Fifteen southern regional finalists have been selected for the August 14 finale of the Miss Vietnam 2010 Beauty Contest.
Judges will select 25 finalists from a pool of 170 northern and central regional contestants to move on to the final round. The selection ceremony will take place in Hanoi until July 24.
The 40 national finalists will gather in Quang Ninh Province on August 1 to take part in some charity activities before competing at the final round.
The beauty queen will receive VND500 million (US$26,200).
The pageant's theme Phu nu Viet Nam Nghin nam huong sac (Vietnamese women a thousand years of beauty) attracted more than 1,000 entries from girls all over the country.