Nicole Faria of India has confirmed her favoritism and was crowned Miss Earth 2010 earlier today in Vietnam. It’s India’s first Miss Earth conquest. With victories in Miss World (5), Miss Universe (2), Miss Tourism Queen (1), and now Miss Earth (1), India has joined Brazil and Venezuela as the only three countries to have won 4 of the 6 Grand Slam pageants.
Jennifer Pazmiño of Ecuador, another major front-runner, was the first runner-up (Miss Earth Air), Miss Thailand, Watsaporn Wattanakoon, was the second runner-up (Miss Earth Water), and Puerto Rico’s Yeidy Bosques, rounded up the ‘top 4′ as third runner-up (Miss Earth Fire).
Among the top 7 finalists were the candidates from Japan, Marina Kishira, South Africa, Nondyebo Dzingwa, and Venezuela, Mariángela Bonanni.
The semi-finalists were Misses Czech Republic, Carmen Justová, Italy, Ilenia Arnolfo, Netherlands, Desiree van den Berg, Russia, Viktoria Shchukina, Ukraine, Valentina Zhytnyk, USA, Danielle Bounds, and Vietnam, Lưu Thị Diễm Hương.
Major awards went to Thailand, Watsaporn Wattanakoon (Photogenic), Guatemala, Sue Ellen Castañeda (Friendship), and Japan, Marina Kishira (National Costume).
Miss Earth-Fire (3rd Runner-up): PUERTO RICO
Miss Earth-Water (2nd Runner-up): THAILAND
Miss Earth-Air (1st Runner-up): ECUADOR
Miss Earth 2010 (WINNER): INDIA
Finalists: Venezuela, South Africa, Japan
Miss Malaysia Earth is represented by Appey Rowenna Januin, 19th year old from Sabah.