Out the three selected contestants from auditions held earlier for Femina Miss India Goa 2018, Aashna Gurav emerged as the winner of Miss India Goa edition. Aashna will now be representing Goa at Miss India 2018 contest to be held in June.
Aashna is a Campus Princess finalist. She lives in Mumbai and studies Bachelor of Mass Media at Manipal Institute of Communication.
The contest Femina Miss India West 2018 was held at Hyatt Regency, Pune to select the winner of Femina Miss India Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Former Miss India contestants and bollywood actress, Pooja Hedge will be the mentor for the West Zone.
Miss Earth 2016 was back to the Philippines after last year edition was hosted in Austria. This is the 14th time Philippines hosted Miss Earth competition since its creation, the other two being in Vietnam and Austria. Like its previous editions, there was lots of controversy before and after the finale. But I am not going to dwell on that. I am only concentrating on the finale event which I will be doing in every review of any pageant. This year theme was ‘empowered to make a change’. 83 delegates competed for the main crown to be an ambassador of Miss Earth Org. The earth warriors also competed in different pre-pageant activities where there were medal award ceremonies. Ecuador, Mexico, Vietnam, Russia, England and USA were the ones who won extremely did well in many events. Ecuador tops the list of Medal Table winning five medals. Though these events do not have count in selecting the top 16 finalists, it gives an idea who will do well in the competition. Some of them didn’t even make it to the top 16 some did. This time, Ecuador’s Katherine Gomez confirmed her favouritism by not just entering the top 16 but also winning the Miss Earth 2016 crown. She became the second from her country to win the Miss Earth crown. The first to win the crown was Olga Alava in 2011.
Miss Earth 2016 began with a video presentation of the reigning queen, Angelia Ong, speaking about the Philippines’s tourism and diversity. Then the 1st batch of contestants from Argentina to Hungary after their introduction through a pre-taped video, in their national costumes talking about the need to save environment, came on stage doing a choreography number of “That’s my girl’ by Fifth Harmony. The 2nd batch from India to Paraguay and 3rd batch from Peru to Zimbabwe followed in similar manner.
We were then introduced to the two hosts of the night – Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez, standing among the audience. The Award for Best Eco Video was awarded to Miss Moldova. After 3 years of absence, Moldova was returning to Miss Earth 2016 edition. Another award Eco Warrior where a contestant actively participated in social
media and environmental programme in her country was awarded to Miss Wales. Then it was time for the first cut of the night From 83 contestants, 16 contestants were selected for the first competition of the night i.e. Swimsuit round. The quarter finalists were Misses Colombia, South Korea, Northern Ireland, Venezuela, England, Brazil, Vietnam, Russia, Mexico, Macau (SAR China), South Africa, Ecuador, Australia, Sweden, USA and Italy. When Miss Italy was called out, Indonesia came over to join the quarter finalists. I thought I might have misheard or missed due to bad streaming. But when Miss Italy was called again, I rechecked my list there were 17 contestants. Now it was sure that not just me, but it was also Miss Indonesia who have misheard it. I feel bad for her. Imagine the embarrassment she must be suffering. But it was also nice on part of the host and Miss Earth team to let it pass without mentioning any of it. If they did it would have been worse for Miss Indonesia.
The judges were introduced and they were Mathias Gelbar, Liza Pavlakotc, Arnold Vegafria, Jamie Herell, Jose Perdo, Sophie Sumner, Dean Dezis and Lorraine Schuck. Once again, the contestants’ time spent in Davao city was showed which include touring the city, attending breast cancer awareness programme and ecotourism.
