Vietnamese model competes in Mr. World pageant for 2nd international title

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Truong Nam Thanh, 21, who finished fourth at the 2011 Manhunt International, is now vying for the Mr. World title.

Truong Nam Thanh, 21, who finished fourth at last year's Manhunt International, is now representing Vietnam at the 2012 Mr. World competition taking place in Kent, England from November 9-24.

Standing 1.83 meters, he is competing against 53 contestants from around the world in events aimed at testing not only their abilities on the catwalk, but their athletic, military and media/presentation skills. Contestants' fashion sense and unique talents will also be assessed.

Thanh will perform a contemporary dance and magic tricks in the talent portion of the event.

"I promise I'll try my best. I have prepared for the competition with all that I have," he told VnExpress last month.

Thanh, who was born in Ho Chi Minh City, is now a senior at the HCMC College of Dramatic Arts, and is working as a model and actor.

He has taken home several modeling awards including Best Body at the 2010 Vietnam Supermodel Contest; first prize at the the 2011 Vietnam Model Star; and third runner-up and Mr. Internet Popularity at the 2011 Manhunt International.

Thanh also placed second at "Buoc nhay hoan vu," the Vietnamese version of the US reality show "Dancing with the Stars," which features celebrities partnered with professional dancers.

He has also appeared in films such as Cuoi Duong Bang (At the End of the Runway) and Cam Hung Hoan Hao (The Perfect Inspiration).

Thanh is the second Vietnamese contestant at Mr. World one of the biggest male beauty pageants worldwide. Ho Duc Vinh took part in the 2007 Mr. World, winning the prize for best in national costume. 

The finale of the 7th edition of Mr. World will take place at Kent Events Center, Kent County Showground, Kent, England where reigning Mr. World Kamal Ibrahim from Ireland will pass the title to his successor.  

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