A Vietnamese contestant took the crown of Miss Earth 2018 from 88 other women last Saturday. Phuong Khanh Nguyen, a 23-year-old marketing graduate from Ben Tre province in the Mekong Delta area, was crowned by Karen Ibasco, the previous winner of the contest, the Manila Standard reported.

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The two finalists await the coronation. Photo: Facebook

Throughout the contest, Nguyen stressed preserving the Mekong River Delta, and that topic was also the theme of her video presented at the pageant.

During a question-and-answer session, Nguyen was asked about the most pressing issue of her generation and replied by saying people should think more about the Earth instead of vanity and that a small action multiplied by one million people could change the world.

The Vietnamese Instagram model was also awarded gold for Best National Costume and Best in Evening Gown categories.