The first competition of the night was about to begin. On stage were group performers displaying a modernised folk dance from the southern Philippines. Music used in the background was ‘Girls like’ by Tinnie Tempah ft. Zara Larsson. First up was Colombia. Michelle Gomez performed extremely well in this swimsuit round. Amazing catwalk with an amazing presence, she is definitely one of the best Miss Earth Colombia. South Korea was next. Chae-Yeung Lee is more suited for magazine editorial or front cover girl of a fashion magazine. Her sharp facial features lean body and stature kind of make her look like a runway queen but that wasn’t the case. She seemed too cold in her walk and there wasn’t any poise. Northern Ireland followed. Julieann McStravick was another girl who underperformed. After Northern Ireland, it was Italy. It was Italy’s placement after 3 years of being unplaced. Denise Frigo’s performance was somewhere in the middle but much better than the two contestants before her. Time for Venezuela. Staphanie Ysabel de Zorzi was supposed to compete in 2013 but was replaced. She was elected to compete in this pageant by the new ND of Miss Earth Venezuela, Alyz Henrich. As for her performance, it was absolutely spectacular. From her aura to stage presence to catwalk, it was overwhelmingly impressive. England’s Luissa Burton couldn’t follow up to Venezuela’s performance but she did well. Brazil’s Bruna Zanardo came in with a performance that almost equal Venezuela. Among the top 16 finalists, Bruna has the best body. Her perfect toned abs is impressive. Vietnam’s Nguyễn Thị Lệ Nam Em followed with a good poise and catwalk that was fun and joyful and that matched the tempo of the music “Girls Like”. Russia followed after Vietnam. Aleksandra Cherepanová didn’t quite live-upto the music tempo. She was slow and didn’t sway much while the music was fast and upbeat. Mexico’s Itzel Paola Astudillo was all playful and fun to watch. But not an outstanding performance. Another girl I like for her distinct feature is Macau. Clover Zhu looks different in motion than in picture. When Zhu spread her arms wide open while walking down the stairs, that looked spontaneous and took away those nerve wrecking thoughts moment like “hope she doesn’t trip” or “she’s walking carefully so not to fall” That act also showed us her fun side of her. The only black woman in the top 16, South Africa, was next. Nozipho Magagula has a good eco video and her environmental campaigns are worth admiring. A medical student, she is interested in rural healthcare and importance of environment in healthcare. She was very bouncy in a good way and like the way she posed. It was like flirting with a camera. Ecuador’s Katherine Gomez followed with an amazing presence and positive vibe all around her. Body wise, she might not be like Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia or USA, it was her stunning face and aura with a good catwalk that outshined the flaws in her. Australia’s Lyndl Kean moved her hands too much. It was kind of distracting. Sweden’s Cloie Syquia Skarne was few of the dark horses. Her placement was unexpected. Though her performance might not be upto the mark, but we could see that she had a fun personality and good vibes. The last one to close this round was Corrin Stellakis from USA. The former Miss Teen New York has such a gorgeous face and smoky eyes, she looks so desirable. She ended the round in a good note. A good performance for a closing a round!
The three best performers for me would be Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela.
