MISS EARTH 2020
It’s green and go for Miss Earth 2020
While the global pandemic has forced most beauty pageant organizations to cancel or indefinitely postpone their coronation events, the people behind Miss Earth are drafting the blueprint of what could be the first, if not the only virtual pageant of a major international beauty tilt to push through in 2020.
Carousel Productions Executive Vice-President and Miss Earth co-founder Lorraine Shuck recently confirmed that preparations are underway for the 20th edition of the advocacy-driven pageant. Although it would not be as grand as traditional coronation events pageants fans would expect, this year’s search would nonetheless take advantage of technology to bring the world together to promote its environmental campaign.
“We decided not to skip this year so we can continue with our mission to raise awareness on the state of the environment,” states Ms. Schuck. “Holding the pageant would enable another batch of delegates to inspire people across the world with their environmental platforms, which has always been Miss Earth’s mission.”
Ms. Schuck further says that the virtual event could also be an effective means to show the global community to be resilient in the face of a crisis, and that it is possible to cope with the challenges through the creative use of technology.
“While we understand the impact of COVID-19 to individuals and industries worldwide, we should also not let this unfortunate incident take a hold of our lives. We should eventually learn to move on, make the most of what we have, and inspire one another,” says the former beauty queen.
The national directors of the Miss Earth franchise have likewise expressed their eagerness to be part of the pageant’s milestone year. As of press time, close to 50 countries have confirmed their participation, and are now familiarizing themselves with the pageant’s not-so-usual format. According to Ms. Schuck, the big challenge lies in making the delegates part of the production team as they will be asked to produce their own videos. But given Carousel’s recent experience in handling a virtual pageant, they have somehow got the grips of eliciting the excitement of a live television event in an online setting.
To mark Miss Earth’s 20th year, a two-month long series of online pre-pageant events was laid out to give netizens in-depth insights on each delegate. The activities will commence by the end of September while the finals will have its television broadcast on November 29. The Philippines will be represented by Roxanne Baeyens, a 23-year old commercial model from Baguio City.