A 23-year-old Instagram model has been crowned Miss Earth 2018 at one of the world’s largest beauty pageants.
Phuong Khanh Nguyen from Vietnam was awarded the prestigious prize out of 86 hopefuls.
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.
Brunette stunner 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.”
“Cats are very sociable and just like humans observe their surroundings”
Phuong Khanh Nguyen, Miss Earth 2018
Khanh said it had been her dream to represent Vietnam at the Miss Earth pageant since she had watched the 2010 ceremony which was held in Vietnam when she was 15.
In the question-and-answer round of the ceremony, Khanh hit out at her generation for using social media and technology for just selfies.
Instead, she called on them to change the world.
Khanh herself is an avid Instagram user, and regularly shares pictures with her almost 10k followers.
Started in 2001, this year was the 18th annual Miss Earth pageant.
As well as the main prize, there were other awards given out for Miss Earth Fire, Water, and Air.
Miss Mexico Melissa Flores took home the Fire award, while Valeria Ayos from Colombia was awarded Miss Earth Water.
Melanie Mader from Austria won the Miss Earth Air prize.