She once captivated Filipino pageant fans with her inspiring story chasing her dream to compete in the 2018 Miss Universe.
On Saturday, Vietnam's H'hen Nie did her captivating a little differently — by looking stunning in a baro't saya.
The beauty queen posted a photo of her rocking the national dresses on Instagram and writing: "OMG I love this dress."
Nie is currently in Manila, where she also met up with Miss Universe Philippines 2010 Venus Raj. She shared a photo of them wearing matching Filipinianas, saying: "I’m so happy to see you."
Nie finished in the Top 5 of the Miss Universe 2018 competition, which was won by the Philippines’ Catriona Gray.
Her story of overcoming poverty, of breaking the tradition of her ethnic group by refusing marriage at the age of 14, and of having taken several odd jobs to pay for her education became one of the fan-favorite stories to emerge from the pageant.