I had fond memories of Miss Earth 2001. Aside from the homegrown international pageant’s inaugural edition, it was also my first international coverage as pageant media. I was still part of Mabuhay Beauties then – several years before I even started blogging independently.
I can remember the official residence of the delegates being the – now gone – Intercontinental Manila along Ayala Avenue. It was the one and only time that the said hotel hosted/sponsored ladies for a pageant. What’s more, some of the pre-pageant activities were held at the Manila Polo Club. Finals was held at the UP Theater.
As for the batch, Catharina Svensson of Denmark was a standout – both physically (read: tallest) and intellectually. She was not the most gorgeous (her three elemental runners-up from Brazil, Kazakhstan and Argentina were more eye-catching, but the minute she speaks, everyone listened. She was the most convincing spokesperson for Mother Earth all the way to the Grand Coronation.
Below are two video clips from the inaugural finals.
Miss Earth has come a long way from 2001. And in terms of annual candidates, ladies from all over the world flock to be part of the beauty and environmental extravaganza. This inspite of encountering a number of major intrigues in the past that Carousel Productions and its officers were able to hurdle with head held high.
Miss Earth Brazil 2012 Camila Brant
Brazil is the most successful country-participant in Miss Earth. With two winners (Priscilla Meirelles and Larissa Ramos) , three elemental Miss Air (Drielly Bennettone, Simone Regis and Priscila Zandona) and one Miss Fire (Tatiana Alves), the South American country is well on its way to another exciting participation in 2012 with the entry of 22 year-old Camila Brant in this year’s roster.
The 5’9″ Camila is from Patos de Minas and is a very competitive young woman, having represented Brazil in Miss Intercontinental way back 2009. Her environmental advocacy – as stated in the Miss Earth website – is as follows:
“Open mind to project sustainability. I think what I advocate most is waking up the world to the realization that we are headed down a wasteful path. I want to change the course of our current future of destroying the earth through our wasteful ways. I want to be a part of a new norm, being conscience of our everyday activities and consuming in a much more efficient fashion. We can effectively advocate pro-environment policies when our voice joins a chorus calling for change. Sustainability includes recognizing global warming and significantly reversing our negative contribution to it, as well as supporting energy producing methods that have the least environmental impact. All of this means change and innovation would be on the horizon. The good news here is that the more the public is informed about the pros and cons of various types of energy production, they tend to influence their politicians. So, if the public can be more informed with truth and innovative options, then they will likely elect politicians who also subscribe to truth and innovate for the better.”
With Camila, I can confidently say that ME2012 has another clear favorite in its hands! 😉