Nguyen Thanh Ha, from Vietnam, was crowned Miss Eco International 2023 at the pageant’s finale in Egypt on Saturday, becoming the first Vietnamese contestant to win the title.
The 19-year-old beauty, from Ben Tre City, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, was honored after surpassing 64 other candidates from different countries and territories around the world.
The beauty queen was followed by four runners-up, namely Ifunanya Basilia Ikochukwu from Nigeria, Yashna Beeharry from Mauritius, Ratana Sokhavatey from Cambodia, and Genesis Guerrero from Ecuador.
With a height of 1.7 meters and body measurements of 85-56-90 centimeters, the Vietnam contestant is a college student who used to be the winner of Miss Vinschool, her highschool in Ho Chi Minh City.
|This supplied image shows Nguyen Thanh Ha, the newly-crowned beauty in her environmental costume at Miss Eco International 2023 in Egypt.
Previously, during the event's semi-final night, Ha won the environmental costume category with a design inspired by Vietnamese traditional water puppetry, earning her a special spot in the top 11.
In the final night, Ha not only showed her confidence and outstanding beauty in the national costume and evening gown performances, but also presented good communication skills through the eloquence and behavior categories.
During the interview round, Ha delivered a persuasive answer to the judges' question about the changes of the society and the environment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Nguyen Thanh Ha is seen in her traditional ‘ao dai’ in this photo supplied by the organizing board.
The beauty queen noted that people's mental health problems must be addressed, as well as harmful habits that cause damage to the environment, and she also urged everyone to work together to protect the environment.
According to Nguyen Thanh Ha, she sobbed a lot before the finals because of anxiety, but she still believed she had bravely overcome her limitations.
“This prestigious title inspires me to work harder every day.
“This will also leave an unforgettable mark on my life, offer me several opportunities to connect with overseas friends and, most importantly, provide me with the motivation to further expand my career and try my best to the protect the environmental,” Ha said after winning the title.
|This supplied image shows Nguyen Thanh Ha, the newly-crowned beauty at Miss Eco International 2023 in Egypt.