After the swimsuit round, the top 16 finalists had to compete again for the Evening gown round. With G-Force group on the background performing some of southern Philippines folk dances and The Chainsmokers – Closer ft. Halsey, Colombia was the first one and she wore a silver sequined fitting gown. The gown looked smooth and when the lights project towards her, the sequin gown glitters which sparkles Michelle’s aura on stage. The length of the gown was perfect and loved the way she let her hair fall in front from one side only. South Korea chose a rather pageant patty gown which was a red hued strapless gown. The gown had fitting panty gown underneath and overlay red lace with cut on the side of the leg. She tried to work the gown by swirling to make it look dramatic but there’s nothing good about this performance. Northern Ireland followed came out in a silver beaded gown which has a nude illusion to the gown. .The gown might not be extraordinary but Julieann looked so fresh and regal in it. Italy followed in sequin hunter green gown with deep cut in the bust area and thin straps. The gown also a wide open cut in the bottom showing of the legs. Would love to see this type of gown on women who plays a seductress and wear it with a killer attitude. I think Julieann was too sweet to be wearing this gown. The length of the gown should have been a little bit longer. Venezuela was next. Staphanie chose to wear a red gown featuring silver beaded with crystals on top and a high slit. She looked so elegant. She was working the gown with panache. Though the gown wasn’t a masterpiece, Staphanie carried it like a pro and she illuminated her energy and personality. England wore off the soldier sheer blue gown which featured a heavily embroidered along with silver beads on top. Brazil followed in a mustard strapless gown with a back cape. Love the side swept wavy hairstyle of Bruna. She would look so good at a red carpet event in this looks. Vietnam then came out in a sequin strapless mermaid gown which has an overlay with green lace and sequins. The bottom part was pleated. That’s not all. It had a back cape also. She should have worked on those cape more to make it looked more dramatic. Russia’s Aleksandra came in plain and simple black gown. Though there was nothing extraordinary about this gown. It was good to see a gown that was simple and different when others were all about sequins and beads. Mexico wore a silver-nude gown. The dress was heavily beaded with crystals. The deep cut on top and the nude illusion was kind of sexy. Macau was next. She wore a mustard colour ball gown. The way she was carrying the gown made it looked heavy on her and seems like she wasn’t quite comfortable with the dress. She tried a dramatic pose with her hands. She could have done better with a different gown. South Africa came on stage in a purple sequin mermaid gown. Again she also tried a dramatic pose using her hands but was short. The gown is more like a prom dress. Ecuador followed in with an exceptional performance. Her gown was very pageant patty but its how she worked the gown that made it more memorable. The bright yellow sequin gown with beads and crystals on top and drape on sides of the made her shined coupling it with her charming smile and strong presence. Before she took on the stage, I love the way she swirled the drapes up in the air and the drapes fall dramatically. She got to play more with as she walked. This was the best performance so far. Australia followed in a royal blue mermaid gown. The moment Lyndl walked in, I was reminded of Miss Universe 2015 Pia’s gown in the evening gown round. There were differences like Australia’s gown has a visible blue strap on shoulder, a midsection silver sequin belt, a deep cut in the bust and lastly the zig-zag design on the back. I think in a way this was a poor version of Pia’s Miss Universe Evening gown. Sweden then came out in another Audrey Hepburn inspired gown. The royal blue sequins applique gown with an overskirt or drape on the back didn’t manage to create an impact but honestly, if I had to compare her performances, I prefer this one than the swimsuit one. Cloie did better here. The last to perform was USA. Corrin came in a train gown which features a plunging neckline and embroidered lace on both sides of the gown from the top to the bottom. I love the silver collar of the gown. Corrin looks so angelic. Love her overall performance. Again, a superb way to end the round.
The best in evening gown round in terms of their stage-presence, walk and gown would be Ecuador, Venezuela and Brazil. And the best being Ecuador.
From 16, it was time to narrow down to 8 contestants for the semi-final round also know as the question and answer round. The semi-finalists were Vietnam, Venezuela, Russia, Sweden, USA, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. The top 8 will give a speech on a topic they pick from the bowl. First to start this round was Vietnam.
Vietnam got a topic of # empowered to make a change.
It’s m belief to live to the fullest, to live up to the dreams that I always carry with myself and the belief that I can do everything with my capabilities and a desire to achieve and that’s what makes me that will allow me to achieve my dreams.
Venezuela chose # Eco Tourism
With the youth, the can learn how to prevail the earth. We have to learn from the youth to the grown-ups and from them, we can help the earth.
Russia picked # My life in one word.
I am so happy to live now, to live this time and I’m really thankful to my parents. I live now and this moment I try to look positively each all sides of life. So I’m really thankful to my parents, relatives, my friends and the people who are around me.
Sweden had to speak on # Beauty Queen
To me being a beauty queen had been a dream ever since I was young and ever since I was young growing up in Sweden, I know it’s very important to take care of our environment and I belive that no matter who you are or where you come from, it’s our duty to as people of the earth to take care of our mother earth for future generation and that’s for me to be a beauty queen.
