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
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
Lindsey’s win is remarkable because of 3 reasons:
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.
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.
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”.