When Thuy Linh's sex video with her ex-boyfriend was leaked on the web two years ago, it spelt misfortune for her life and career.
The 16-minute flick of Linh, 19 at the time, shocked the public and was a hit with the Internet community.
Her farewell to the popular series for teenagers Nhat ky Vang Anh (Vang Anh's diaries), in which she starred as an innocent high school girl, was dominated by teary apologies.
The farewell show aired on television did not save her acting career, but instead made the public hate her even more. They thought Linh's outbursts were too much and not genuine. The TV series was axed and people said that Linh had no chance of salvaging her reputation or career.
But true to the New York Times' prediction last year, Thuy Linh was able to turn the bad publicity into a career opportunity. Now aged 22, Linh is more mature and builds on her sex appeal for her singing career.
Linh has just released her debut album named "Hoang Thuy Linh Vol. 1" in March this year.
Also included in the list compiled by website CNNGo.com, are Filipino couple Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili, Miss Trinidad and Tobago and Miss Japan, Hong Kong's Edison Chen and Taiwanese politician Chu Mei-feng.