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Miss Earth
Miss Earth logo.png
Type International women's beauty pageant
Parent organization Carousel Productions
Headquarters Manila, Philippines
First edition 2001
Most recent edition 2023
Current titleholder Drita Ziri
Lorraine Schuck
Ramon Monzon
Language/s English

Miss Earth is an annual international major beauty pageant based in the Philippines that advocates for environmental awareness, conservation and social responsibility. Along with Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss International, it is one of the Big Four beauty pageants.

Miss Earth is a co-host of 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. Miss Earth and Greenpeace have also joined in the call for a ban on genetically-engineered food crops, promotion of organic farming and advancement of sustainable agriculture. The Miss Earth Foundation has also teamed up with The Climate Reality Project for the "Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training", conducted by its founder and chairman, environmentalist and former US Vice President Al Gore.

The Miss Earth Foundation works with the environmental departments and ministries of the participating countries, various private sector and corporations, as well as the World Wildlife Foundation.

Since 2002, the pageant has been mainly held in the Philippines, with live broadcasts in more than 80 countries via Fox Life, The Filipino Channel, and Metro Channel.

Titleholders spend their year promoting their specific projects and environmental causes through speaking engagements, roundtable discussions, school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, cleanups, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fairs, storytelling programs to children, eco-fashion shows, and other environmentally oriented activities.

The current Miss Earth is Drita Ziri of Albania who was crowned on December 22, 2023 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Her Elemental Queens are:

  • Yllana Marie Aduana of the Philippines—Miss Earth Air
  • Đỗ Thị Lan Anh of Vietnam—Miss Earth Water
  • Cora Bliault of Thailand—Miss Earth Fire

Inception and early history

Carousel Productions launched the first Miss Earth in 2001 as an international environmental event with the mission of using the beauty pageant entertainment industry as a tool to promote environmental preservation. The pageant was first formally introduced in a press conference on April 3, 2001.

In October 2001, Miss Earth adopted the slogan "Beauties For a Cause", with the first "Beauty for a Cause" prize awarded in 2003.

In 2003, Miss Earth surpassed Miss International to become the third largest international beauty pageant by number of participating countries. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, by 2020 and 2022, Miss Earth surpassed Miss Universe, the world's second oldest international beauty pageant, to become the second largest international beauty pageant by number of participating countries.

Programs and advocacy

The pageant has tie-ins with Philippine government agencies, such as the Philippine Department of Tourism, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, most of the tourism and environment agencies, bureaus, and departments of participating countries, as well as international environmental groups such as the United Nations Environment Programme, Greenpeace, and ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity to further its environmental advocacy. The pageant winner and her elemental court travel to various countries, and are involved in projects with the environmental departments and ministries of participating countries. The delegates also take part in environmental presenvation activities such as, but are not limited to, tree planting ceremonies, environmental and cultural immersion programs, sponsor visits and tours.

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 the improvement of the environment. The Miss Earth Foundation campaign focuses on educating young people in environmental awareness. Its major project, "I Love Planet Earth School Tour", teaches and distributes educational aids for school children. Miss Earth also partnered with the Philippine Daily Inquirer's "Read-Along Storytelling Program" to educate children on taking care of the environment, awareness on renewable energy, and biodiversity. The Miss Earth Foundation also educates people to act against environmental degradation and environmental protection by following the "5Rs": rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle, and respect.

In 2006, the Miss Earth pageant started to co-host the United Nations Environment Programme's Champions of the Earth, annual international environment awards established in 2005 by the United Nations to recognize outstanding environmental achievers and leaders at a policy level. Miss Earth also joined with Greenpeace to call for a ban on genetically-engineered food crops, promotion of organic farming and advancement of sustainable agriculture.

The Miss Earth Foundation teamed up with The Climate Reality Project in 2016 for the "Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training" conducted by its founder and chairman, former US Vice President Al Gore to create an effective platform awareness on climate change.

