31 comments on “Mina Sue Choi of Korea is Miss Earth 2022

  1. The win by Korea comes at a time when K– beauty and K- pop are taking the world by storm. K-beauty is an umbrella term for the influence on skincare, beauty treatments, routines, lifestyle, and products that originate in South Korea. Before Korea, Japan and Europe were deemed as the top skincare providers. However, that quickly changed when the Korean government stepped in to help fund and give tax breaks for cosmetics and the aesthetics industries, just like what they did to entertainment and music industry. So wonder no more why in the last few years, the wave of Korean culture (Hallyu) has swept the world– from K-pop, K-movies, K-dramas to K-fashion, alongside K-beauty. Just think of BTS, Blackpink, the Netflix series “Squid Game” or the movie “Parasite”.

    • I think ME is the most appropriate platform for a K- beauty foray into pageantry. Korean cosmetics are known for natural, organic and environmentally-friendly ingredients and packaging in their beauty products. Abuse of animals for beauty testing is a brand killer; only ethical ways of doing R&D is the way to go. Many Korean beauty brands today focus on plant extracts and oils that naturally help protect, nourish, and hydrate the skin. The latest trend in South Korea has beauty brands partnering with local farming communities for ethical sourcing collaborations.

      • ME is known for its innovative and pacesetting product development– pioneering pageant segments and novel content. It obviously remains one of the industry’s laggard in terms of main event staging and technical production. This notwithstanding, a new door is swung open for ME with the election of a Korean titlist– the pathway to market development via corporate sponsorships/ partnerships with natural, organic and pro-environment cosmetics and aesthetics brands. Another door is swung open with the choice of a veritable Dream Team of intelligent well-spoken winners– the road to a proactive solid involvement in UN Environmental Program that ME may plan for funding proposal and implementation on a sustainable basis.

    • Isn’t a tax break considered protectionism (from foreign/imported competition)? Or, was it possible in this case PRECISELY because ‘cosmetics & beauty’ AREN’T YET included in global trade liberalization pacts?… 🙂

      (Another industry that apparently hasn’t been hobbled by import levies is MUSIC, despite being clearly global now. Or, hindi ko lang alam?… Are streaming apps/services taxed a lot?)

  2. The win by Korea comes at a time when K– beauty and K- pop are taking the world by storm. K-beauty is an umbrella term for the influence on skincare, beauty treatments, routines, lifestyle, and products that originate in South Korea. Before Korea, Japan and Europe were deemed as the top skincare providers. However, that quickly changed when the Korean government stepped in to help fund and give tax breaks for the cosmetics and aesthetics industries, just like what they did to entertainment and music industry. So wonder no more why in the last few years, the wave of Korean culture (Hallyu) has swept the world– from K-pop, K-movies, K-dramas to K-fashion, alongside K-beauty. Just think of BTS, Blackpink, the Netflix series “Squid Game” or the movie “Parasite”…

  3. Congrats to the winners…ang lalakas lahat ng top 12 to final four…bumubula tlga bibig nila pagdating sa Q & A

    • 2019 had two (2) Europeans in the Elemental Court – Klara Vavruskova & Alisa Manyenook. The following year, the virtual competition only had Michala Rubinstein, who while of Scandinavian ancestry (if I recall correctly that post-pageant ZOOM interview with Mr. Blogger) was ‘Israel’… Tama, ba? Last year, none… Chile, Thailand (Jareerat Baetiong), Belize (the winner, Destiny Wagner), & who else?…

      (So, Palestine’s turn.)

      I hope the continent does not altogether lose traction. ❤

      You agree with the notion that countries in The Levant be lumped with Europe, considering the amount of engagement between them, & NOT as part of 'Asia-Pacific'? Israel, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria,… As an example of that engagement, Tel Aviv hosted Eurovision a few years back.

  4. Congratulations to the winners 🏆
    I’m happy for Korea. I love Palestine. The walking saint statue Miss Colombia is ❤️😀 Pang MU c Australia. Hihihihi 😊
    Congratulations MEO👍

  5. Although she was really weak in Q & A , I thought that Zimbabwe was elegant on stage presentation , and so was Palestine , but I did not like her hair in final four Q & A

    Australia’s voice was quivering. If not for that, I thought the crown belonged to her. Korea was more calm and collected but she was very obviously nervous deep inside …

  6. It was a night of surprises and I never expected that Miss Korea will going to win the crown. Some of our Korean neighbors are crying and jumping for joy with the results while our Filipino neighbors are disappointed and wouldn’t stop complaining about the poor stage, lousy production, gigantic size of the ME crown, and some host are defnitely boring and finally, the non sense final question, etc. Honestly, ME org did the best they could to organize a beauty pageant. I guess some people are still expecting a spectacular production like what our neighboring Asian countries doing during beauty pageant.

    • The criticism is constructive for the most part. If Pinoy fans truly didn’t care for ME deep in their hears, even if they might be too proud to admit, they would have totally ignored the entire thing. And the things asked for are seen as improvements.

      (Compare with someone else’s pageant… Excellent production, but… ‘Asan, na, sila? Touring still?)

      It’s great Korea is back! It’s their first BIG crown, right? May Supra na, may Earth din.

