Miss United States Lindsey Coffey was crowned Miss Earth 2020 on Sunday in a historic win for being the first American candidate to win the 19-year-old Philippine-based title.
Miss Denmark won the title Miss Earth Fire 2020, Miss Philippines Roxie Baeyens, Miss Earth Water 2020; and Miss Venezuela, Miss Earth Air 2020.
Twenty-eight-year-old Coffey, who succeeded Nellys Pimentel of Puerto Rico, was in tears after the results were announced.
“That is one of the best surprises I have ever received in my life. I am so shocked right now,” she said.
“Honestly, I did not even think that I had enough to really do this because I am so brand new to all of this. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But from the very beginning, the stars seemed to have aligned. Even though I had some doubts, all my supporters, my team knew I was on the right track. To actually have this come true, it’s pretty remarkable,” Coffey added.
During the competition’s final question-and-answer portion, the Top 8 delegates were asked the question: “This year, 2020 brought us a lot of conspiracy theories, conflicting news or fake news. How do you reconcile this with the concept of truth?”
The Pennsylvania native said, “There have been many conspiracy theories going on. It is very difficult and hard to decipher what to believe and what not to believe. But this is why it is crucial to really look into your sources, try to find reputable sources that you can actually trust.”
“It’s very important during this time to focus on that because now more than ever, we need to respect science. We need to respect the solid evidence that’s brought before us. That’s why it is very critical to really follow up on your research and talk to one another and don’t really focus on the first thing that you hear,” she continued.
Meanwhile, Baeyens took to social media to share how grateful she is for her runner-up win and her journey through the competition.
“Throughout this year, I have changed and grown so much as a person. Learning to find the confidence as a spokesperson is not the easiest journey but I have found power in my voice along the way. Environmental protection has grown in me day by day and I know this is what should be given more importance while we are still given the gift to live,” she wrote on her Instagram account.
“This is the end to a new beginning. I have so much gratitude for the Miss Earth Organization who helped me find who I truly am and what I am destined for. Beyond grateful to everyone who held my hands and showed me I can do it. It was a yearlong journey of up and downs, twist and twirlies, but if there’s one thing I have learned, it is that everything worth having is worth working hard for with all your heart. This is for us, all of us,” the 23-year-old model added
The coronation night, which saw 84 international candidates, was held virtually due to restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. IZA IGLESIAS