In 2022, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the Miss Earth Foundation formally established their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the "Beauties for Biodiversity" event held at ACB Headquarters in Laguna, Philippines. The MoU was signed by Miss Earth 2021, Destiny Wagner, and Atty. Genalyn Bagon-Soriano on behalf of their respective organizations. Following the signing, there was an interactive learning session in which Miss Earth 2022 candidates discussed various global issues related to fauna and flora. At the end of the event, the candidates expressed their commitment to biodiversity advocacy by issuing a manifesto. The event marked the beginning of activities leading up to the Miss Earth 2022 finale.

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.

Participating countries

The pageant has attracted delegates from countries and territories that typically frown upon beauty pageants.

Miss Earth countries (as of 2022)
Countries and territories that made their debuts at Miss Earth (at least once), as of 2022

In 2003, Vida Samadzai, an Afghan, now residing in the United States, received press attention after she competed in a red bikini. Samadzai was the first Afghan 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. Her involvement in the pageant was condemned by the Afghan Supreme Court, saying such a display of the female body goes against Islamic law and Afghan culture.

In 2005, a Pakistani beauty queen, Naomi Zaman, was the first Miss Pakistan World winner to participate in Miss Earth, and is the first delegate from Pakistan to compete in any major international pageant; beauty pageants are frowned upon in Pakistan.

Miss Tibet Earth 2006, Tsering Chungtak, the first Tibetan to represent Tibet in any major international beauty pageant, made headlines when she drew international attention towards the Tibetan struggle for freedom. She also advocated for the boundaries of acceptable social etiquette towards the 21st century, in a traditionally conservative Tibetan culture, where most grown women wear ankle-length dresses. Nevertheless, her participation in the pageant received approval from the Dalai Lama.

Carousel Productions licensed the Miss Cuba organization in 2007 to select the first Cuban representative at Miss Earth. Ariana Barouk won; she became the first Miss Cuba in several decades, and competed at the Miss Earth pageant. Also in 2007 pageant, Miss Earth made history when delegates from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Tibet all competed together for the first time in an international pageant in spite of political sensitivities.

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; both of them competed at the Miss Earth 2008 pageant.

In 2009, Beauties of Africa, Inc., the franchise holder of Miss Earth South Sudan sent Aheu Kidum Deng, Miss South Sudan 2009, who stands 196 cm (6 feet and 5 inches), and is the tallest documented beauty queen ever to take part in any international beauty pageants.

Palestine debuted in one of the Big Four pageants in 2016 via Miss Earth when Natali Rantissi represented Palestine with the approval of Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the State of Palestine and Palestinian National Authority, where she made a courtesy call at the Moukata Palace prior to her departure to participate in the pageant. Miss Palestine refused to wear a bikini but was allowed to partake in the events including in the Miss Earth 2016 finale.

Also in the 2016 pageant, the Miss Iraq Organization sent Susan Amer Sulaimani as Iraq's first representative since 1972 in Big Four pageants to participate in Miss Earth 2016. She was the only one who wore a dress instead of a bikini during the pageant's press-conference.

In the 2017 pageant, Miss Rwanda Honorine Hirwa Uwase appeared in the swimsuit competition wearing a gown, maintaining a long-held Rwanda tradition of not wearing bikinis in public.

Miss Lebanon 2018 Salwa Akar received international press attention when she was stripped of her title in Lebanon, while participating in Miss Earth 2018 pageant after she posted a photo in Facebook with her arm around Miss Israel's Dana Zerik and gestured the peace sign. Lebanon and Israel are in a long-standing state of war. As a result, she was unable to continue her participation in the Miss Earth pageant. In a press release, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman Ofir Gendelman, reacted on Akar's dethronement and condemned the "Lebanese apartheid".

Papua New Guinea sent its first representative in the Miss Earth 2019 pageant with Pauline Tibola, becoming the first representative in the Big Four international beauty pageants since Miss World 1990.

In 2020, the 20th edition of Miss Earth marked the entrant of countries such as Bangladesh (Meghna Alam), Burkina Faso (Amira Naïmah Bassané) and Syria (Tiya Alkerdi). It was the second time Burkina Faso participated in the Big Four pageants after Miss International 2019 and first for Syria to participate in major international pageant in several decades after Miss World 1966.

