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19-year-old Miss China confident of Miss Universe win
by Gan Tian

Confident 19-year-old Tang Wen is nation's hope for the Miss Universe title and if her unusual selection for the pageant is any clue, this 'oriental beauty' may just make it. Gan Tian reports

Even though China's best ranking in the Miss Universe pageant so far has been 18th, Tang Wen is not worried. "I think I can make it into the top five," says the confident 19-year-old.

A model with the Beijing-based New Silk Road Modeling Agency (NSR), Tang is putting in 12-hour days in preparation for the upcoming 2010 Miss Universe Competition, which will be held at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug 23.

Her daily grind includes learning English until midnight, striking poses for fashion magazines, and learning about foreign cultures. "I never imagined I would undergo training on how to sneeze," she says, laughing.

"I always feel that there are 1.3 billion Chinese people supporting me, and there is a 5,000-year history behind me."

Born in Yichun, Heilongjiang province, Tang had a less than idyllic childhood. Her parents divorced when she was 3 and she moved in with her mother in Beijing when she was 15.

While in college, she earned money on the side by training prospective air hostesses on how to stand tall and wear the right make up. Her outstanding looks made modeling the obvious choice after graduation. "I knew I would end up in the fashion industry when I was very young," she says.

She has taken to the catwalk for most of the important women's fashion brands in China, and is a regular at China International Fashion Weeks. In 2008, she also starred in the movie Not All Women Are Bad by Hong Kong director Tsui Hark, who called her "beautiful without make up".

Tang's selection for the pageant was unusual. She was designated Miss China and sent to the competition directly by NSR, which has a cooperative agreement with the Miss Universe committee.

Faced with a barrage of questions and criticism, the young girl says she "was totally and utterly stressed", but not surprised.

"I felt lucky that NSR sent me directly to the final without holding a selection within the country I think it is because I have experience as an actress, in modeling and was involved in the Olympic Games. I am more qualified," she says.

readers' comments
Half the battle won with her confidence! Anws, she looks better in the photo gallery: haha
Posted by shybunny on Wed, 21 Jul 2010 at 23:49 PM
Pleaaaaasssse, she can't even beat the Latino beauties and there are more beautiful Chinese girls in her country that I had seen when I stayed there for several years. Of course, there are 1.3 billion Chinese people supporting her but in the end, she has to convince the panel of judges.
Posted by malinablu on Wed, 21 Jul 2010 at 20:39 PM

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