Catharina Svensson of Denmark has won the Miss Earth 2001 pageant held on Sunday, October 28 at the University of the Philippines Theater in Quezon City, Philippines.
The 19-year-old law student and part-time model bested 41 other beauties from around the world to win the inaugural edition of the international pageant that advocates the protection and preservation of the environment.
The runners-up, Simone Régis of Brazil, Margarita Kravtsov of Kazakhstan, and Daniela Stucan of Argentina were crowned Miss Earth Air, Water, and Fire, respectively.
Completing the Top 10 semi-finalists were the contestants from Bolivia (Catherine Villarroel), Estonia (Evelyn Mikomägi), India (Shamita Singha), Latvia (Jelena Keirane), Philippines (Carlene Aguilar), and the United States (Abigail Royce).
Catharina gave the answer to the final question on finding a balance between technology and earth preservation, “Of course, technology makes life easier, but it also has its share of problems. But we can do something to make it better.”
The Danish beauty is also a professional equestrienne who has already won in a major jumping competition. She spends her free time playing tennis, skiing and rollerblading.
Miss Earth 2001: Denmark – Catharina Svensson
Miss Earth – Air 2001: Brazil – Simone Régis
Miss Earth – Water 2001: Kazakhstan – Margarita Kravtsova
Miss Earth – Fire 2001: Argentina – Daniela Stucan
Bolivia – Catherine Villarroel
Estonia – Evelyn Mikomägi
India – Shamita Singha
Latvia – Jelena Keirane
Philippines – Carlene Aguilar
United States – Abigail Royce
Miss Friendship: Japan – Misuzu Hirayama
Miss Photogenic: Argentina – Daniela Stucan
Miss Talent: Latvia – Jelena Keirane
Best in Swimsuit: Kazakhstan – Margarita Kravtsova
Best in Evening Gown: Philippines – Carlene Aguilar
Best in National Costume: India – Shamita Singha
Photo credits to their respective owners.