The 13th edition of Miss Earth pageant closes with a big bang as the new queen will take over the throne as the new Earth Warrior. Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich was crowned the title winner on Saturday at the Versailles Mansion in Muntinlupa City, Philippines.
Considered as a pageant powerhouse, Miss Earth 2013 is the second major win of Venezuela after Gabriela Isler won the prestigious Miss Universe crown. Henrich is a big advocate of preserving nature and her advocacy includes the conservation of the Los Roques chain of islands in her native country.
Before the final winner was announced, three Miss Earth Elemental winners was awarded and Miss Austria Katia Wagner was named Miss Earth Air, Miss Thailand Punika Kulsoontornrut is Miss Earth Water and Miss Korea Catharina Choi is Miss Earth Fire.
Before the final night of the pageant, major awards such as Best in Swimwear and Best in Evening Gown was awarded to Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich and Miss Ukraine Anastasia Sukh respectively. Miss Kazakhstan got the Best in Talent award and Miss Thailand Punika Kulsoontornrut won the Best in Resorts Wear, while India's Sobhita Dhulipala took home the Miss Photogenic award.
Here are the Question and Answer of the Top 8.
Question: How does Eco-Tourism contribute to the protection of the environment?
Miss Venezuela: Because we people are responsible also for destruction our nature. We need to be aware and take care of mother earth.
Question: Aside from Climate Change, what is the biggest threat to mother Earth?
Miss Thailand: It is human behavior. What ever human behavior influences the environment. It is going to affect the environment around the world. It is going to affect the whole world.
Question: "What do you think is the best invention that has made our world a better place to live in?"
Miss Austria: I have to say there are many great inventions. For me it's solar energy. We should all stick to solar energy.
Question: So many diff forms of discrimination today. What do you think is the worst one?
Miss Korea: I don't think there is a worse. Any kind of discrimination is bad.
Question: What is the biggest risk you've taken in your life?
Miss Mexico: One of the most risky things I've done is joining this pageant. This is a contest that is for a cause. It is one way of letting people know about environmental care.
Question: In your opinion, why does God allow natural disasters to happen?
Miss Poland: Because I think God wants to show bad people how to love. Our God love everyone and I think in our world should be wrong side and good side.
Question: It's been a month since Haiyan hit the Philippines, how do you think mother Earth feels now?
Miss Philippines: It feels like Mother Earth is really sad. I think typhoon Yolanda happened as a wake up call for us to realize that we must take care of one another and we must take care of one another for the generations to come.
Question: Define the beauty of an earth warrior.
Miss Serbia: Beauty is what we have inside. If we take care of people, country, neighbour, that is real beauty. So girls and woman if you have beauty outside and not inside that is not real. We must share love and happiness with everyone.
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