Diem takes a spot in top 15 of Miss International

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Thuy Vi came away with nothing at the Miss World pageant

Photo courtesy of the organizer. Truong Tri Truc Diem (R) congratulates the new Miss International 2011, Miss Ecuador.

Truong Tri Truc Diem, who was crowned Miss Fashion in Miss Earth 2007, ended her attempt at the Miss International pageant to be named a semi-finalist.

The Miss International pageant's finale was held in China on November 6, with the title crown going to Miss Ecuador, Maria Fernanda Cornejo.

Second and third places in the pageant were Jessica Barboza of Venezuela and Tugsuu Idersaikhan from Mongolia.

Panama and Puerto Rico rounded out the top five, chosen from 67 beauties after a competition that included national costumes, evening gowns and swimwear.

Before the finale, Vietnamese beauty queen-model-turned singer Truc Diem was highly rated by the beauty experts for her striking appearance and style.

Diem also hoped to make a breakthrough for Vietnam on the chart, since the first attendance of representative Truong Quynh Mai in the contest held in 1995.

Mai was listed in the top 15 and won Best National Costume in the year that she competed.

Mai's and Diem's achievements at the Miss International pageant have been the biggest so far.

Taking place concurrently with Miss International 2011 pageant was the Miss World 2011 beauty contest held in London, England.

Victoria Thuy Vi, second runner-up for the Miss Vietnam World 2010 contest, represented Vietnam at the competition.

Victoria Thuy Vi

The Vietnamese student studying overseas in California, United States, was said to be too inexperienced to stand out from all the other beauties in that pageant.

Her bright smile, friendly face and fluent English did not help Vy defeat the other gorgeous girls.

Venezuela model Ivian Sarcos was crowned Miss World 2011, which marked the 60th birthday of the long-standing beauty contest.

Sarcos's triumph also helped Venezuela overtake India in having the most beauty queens win the Miss World crown.

However, this year's competition was criticized as being poorly organized compared to previous competitions.

The contest was also heavily boycotted by groups of British women, who fight for the recognition of women's rights.

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