Puerto Rican beauty crowned Miss Earth 2019

Published October 27, 2019, 4:02 AM

by Rizal Obanil

A 22-year-old psychology graduate from Puerto Rico was crowned Miss Earth 2019 during a worldwide telecast from Okada Manila in Parañaque City Saturday.

Nellys Pimentel (2nd from left) of Puerto Rico poses after she was crowned Miss Earth 2019 at Okada Manila in Paranaque Saturday. Others in photo are (from left): Alisa Manenok of Belarus, Miss Earth-Fire; Emanii Davis, USA, Miss Earth-Air; and Klara Vavruskova, Czech Republic, Miss Earth-Water Klara Vavruskova. (Photo by Edmund Ong Chua)

Nellys Pimentel (2nd from left) of Puerto Rico poses after she was crowned Miss Earth 2019 at Okada Manila in Paranaque Saturday. Others in photo are (from left): Alisa Manenok of Belarus, Miss Earth-Fire; Emanii Davis, USA, Miss Earth-Air; and Klara Vavruskova, Czech Republic, Miss Earth-Water Klara Vavruskova. (Photo by Edmund Ong Chua)

Nellys Pimentel edged out 84 other candidates in the international competition that focuses on care and protection for Mother Earth.

This is the first time that Puerto Rico won in the 19-year history of the environment-driven pageant.

Other winners were: USA, Miss Earth Air; Czech Republic, Miss Earth Water; and Miss Earth Belarus, Fire.

During the final question-and-answer round, the top 4 candidates were asked a common question: “There are many people, including notable international leaders, who do not believe in climate change. How would you convince them of the seriousness of this problem?”

Pimentel answered: “I would have to say that addressing this issue of people not believing in climate change is more of a matter of lack of education and not only a lack of education but also the ignorance and not wanting to inform themselves of the fact that we are living in a planet that is our biggest home, and we have taken advantage of it instead of putting back what it is giving to us.”

“Making notable leaders and a lot of influencers engage with themselves and become better people is the most important thing to do,” said Pimentel.

Miss Philippines Janelle Tee finished in the top 20. Other girls in the semis were: Russia, Chile, Guam, Guyana, Portugal, Japan, Poland, Ghana, England (Best Eco-Video), Thailand, Spain, Colombia, Netherlands, Nigeria, and New Zealand.

For its 19th year, Miss Earth celebrates the flowers of the world. Known for symbolizing beauty, flowers also stand for purity and joy.

As each delegate showcases the national flower of her country, they brought with them a positive vibe and a message that nature can bloom once again if people would do their part to protect it.

More significantly, Miss Earth 2019 also promoted the #MEandmytreecampaign in light of the alarming natural calamities, particularly the burning of the Amazon, Borneo and the Africa rainforest which is considered as the lungs of the Earth.

Through the campaign, Miss Earth and its delegates encouraged people in different parts of the world to plant a tree within their surroundings to help alleviate the effects of these unfortunate incidents.

 
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