Rumor Mill: 69th Miss Universe to Copy Elements from Miss Earth 2020?

Is the 69th Miss Universe pageant gonna copy several elements from the virtual pageant of the Miss Earth 2020?

There are a number of rumors floating around that the Miss Universe will adapt or adopt some of the things that we have seen Miss Earth do in their 2020th edition. While these rumors are yet to be verified, it does shed light on how the virtual Miss Earth pageant has opened a new way of doing pageants during these times.

DISCLAIMER: these are only rumors and no confirmation can be made. Be reminded that these should be taken with a grain of salt and should not be considered confirmed until an official announcement is made public.

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Miss Earth 2020, Lindsey Marie Coffey of the USA

Lindsey Marie Coffey of the US was named Miss Earth 2020 at the 20th edition of the Miss Earth pageant. Standing tall at 5’10”, the 28 year-old Lindsey is the first American to win the Miss Earth title after a series of bridesmaid placements in the recent several editions of the pageant.

With Lindsey winning Miss Earth, the US becomes the 5th country to have won all 4 biggest international pageants: Miss Earth, Miss International, Miss Universe and Miss World. It also pushed up the rank of the United States to #2 with 15 wins, tied with the Philippines with number of wins… but with the US having 60 runner-up wins versus the Philippines’ 23 runner up placements, the US takes the 2nd place after Venezuela whose 23 crowns & 44 runner up placements is unbeatable.


The 2020 court of queens are :
Miss Earth 2020 – USA, Lindsey Coffey
Miss Earth-Air – Venezuela, Stephany Zreik
Miss Earth-Water – Philippines, Roxanne Baeyens
Miss Earth-Fire – Denmark, Michala Rubinstein

The Miss Earth 2020 queen and her court…

TOP 8 (alphabetical order)
Myanmar – Amara Shune Lei
Netherlands – Tessa le Conge
Poland – Sabina Półtawska
Puerto Rico – Krystal Badillo

Top 20 (alphabetical order)
Belarus – Mariia Reznyuk
Costa Rica – Kelly Ávila
Cote d’Ivoire – Aya Kadjo
Germany – Annabella Fleck
Japan – Anna Tode
Kenya – Fridah Kariuki
Nigeria – Gwenivere Chioma Ifeanyieze
Panama – Anayansi De Gracia
Portugal – Ivanna Rohashko
Singapore – Christina Cai
South Africa – Lungo Katete
Thailand – Teeyapar Sretsirisuvarna

The pageant was attended by 84 entrants from around the globe through online activities and a virtual coronation night.  The candidates were split into four continental groups: Asia & Oceania, Africa, Americas, and Europe and then competed in the following categories: Earth Talk, Talent, Evening Gown, Swimsuit, Sports Wear, National Costume, and Interview

Miss Earth 2020, Lindsey Marie Coffey


Lindsey’s win is remarkable because of 3 reasons:

  1. USA makes the 5th country to win all 4 biggest international pageants after Brazil, Venezuela, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. This marks the US’ first win after a series of runner-up placements in Miss Earth (Emanii Davis, Corrin Stellakis, Brittany Payne and Andrea Neu) over the past 10 years.
  2. This year has been marked with multiple surprise wins from underdogs of several national pageants. Lindsey’s victory was the first major win of a frontrunner among pageants of 2020.
  3. The Miss Earth 2020 pageant was the first of the Alpha pageants to hold a virtual  pageant as response to the on-going global Covid-19 pandemic. While it may have been unconventional, it allowed ME pageant fans to have more access to the queens through social media. After the successful staging of the virtual pageant, it only proves that it is possible to have an online pageant albeit some major adjustments on expectations how it is staged and held.

With rumors that should face-to-face meetings are possible next year, we are hoping that all 4 winners be given the chance to be crowned live to truly give them the “winning experience”.

Filipina Representatives in Miss Earth

Youngest among the four biggest international pageant, the Miss Earth competition is dominated by Filipina representatives in terms of placements and wins.

