This is the first time the Vietnamese representative at an international beauty competition has been openly selected.
Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong will directly choose a Vietnamese representative for Miss Earth 2018 and 2019 on August 26.
In addition, the Filipino beauty pageant will also share her experience and take time to instruct the contestants so that they can best represent Vietnam.
Angelia Ong is scheduled to arrive in Hanoi on August 25, and the selection will be conducted at 7:30 pm the next day in the Leading Stars Project competition.
During the show, the organizers will also announce the lucky contestants representing Vietnam in the Super Model International competition, to be held on September 3 in Thailand.
Miss Ong will also be one of the Leading Stars Project judges along with Miss Universe 2017 Barbara Vitorelli (Brazil).
Other judges of the competition include Manhunt International 2017 winner Truong Ngoc Tinh, training specialist Phuc Nguyen, Miss Vietnam Nguyen Thu Thuy, Miss Ethnicity Vietnam Nguyen Ngoc Anh, and Miss Vietnam Heritage Tran Thi Thu Ngan, among others.
Six other qualified Vietnamese representatives will be selected from the contest to perform at New York Fashion Week, also known as Couture Fashion Week New York – a semi-annual event considered to be one of the major fashion events of the year introducing the most prestigious fashion collections.
“Usually, in Vietnam, the owning company will invite a beauty pageant who they think is qualified for the competition. However, with Leading Star Project, we want to make a difference – equality from the very beginning, as well as the same opportunities for everyone,” Mister Truong Ngoc Tinh said on behalf of the organizers.
“Hence, selecting a contestant for this year’s Miss Earth is finding the most suitable person, meeting all requirements.”
Leading Star Project, first introduced on July 31, is a major project aimed at training models and beauty pageants so that they can best represent Vietnamese beauty on an international scale.
The project looks for 20 potential male and female stars who are already well known to the public, have been active in showbiz, or are still fresh and new faces.
After the selection, the organizing company will financially sponsor the contestants’ training and build their image so they can become reputable Vietnamese models who can compete internationally.
Participants will also be chosen to represent Vietnam at many beauty competitions, including Miss Earth 2018 and 2019, Miss Global, Mister International, Manhunt International, Miss Asia Global, and Super Model International, among others.
Angelia Ong, crowned Miss Earth 2015, is a Filipino model born in 1990, famed for her beauty and intellectuality.
Miss Earth is an annual international beauty competition promoting environmental awareness.
The competition is considered one of the Big Four International Beauty Pageants, with the other three being Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss International.
Miss Earth 2018 is expected to be held on November 3, 2018 in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
The first Miss Earth competition was organized in 2001, and last year’s winner was Filipino representative Karen Ibasco.