Nellys Pimentel, representing Puerto Rico, was crowned Miss Earth 2019 on Saturday, October 26 at Okada’s Cove Manila, Philippines. She succeeds last year’s winner from Vietnam, Nguyen Phuong Khanh.
The 22-year-old beauty beat 84 other beauties from around the world to win the first-ever Miss Earth title for her country. She was born and raised in San Juan, and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with minor in marketing from the University of Puerto Rico.
Emanii Davis of USA, Klára Vavrušková of Czech Republic, and Alisa Manenok of Belarus were crowned Miss Earth – Air, Miss Earth – Water and Miss Earth – Fire 2019, respectively.
The representatives from Chile (Fernanda Méndez Tapia), Netherlands (Nikki Prein), New Zealand (Tashan Kapene), Nigeria (Modupe Susan Garland), Poland (Krystyna Sokołowska) and Russia (Anna Baksheeva) completed the Top 10 finalists.
Colombia, England, Ghana, Guam, Guyana, Japan, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, and Thailand were the Top 20 finalists.
Last year’s Top 4 winners, Melanie Mader from Austria and Valeria Ayos from Colombia were also present to crown their successors.
The newly-crowned Miss Earth will now spend her year traveling and working for the cause of the Miss Earth organization which is to protect and preserve our planet.
This year’s floral-themed competition is the 19th edition of Miss Earth pageant. The event was again hosted by Filipino-British television host James Deakin while Grammy Award-nominated singer, Shontelle, was a guest performer as well as part of the judging panel.
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