Pageant winners compete, promote the environment


Alejandra Montoya

BA new Miss Earth Miami and Miss Teen Earth Miami queens were crowned recently during a two-hour ceremony in front of an audience of over 120 people at the Downtown Miami Hilton Hotel. Ladies between the ages of 14 and 26 competed for the title that will take the winners to represent the city at the state finals of Miss Earth Florida 2011 in June.

Vanessa Gonzalez is now Miss Earth Miami 2011. The 24-year-old aspiring attorney was victorious after a full day of activities including a private interview with a panel of judges, swimsuit competition, evening gown parade and a set of environmental and leadership on stage questions.

The Teen winner was April Camacho, an 18-year-old Miami native, who also overcame every challenge and ended up with the highest overall scores.

Both Gonzalez and Camacho will advance to state finals, all expenses paid, for a chance to become the Florida queens traveling to the national finals of Miss Earth.

Also crowned were Miss Earth Dade County Janeta Jackson and Miss Teen Earth Dade County Alejandra Montoya. They too will advance to the state competitions.

Miss Earth is one of the largest pageants on the planet with more than 80 countries competing in the world finals each year, and the only one dedicated 100 percent to environmental and humanitarian efforts.

Besides the typical glamorous events they attend, each Earth queen must create, develop and implement a project for 12 months in her community with the ultimate goal of contributing and educating the public as well as acquiring leadership and humanitarian skills.

The Miss Earth Florida finals are scheduled for June 26, 8-10 p.m., in Miami at the Hyatt Regency Ashe Auditorium.

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