The Miss Iran Organization crowned Hami Zaker in 2021 as its first Miss Earth Iran in which she competed in the Miss Earth 2021 and became the first Iranian woman to participate in the Big Four international pageant. She participated in the swimsuit competition, albeit in a conservative outfit that recognized her nation's cultural background.

At Miss Earth 2022, Burundi participated in their first Big Four pageant with Lauria Nishimwe. Cabo Verde (Tayrine da Veiga) and Senegal (Camilla Diagné) also debuted at this event.

Host countries

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Vinpearl Resort of Vietnam, the first venue outside Philippines hosted Miss Earth 2010

The pageant was held in the Philippines every year from 2001 to 2009. Miss Earth 2006 was scheduled to be held in Santiago, Chile on November 15, 2006, but the host country failed to meet the requirements of the host committee; the pageant was moved back to the Philippines.

In 2008, the pageant was held for the first time outside 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 Luzon Island. 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 pageant 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 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 back to Manila, Philippines.

In 2012, the pageant was supposed to be held in Bali, Indonesia but the organizers did not meet the minimum requirements on time, so it was moved back to the Philippines. Miss Earth 2012 was held on November 24, 2012, at the Palace in Muntinlupa, Philippines.

Miss Earth 2015 was held for the first time in Europe at Marx Halle in Vienna, Austria.

On July 18, 2022, vice-president of Miss Earth organization Lorraine Schuck announced that Miss Earth 2023 will be held in Vietnam for the second time.


Year Edition Winner Date Venue Host country Entrants Refs
2001 1st  Denmark October 28 UP Theater, Quezon City, Metro Manila Philippines 42
2002 2nd  Bosnia and Herzegovina
October 20 Folk Arts Theater, Malate, Manila 53
2003 3rd  Honduras November 9 UP Theater, Quezon City, Metro Manila 57
2004 4th  Brazil October 24 61
2005 5th  Venezuela October 23 80
2006 6th  Chile November 26 Museum of the Filipino People, Manila 82
2007 7th  Canada November 11 UP Theater, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Vinpearl, Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa
2008 8th  Philippines November 9 Clark Expo Amphitheater, Angeles City, Pampanga Philippines 85
2009 9th  Brazil November 22 Boracay Convention Center, Boracay, Malay, Aklan 80
2010 10th  India December 4 Vinpearl Land Amphitheater, Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa Vietnam 84
2011 11th  Ecuador December 3 UP Theater, Quezon City, Metro Manila Philippines
2012 12th  Czech Republic November 24 Versailles Palace, Las Piñas, Metro Manila 80
2013 13th  Venezuela December 7 88
2014 14th  Philippines November 29 UP Theater, Quezon City, Metro Manila 84
2015 15th December 5 Marx Halle, Vienna Austria 86
2016 16th  Ecuador October 29 Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila Philippines 83
2017 17th  Philippines November 4 85
2018 18th  Vietnam November 3 87
2019 19th  Puerto Rico October 26 Okada Manila, Parañaque, Metro Manila 85
2020 20th  United States November 29 Virtual Pageant Virtual Pageant 82
2021 21st  Belize November 21 80
2022 22nd  South Korea November 29 Okada Manila, Parañaque, Metro Manila Philippines 85
2023 23rd  Albania December 22 Vạn Phúc City Water Music Square, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
2024 24th TBA TBA Hải Phòng TBA

Virtual editions

The COVID-19 pandemic caused travel restrictions that would have the contestants travel to the Philippines and then be subject to a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival. It was announced on 14 August 2020, that the Miss Earth Organization would have to crown their new titleholders at a Virtual event on 29 November 2020 for the first time in the organization's history.

The pageant started on 21 September 2020 and ran for a couple of months. On 12 October 2020, the organization held a "Getting to Know You" virtual meet and greet with each delegate hosted by former Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry. The pageant preliminary was streamed on KTX on 24 November 2020.

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 with Netizens. The preliminary judging categories are: Beauty of Face, Fitness, and Environmental Awareness.

The pre-pageant activities and coronation night were conducted virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for the second consecutive year in 2021.

