Jamie Herrel of the Philippines was Saturday crowned Miss Earth 2014. The runners-up are Miss USA, who was crowned Miss Air, Miss Venezuela won the Miss Water title and Miss Fire went to Miss Russia, with India’s Alankrita failed to make it to top 16.
Herrell defeated 85 contestants including Miss India Alankrita Sahai, who couldn’t even make it to top 16 at the 14th edition of the pageant held at at the University of the Philippines Theater in Diliman.
India’s Alankrita Sahai Saturday couldn’t make it to the list of top 16 in the 14th edition of Miss Earth 2014, despite the 22-year-old managing to win numerous sub-titles at the international contest.
Alankrita bagged the gold at the Evening Gown contest where she was adorning a gown by designer Gaurav Gupta. She also won a bronze in the swimsuit round apart from taking the titles of Miss Casual Wear where she wore designer Jatin Varma’s outfit and the title of Miss Pagudpude where she wore a creation by Falguni and Shane Peacock.
The Indian representative also bagged a Bronze in the best National Costume and Silver for Miss Photogenic.
The 16 semi-finalists at Miss Earth 2014 are Miss Tahiti, Miss Russia, Miss Korea, Miss Colombia, Miss Scotland, Miss Mongolia, Miss Zambia, Miss Brazil, Miss Slovak Republic, Miss Venezuela, Miss Thailand, Miss USA, Miss Egypt, Miss Philippines, Miss Mexico and Miss Spain.
Miss India Nicole Faria won the international pageant back in 2010. Miss Earth 2013 Alyz Henrich from Venezuela crowned her successor at the end of the pageant.
Miss Earth is held annually to promote environmental awareness, apart from similar events like Miss Universe and Miss World and is one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world.
The winner dedicates one year to promote specific projects and often address issues concerning the environment and other global issues through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fair, storytelling programs, eco-fashion shows, and other environmental activities.
The Miss Earth winner is also the spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations, as well as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).