The selection of Filipina representatives to the Miss Earth competitions is carried out by the Carousel productions. Established in 2001, the winner was originally named as “Miss Philippines” (2001-2003) before being renamed Miss Philippines Earth to avoid confusion with the Binibining Pilipinas (which is literally translated into Miss Philippines).

The beauty pageant whose cause is to promote environmental preservation, is dominated by the Philippine candidates, only missing the semis 3 times in its almost 2 decade history. Meet the ladies below…

2001      Carlene Aguilar, Top 10
2002      April Perez, Top 10
2003      Laura Dunlap, Top 10
2004      Tamera Szijarto, Top 8
2005      Genebelle Raagas, Top 16
2006      Catherine Untalan, Miss Earth-Water
2007      Jeanne Harn
2008      Karla Henry, Miss Earth 2008
2009      Sandra Ines Seifert, Miss Earth-Air

2010      Psyche Resus
2011      Athena Imperial, Miss Earth-Water
2012      Stephany Stefanowitz, Miss Earth-Air
2013      Angelee delos Reyes, Top 8
2014      Jamie Herrell, Miss Earth 2014
2015      Angelia Gabrena Ong, Miss Earth 2015
2016      Imelda Schweighart
2017      Karen Ibasco, Miss Earth 2017
2018      Celeste Cortesi, Top 8
2019      Janelle Tee, Top 20

Below is an infographic of the Filipina winners and placers in Miss Earth.

Earth Day 2020: the 50th Anniversary

April 22, 2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day.
The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.
Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.
Earth Day was a unified response to an environment in crisis — oil spills, smog, rivers so polluted they literally caught fire.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet.
The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.
On Earth Day 2020, we seize all the tools and actions that we have, big and small, to change our lives and change our world, not for one day, but forever.
While the coronavirus may force us to keep our distance, it will not force us to keep our voices down. The only thing that will change the world is a bold and unified demand for a new way forward.
We may be apart, but through the power of digital media, we’re also more connected than ever.
On April 22, join us for 24 hours of action in a global digital mobilization that drives actions big and small, gives diverse voices a platform and demands bold action for people and the planet.
Over the 24 hours of Earth Day, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day will fill the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more.
While Earth Day may be going digital, our goal remains the same: to mobilize the world to take the most meaningful actions to make a difference.
No matter where you are, you can make a difference. And you’re not alone, because together, we can save the Earth.
Visit the official Earth Day site – – to learn about the world’s largest environmental movement and what you can do to make every day Earth Day!

The Philippines in Misses Universe, World, International & Earth

With the national pageant season again to start soon, let’s go down and list our achievements in 4 of the biggest international pageants in existence.
How did we fare so far in Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth? And in which pageant are we the winning-est?

Miss Universe
– established in 1952 and was first held in Long Beach, California.
– 4 titles, 9 runner up wins and 11 finalist/ semifinalist placements for a total of 24 placements out of 62 participation. We didn’t compete during the years 1958 to 1961 as the two Filipina candidates didn’t opt to compete internationally and there were two years that no pageant was held to select a Filipina delegate. Continue reading “The Philippines in Misses Universe, World, International & Earth”

Miss Earth: The Alpha Pageant

After a very satisfying 1-2-punch wins for Puerto Rico’s Nelly Pimentel as Miss Earth 2019 and USA’s Emanii Davis as Miss Earth-Air and a well-earned elemental crowns for Czech Rep and Belarus, we were treated to a battle of wits and beauty in the latest edition of the pageant. With several pageant pages and portals dropping the pageant it its list of the biggest pageants, we here at Sashes&Scripts reiterate that Miss Earth stays among our list of the four biggest pageants in the world.

We have written a version of this piece quite some time ago on our old blog and this demands a revisit and an update. While some pageant fans in other parts of the world don’t have support the pageant or its cause, the MEOrg has still stayed strong through several ups and downs in the pageant’s history.

