Miss Earth is an annual international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness. Along with Miss Universe and Miss World contests, Miss Earth is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals and one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world.
The reigning titleholders dedicate their year to promote specific projects and often address issues concerning the environment and other global issues through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fair, storytelling programs, eco-fashion shows, and other environmental activities.
The Miss Earth winner is the spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations. The Miss Earth Foundation also works with the environmental departments and ministries of participating countries, various private sectors and corporations, as well as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).
The current Miss Earth titleholder is Tereza Fajksová of Czech Republic who was crowned on November 24, 2012.
Carousel Productions organized and launched the first Miss Earth beauty pageant in 2001 to actively promote the preservation of the environment.
Those who participate in the pageant are involved with humanitarian and environmental causes. The pageant winner is expected to be involved in international projects, which are also promoted during the pageant's broadcast. The delegates also take part in tree planting ceremonies, environmental and cultural immersion programs, sponsor visits and tours.
In October 2001, Miss Earth adopted the slogan "Beauties For a Cause", but it was in 2003 when the first "beauty for a cause" prize was awarded. In 2004, the Miss Earth Foundation was created to further the pageant's causes and to work with local and international groups and non-governmental organizations that are actively involved in conservation and improvement of the environment. The Miss Earth Foundation campaign focuses in educating the youth in environmental awareness. Its major project “I Love Planet Earth School Tour," teaches and distributes educational aides for school children.
The Miss Earth pageant has grown over the years, with an increasing number of countries participating each year. The number of national Miss Earth pageants has grown on every continent as well.
The Miss Earth pageant started to cohost in 2006 the United Nations Environment Programme's Champions of the Earth, an annual international environment awards established in 2005 by the United Nations to recognize outstanding environmental achievers and leaders at a policy level.
In 2006, the host country Chile failed to meet the requirements of the host committee; the pageant was moved back to the Philippines.
Since it began the pageant has been held annually in the Philippines, either October or November, and televised nationwide via ABS-CBN and Studio 23 with international delayed telecasts in more than 80 countries via STAR TV and The Filipino Channel.
Eco-fashion design competition
On November 4, 2008, the first Miss Earth Eco-Fashion Design Competition was launched by the Miss Earth Foundation as an annual event for professional and non-professional fashion designers to come up with designs that are eco-friendly. The outfit designs are made from recyclable, natural materials, organic materials, and eco-chic designs or patterns that can be worn in everyday life or are runway worthy.
Miss Earth Declaration
The pageant introduced in 2011 the “Miss Earth Declaration” a manifesto pledging the support of all the candidates for a common environmental mission to be implemented in their respective countries.
Miss Earth gained the attention of worldwide press in 2003 after Vida Samadzai, an Afghan woman, now residing in the United States, competed in a red bikini. Samadzai was the first Afghan woman to compete in an international beauty pageant in almost three decades, but the fact that she wore a bikini caused an uproar in her native country.
Miss Earth also made headlines in 2005 when a Pakistani beauty queen, Naomi Zaman, a Miss Pakistan World winner participated for the first time. She is the first delegate from Pakistan to compete in any major international pageants. Beauty pageants are frowned-upon in Pakistan.
Likewise, Miss Earth Tibet 2006, Tsering Chungtak, the first Tibetan who represented Tibet in any major international beauty pageants made headlines. Aside from her environmental cause, she raised international attention regarding the Tibetan struggle for freedom. She also advocated for the boundaries of acceptable social etiquette towards modernity, in a traditionally conservative Tibetan culture, where most grown women wear ankle-length dresses. Nevertheless, her participation in the pageant received an approval from the Dalai Lama. She made more headlines in December 2007, when she withdrew her participation in the Miss Tourism contest, a minor international beauty pageant held in Malaysia, after organizers reacted to pressure from Beijing and asked her to add "China" to her "Miss Tibet" title by wearing a sash labeled "Miss Tibet-China".
In 2007, Carousel Productions licensed the Miss Cuba organization to select the first Cuban representative to Miss Earth. Ariana Barouk won and became the first Miss Cuba in several decades and competed at the Miss Earth Pageant in which she drew in global publicity. Also in 2007, Miss Earth made history when delegates from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Tibet competed altogether for the first time in any international pageant notwithstanding its international conflict.