USA topic was # Zero waste.
“I think it is very important as a beauty queen and someone who uses their voice in a daily basis to advocate for that. We need to protect our environment and put our best foot forward to create a sustainable earth.”
Brazil took a card which had # Miss Earth 2016 on it.
“The Miss Earth 2016 is a very important role in a society. Besides from bringing beauty and …., she should be very smart, very intelligent and always be pro tofight for the environment so that we can build an education pro-environment for the preservation of the environment.”
Colombia will speak on # Girls generation
“I want to tell everybody that here tonight, we are 84 women that belongs to a generation that wants to create a change that wants the world be better, that wants the world has conserve the things that we have now so we can, kids can see the beautiful things that we can see now. So, I think we should be proud of our generation.”
Ecuador picked # Climate Change
“I believe that the climate change is the most important hashtag right now as it’s because that’s the main issue and problem that the planet earth is facing nowadays. We as humans need to really think the climate change is causing many events around the world and so many people are actually losing all their belongings of a lifetime. So, we must really think about them and future generation and be the change.”
The top 8 were cut down to top 4 and again they had to face another question and answer round but the final round which will ultimately decide their fate. The top 4 were Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil and Colombia. This is the first that all the top 4 were from Latin countries. I thought looking at the top 8 question and round, Sweden would make it to the top 4 leaving behind Venezuela (my favourite). And looking at the top 4, I felt like watching Reina Hispanoamericana pageant. Jokes apart, though of them missed some important points in their answers, the all were confident and very smart unlike previous years when some Latinas choked in this particular round.
The Top 4 were then asked the final question: “The Paris agreement on climate change is a historic international deal that seeks to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees centigrade. If you were selected as Miss Earth 2016, what would be your program to protect Mother Earth from climate change?” Ecuador was first and the rest three contestants were on a soundproof headphone.
Ecuador – “I truly believe in the 5 R’s which is Recycle, Reuse, Reduce and Respect because I believe that as human being if we apply that to our everyday lives, we can make a change and we will reduce the problem that we have just mentioned. If we apply that to in our everyday lives, I believe that we as human beings can save the place we live in which is our mother Earth.”
Brazil – “My project to protect my mother Earth, it’ll be a project about concentration, ecological conscientization. Just that way we can change everything that’s happening in the world today. If I’m elected Miss Earth today, I promise to create a social environment culture. That’s the only way we can solve all the problems.”
Venezuela – “hello, I am not the wonder woman but I will promote education with the child and respect to prevail the mother Earth. We are the change. This is our home.”
Colombia – “My programme to protect mother Earth of climate change would be with small changes. That’s what I always say; that’s what I’ve always gonna say say. If we can make changes in ourselves and if we can change our hearts, we can create a big change. We can change the world so if we gonna change, like turn off the light, we’re gonna protect all the environment so that’s the way I’m gonna do it.”
Ecuador’s answer was the best of all. She spoke without any hesitation and put her words quite clearly. I like Brazil’s answer in a way that it has some deeper meaning when she spoke of ecological conscientization but could be uncomprehendable for others. It was short. Was it the interpreter fault? I doubt. When Venezuela said, “I am not the wonder woman”, I couldn’t agree more. She is a beauty queen and has big responsibilities. That’s true but she is also a human being, she can’t change alone and she is not a World leader. The first line of her answer was satirically funny. Love the way she gestured her interpreter to explain her answer. And the way she ended her answer (the last two sentences) in English in the end was strong and impactful. Colombia talked about starting with small changes. And she further explained how she would go about it. If, not the crown she is bound to create history for Colombia in Miss Earth contest. It’s quite interesting to watch all these contestants who were so confident and speak with ease. This is something we don’t get to see often from the Latin countries especially when they speak in English.
