Thirty-two young women from across four continents gathered in New York on Sept. 30 for the grand finale of NTD’s inaugural Global Chinese Beauty Pageant.
The pageant is part of a series of competitions, all with a mission to promote “pure authenticity, pure goodness, and pure beauty,” hosted by the network in its efforts to support traditional culture. The winner, Cynthia Sun, was crowned Miss NTD with a five-sapphire “phoenix crown” tiara designed by Shen Yun Collections.
The judges looked at more than the young women’s external beauty—a huge part of the final score is understanding the five virtues prominent in traditional Chinese culture: morality, righteousness, propriety, benevolence, and faithfulness. The inaugural competition was only open to women of at least one-third Chinese descent and was conducted in a bilingual fashion.