In 2008, the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan, one of the world's most isolated nations, sent its first Miss Bhutan, Tsokye Tsomo Karchun. Rwanda also sent its first ever Miss Rwanda national winner, Cynthia Akazuba following a month after Rwanda became the first country in history to elect a national legislature in which a majority of members were women in September 2008, both of them competed at the Miss Earth 2008 pageant.
The pageant had been held in the Philippines every year from 2001 to 2009. Miss Earth 2006 was scheduled to be held in Santiago, Chile on November 15, but organizational problems forced the pageant to move back to the Philippines.
In 2008, the 8th Miss Earth pageant finale was held for the first time outside the Metropolitan Manila. It was held at the Clark Expo Amphitheater in Angeles City, Pampanga on November 9, 2008.
In 2009, the pageant took place for the first time outside the Island of Luzon. The coronation night venue for Miss Earth 2009 was held at the Boracay Ecovillage Resort and Convention Center in the Island of Boracay, Philippines.
In 2010, the pagaent finally took place for the first time outside the Philippines. The coronation night venue for Miss Earth 2010 was held at the Vinpearl Land Amphitheater at Nha Trang, Vietnam.
In 2011, the 11th edition of the Miss Earth pageant, was scheduled to be held on December 3, 2011 at the Impact, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand but due to flood situation in Thailand, Carousel Productions decided to move the Miss Earth 2011 pageant venue to Manila, Philippines.
In 2012, the 12th edition of the Miss Earth pageant, is supposed to be held in Bali, Indonesia but the organizers did not meet the minimum requirements on time, so it is moved back to the Philippines. Miss Earth 2012 was held last November 24, 2012 at the Versailles Clubhouse. It is also the first time similar in Miss Universe 1973, the pageant took place in an open area exposed in weather conditions.
This year 2013, the 13th edition of the Miss Earth pageant, will be held in Impact, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand on November.
Since the Miss Earth pageant has an environmental cause, it is primarily looking for young women who will stand for the protection and preservation of the planet. These women are pageant winners or chosen by national Miss Earth directors from different nations.
On national level competitions, the Miss Earth's cause is carried out to assure that each of the participating candidates are not just physically beautiful, but environmentally knowledgeable. As soon as the national winners are chosen, they will be subject to evaluation by the pageant organizer.
During the pre-finals weeks, the candidates are evaluated on each activity and event they have. Preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions also take place. In the pre-judging session, the delegates face the panel of judges for an interview in their simplest look (without make-up), where they speak of their environmental platform and personal thoughts.
As soon as the preliminary activities and interview are completed, the judges and the executive staff will select sixteen candidates who will comprise the group of semi-finalists.
During the live finals, the sixteen (16) semi-finalists will be announced. All previous scores will be disregarded and thereafter compete in the swimsuit round. The top eight (8) scorers in swimsuit will move on the next level of competition. The final eight (8) portion will have interview and evening gown competition components. The scores from these two (2) events will be averaged and the four (4) highest scorers will continue with the last competition – the final interview.
In the final interview, all four finalists will answer one environmental question, the candidates will be assessed based on the judges over-all impression on the candidate to determine the final ranking. For the 9th edition of Miss Earth, no single final question was asked. Instead, images were flashed on screen and each of the eight finalists were tasked to tell something about it within 30 seconds.
If in case the Miss Earth winner can no longer fulfill her duties and obligations as titleholder, the 1st runner-up will be the one who will take-over the title.
Titles and semi-finalists
In the early years of the pageant, from 2001 to 2003, ten (10) semi-finalists were chosen at Miss Earth. From 2004 and onwards, sixteen (16) semi-finalists are chosen with the exception of the 2010 (10th) edition where only 14 semi-finalists were selected. Semi-finalists are cut to eight (8) finalists, then to the final four (4) from which the runners-up and winner are announced.
The winner of the pageant is bestowed the title Miss Earth; her runners-up are also given titles named after the other classical elements: Miss Fire (equivalent to third runner-up), Miss Water (second runner-up), and Miss Air (first runner-up), however, starting 2010 the runners up or the “elemental titles” (Air, Water, and Fire) are of equal importance and thus have the same ranking. Miss Earth is the only one of the "Big Four" pageants which have individual titles for the runners-up.
Crown and jewelry
In the 9th edition of the pageant, Miss Earth unveiled a new crown, which was worn by the winner of Miss Earth 2009 with the preservation of the planet Earth as its primary consideration. The crown was designed by an environmentalist jewelry designer, Ramona Haar, the official jeweller of the Miss Earth pageant.