      • From the business perspective, Korea’s win can be an opportune opening for ME to look for big corporate sponsors along organic beauty business. Korea has one of the world’s fastest growing cosmetics and aesthetics industries. In fact, global cosmetics giants L’Oreal, Parfums Christian Dior and Unilever have bought out K- beauty brands. Korea is fast gaining prominence in aesthetic medicine, the business that focus on improving cosmetic appearance through the treatment of conditions including scars, skin laxity, wrinkles, moles, liver spots, excess fat, cellulite, unwanted hair, skin discoloration, and spider veins.

      • Hearts. I missed the ‘t’.

        @ scorg What’s a ‘liver spot’?

        And in line with the esthetic medicine industry, perhaps allied with it, one of us said that one can get ‘Venezuela’-quality ‘work’ at much less in Korea… Malapit pa! ❤

      • @Edible Flor, “liver spots” are also called age spots, the small dark flat areas of the skin.

        If I recall right what I saw on the video interview on Ms. Anne J, the new MU shareholder, it was in Korea where she underwent aesthetic procedures to acquire more feminine features.

  7. I actually thought Palestine would win after the Q&A. The way she talks makes you want to listen.
    She has this conviction in her voice not to mention that she was beaming on stage.
    Poor Colombia who could have won if this was not Miss Earth which is a cerebral pageant.
    Bawal ang uutal utal sa Miss Earth.
    Congratulations to all.

    • … but Palestine hair during the final four Q & A looked so bad … like it was done by an amateur hair stylist … However, her beauty did shine as well as her speaking skills , but she had thunder thighs … I am very happy for her that she is in the Miss Earth court !

    • Palestine is a pleasant surprise! The participation of Iraq and Iran at ME is already unprecedented, yet Palestine proves that the traditionally-outside-pageant-circuit countries can win beauty contests! All it takes is for the contest to highlight one’s inner beauty– the intellect and core values– more than physical attributes. Strategically situated between three continents, Palestine has a tumultuous history as a crossroads for religion, culture, commerce, and politics. A beauty crown may yet help give a fresh new image for the country.

  8. Congrats again to Korea and her court. I haven’t seen a strong set of winners in a while esp when it comes to Q&A and they all delivered.

    Kudos to Papa James for actually restating and explaining the question esp for Colombia. I think she understood the question as it made sense. Grammatical error does not reduce the overall thought she had in mind. I think her answer is more impact full than Australia but obviously Australia articulated better although lacking specificity in her content.

  9. A good choice for a very strong batch of contenders! All four would be effective spokespersons and leaders for environment activism. I hope Carousel Productions would fully utilize their intellect, experience and determination to drive ME’s advocacy to unprecedented heights, and catapult the brand into a real agent for climate change mitigation. I am especially pleased at the inclusion of Miss Palestine in the Top 4. Geopolitics might exclude her estate in pageantry circuit but she proved that an issue as threatening as climate change should include her race in the global conversation.

    • Looks like this year’s winners comprise a Dream Team that can put a significant impetus in ME’s seemingly perfunctory participation in UN Environmental Program. With a little over 10 years left to meet Paris Accord’s 2030 target date, the world will need to pick up the pace and put greater efforts in finding better solutions to pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss in order to truly transform societies and economies. ME’s platform is best positioned for a proactive role in this initiative. This year’s winners, add one European (Netherlands?) and one African (Nigeria?), would be a formidable force to make pageantry a useful yet untapped support network.

  10. Congratulations to Korea. She deserves to win. My favorite, Colombia, placed Miss Fire. But my favorite of the night, Australia, placed Miss Air.

    The top 20, 12, 8 then 4 deserve their placements.

  11. Nakuh nadala sa Pa Taylor swift ang Peg. Yung sa q and a mali na ipinaliwanag ang question sa
    Sasagot. Thats the point there kailangan witty ka kung ano ang tanong. Hindi deserved ng nanalo.
    Choz.

  12. @ Throwbakla got 75% success rate. Congratulations, po.

    And the only one among us who vouched for Palestine for the Elemental Court!

    🙂

    • (Cont.)

      Madilim, talaga, ang Okada Dome ‘pag gabi. ‘Di nga, ‘ata, puwede’ng kabitan/mag-retrofit ng lights sa trusses nu’ng istruktura.. It’s perfectly fine in the daytime for Swim, though.

      (Kahit Grand Palais sa Paris, ‘pag cloudy on a day event nag-iilaw pa rin sila. Gabi pa kaya…)

      We need to find a BRIGHTER venue. 🙂

      • the swimsuit fit on the ladies look awful on video , but … it’s probably just the lighting on the stage or perhaps the swimsuit fit look good in person … & still so many ladies are wearing ugly chunky shoes !

      • @ jaretwrightlover Regarding the fit~style of the Swim garb, do you agree that it might be a sort of concession in that to present something too sleek (read : revealing/daring) might offend…?

        Ang nakikita ko’ng consistent sa Swim style, MUT!

        Then, there’s the ‘malfunction’ that befell an ASEAN candidate at Grand 2020, caught live during the Prelims stream. Kaya, medyo pull back, din, siguro kahit paano, sa mga swim wear designers. ❤

      • the problem is that some were wearing two piece , some monokini , and some one piece … why don’t they just all wear one-piece swimsuits ? … if it is done well, a one-piece can still look sexy and at the same time not too revealing which might be more acceptable to the Moslem candidates and audience around the world …

  13. am VERY VERY happy with top 2 !! , …Palestine shined on stage , applause applause

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