October 3, 2010

For First Time, Miss Earth Pageant Lands in Vietnam


It’s all systems go for the 2010 Miss Earth beauty pageant which will be held at the Vinpearl Island Nha Trang Province in Vietnam on Dec. 4, 2010. This will be the first time that the international beauty contest which focuses on environmental concerns will be held outside the Philippines.
The official announcement came during a press conference held in Ho Chi Minh City last August 25. Local organizers of the 2010 Miss Earth beauty contest were in full force to support the holding of the beauty contest in Vietnam.
Among those who attended the Vietnam launch were Miss Earth 2009 Larisa Ramos, Miss Air 2009/Miss Philippines-Earth 2009 Sandra Seifert, Miss Philippines-Earth 2010 Kris Psyche Resus and pageant owners Ramon Monzon and Lorraine Schuck.
Schuck said that pageant activities will start Nov. 4, with the 2010 Miss Earth beauties promoting their environmental advocacies in the Vietnam provinces such as Dong Thap, Phan Theit, Hoi An and Nha Trang.
Some 90 contestants will compete in the beauty contest, said to be the third largest international beauty pageant in terms of the number of candidates. Carousel Productions launched Miss Earth beauty pageant in 2001. The first winner of the contest was Catharina Svensson of Denmark, the first Caucasian titlist.
The first Philippine delegate to be crowned Miss Earth was Karla Henry in 2008. Henry is also the first Asian to win the crown.
So far, Brazil leads the most number of Miss Earth titles with two – Priscilla Meirelles (2004) and Larissa Ramos (2009).
It would be recalled that Miss Earth gained worldwide attention when Vida Samadzai, of Afghanistan, competed in a red bikini in 2003. She was also the first Afghan woman to join an international beauty contest.
Fellow Afghans, however, condemned her for wearing a red bikini in public. She later apologized to her countrymen.
“If I offended some people, some women in Afghanistan, I apologize. I represent myself. Afghan women should be allowed to do anything they want. Their rights shouldn’t be suppressed. They should speak their mind, to be whatever they want to be,’’ Samadzai said in a statement.
Samadzai did not win the contest. But organizers gave her a special award called “Beauty for A Cause.’’
In 2005, Miss Earth hogged the headlines again when a Pakistani beauty queen Naomi Zaman competed for the first time.
Zaman was the first delegate from her country to join any major international pageants. She said that beauty contests are frowned upon in Pakistan.
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