The new crown is made 100% of recycled precious metals: 14kt gold and argentums sterling silver. What sets the Miss Earth crown apart is the fact that the gemstones used both precious stone and semiprecious stone were donations from over 80 different participating countries. These are gemstones that each country is known for either as the origin or source. The gemstones were sent in various forms: faceted, cabochons, beads or rough. The designer travelled to Jaipur, India to have these gemstones individually trimmed and faceted to the required cut and sizes.
The flower in the center of the crown represents Mother Earth, as inspired by the statement of an American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson's "The earth laughs in flowers." The recurring spiral motif has always been associated with "maternal power" and "feminine prestige" which is the essence of Miss Earth. The gentle curves in the crown symbolize "unity" and the "spirit of cooperation."
The Miss Earth crown used in 2001 and the swarovski crown in 2002–2008 were designed and created by a multi-awarded Filipino designer named Arnel Papa. The crown's frame from 2002–2008 was made up of sterling silver while clear swarovski and pearls composed the embellishments. Red and blue swarovski pearls were additional ornaments.
Starting 2008, Miss Earth winners are bestowed with a special set of jewelry designed and created by Ramona Haar Fine Jewelry, a Florida-based jeweller. The jewelry for Miss Earth winner is amounting to US$ 25,000, while Miss Earth-Fire, Miss Earth-Water, and Miss Earth-Air are amounting to US$ 10,000 each set. The designs symbolize the categories that each winner represents:
- Miss Earth necklace and earrings set has a floral and butterfly motif made of 14 karat yellow and white gold. The colored gemstones used are multishaped peridot, amethyst, blue topaz, rhodolite, citrine, multicolor tourmaline, and diamonds. Colored stones total weight is 56 carats (11 g) and diamonds is 3.0 carats (600 mg). total weight of gold is 96.6 grams. Necklace length is 17 inches (430 mm) and 3 inches (76 mm) extension chain.
- Miss Earth Air necklace and earrings set has billowy feathers as its motif. It is made of 14 karat yellow and white gold. It is decorated with colored gemstones and diamonds. The colored gemstones used are yellow and golden citrine with a total weight of 31.0 carats (6.2 g). The diamond total weight is 1.0 carat (200 mg). 14k gold total weight is 65 grams. The necklace is 17 inches (430 mm) long with additional 3 inches (76 mm) of extension chain.
- Miss Earth Water necklace and earrings set has graceful waves and fish as its motif. It is made of 14 karat yellow and white gold. It is decorated with colored gemstones and diamonds. The colored gemstones used are blue topaz and blue sapphire with a total weight of 63.0 carats (12.6 g). The diamond total weight is 2.0 carats (400 mg). 14k gold total weight is 78 grams. The necklace is 17 inches (430 mm) long with additional 3 inches (76 mm) of extension chain.
- Miss Earth Fire necklace and earrings set has a fireworks motif as its center pendant. It is made of 14 karat yellow and white gold. It is decorated with colored gemstones, diamonds and intricate texturing. The colored gemstones used are rhodolite, citrine, and Malaysian jade with a total weight of 27.50 carats (5.50 g). The diamond total weight is 3.5 carats (700 mg). 14 karat gold total weight is 87.8 grams. The necklace is 17 inches (430 mm) long with additional 3 inches (76 mm) of extension chain.
The four winners also receive a medallion necklace as part of their prizes. These medallions stand for the four elements that the winners represent. The designs for the medallions are different each year and will feature endangered species of Mother Earth's flora and fauna.
