Queen of beauty queens loves Vietnamese spring rolls, broken rice

By Tan Cao   October 8, 2023 | 01:31 am PT
Isabella Menin, the 2022 Miss Grand International who was chosen the most beautiful of all beauty queens last year, has said she is a big fan of Vietnamese culture and cuisine, especially goi cuon (spring rolls) and com tam (broken rice).

She arrived in Hanoi on October 3 in the role of reigning beauty queen, accompanying Miss Grand International 2023 contestants in many activities.

Menin said she is always impressed when she sets foot in a new city in Vietnam.

Over the past few days, she has been exploring the sights and culture of the capital.

She said: "I am looking forward to more activities taking place in many other cities including Ha Long, Da Nang, Hoi An and Hue."

Isabella Meni takes photos at an event on her first day in Hanoi. Video courtesy of MGI

Menin said she was very interested in Vietnamese cuisine.

"In your country, people eat a lot of vegetables through dishes like spring rolls. I like it because it suits my taste and eating habits," she said.

"I cannot resist com tam made from rice and eaten with pork meat. It’s really delicious."

Menin also has affection for Vietnamese people because of their hospitality and closeness.

"Tourists who intend to travel long-term should come to this country once, they will definitely not be disappointed," she said.

The beauty pageant winner will crown her successor at the Miss Grand International 2023 final on October 25 in Ho Chi Minh City.

She advised contestants to enjoy every moment and try their best in the competitions.

Hoa hậu Isabella Menin diện đầm cắt xẻ của nhà thiết kế Lê Thanh Hòa tại hoạt động hôm 5/10. Ảnh: Viết Quý

Isabella Menin wears a low-cut dress by designer Le Thanh Hoa at an event on October 5 , 2023. Photo by Viet Quy

Menin, 27, of Brazilian and Italian descent surpassed many candidates from various pageants held last year such as Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss International, and Miss Supranational to become Miss Grand Slam.

She has a master's degree in finance from the U.K., runs her own cosmetics brand and can speak English, French, Italian, and Portuguese.

Her Instagram account has over a million followers.

Miss Grand International Isabella Menin wears an ao dai to introduce Vietnam's landscapes in May. Video by Golden Lotus

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