It was time for the winners to be announced and the outgoing queen took her final walk. Brazil – Bruna Zanardo was announced as Miss Earth Fire 2016, then Venezuela – Stephanie de Zorzi was announced as Miss Earth Water 2016. The last two contestants, Colombia was on the verged of creating history by winning Miss Earth crown but she already had made history as she was sure of an elemental title if she didn’t win the crown as no Colombian had reached the top 4. As for Ecuador, if she wins, she will take the second Miss Earth crown for her country. Then the moment of truth arrived, Ecuador won Miss Earth 2016 and Colombia’s Michelle Gomez took the Miss Earth Air 2016 title for her country.
A lot of have been talked about Katherine not deserving the title. May be true or may be false. But if I have to look and judged on the finale performance, she deserved every bit of the crown. So does the finalist. Like I was wondering why Sweden was there, I still doubt her placement during the swimsuit round, then slowly changed my mind after seeing her evening gown performance. But was still not sure if she would make it to top 8, then she did. When she spoke on the topic she picked, I thought maybe it’s because she did extremely well in the interview round which made the judges difficult to ignore her. But one contestant I really missed was Miss Kenya. I thought she should have been there in the top 16. I also wished since Miss Earth Org. gives importance to it’s campaign and theme, the winners of Best Eco Video and Earth Warrior get a spot in the top 16 or atleast points will be awarded to this two winners projects and add it to the scores of Interview round. That won’t hurt even if these two contestants enter the top 16. In pageants, there will always be disappointment but life moves on so we do. As for the two host, Marc and Rovilson, they did extremely well. They were funny and they share a good chemistry which is always a plus point in pageants. They managed to entertain the crowd and viewers. And lastly, Philippines as a host will never disappoint because there is so much support and love for beauty queens.
***All pictures are taken from Miss Earth official Facebook page.
Angelia Ong from The Philippines won the crown at the Miss Earth contest giving it a back to back for the Philippines, the first in Miss Earth history and the third Filipino to win the crown. She won the crown over many favourites such as Panama, Myanmar, USA, Thailand, Mongolia, Australia etc. Angelia is a beautiful woman with a likable personality, but I wasn’t expecting her to win since, in my opinion, I had my favourites whom I thought were much better and last year winner was from the Philippines, so it would be very difficult for her to win the crown. But in the end the distinguished judges decided to choose her. Whether one likes it or not, one has to move on. I am moving on too by writing the review of the contest which I love doing.
The show started with last year winner, Jamie Harrell, welcoming the viewers in a pre-taped video giving a message on protecting Mother Earth and each contestant of Miss Earth 2015 joined her who said few lines or words about conservation, protecting, awareness, etc, of Mother Earth. That was a fantastic way to open the contest and we got to see a glimpse of each contestant. I truly find this unique and a great way to showcase its motto. Once it was over, the actual live started and Jamie Harrell came on stage wearing a white gown with shiny silver linings and gems on the gown. She looked so regal and it looked like she was one of the contestants shining like a star. The contestants wearing a white shirt and red short pants joined her on stage dancing to a very upbeat music for the introduction round. In the introduction segment, some contestants left me spellbound. They were Misses Australia, Chile, Ghana, Mongolia, Panama, Thailand and USA. Some contestant beautifully described their country like Miss Belize said she was the from the land of Earth’s best kept secret, Ghana was the gateway to the West Africa, Guadalupe – an island of butterflies. Miss Crimea had to adjust the microphone; Miss Kosovo checked the microphone twice if it worked or not before introducing herself. Love the way Miss Hungary strongly emphasized the word ‘Beautiful’ twice to her country name.
The hosts of the night were Oli Pettigrew, Katia Wagner and Joey Mead King. Oli Pettigrew and Joey Mead King took to the centre stage most of the time while Katia Wagner Miss Earth Air 2013 interacted with the audience most of the time. Oli and Joey were just fabulous. What a fantastic hosts. Such an amazing chemistry. Oli, particularly, was so lively and animated with a little bit a drama. It was delightful to watch her. Oli and Joey reminded me of the time Megan Young and Frankie Cena hosted Mr. World and Miss World contest. I was missing them both a lot. Not many can crack chemistry like theirs. Now, Oli and Joey will definitely be one of the best hosts in pageant history. Katia also did a wonderful job as a host. It might have been nerve wrecking for her as well. but she did fine and gave a good supporting role to the Oli and Joey.
