Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021. 12:16 am CST.
By Hugh O’Brien: Belize’s Destiny Wagner made history for Belize on Saturday night as she won the virtual Miss Earth 2021 competition and became the first Belizean to win a major international pageant.
“My country has never placed at Miss Earth before nor have we ever had an international crown. So right now, this is what we needed and I am happy to represent such a gorgeous country. I am overwhelmed right now with emotions. The words and the gratitude, it’s very hard to express. But I am thankful. I am thankful for the Miss Earth Organization and thankful for my team as well,” Wagner said after winning the pageant.
Earlier on Saturday, Destiny took to social media informing Belizeans that it was an honor to represent the jewel. “Regardless of what happens tonight, I will always represent you with pride and joy and advocate for our beautiful planet,” said Destiny.
Destiny dedicated her performance on Saturday night to her best friend Jordan Perez who she said “supported me in all my endeavors and I miss him dearly” as he is no longer alive. “I know he (Jordan Perez) has been with me throughout this process and will continue to be with me,” said the newly crowned Miss Earth 2021 prior to the competition.
During the final question and answer portion, the Top 4 contestants – Belize, USA, Thailand and Chile – were asked how far can technology go to help save the environmental situation the world is currently in. In responding, Destiny said: “I am so thankful to live in a digital age right now. Because of technology, we are able to spread awareness of things that are happening not only in my country but in other countries as well.”
“However, technology can also be used to save our environment because by incorporating innovation and technology as well as sustainability, we can use those two things to come together. I am so thankful to be a woman now in 2021 and be able to have access to these things such as solar energy and renewable energy. When mixed together, there’s nothing that we cannot do. I am thankful to be in the digital age of technology and it will be used to save the planet,” she added.
Destiny topped 87 other delegates who participated in the competition to take the crown. Of the final four contestants, USA’s Marisa Butler won Miss Earth Air, Chile’s Romina Denecken was selected as Miss Earth Water and Thailand’s Baitong Jareerat Petsom settled for Miss Earth Fire.
Last year’s crown was won by USA’s Lindsey Coffey who will now pass the Miss Earth crown on to the Belizean entrepreneur and author who hails from Punta Gorda, Toledo.
In 2020 the Miss Earth pageant successfully mounted its first virtual competition and following its success, the organization decided to hold the 2021 competition virtually as well.
In justifying its decision the organization said “the safety of the delegates, the production staff, and the public is still paramount for the organization, and will not, in any way, put anyone involved with the event at risk.”
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