Miss Vietnam's 2nd runner-up to compete for Miss Earth crown

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Do Hoang Anh, who finished third in this year's Miss Vietnam in aodai, a Vietnam's traditional dress. She will represent the country in Miss Earth 2012.

The second runner-up of this year's Miss Vietnam, Do Hoang Anh, 18, will represent Vietnam in the 12th annual Miss Earth beauty pageant this November.

Standing at 1.76 meter in height, the Hanoi-born beauty will vie with 80-90 contestants from around the world for the coveted Miss Earth crown.

Miss Earth is the world's third biggest beauty contest.

Anh has been practicing dance routine with ao tu than (four-part dress), improved her various performance skills and prepared costumes for all the events of the contest, set to kick off on November 4. 

Nguyen Cong Khe, chairman and CEO of the Thanh Nien Media Corporation told VnExpress on Friday the firm, which is in charge of selecting the Vietnamese contestants for Miss Earth, expects Anh will do well in the competition.

"Hoang Anh has all the necessary traits for a Miss Earth contestant, from her beautiful face, height to her English competence and general knowledge," he added.

Anh is now a first year student at Hanoi University of Culture and a model. She finished third in the Miss Vietnam beauty pageant late last August, beating out 36 other finalists.

The organizer Carousel Productions Inc. said on Miss Earth's official website that this year's competition supports "The International Year of Sustainable Energy."

The contest calls for people to join hands to protect the Earth, which is suffering from an increase of natural disasters, it said.

The winner will serve as the next ambassadress and protector of the world's natural resources.

The finale, in which last year's Miss Earth, Ecuadorian Olga Álava, will crown her successor, will be broadcast live on StarWorld at 8pm on November 24 from the capital city of Manila in the Philippines. 

According to the official Miss Earth website, the coronation will also be shown in each country participating in the event.

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