With all of these conflicting opinions and thoughts why another pageant should take place of Miss Earth in the Alpha 4, here are reasons why Miss Earth is and will be a part of the Big 4…

  1. Advocacy and Platform – Amongst the Big 4 pageants, only Miss Earth is deeply rooted on a strong and very current advocacy. While other Big 4 pageants started from the lines of swimwear promotions, Miss Earth started with the environmental advocacy to which it still stands for today. So it meant that its core has always been deeply rooted on its environmental advocacy. While other pageants promote worthy causes, none of them revolve fully on these advocacy from the beginning of its existence. The Miss Earth message is not overtly diluted by commercialism unlike its other counterparts.
  2. Quantity and Quality of Candidates – Even if most countries send delegates to Miss Earth that are deemed 2nd or 3rd best in their country, the mere fact that they are considered crown and title holders speaks volumes on the quality of the girls. The fact that most of the delegates are not appointed delegates meant that countries are taking this pageant seriously. With growing number of participating countries, this could catapult it to greater heights. Further to this is the fact that each candidate that is joining the pageant already has an environmental platform of their own. This further reinforces the environmental advocacy of the pageant itself.
  3. Consistent Annual Pageant – While relatively young in comparison to its other Big 4 counterparts, Miss Earth nonetheless boasts of its record as a pageant with consistent annual competition. Since in conception, there never was a wavering of its annual celebration of women and of the Mother Earth. That is what creates the prestige in this pageant. Even during the flooding in Bangkok last 2011, the fact that it was able to find a suitable venue amidst a short time of preparation only goes to show how serious this pageant is. When a pageant gets discontinued even if it is only for a year, speaks volumes on its quality and prestige. Its says, “I don’t have enough funds“, “I don’t take my pageant seriously“, “I am not a quality pageant“, etc…
  4. Popularity and Pageant Fan Awareness – If we are to compare the current pageants’ topic popularity on Google Trends, the Miss Earth pageant ranks 3rd behind the Miss Universe and Miss World pageant. After ME the next most popular are the Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss Globe competitions. And trailing behind are the Miss Intercontinental and Miss Grand International pageants. The numbers (in a 2004 to present comparison) on Google Trends places the Miss Earth pageant as the third most popular pageant in the world.
  5. Credibility amidst Controversies – What is a beauty pageant without its fair share of controversy? The hullabaloo of removing Miss Earth from the Big 4 originally stemmed from a Russian TV report that was supposedly an expose on “crown buying”. Although this created uproar amongst pageant fanatics, it did not dent the credibility of the pageant. It in fact cemented it status by a quick retaliatory message disputing such crown buying claims. The entire scenario was handled with diplomacy, staunch stand and with very much tact. Others have questioned some of its winners, most of them were Filipina winners, but each of the girls crowned has furthered the ME brand in their own individual ways.
  6. Strong set of winners – As previously mentioned, although there might be questionable runners up as pageant fanatics would have, there were no undeserving winner/s thus far… Each Miss Earth winner does not come from the cookie cutter mold of what a pageant winner should be. This creates much diversity and much equality among pageant hopefuls. We have intelligent, facially gorgeous, advocacy active title holders and even winners with masters and doctorate degrees. The mere fact that there is no set mold or pattern of what a Miss Earth winner looks like, only demonstrates that every girl has equal chance of winning.

To Miss Earth’s credit, it has always been unapologetic in its approach to selecting its winners. The mere fact that it does not bend to the whims of outsiders but is listening to the advice and wishes of its core fans, says something about the pageant. It knows which opinions are valid. So it is no surprise that it manages its affairs without validity from approval ratings or stats.
The pageant is far from perfect, no pageant ever is. But throughout the years we see the ME pageant always being true to its core values and advocacy. That it itself is most commendable. And this is why the pageant is among the 4 biggest international pageants in the world…

Miss Earth 2019: The Review

The youngest of the 4 biggest international competition opens officially the 2019 pageant season and we have lots to talk about! This review is written right after the Miss Earth finals was done so this is our unadulterated thoughts on the pageant.

