MANILA, Philippines – Nellys Pimentel, who represented Puerto Rico, won the Miss Earth 2019 crown on Saturday, October 26.
The 22 year-old marketing and psychology student was crowned at The Cove in Okada, Manila. Miss Earth- Air was Miss USA —Emanii Davis while Miss Earth – Fire was Miss Belarus – Alisa Manenok. Meanwhile, Miss Earth – Water was Miss Czech Republic —Klara Vavruskova.
Eighty-five women from around the world participated in the 15 year-old competition that advances campaigns for the preservation and protection of planet earth.
During the hashtag round for the Top 10 finalists, Puerto Rico was asked to elaborate on #Respect. Pimentel said: This hashtag touches a lot in my heart, because it is the base of my advocacy. It is love and respect I stand for, in the family and in our Earth. By respecting one another and respecting the environment we live in, we can create a better environment for ourselves and for the future generations. It’s the most wonderful thing we can do for others.”
At the pageants final question and answer portion, the contestants were asked how they would convince people of the seriousness of climate change, including some notable international leaders. Miss Puerto Rico 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.”
The Philippines’ bet Janelle Tee and Thailand’s Teeyapar Sretsirisuvarna made it until the Top 20.