|Year||Country/Territory||Miss Earth||National title||Location|
|2012|| Czech Republic||Tereza Fajksová||Miss Earth Czech Republic||Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines|
|2011|| Ecuador||Olga Alava||Miss Ecuador Tierra||Quezón City, Philippines|
|2010|| India||Nicole Faria||Femina Miss India||Nha Trang, Vietnam|
|2009|| Brazil||Larissa Ramos||Miss Terra Brasil||Boracay, Philippines|
|2008|| Philippines||Karla Henry||Miss Philippines Earth||Angeles City, Philippines|
|2007|| Canada||Jessica Trisko||Miss Earth Canada||Quezon City, Philippines|
|2006|| Chile||Hil Hernández||Miss Earth Chile||Manila, Philippines|
|2005|| Venezuela||Alexandra Braun||Miss Earth Venezuela/Sambil Model Venezuela||Quezon City, Philippines|
|2004|| Brazil||Priscilla Meirelles||Beleza Brasil||Quezon City, Philippines|
|2003|| Honduras||Dania Prince||Miss Honduras Belleza Nacional||Quezon City, Philippines|
|2002|| Kenya||Winfred Omwakwe (Assumed)||Miss Earth Kenya||Pasay City, Philippines|
| Bosnia and Herzegovina||Džejla Glavović (Dethroned)||Miss Earth BiH|
|2001|| Denmark||Catharina Svensson||Miss Denmark||Quezon City, Philippines|
- Miss Earth 2007 was co-hosted by 2 countries; some of the events were held in Nha Trang (Vietnam), but the final night and mostly major activities was held in Quezon City (Philippines).
- Miss Earth 2010 will be held in Vietnam as per the memorandum of understanding on January 28, 2010.
- Miss Earth 2011 was initially slated for Vietnam as per the memorandum mentioned above, but later was officially offered to Bangkok (Thailand). Due to the massive flooding in Thailand, organizers decided to move the beauty pageant back to its original country, the Philippines.
By number of wins
By country tally
Table of the top rankings of countries for the Miss Earth pageant, based on all results from the first to the most recent event.
- In 2002 edition, Džejla Glavović of Bosnia and Herzegovina was dethroned. Winfred Adah Omwakwe from Kenya took over the title as Miss Earth 2002.
- In 2010 edition, Jennifer Pazmiño of Ecuador was dethroned. Viktoria Shchukina from Russia took over the title as Miss Air 2010.
Map of Miss Earth-winning countries as of 2011.
|South America||5||Brazil (2), Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela (1)|
|Asia||2||India and Philippines|
|Europe||2||Czech Republic, Bosnia/Herzegovina* and Denmark (1)|
* In 2002, Bosnia & Herzegovina's Džejla Glavović won the Miss Earth crown. However, she was dethroned a few months later by the Miss Earth Organization for not fulfilling the duties stipulated in her contract. First runner-up, Kenya's Winfred Omwakwe continued the responsibilities as Miss Earth 2002.
- In 2007 edition, two (2) countries hosted the pageant. Vietnam co-hosted some of the pageant activities; other activities up to the finals were done in its home base, the Philippines.
- Brazil is the first country to win the Miss Earth crown twice (2004 and 2009).
- Philippines missed the semifinals in 2007 and 2010 only.
- In 2012 edition, In Miss Earth 2012, Tereza Fajksová representing Czech Republic won its first Miss Earth title in the Philippines, while the host country the Philippines placed Miss Earth-Air (runner-up to Miss Earth). Other than Miss Earth, Three of the major beauty pageants were won by the delegate representing the host country. Olivia Culpo from U.S.A, won Miss Universe which was held in Las Vegas, U.S.A. Wenxia Yu from China, won Miss World, which was held in Ordos, China, and Ikumi Yoshimatsu from Japan won Miss International held in Okinawa, Japan.
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- There are 2 countries who have won the Best in Long Gown award twice:
- The Philippines has the most Miss Photogenic awards: April Rose Perez in 2002, Jeanne Angeles Harn in 2007, and Karla Henry in 2008.
- There are 3 countries who have won the Best in National Costume award twice:
- Korea: Jin-Ah Lee in 2002 and Hie Mi Yoo in 2005 .
- Panama: Jessica Segui in 2003 and Shassia Ubillus in 2008.
- Japan: Marina Kishira in 2010 and Tomoko Maeda in 2011.
- Bosnia & Herzegovina has two Miss Talent awards: Džejla Glavović in 2002 and Mirela Bulbulija in 2004.
- Only one Miss Friendship has gone on place in the pageant: Amale Al Khoder (Lebanon, 2007). But in Miss Earth 2012 3 miss friendship awards given only (Italy 2012) Giulia Capuani make to the cut..
- Two Miss Earth winners were awarded Miss Talent award:
- Two Miss Earth winners were awarded Miss Photogenic: Priscilla Meirelles (Brazil, 2004) and Karla Paula Henry (Philippines, 2008)
- Miss Venezuela 2007, Silvana Santaella won 4 awards: Best in Long Gown, Best in Swimsuit, Miss Psalmstre Placenta and Gandang Ricky Reyes Award.
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