First off the bat is the gorgeous stage. The Cove at Okada Manila serve as a spectacular venue to frame the pageant’s finals. Granted that the move to place the finals here was a last minute decision, it nevertheless provided a great frame to highlight the 85 delegates of the pageant. I do have one thing to say about it though, and that is it’s size. I was hoping that it could have been larger so that the ladies don’t look cramped in the stage. Other than that, the gargantuan flower at the center was an great addition to the stage design with a nod to this year’s theme: The Earth smiles in flowers…
Now here’s one negative point: the competition’s showmanship seems to be inconsistent. The set was gorgeous but the showmanship and production still needs work on. In all honesty, this is where a minor pageant rival is beating the pageant. It’s not that it isn’t good but it could have been better. I understand that the move to Okada was last minute decision but it could have been done better with a more studied panning of the camera and pre-taped segments for the opening and introduction of delegates.
Grade: 3 1/2 stars out of 5


I had to say, seeing Tajaswini Manogna of India missing the cut was heartbreaking. She would have been a great addition to the semis. I was half-expecting that Venezuela’s Michell Catellanos would make it but I wasn’t surprised that she missed semis. She just wasn’t generating enough buzz during the pre-pageant activities.
The Top 20 – (Russia, Chile, Guam, Belarus, Guyana, Portugal, Japan, Poland, Ghana, England, Thailand, Czech Republic, USA, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Spain, Colombia, Netherlands, Nigeria, and New Zealand)
With only 8 of our predicted top 20, I immediately thought that this would be a very unpredictable pageant finals and surely it was. I do commend having a thoroughly diverse set of girls making the top 20. We have enough balance of women of color within the ladies and it clearly showcases that the Miss Earth is a different pageant compared to other international pageants right now. There seemed to be an equal footing for the girls to score a spot at the semis without special treatment for ‘sash factor’ countries.
Grade: 5 stars out of 5

Not a fan of the very short swimsuit competition of the top 20. As soon as they are called, they are immediately scored in swimsuits. If that is the case I suggest that they be given a runway where only the delegate is seen or panned in by the camera. I find it distracting that they are being scored with other delegates at the background waiting to be called into the semis. I also would suggest that the candidates all be wearing plain colored swimsuits instead of patterned ones because the patterns can often times look distracting when the girls are doing their SS presentation.
Grade:2 1/2 stars out of 5


Among the ladies in their evening gowns, the ones that truly stood out for me are: Russia, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ghana, and Belarus. I think that a number of the ladies in white gowns with capes just blended together somehow. If I am not mistaken, the gold gown that Janelle Tee wore is the same gown that Samantha Bernardo wore during Binibining Pilipinas earlier this year. Personally, I liked the gown of Colombia’s Yenny Carillo and I am quite surprised that she failed to make it further in the competition. Ghana too looked divine while Nigeria was a pleasant surprise. Puerto Rico’s gown looked too similar to those of the other girls in white caped gowns, thankfully it was her face that sold her presentation. Adding a special note for Netherlands because we loved her voluptuous curves that was highlighted by her gown choice.
What I wasn’t a fan though is the pacing for the ladies to do their walk properly. It all seemed rushed and with a less-than-perfect camera panning, the girls doesn’t seem to have their best angles shown in the camera.
Grade: 3 1/2 stars out of 5

This was a nerve-wracking experience! As soon as the first name is called out, she immediately have to compose herself and think on her feet for the ME hashtag round. This I would approve as it exposes who has grace under pressure. To be able to collect her thoughts on the spot is difficult and only a couple of ladies IMHO stood out here: USA & Puerto Rico. Russia’s poorly translated answer was unfortunate. Belarus and Czech Republic opted to speak with her limited English and it paid off well for the two. I believe I am not the only one that keeps on hammering the importance of great translators. This is a perennial problem of this pageant and it still isn’t fixed despite more than a decade into its existence.
Grade: 4 stars out of 5


