Vietnam returns to Miss International beauty contest

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Lo Thi Huong Tram, 24, from the north-central province of Nghe An, represents Vietnam at  Miss International 2013  in Tokyo, Japan. Photos by Ha Pham

Vietnam has sent a contestant to this year's Miss International competition after failing to do so last year. 

The event is taking place in Tokyo, Japan, until December 17 and Vietnam has sent 24-year-old beauty queen Lo Thi Huong Tram to compete at the event, one of the world's five largest beauty pageants for young women. 

She won the 2013 Queen of Jewelry, a national contest aimed to honor the beauty of Vietnamese women and the donning of exquisite jewelry, in September.

Standing at 1.71 meters tall with measurements of 86-63-91, Tram, who holds a bachelor's degree in economics and hails from the north-central province of Nghe An, will try to edge out other 71 beauties from around the world to earn the first Miss International crown for Vietnam.

Tram has participated in physical and performance training courses, practiced English and has studied Japanese culture.

She will dress in ao dai designed by fashion designer Lan Huong during traditional costume parades, and her daily attire and evening gown for the finale have been designed by Eva de Eva Fashion.

Miss International was first held in the United States in 1960, and has been organized annually, with its most common venue being Japan. Its ultimate goal is promoting global peace, goodwill and understanding.

Vietnam debuted in the pageant in 1995. Its best performances were in 1995 and 2011 when model Truong Quynh Mai and Truong Tri Truc Diem, model and the first runner-up of 2005 Miss Vietnam Photogenic, earned spots among top 15 semi-finalists.

Last year, the competition went back to Japan after four consecutive years in China and its territory Macau, and host contestant Ikumi Yoshimatsu, 26, won the first crown for her country in the competition's history.

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