Back to the contest, one major glitch was the break timings. During the break, they would show pre-activities of Miss Earth 2015 but ended so soon and it goes directly live to the hosts which caught the host off guard a few times. I guess it was the poor timing of the breaks. Anyway, the hosts always entertained with their wits and homours. It was time for the top 16 announcements. That was fast! But before that, the top 4 of Miss Eco Award were announced and they were Misses Belgium, France, Mongolia and USA. I especially like the video of Mongolia and USA. Thought Mongolia would win this award, instead, USA was chosen as the winner of Miss Eco.
Top 16 were announced and they were Misses Hungary, USA, Ukraine, Australia, Czech Republic, Brazil, Mongolia, Philippines, Mauritius, Scotland, Austria, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, France and Guam. What a surprise top 16. Seriously, I was thinking continuously how Panama, Thailand and Myanmar could be left out of the top 16. There was a continuous questioning about where did they go wrong. Panama was the one I kept thinking of. To move forward, it was pretty interesting how the hosts – Oli and Joey, described the country who made it to the top 16 before actually calling them just to entertain us and keep us guessing the country names. They were smart and intelligent. Actually I was beginning to enjoy their part more than the other activities.
The top 16 competed in the swimsuit round. “Sparks” by Hilary Duff, used as the background, was just amazing. I love every beat of the music and it’s perfect for a swimsuit round. Some contestants really match up to the beat of the song and set the stage on fire. Hungary was the first to start and she gave a decent performance to start the round. Her flat abs was to die for, but the bottom part looked a bit heavy and she bounces a lot. USA was next. She almost tripped. Her sweet smile and amazing stage presence made her looked like a star. Ukraine followed. Such a beautiful face and she seemed to be having fun. Love the smile but her catwalk lacked the punch. Australia was just outstanding. Gorgeous and such a bubbly personality, she has an impeccable stage presence. One of the best of the night. Czech Republic looked so fresh. Her straight hair looked so silky and love the way she let it fall straight in front. Great body with a beautiful face. Brazil has got the move, the body and the presence to charm you. They always do. I think they are born with it. Mongolia looked great. She got a loud cheer from the audience. She is so sweet and unconventionally beautiful with a well-toned body. That makes her unique. The crowd favourite was next – Philippines. She might not be facially pretty, but she has got a body that is perfect for swimsuit competition and a sweet persona. But somehow her overall energy in this round was lacking. Mauritius looked pretty and very natural, but she was so stiff when she walked and turned. This is a big achievement for Mauritius considering it hardly gets into the semis in any pageants. I think this will be a big boost for her and countrymen. Scotland looked so angelic but sadly she had a not so good body for this round and she was a bit slow in her catwalk. The home town girl was next. Austria was just so beautiful. The crowds were rooting for her and she seemed to be enjoying that attention. She had one of the best bodies, but her catwalk was so bad. She also almost tripped. Chile was so natural and charming. Her catwalk was good too. She knows how to project herself in front of the camera. The way she looked at the camera when she posed, it was so bewitching. Colombia looked big and voluptuous nevertheless she had a toned body and worked the stage really well. You can never go wrong with Venezuela. They always have a presence and charisma on stage that catches everyone’s attention. It was the same here. Though she doesn’t have a great body plus she was smiling too much like she remembered some funny moments. France was very lovely and she had the body to work the stage. I wonder how she was excluded from top 8. She has charming aura too. Guam – the shortest of all was a surprise. She was sweet and beautiful, but her body was the least attractive among the top 16. It’s nice to see sometimes some small or weak sash nations making it to the top.
