When Olga Alava Vargas was crowned Miss Earth 2011 last December 3, she made Ecuador doubly prouder since her compatriot Ma. Fernanda Cornejo was also successful in clinching the Miss International 2011 victory almost a month earlier. Two grand slam titles in one year is impressive, especially for a country that has not figured out well for the past decades.
From the time the girls started arriving for the pageant, Olga stood out as one of the favorites. She may not have the superlatives to back up her bid, but one thing going in her favor is consistency. She was always beautiful. She was always smiling. She was always ready and able to take part in all the environmental pre-pageant activities. She was always up on her toes mingling with everyone. And she never complained. And on pageant night, she showed that she is no cookie-cutter candidate. She displayed sincere happiness everytime she made the cut from the top 16 all the way to Final 4 and the crown itself. The final Q&A was a clincher after she spoke in limited English (instead of Spanish) and was still able to put her message across with clarity. After the coronation, practically all competitors (and the rest of the Earth) were happy with her win.
Below is an excerpt from an article written by Armin Adina in the Philippine Daily Inquirer:
Saving Mother Earth
Alava said “all of us deserve to win.” She invited her fellow candidates to help her in her mission for the environment. “We are all here for a purpose and we have to continue working for it,” she said.
The Ecuadorian beauty sees her crown as “a tool to help save Mother Earth.”
With Olga’s fondness for Asia, I’m pretty sure she will be very visible in the region. It would be safe to say that her reign will be a productive one since she can smoothly combine her efforts for Mother Earth in Ecuador & South America and in this part of the world.
Good luck and God Bless, Olga! 😉