We Need To Talk About Miss Vietnam 2018

We Need To Talk About Miss Vietnam 2018

H'Hen Nie is a National Treasure.

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The Miss Universe beauty pageant has been a fixture in media throughout history since its creation in 1952. It has also made news headlines throughout its runs, recently for Trump's conduct during his previous ownership, and for Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot's participation in 2004.

In the last few days, Miss USA, Sarah Summers, as well as Miss Australia and Colombia drew the world's ire in their ill remarks of Miss Cambodia, Rern Sinat and Miss Vietnam, H'hen Nie that seemingly mocked the two contestant's lack of English understanding (never mind that Miss Vietnam speaks two languages fluently, and is learning English throughout the run of the pageant). This event drew the attention of the world, and although the guilty three had expressed their apologies, and had been graciously forgiven, the scandal served to highlight the good natures of Miss Cambodia and Vietnam.

I, like many others, found myself incredibly interested in the two contestant's stories- especially so in Vietnam's H'Hen Nie as she is representing my origin country.

H'Hen Nie, a 26-year-old woman, has been making headlines long before her appearance in the Miss Universe pageant. Born to a large family in poverty, she lived in Dak Lak and is actually of Rade descent. Going against her culture's customs of starting a family early, she moved to Ho Chi Minh to pursue studies as well as work in order to support her family. Eventually being discovered by a modeling agency, and appearing on Vietnam's Next Top Model, she took the nation by storm with her impressive height (5'8"), sweet and academic nature, and a touching backstory as well as a strong moral cause to help those in need.

H'Hen Nie usurped expected winner Hoang Thuy in the Miss Universe Vietnam pageant, with judges finding her bold look, bronzed skin, and outspoken attitude refreshing and stand out. Being a Vietnamese-American girl, my heart secretly cheered for her win. Past Vietnamese contestants and winners were praised for their pale skin and long hair, and although I was proud for their success, I felt as if my naturally darker tone wasn't good enough, and was too "countryside". H'Hen Nie, who is a fan of maintaining her tanned complexion, and continues to keep her hair characteristically short, is everything I had ever wanted in a beauty role model, and her message of education for young women as well as outspoken nature for the state that Vietnam is in as a result of her own experiences, makes her not only the best candidate, in my opinion, but also one of the biggest voices for this younger generation.

Another thing to love? Sis really walked down one of the biggest runways in the world wearing a banh mi dress.

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12 Things Young Republicans Are Tired Of Hearing

A dozen myths about conservatism and what the real deal is.

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As a college student, I know a lot of people my age consider themselves very liberal. It's a rare occasion when you meet another conservative on campus. Being a young Republican, there are several negative assumptions that come along with that.

Here is a list of 12 things we're all tired of hearing.

1. "You're only a Republican because your parents are."

Yes, my parents are both Republican and that's where my morals and beliefs were first taught, but I am my own person. I have done my own research and decided that my views side with the Republican Party. There are several things that even my parents and I disagree on. I wouldn't choose to be a Democrat just so I could be different.


2. "I bet you support Trump."

While many Republicans my age are supporting Trump, that doesn't mean we all are. We're entitled to our personal opinions and assuming we're all the same is incorrect. Just because you are a Republican doesn't mean you automatically support Trump.

3. "You're racist, sexist, etc."

This couldn't be farther from the truth. There are so many Republicans that come from unique racial and cultural backgrounds, both genders included. Take Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson, and Bobby Jindal. These are just a few of the many, many examples.


4. "You're uneducated about the issues."

Just because someone has a different opinion than you doesn't mean they're wrong or uninformed.


5. "You're only a Republican because you're rich."

I am by no means rich. Did my parents have enough money to support their family? Yes, and I'm very blessed for that. However, they didn't pay for everything. As for college, I worked my butt off to get scholarships and opportunities to succeed. I was taught at a very young age that money requires work and things aren't just handed to you. That's exactly the reason why I strongly support capitalism.


6. "Why don't you want free college?"

NOTHING IS FREE. Would free college be awesome? Absolutely! However, I do not believe it's fair to tax working people to pay for it. If you want something, work for it.


7. "The GOP is a bunch of old, white men."

This is so untrue. I mean take a look at all the well-known conservatives in America. Lauren Conrad, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Carly Fiorina, Condoleezza Rice, Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and so many more. Point proven.


8. "You're close-minded."

This is the most common and most annoying. Conservative does not equal close-minded. I love hearing about different ideas and opinions.


9. "You hate immigrants."

I personally feel like our immigration system is broken and needs to be changed so it's more accessible to become an American citizen. However, I don't believe those here illegally should receive taxpayer benefits. I'm all for immigration as long as it's done legally.


10. "You don't support women's rights."

Usually, this is brought up when talking about abortion. What about the rights of the unborn child? It's not just about one person's rights at that point.


11. "You should just #FeelTheBern."

#NO. I do not support socialism.


12. "You only hear the Fox News version."

Fox News is my favorite choice of news programs, but I also enjoy hearing the different views on CNN, NBC, Huffington Post, etc.


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21 Tweets About Anti-Vax Children That Will Make Parents Get Their Kids Vaccinated ASAP

Vaccinate your kids. Period.

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I have compiled 21 tweets about anti-vaccination parents and their children that did not only make me laugh, but made me further enforce my belief that parents need to vaccinate their kids.

These tweets are pretty dark, to be honest, but once you think about the situation at hand, sometimes it is best to approach it in a funny way so you can get your point across.

You have been warned.

These tweets may be funny, but the situation is not funny. Do your research and help people around you not get sick by vaccinating your kids.

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