Golden prize winner picked for model contest By Kieu Giang in HCMC Pham Thi Ngoc Thach was chosen by the Department of Performing Arts under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to compete at “Miss Model of The World” International Modeling Contest 2010 in China from Oct 31 until November 25. The crowning night with the participation of 60 contestants will take place at an outdoor theater named Window of the World in Shenzhen in November 22. The 19-year-old model who won the golden prize at the Vietnam Supermodel contest in October was nominated by the Elite Vietnam Entertainment Group and Venus Model Agency for the contest. Thach will wear evening gowns by designer Hoang Hai and ao dai (Vietnamese long dress) made by the ABC brand. She and other competitors arrived in China on Sunday for a tour of the country. Her backers are hoping Thach will build on Vietnamese supermodel Nguyen Thi Lan Huong’s success at the contest last year making the final five. “Miss Model of the World” International Modeling Contest originated in Istanbul/Turkey in 1988. Since then models from forty countries have competed.