Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell (in red, second from left), with Miss Earth Water Maira Alexandra Rodriguez of Venezuela, Miss Earth Fire Anastasia Trusova of Russia, and Miss Earth Air Andrea Neu of USA. (Photo from the Miss Earth Instagram page)
Jamie Herrell, a self-proclaimed animal rights advocate from Cebu City, was proclaimed Miss Earth 2014 at the grand coronation night of the pageant held Saturday at the UP Theater in Diliman, Quezon City.
The 20-year-old mestiza stunner bested 84 other entrants from all over the planet and became the second Filipina to claim the Miss Earth title after Karla Henry won in 2008.
Loudly cheered by her hometown crowd, Herrell looked confident and regal right from the start. En route to her victory, she also won three special awards: Miss Earth Hannah’s Beach Resort, Miss Hannah’s Beach Resort’s Best in Swimsuit and Sun for Miss Earth Award.
Herrell was particularly impressive during the question and answer portion when she was asked, “If you win tonight’s crown what will you do to reverse global warming?”
Her reply? “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.”
Previously a contestant at the Miss Resorts World Manila 2013 pageant, Herrell is also the owner of Mactan Dynamics Dance Company based in her native Cebu.
Completing Herrell’s court are Andrea Neu of USA who was adjudged Miss Earth Air, Maira Alexandra Rodriguez of Venezuela who won Miss Earth Water and Anastasia Trusova of Russia, who was crowned Miss Earth Fire.
Candidates from Brazil, Mongolia, Slovak Republic and Spain comprised the rest of the Top 8 finalists. This field had been whittled down from the Top 16 that also featured the ladies representing Colombia, Egypt, Korea, Mexico, Scotland, Tahiti, Thailand and Zambia.
Considered as one of the Big Four international beauty pageants along with Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss World, Miss Earth was founded in the Philippines in 2001. Since the establishment of the Miss Earth Foundation in 2004, the country has hosted the pageant in 10 of the last 11 years except for 2010 when it was held in Vietnam.