None of the nearly 80 international contestants at this year's Mr World event in Korea will be Vietnamese.
Vietnam's representative at the Mister International Contest last year, Le Xuan Vinh Thuy, has refused the Mr World nomination from Elite Vietnam, the country's premier modeling agency.
He said he didn't have enough time to prepare for the March 12- 27 event in Incheon as he was currently tied up in several movie projects.
Thuy said he would wait to compete in Mr World until next year. Thuy was recently listed in the top 15 at the most recent Mister International competition and won the "Mr. Photogenic" award.