Vietnamese beauty queen Ngan Anh Le Au, who represented her country in the recently-concluded 2018 Miss Intercontinental, is being accused of copying the runway presentation of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray during the pageant’s grand coronation night held last Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Much to Filipino fans’ suspicion, Ngan took to the stage to make her final walk in a red sparkling outfit with the same silhouette as that of Catriona’s Mayon Volcano-inspired gown that was tailored especially for her by Filipino designer Mak Tumang.
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Moreover, the Vietnamese beauty did a similar pose as hers right at the end of the runway, from the slow twirl to fixing of the hair already associated with Catriona’s iconic walk.
Not surprisingly, the apparent imitation caused an uproar on social media at once, with some fans finding the incident distasteful, while others choosing to take it in stride.
Despite the backlash, however, Ngan finished as the fourth runner-up with a special award as the People’s Choice. She was ultimately bested by Philippines’ very own Karen Gallman, who went home with the title of Miss Intercontinental 2018.
We did it Philippines! 🇵🇭 . I’m so proud to bring our nation its first Intercontinental crown. The overwhelming support from you all has been amazing and I can’t thank you all enough nor have done it without you. This crown is not just for me, its for all of you and a representation of what we can achieve as a nation. Keep pushing to be the best version of yourself by “always looking up to God and being thankful for everything” ❤️ . . Thank you to my MIC queens, chaperones and the team for a wonderful three weeks that I will always cherish! ✨ My team @kfforcrownandcountry @bbpilipinasofficial @itspatriciasnts @patriciasantosatelier @benjleguiab_iv @styledbypatrickhenry @antheabueno @kierlovelasco @renzpangilinan @gangalonto @uhhminah @miggywest @bragaisjojo @stephtancouture you guys are incredible and words cant express my gratitude. Thank you also to everyone who has helped me on this journey, maraming maraming salamat po! 🙏 #missintercontinental2018