A 23-year-old Instagram model has been crowned Miss Earth 2018 at one of the world’s largest beauty pageants event.
Phuong Khanh Nguyen from Vietnam was awarded the prestigious prize out of 86 hopefuls including Rwandese, Anasthasie Umutoniwase.
She becomes the first-ever Vietnamese winner of the competition, which is themed around promoting environmental awareness.
Alongside Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss International, Miss Earth is one of the Big Four most coveted pageants.
Khanh is a marketing student who is fluent in both Vietnamese and English.
Born and raised in the coastal Vietnamese province of Bến Tre, she was crowned at a ceremony in Manila, the Philippines on Saturday.
Khanh claims to be a vocal defender of the environment and highlighted a project to protect wildlife in the Mekong Delta close to her home in her 2018 pageant video.
She is also a lover of cats and said on the Miss Earth website: “They are intelligent animals that have the ability to adapt to their environment and situations.
“Cats are very sociable and just like humans observe their surroundings,” she added.