Let me say that the top two ladies in this competition were two of the ladies in our top six predictions. Our ME pick was Emanii Davis of the USA until she ended up with a weak finish to her final question. She also skidded the question a bit and got flustered, something that happened to her as well in Miss USA 2016. Klara Vavruskova of the Czech Republic had a strong thought for her answer but was articulated weakly. Belarus’ Alisa Manenok’s doll face just didn’t cut it with a nervous delivery and would have scored higher IMHO if she used a translator… however if her translator messes up her q&a then it might also be game over for her. IMHO it was Nellys Pimentel who really nailed this round with a strong coherent answer that went right to the point.
Over all, I think that the 4 winners all were spot on with their final titles:
Miss Fire, Alisa Manenok
Miss Water, Klara Vavruskova
Miss Air, Emanii Davis
Miss Earth 2019, Nellys Pimentel
Grade: 5 stars out of 5


The pageant quite did well overall IMHO except for the much needed showmanship for its finals. However if we factor in the pre-pageant activities then this would have been scored higher. Where in the world will you a pageant that would give-away free tablets, phones and clothes to their candidates and get to tour the host countries best spots? Only Miss Earth could do that.
So in summary, this year’s pageant is a success despite problems that it encountered. Everyone is happy with the winners and the results and that is one of the main things that matters…
Over-all Grade: 3.9 stars out of 5

Who Should Win Miss Earth 2019?

This year’s Miss Earth pageant has brought about a great number of pre-pageant activities for all 85 delegates participating. Each of them have been traveled into several parts of the Philippines, gifted with special giveaways from corporate sponsors (ranging from tablets, phones to clothes, etc…), billeted in world-class villas and hotels, gone down and dirty for environmental causes, and much more.
And throughout the activities in the past month or so, there were several ladies that stood out for us in the different aspects of the competition. For us there are four ladies that we believe would be a great embodiment of the Miss Earth brand.

THE TOP 20 PICKS – the announcement that this year would have a top 20 was a welcome news as there are a number of highly gorgeous ladies that deserve to compete it out with the more popular ladies in this batch for the ME finals.
In random order, they are:
* South Africa, Nazia Wadee
* Brazil, Maria Batistel
* Nepal, Riya Basnet
* Belgium, Caro Van Gorp
* Kenya, Susan Kirui
* Vietnam, Hoàng Thi Hanh
* Mexico, Hilary Islas
* Czech Republic, Klara Vavruskova

THE BETAS – the ladies in this list are some of those ladies that could knock down one of the ladies on the top of our list. These ladies are the real darkhorses that can give real competition to the crown contenders simply because they too have what it takes to be a winner.
12. Spain, Sonia Hernandez
11. Mauritius, Gyanisha Ramah
10.  England, Stephanie Wyatt
9. Philippines, Janelle Tee
8. Canada, Mattea Henderson

CROWN SPOILERS – these two ladies are very close to snatching a crown IMHO. It won’t be a surprise if they will manage to bag a spot among the top 4/ top 5 (if there will be a top 5 this year)…
* Venezuela, Michell Castellanos
* Ukraine, Diana Shabas
* Puerto Rico, Nellys Pimentel

THE ALPHAS – these four ladies are our crown contender picks for the Miss Earth title. Anyone of these ladies are highly capable of bringing the ME brand to great heights.
4. Ghana, Abena ‘Evelyn’ Appiah
3. Colombia, Yenny Carillo
2. India, Tejaswini Manogna
1. USA, Emanii Davis

Miss Earth 2019 Favorites

The 2019 Miss Earth pageant is already underway and after observing several of the ladies on social media plus some feedback from our pageant friends covering their activities live, we list down several ladies who have caught our eyes.

While these aren’t our final list of the ladies who might win, we nonetheless list out those that have great potential to be the next Miss Earth…

  1. India, Tejaswini Manogna – an Indian doctor, model and a former top 6 placer in Miss Diva 2017, this fresh-faced 5’7 1/2″ beauty is one of the best faces in the competition. She has a very friendly face that would be perfect for the Miss Earth brand and her resume is nothing to scoff at. At least right now for us, she is the girl to beat in the competition.
  2. USA, Emanii Davis – if there was a lady who would be poised to win USA’s first Miss Earth crown, that would be Emanii. The 5’9″ former Miss USA 2nd runner up has an impressive resume to come along her very universally appealing face. Not to mention that she could do a great deal as the ambassador of the Miss Earth brand.
  3. Colombia, Yenny Carillo – this 5’10 brunette has so much pressure on her shoulders. The 25 year old comes from a string of successive bridesmaid finish for Colombia and is faced with a tough challenge of finally winning the Miss Earth title. This pageant veteran may just be the sleeper hit come ME finals on October 26th.

