The Philippines’ Jamie Herrell was crowned Miss Earth 2014 last Saturday night at the University Philippines Theater in Quezon City, beating more than 80 candidates from all over the world.
When asked what she would do to reverse global warming if she won the crown, Herrell answered: “Global warming has been known to be a long, overdue issue. I will use my title to inspire others, help our environment, and we start with the kids, the kids are the people of tomorrow.”
Herrell, 20, a native of Cebu, is also an acting student from the International Academy of Film and Television in Mactan. She was the former Sinulog Festival Queen of 2013 of her hometown.
The other winners were Miss Earth Fire Anastasia Trusova from Russia, Miss Earth Water Maira Alexandra Rodriguez from Venezuela and Miss Earth Air Andrea Neu from the United States.
The other delegates who made it to the top 8 were from Brazil, Mongolia, Slovak Republic and Spain.
Herrell is the second Filipina to win in the Miss Earth pageant, which was founded by Manila-based Carousel Productions in 2001. The first to be crowned winner was Karla Henry in 2008.
After winning the title as the country’s representative to the international beauty pageant in May, Herrell immediately began her advocacies for the environment along with her Filipina pageant sisters.
“We really feel blessed to have this opportunity to be public figures who can influence people to be more environmentally aware and help them better appreciate the beauty of our country,” she said in an exclusive interview with The Manila Times in July.