Vietnamese-American wins US beauty pageant

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A Vietnamese-American student was named National American Miss 2008, according to a newswire service.

Twenty-year-old Christina Hoang Mai Nguyen took out the title on the final night of the competition on November 30, winning a convertible car, two scholarships and a free trans-America tour, according to the America-based Vietnamese newswire Belinews.

According to Belinews, Nguyen is a business student at the Marymount College. She lives with her parents in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Nguyen participated in the contest's preliminary round in 2006 and won the title of Miss Teen Virginia in 2007. In July she was crowned National American Miss Virginia 2008.

The National American Miss 2008 does not have swimsuits or eveningwear sections like other beauty pageants. Instead, the competition includes formal wear, personal introduction, interview and community involvement sections.

Reported by Trong Kha

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