Before the top 16 competed again in the evening gown round, the host, Katia spoke with Catharina Svensson from Denmark, the 1st Miss Earth winner. Eric Papilaya performed a soulful rendition of his songs ‘Here I am’
Onto the Evening gown competition with the background score of “Lean on” by major lazer and dj snake. Hungary started the competition wearing a long sleeve green gown pleated on the bottom. She looked cool and calm, but her performance didn’t do full justice to her overall beauty. USA made everything in this so simple. Her gown was simple and combined it with a simple look; it was more classy, chic and elegant. Love the bun hair style of hers. Ukraine was very eye-catching in the bold red gown. Wish she had brought in more energy. Australia looked every bit of a regal queen and the shiny gold colour gown made her look even more stunning. She presented herself so well. As always, very bubbly personality. Czech Republic was bright and beautiful in a pink ball gown number. It was simple, but she looked stunning. Those flower beads on the gown were distracting actually. Brazil screamed elegance on seeing her in a white embroidered gown. She carried it so well. And the look she had a calm and warm. Mongolia – I just can’t stop looking at her. Though the gown was a safe choice, she carried it confidently and graciously. Love the way she started her walked by raising her right hand, pointing her fingers just on the face looking at it and dropping it only to look back at the camera, that was very theatrical. She resembles the beautiful and strong Disney’s princess ‘Fa Mulan’ from Mulan movie. Philippines was simply beautiful in her long flowing gown. The upper part of the gown was so appealing. The thin strip of strap on her shoulders with some artistic work on it and the upper gown made the simple gown look exquisite. The gown also highlighted her lean body too. She was calm and composed. And did better than in the swimsuit round. Mauritius gown didn’t impress at all. Couldn’t understand the colour combination of the gown. She did try to work around with the gown. That was nice. Scotland looked red hot in a bold red gown. The red lipstick complimented the gown and balanced it well. Austria looked so classy and supermodel in the shining white gown. I like her performance in this round more than in the swimsuit round. Chile wore a strapless gown. She bounces so sexily and she has got that look which is so sexy. Colombia was the best in this round. She worked the gown so well and carried it elegantly. When she raised her hands and turned around spreading the see-through poncho or cape that was a fabulous performance. Venezuela gown had silver symmetrical lines running on it which was very artistic, but the frills at the bottom made the gown unattractive. Thankfully, we didn’t get to see the full length of the gown. She carried it with style. France in a red number looked very beautiful and there’s something very charming about her. She might not be stunningly beautiful, but she does carry some class and beauty which makes her very appealing. Guam had a gown which makes her even shorter and heavy. I think it was the fabric of the gown. She was sweet and pretty, though.
Up next was the top 8 announcement and those who made it had to face question and answer round. The exclusion of Mongolia surprised me more than ever. It really upset me to see her out of the game. She is striking and intelligent. Had she been in the top 8, she would have given a tough competition to rest of the contestants. I would love to see her back in other big pageants. Hopefully, she will try for pageants again but the bigger one.
The Top 8 Question and Answer round:
USA If you were selected Miss Earth 2015 and you were given a chance to speak to President Obama, What would you ask him regarding climate change?
First of all, I would have to sit him down and tell him that it’s not just about him, it’s about our country because as Miss Earth it’s including being the voice, it’s influencing and reaching out to every single person. So I would sit him down and make sure that we include every single person.
Australia Do you have any environmental hero and why?
I am from the land ‘Down Under’ Australia and Steve Irwin has been an incredible hero to me. I am sure all of you know he is an incredible activists, conservationists and lovers of animals. And I have aspired to be just like him. I believe that he was one person that inspired millions of people, children, adults with his humour, with his informative documentaries and that is what I strive to do as Miss Earth as well because I believe that knowledge can create change and when people are inspired with passion, they will act and that is what I love about Steve Owen.
Brazil When you come home from this pageant, what will you do in your country for the environment?
