Beauties vie for Miss Vietnam World in Nha Trang

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Forty-two Vietnamese women from all over the world are involved in various competitions in the coastal resort town of Nha Trang in a preparation the Miss Vietnam World competition's final round, next Saturday.

Earlier this year, the contestants passed through a rigorous selection process that began in regions like Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. This weekend, the women went head to swimming pool handball competitions, and relay races at beach.

The ladies, most of whom are university students, have also taken part in activities like riding bicycles along Nha Trang's streets and releasing birds in a call for increased environmental protection.

The stunning contestants also made way to Ponagar Tower, a heritage site of Vietnam, where they were given a brief introduction to the history of Cham culture.

Local entertainers will join members of the multinational operatic pop vocal group, Il Divo, to perform at the finale at the Vinpearl Land resort.

Miss Earth 2009, Larissa Ramos, will join the ten-member jury panel which also includes anthropologists, journalists, and actors.  The panel will select the contest's winner who may serve as Vietnam's representative in this October's Miss World pageant.

The global competition will offer the nation's largest beauty prizes. The winner will earn between VND200 500 million (US$10,498-26,246), plus a gem-studded platinum crown worth approximately VND1 billion ($52,000).

Miss Vietnam World was initiated in 2007 by Thanh Nien newspaper, Tien Phong newspaper, and Vinpearl Land Tourism JSC.

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