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  4. Ghana, Evelyn Appiah – you cannot help but just love how divalicious this woman is. She is talented, gorgeous and exudes a very lively personality. She knows how to play with the sensibilities of the pageant fans and she is climbing up everyone’s charts.
  5. Puerto Rico, Nellys Pimentel – this girl’s candid shots are always so beautiful. Her glamshots doesn’t really show how pretty she is. She also seems to have the vivacious personality in her that the organizers would love in a Miss Earth winner.
  6. Philippines, Janelle Tee – from the time she won her national pageant until competition time, Janelle has improved lots in her personal styling. It would not be a surprise to see her making it into the top 4 this year with her undeniable smarts and intelligence. This lady has the brains and the public speaking skills to be one of the 4 elemental queens this year.

These six ladies so far are the ones that we see with tremendous potential to be the next Miss Earth.
Who else do you think we should include in this list?

2019 International Pageant Calendar

A pageant year is usually split into two distinct pageant seasons. With the arrival of the “Ber months” the international pageant season is coming!

Here are the dates you have to remember…
* Miss Asia Pacific International 2019 – October 9 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila, Pasay City
* Miss Globe 2019 – October 20 in Ulcinj, Montenegro
* Miss Grand International 2019 – October 25 in Caracas, Venezuela
* Miss Earth 2019 – October 26 at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum, Naga City, Camarines Sur (Philippines)

* Miss Tourism International 2019 – November 8 at the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Selangor, Malaysia
* Reina Hispanoamericana 2019 – November 9 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (source here on this link)
* Miss International 2019 – November 12 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan

* Miss Supranational 2019 – December 6 in Silesia, Poland
* Miss World – December 14 at the ExCeL London in the United Kingdom

* Miss Intercontinental 2019 – December 21, 2019 in New Delhi, India
* Miss Universe 2019 – (unconfirmed) January 26, 2020 in the Philippines
* Miss Eco International 2020 – tentatively on March 2020 in Egypt


Sashes&Scripts 5 WishList Changes for Miss Earth

With the Miss Earth Pageant on its 20th year, here are 5 wishlist changes that I hope to happen this year.

1. Glamshot Pictorials– this is something that the Miss Earth pageant might want to pick up. Having glamshots without the traditional white background that the ME is known for would add up on the glam factor of the pageant. The photos of the glamshot would also mean having fans to share and re-post them on all social media platforms, thus giving added publicity and media mileage for the pageant.
2. Addition of voice-overs of the girls speaking about their advocacy during the swimsuit/ evening gown segments – this  is time for ME to introduce some sort of innovation in either of these 2 segments. Having them talk about what they stand for would further reinforce the ME-brand, as well as the audience getting to know the delegates even better…
3. Selling of a Miss Earth Souvenir Program – who among pageant fans wouldn’t want a ME memorabilia to take home after the pageant? A magazine type of memorabilia with photos of all the girls competing in the pageant arranged by continent would be something of interest.
4. A long runway for a stage – ask any pageant girl and in most cases, they would choose a long runway over a wide stage. Hoping that this is the year when the Miss Earth org would shake things up and give the audience something to talk about in terms of stage design.
5. A Press Junket for traditional media and pageant bloggers – this would allow the press to get to know the ladies better. And at the same time have the press something to talk about regarding the pageant. This is publicity for the pageant if they have the pre-selected candidates and the reigning queens speak to the press to promote the pageant and invite fans to watch the pageant live.
Right now, the Miss Earth pageant needs a little bit more infusion of glamor and marketing blitz. These simple tips-slash-wishlist is for the better of the Miss Earth pageant. Hopefully these would reach some of the MEOrg heads to ponder on…

#FunArt: Jamie Herrel with the Beast

Our Miss Earth 2014, Jamie Herrell is such a lovely lady to be featured in a number of fun-art features that were almost lost in our old blogsite. Luckily we were able to salvage several photo-manipulation features on this lovely Cebuana.

