education. Being an educator my entire life, I believe having an education is a key to success! Knowledge empowers people to explore and seek solutions to world's problems. Being poor or being a minority should not stop someone from getting an education so I would like to make sure all minorities, especially women, deserve an equal chance and opportunity to an accessible and affordable education. World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I've been invited to participate in a few charity events since I came back from the competition. My daughter and I participated in packing 10000 meals for malnourished people in Southeast Asia in December. I was involved in helping with fundraising to build bridges and schools in rural areas in Vietnam. I was interviewed and made cover on the local magazine in Arizona. I was recently invited to be one of the 5 judges for the state pageant. I'm currently working with the Arizona Asian American Association to host a scholarship seminar where I help young Asian students on their resume in obtaining additional funding to attend colleges. World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
My greatest achievement would have to be being a proud mom of 3 healthy and beautiful kids. I'm beyond blessed having a wonderful family and friends who are always supportive of me! My being the youngest elected president of the Asian Pacific Islanders Association-one of the largest school systems in the US which comprises of 10 community colleges in Arizona, I was able to help many young asian students in obtaining their education and becoming successful individuals in society. Our organization has helped more than 500 students and has given close to one million dollars in scholarship money for over 30+ years. I believe I'm currently the only queen who holds both the Miss and Mrs title in my state over the course of life. Miss Vietnam Arizona 2002
Mrs Vietnamese USA 2019
Noble Queen of the Universe - Vietnam, USA 2019
Noble Ambassador Queen of Goodwill, 2019 World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
I think I stand out because of how I carry myself with integrity, dignity and kindness. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
The moment I was announced as winner, I can see how excited and proud my children were of me and that was something I would not forget. This was their first time watching me on stage and I tried my best not to disappoint them. The winning moment completed when they went on stage to hug and congratulate me! As long as I'm the best version of me to my children, it's all that matters! World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
A Beauty Queen to me is someone who is compassionate, who knows how to use her voice and talent to help others in need. Her beauty radiates in how she treats others with respect and kindness; how she carries herself with honesty and integrity; and what she does to empower others to be the positive change in the world. World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
It opened a whole new world for me and shaped me of who I am today. I'm more confident in what I do and what I say. I realize that I have the power to promote and raise social awareness in my platform and influence others in making the right choices. I've met many incredible individuals who are successful and willing to help me financially on my mission to educate others. With the encouragement from my mom who taught me to always be kind and give back; I'm able to use my titles as a tool to attend local and national events to raise awareness and fundraising for social causes. World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self esteem and body image?
I've never had a body image per se but I can honestly say my self esteem boosted from having the confidence to compete and present myself to the judges and the audience. I feel like I have a purpose and a voice after competing and I know now that I have the courage and confidence to carry out my positive message to the whole world. World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
It is quite flattering and pleasant at the same time but I hope others look up to me more for what I do than how I look. Being kind and positive is the impression I would hope to leave with anyone whom I encounter. World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
I hope to win the judges over with my positive personality; my truthfulness and my enthusiasm in helping others. Just be myself and speak from the heart. World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
Besides getting measurements for outfits and my national costumes, I was prepped on my walk and postures and more importantly, how to carry myself when interviewed. My mom called and wished me luck as always and reminded me to really "be yourself and let your heart speaks for you but more importantly, enjoy the journey and don't worry too much about the competition". I carry her advice wherever I go and in whatever I do. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Go to a gym or a dance room with lots of mirror and practice your walk. If you can afford a trainer, get one; if you can't, bring a few friends who can give you feedbacks. Walk with confident and think highly of yourself. Learn to believe in yourself. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
Choose a pageant dress that fits your personality, compliments your body from top to bottom and one that makes you feel like a queen when you wear it! World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
Be concise with a slight humor in your answers and speak from your heart. World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
I grew up in a house with structure so when the pageant program was off track, I got off track as well. Lol. Perhaps next time, I just need to stay focus on my part so I don't get rattled when things don't go as planned. World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
For the most part in any contests, there will always be some who are extremely competitive and too serious to win, they miss out on the fun part of the competition; the friendship we build and the experiences we gain throughout the whole event. World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?
I've done professional modeling before in my 20s and early 30s. I also ventured into acting (briefly) in a short film for a friend who owns a production company. As for now, I occasionally do fashion shows for charity events locally and state-wide. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2020 as a Queen?
I'm hoping to be able to partner with several communities in raising health awareness and fundraising at charity events for those less fortunate. I'm currently in the process of collaborating with the Asian communities to hold a workshop to assist young students in obtaining additional funding for their education. I will have a chance this year to reinforce and expand my platform in Empowering others thru Education! World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I would hope to leave my legacy behind as a loving mom who puts her kids and family first; as a kind/strong spirit who loves to make a positive impact in the community, one person at a time!
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Lan Ngoc Hoang Noble Queen of the Universe-Vietnam USA 2019, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Tuan Nguyen
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