Thuy Dung crowned Miss Viet Nam

Tran Thi Thuy Dung, 18, of Da Nang was crowned the 2008 Miss Viet Nam as the fortnight-long beauty pageant reached its finale in Hoi An Sunday.

Tran Thi Thuy Dung (L) and her friends in Top 5 of the finale (Photo: SGGP)

Phan Hoang Minh Thu and Nguyen Thuy Van were the first and second runners-up.

Ms Dung, 1.78 meters tall, won a cash prize of VND150 million (US$9,000), a foreign tour, and a crown made of gold and silver worth VND300 million (US$18,500).
She announced she would contribute 90 percent of the cash prize to Quang Nam Province’s Fund for the Poor.
Pacific Airlines, one of the pageant sponsors, also announced Ms Dung can travel free on any of its flights for two years.
The first and second runners-up received cash prizes of VND80 million (US$4,800) and VND60 million (US$3,600).
Other prizes, worth VND20 million (US$1,200) each, went to Miss Photogenic Thach Thi Hong Nhung, Miss Beach Lam Thu Hang, Miss Friendly Dau Thi Hong Phuc, and Miss Ao Dai Le Thi May.
The titled “Most Favorite Contestant Voted by Viewers” went to Vu Thi Hoang Diep with a reward of VND10 million (US$600).
The Miss Viet Nam pageant, held every two years since 1988, is the country’s most prestigious beauty contest and is organized by Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper. 

Behind the stage
- The stage was designed to represent the “light of heaven” with 70 traditional lanterns, 800 spotlights, and 100 color LED lights.

- Besides popular V-Pop performers like Ho Ngoc Ha and Kasim Hoang Vu, a girl band made up of five former Miss Viet Nams -- Nguyen Dieu Hoa, Ha Kieu Anh, Nguyen Ngoc Khanh, and Ngo Phuong Lan -- performed the song “Va Toi Cung Yeu Em” (And I Love You Too) composed by Duc Huy.

- The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, Viet Nam Fatherland Front and Tien Phong newspaper launched a charity program called “Social Security – For the Poor” at the show, expecting to raise VND35 billion (US$2.1 million) to support poor people in 27 provinces. The money will help build schools, improve infrastructure, and do many other things. The new Miss Viet Nam will be the ambassador of the program.

- The new Miss Viet Nam, Tran Thi Thuy Dung, plans to attend university in the US.

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By Nguyen Khoi – Translated by Truong Son

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