Remakes have been a a trend in movies nowadays. The live action Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, has gotten online buzz even back in 2016… and while the movie was yet to come in 2017, it gathered interest with the news that all of Disney’s animated features will be getting a live action remake from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty (Maleficent movie), Alladin, The Lion Kind, etc… In that vein here is Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrel in a #FunArt from the French film version, La Belle et Bete.

We also have a couple more fun-art of Jamie as Red Riding Hood and Cinderella but we’ll post those a little later…

Angelia Gabrena Ong & Tereza Fajksova: The Best Miss Earth Winners

If I am asked who are the best Miss Earth winners in its 19 year history, I would not hesitate to name Angelia Gabrena Ong and Tereza Fajksova.

I have always respected and admired Angelia Gabrena Ong from the start of her competing in Miss Philippines Earth to her international competition in Vienna, she has handled the pressures of the crown with grace and sensibility. She has always been very diplomatic and professional in her public statements towards issues whether it be about her chances of a back-to-back win, her thoughts on the Hitler-Duterte comment of her successor, or even issues that could make or break a beauty pageant winner’s career. There is class and elan in the way she carries herself that is rare among pageant girls which couldn’t be found in most winners. Her’s was a very productive year as well having publicize a number of her advocacy public appearances as well as travels to almost a dozen countries promoting the Miss Earth pageant.

Tereza on the other hand has been the most visible and well traveled among its titleholders. She has traveled to 12 countries during her reign: Mauritius, Cote d’Ivoire, Reunion Island, Finland, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, South Sudan, Austria, Egypt, Philippines and Kosovo. Tereza also cemented the ME as an Alpha pageant during her year lifting the ME brand in her international travels. Her self-admission that she did not understand the question during the final Q&A and gave a reply with the most sincere of responses showed how truly amazing this woman is. To this day, when asked who among the ME winners is the most memorable, majority of fans would respond Tereza. A testament to her reign as one of it’s most beautiful winners.

Both of these girls were epitomes of what a Miss Earth winner should be: gracious, classy, smart/intelligent, sincere and down-to-earth. I am just hoping that future winners would look up to these ladies as a perfect role-model for the title.

Age Requirements for the Alpha Pageants

Today’s blogpost is a reminder of the age limits in four of the biggest pageants: Miss Earth, Miss International, Miss Universe and Miss World.
It is nothing new in terms of age limits in the exception for some major updates on the maximum ceiling age in pageants. It seems that all four pageants are becoming more open to women who are in their mid-20’s to later 20’s in terms of participation.

Miss Earth
– must be between the ages of 18 to 28 years old (until December 30th of the year they are competing).
Miss International – candidates must be of  18 years of age to 28 years of age on or before 1st November of the year they are competing.
Miss Universe – contestants must be between the ages of 18 and 28 as of January 1st in the year of they compete.
Miss World -contestants must be between 17 to 26 years old before the entry date of the Miss World contest (which is usually 2 months prior to the coronation).
The change of the MW age limits happened last 2nd quarter of 2018. This pageant has had some see-saw in it’s age requirements as they have increased the age limits in 2016 to 26, only to bring it back to 25 in 2017and now back up again. An update on the Miss Earth’s age limits was posted earlier this year by the different national franchises. Miss Earth’s contest rules on age doesn’t specify the cut off dates on the ages in their website. So it is assumed that as long as you are 18 to 28 within the year you are competing, then you are eligible.

Also there is still a notion that the cut off age for Miss International is still 24 where this was already increased in the year 2015. However, earlier in 2019, the Miss International official Instagram page posted an IG story announcing that the age limits has been increased to 27. It is all the more surprising that the Miss International further increased the age limits to 28 years old as the age cap last January 8, 2020. It also increased the minimum age from 17 to 18, thus having the same age range as that of the Miss Universe and Miss Earth pageants.