Eligibility and judging criteria

Competing delegates must have never been married or given birth and be between 18 and 28 years of age. In the pre-judging stage, Miss Earth delegates are judged on their intelligence and their knowledge of environmental issues and policies, comprising 30% of the total score, while the remaining criteria are as follows: 35% for beauty and knowledge, 20% form and figure, 10% poise, and 5% attitude. The delegates then participate in three rounds of competition: swimsuit, evening gown and question-and-answer. The last round focuses on topics of environmental concern.

Titles and semi-finalists

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Top 4 delegates in Miss Earth 2007

In the early years of the pageant, from 2001 to 2003, ten semi-finalists were chosen at Miss Earth. From 2004 to 2017, sixteen semi-finalists are chosen with the exception of the 2010 (10th) edition where only 14 semi-finalists were selected. The number has since then increased to 18 in 2018 and 20 in 2019. Since 2004, Semi-finalists are cut to eight finalists, then to the final four from which the runners-up and winner are announced. By 2019, the number of finalists were increased to ten.

The pageant's winner is crowned Miss Earth; the Runners-up are named after the classical elements: Miss Fire (third runner-up), Miss Water (second runner-up), and Miss Air (first runner-up); from 2010, the "elemental titles" (Air, Water and Fire bestowed on the next three delegates with highest scores after the Miss Earth winner) were proclaimed of equal importance and thus have the same ranking and no longer classified as "runner-up".

Recent Titleholders

Representing Miss Earth National Title Number of Entrants
 Puerto Rico Nellys Pimentel Miss Earth Puerto Rico 85
 United States Lindsey Coffey Miss Earth USA 82
 Belize Destiny Wagner Miss Earth Belize 80
 South Korea Mina Sue Choi Miss Korea 85
 Albania Drita Ziri Miss Earth Albania 85

Gallery of titleholders

Crown and jewelry

(L –R) The Elemental Court of Miss Earth 2007: Miss Earth-Water (Venezuela), Miss Earth (Canada), Miss Earth-Air (India) and Miss Earth-Fire (Spain)
  • The Miss Earth Crown (2001) - Created by a Filipino designer, Arnel Papa, it is the first Miss Earth crown which held at the first edition of Miss Earth in 2001. Crowned by Catharina Svensson of Denmark, she was the only Miss Earth titleholder to wear this crown.
  • Swarovski Crown (2002–2008) - With the same Filipino crown designer, it is the second Miss Earth crown which first used in the 2nd edition of Miss Earth.
  • Flower Crown / Gem Crown (2009–2022) - On November 16, 2009, Miss Earth unveiled a new crown designed by jewelry designer Ramona Haar with the frame made of 100% recycled 14-karat gold and argentums sterling silver, with precious stones composed of black diamonds, sardonyx, calcite, ruby, jade quartz crystal, garnet, peridot, and pearls gathered from over 80 of the participating countries in 2009. In the 13th edition of the Miss Earth, new tiaras were introduced for the elemental titleholders called "elemental crowns", representing Air, Water and Fire with multicolored precious stones in different hues of gold and yellow, sapphire and blue, and scarlet and red.
  • Long Beach Pearl Crown (2023) - The crown designed by the founder of Long Beach Pearl, Mrs. Bùi Thị Mỹ Cảnh (which also the crown maker of Miss International) and was used in 23rd edition. The crown with the theme of "Unique, United - For the Common Planet Crown," is made of gold combined with pearls and gemstones with outstanding colors, which includes the 87 precious bright pearls. The significance of the number 87 is emphasized to signify the elements, which representing peace, prosperity and longevity. The 6 South Sea pearls in the middle form a circle combined with the colored stone border outside, creating a highlight symbolizing the constant and cyclical movement of the Earth, and also for the source of life for trees, nature, creatures and people. Meanwhile, the yellow color of South Sea pearls is also known as prosperity, happiness, and luck, with the curvy lines studded with white pearls also contribute to the decoration, instead of a call to join hands to protect the Earth.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Miss Tierra para niños

  • Beauty for a Cause
  • Big Four international beauty pageants
  • List of beauty pageants
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