Miss Maine, Marisa Paige Butler, was crowned Miss Earth USA 2021 in a competition held on Sunday, January 17 at the Orange County Convention Center’s Linda Chapin Theater in Orlando, Florida.
The 27-year-old financial advisor earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in business from Stonehill College. She was Miss Maine USA 2016 before winning the title of Miss World America 2018 and went on to compete in the Miss World 2018 pageant in Sanya, China.
Alyssa Klinzing (California), Alyssa Magalong (Colorado), Kennedy Thomas (Alabama), and C’yana Denby (East Coast) were awarded the elemental court titles of Miss Earth USA Air, Water, Fire, and Eco, respectively.
Elite Miss Earth USA 2021 Nalicia Ramdyal of New York, Teen Miss Earth USA 2021 Katia Gerry of California, and Mrs. USA Earth 2021 Meredith Pope of Alabama were also crowned at the national event over the weekend.
Last year’s winners from the virtual pageant that was held amid the pandemic restrictions, Miss Earth USA Air Shannon Lynch, Miss Earth USA Water Autumn Adams, Miss Earth USA Fire LeighAnna Kingvalsky, Miss Earth USA Eco Alexandra Curtis, Junior Miss Earth USA Whitney Egbe, and Little Miss Earth USA Gisele Parnell were also honored with a special crowning ceremony.
The new Miss Earth USA who hails from Standish said she has always been involved with environmental organizations since she was a little girl. Her platform called “The Collective Earth” centers on teaching people to view plants and animals as part of the community.
Marisa will now prepare to compete for a possible back-to-back win at the Miss Earth 2021 pageant later this year.
“Words can not describe how honored I am to be your new Miss Earth USA 2021. Thank you to everyone who believed in me and helped make this dream a reality. I can’t wait to share this journey with you all, but for now, your queen needs her beauty sleep,” she wrote on social media shortly after winning her title.
The USA won its first-ever Miss Earth courtesy of Lindsey Coffey who competed in the historic virtual staging of the international pageant’s 20th edition last November.
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