Miss Earth 2012
After years of having Latinas lording Miss Earth, it was a surprise when Tereza Fajksova from Czech Republic was crowned in 2012. Stephany Stefanowitz of the Philippines eventually became the runner-up.
Favorites to win the crown were Osmariel Villalobos (Venezuela) and Brazil’s Camila Brant, both ended up in the elemental court; Tamerin Jardine of South Africa (Top 8) was another crowd favorite then along with India’s Prachi Mishra, who was unplaced.
The crowning of the Czech queen was a breath of fresh air in an era where Miss Earth has crowned Latinas and placed their home girls in the elemental court every single year.
Miss Earth 2013
A diverse set of winners, a deserving crown title-holder – this edition probably revived the dwindling popularity of the contest.
With strong contenders from Asia including Korea’s Catharina Choi and Thailand’s Punika Kulsoontornrut, Miss Earth 2013 saw some formidable contenders.
Latinas were still majorly part of the semifinalists but a lot of European girls stepped up – one of the surprises was Austria’s Katia Wagner, who eventually came close to winning that night, and delegates from Poland and Serbia dominated the competition.
One of the most fierce Miss Philippines Earth winners, Angelee delos Reyes made it to the Top 8.
But it was clearly Alyz Henrich who stole the night, even winning the Best in Evening Gown. Thailand was also close to winning the crown had Punika answered the final question better.
Nevertheless, it really cemented the pageant at the top of the beauty sphere.
Miss Earth 2014
In 2014, Philippines’ strongest delegate since Sandra Seifer, Jamie Herrell was the favorite to win the competition from the beginning. However, she faced tough competition from Russia, USA, Venezuela, Brazil and Mongolia.
At the end of night, Jamie Herrell’s stage performance, as well as her final answer gave her the crown. In an iconic red dress, she was the second Filipina to win Miss Earth. Little did she know, it would be start of Philippines’ domination in the beauty pageant.
The next three editions are nothing but controversial and deserves a single post on their own.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s the links for the other parts of our series.
Part 1: http://theqrown.com/international-pageants/miss-earth-and-its-18-years-of-rich-history-part-1-of-3/
Part 2: http://theqrown.com/international-pageants/miss-earth-and-its-18-years-of-rich-history-part-2-of-3/
Part 3: http://theqrown.com/international-pageants/miss-earth-and-its-18-years-of-rich-history-part-3-of-3/