The First thing I would like to do is thank God for being here today and I would like to talk to my people because they don’t know how serious the situation is. In my country, the problem is education, our children don’t have education, we are going through a hard time right now and what I would is to tell the children that climate change is very dangerous and what’s going on right now is because of it.
Philippines The slogan for Miss Earth for the last 15 years is ‘Beauty with a Cause’ if you were asked to propose a slogan for the next fifteen years, what would it be?
If I were to make a slogan for the next 15 years for Miss Earth that would be “We will because we can.” I want to let everybody know that all things are possible and all things are feasible if we work together. We will because we can
Austria Compare to our parents generations to our generations, do you think that this generation is friendlier or less friendly to the environment?
I think this generation is friendlier to our environment. I think we have to teach our kids how to live a healthy life and to save our Mother Earth.
Chile If you would become Miss Earth tonight, what would be your first project in your country?
The social project that we are already running in Chile is recycling. With that, we help people with less money and people who are vulnerable. Right now, we are working in a project in the whole of Chile with the Flora and Fauna Ministry.
Colombia If you become the female president of your country, what would you change?
I think our current President is making a great labor. As a President, I would impose taking care of the environment to create a green Earth. I will take care of the education and culture of the youngest people to understand that it is easier to have and we have to give them back something.
Venezuela There seems to be a lot of problem in your country. If you were in charge, what would be the first thing you would like to change?
The first thing that I will change will be education and I will implement the love to environment and the contribution to the same environment. Right now, in my county, I won’t say this is a problem, this is not taking care of it right now, but we have to make the change to help the environment and save our planet. Whichever way, give love to children.
If I have to pick my winner, it would be Australia followed by USA, Philippines and Chile. I wished the contestants were provided with a better translator. Australia delivered a great answer with a personal touch. She was so cheerful while answering her question. Philippines got a bit serious and emotional. I thought she was actually running for some campaign for a Presidency but the way she ended her speech gesturing her hands, nodding ‘We will because we can’ was worth seeing. USA, I thought, was more candid and honest in her answer without being too philosophical. I feel bad for the girls who spoke in their native language. They spoke so well but when it was translated it turned out something else. I am sure the ladies know it too. But it was so cool of them to go on answering without any disapproval. I think Miss Earth Org can do a lot better with a better translator. That’s something we have been seeing at Miss Earth.
Time for the winner announcement. When Miss Brazil was announced as Miss Earth Fire, I wasn’t surprised at all since Misses USA, Venezuela and Chile were still in the competition, I didn’t think too much about it. Then Miss USA was named Miss Earth Water who I thought might end up with the title of Miss Earth Air. Then, Miss Australia was named Miss Earth Air. Now I was surprised. The one who gave the best answer came 2nd. What just happened? Something wasn’t right. I started questioning my intuition. Philippines could just walk away with the title. I imagined the backlash Miss Earth would be getting. Miss Philippines was the only one left who gave a proper answer. I had her as one the elemental title winners in my favourites list. It was just that I never had expected her to win. Then the unexpected happen. Miss Philippines – Angelia Ong was announced as Miss Earth 2015. I didn’t know what to say! Well, it was in her destiny to win Miss Earth. So here she is now. She won. Nobody can change other’s destiny. Surprises are always there in pageants. Can’t do anything when it happens. The judges made the decision. I can only feel bad and pray for the best for my favourites who couldn’t make it to the semi-final or win. To look at the brighter side, I could feel her winning emotions because she had a lot of responsibilities and pressure to win not just because last year winner was from Philippines but also because which I think she is aware of what she would be facing. The one who isn’t afraid to face their biggest fear and accept challenges stands tall. The road ahead for Angelia might be tough but she has already faced them and came out stronger and conquering the impossible. So I don’t have any doubt that she will become a great Miss Earth Ambassador. She has the personality and the charm to impress and wins people heart. Wishing her all the best on her journey as Miss Earth.