Miss Vietnam donates entire pageant earnings for social cause

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 20) — As if her captivating performance in the recently concluded Miss Universe pageant wasn't enough, Miss Vietnam H'Hen Niê continues to win the hearts not only of Filipinos-- but of many spectators around the world.

H'Hen, who stole the pageant spotlight with her stunning pixie haircut and heartfelt statements, decided to give away all the incentives she received after the competition for a good cause.

The 26-year-old beauty queen-model said she will give out her total earnings-- amounting to VND 1 billion (roughly P2.2 million)-- for "social activities."

In a post on Miss Universe-Vietnam's official Instagram account Wednesday, H'hen said she wants to "complete her promise" of building libraries and supporting school kids in a rural community in Vietnam.

"She's decided to donate 100% of her prize for social activites," her management wrote.

"She wants to complete her promise with her village to provide scholarships for poor students and complete her social project 'Room to Read' (build more libraries in rural areas, support schoolgirls around the world)."

H'hen got the incentives from various sponsors and her managing company.

READ: Scene stealers: 5 candidates who stole the limelight in Miss Universe 2018

Miss Vietnam finished in the Top 5 of the prestigious beauty pageant, which was won by the Philippines' Catriona Gray Monday.

H'Hen captured the hearts of netizens as she broke the typical standards of beauty by wearing pants, embracing her golden tan skin, and rocking the signature pixie cut.

The Vietnamese bet also belongs to an ethnic minority called Rade-- and her unique background story inspired various women around the world.

Read up more on her story here.