Miss Earth United States

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Miss Earth USA
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Formation2005; 17 years ago (2005)
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
Location
Membership
Miss Earth
Official language
English
National Director
Laura Clark (2016-present)
WebsiteOfficial Website

Miss Earth USA (formerly Miss Earth United States) is an annual beauty pageant which selects the United States representative to Miss Earth which is an annual international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness.[1][2][3]

The current titleholder is Natalia Salmon from Pennsylvania. Salmon was crowned Miss Earth USA 2022 on January 8, 2022 by the reining Miss Earth, Marisa Butler of the United States during the competition that was held at the Orange County Convention Center's Linda Chapin Theater in Orlando, Florida.

In January 2016, owners of Miss Earth, Carousel Productions, Inc., announced, through their official Facebook fan page, that the Miss Earth USA program would be managed by U.S. Earth Productions/Beauty Beyond Borders, Inc. under the leadership of national director Laura Clark.

In August 2018, the current organization announced it would be changing its name to Miss Earth USA.[4]

History[edit]

2001-2004: Ms. America International[edit]

The United States delegates in Miss Earth from 2001–2005 were selected by the Ms. America International pageant where the prize was to represent the United States at the Miss Earth Pageant.

The very first American delegate for Miss Earth is Abigail Royce[5] of California. She competed in 2001 where she landed as one of the Top 10 semifinalists.[6][7]

2005-2015: Earth Pageant Productions[edit]

In 2005, Earth Pageant Productions acquired the rights to conduct the national competition for the United States and to select a national winner to participate in the Miss Earth pageant. Thus, a national pageant was established to conduct the annual Miss Earth United States pageant.

Miss Earth United States represents the United States in the annual Miss Earth pageant. The pageant adopted the slogan "Continuing the Legacy of Beauty and Responsibility". The pageant focused mainly on promoting environmental causes and winners are chosen equally on their physical attributes as well as their understanding and knowledge of the issues affecting the Earth.[8][9][10]

In order to bring more awareness to the cause, and to provide the next generation an opportunity to get involved, a teen division was added in 2008. The winner of the pageant, held in conjunction with the Miss Earth United States pageant, was awarded the title of Miss Teen Earth United States. As a result, the pageant became known as the US Earth pageants.

2016-Present: U.S. Earth Productions/Beauty Beyond Borders, Inc.[edit]

The US Earth Productions/Beauty Beyond Borders, Inc. is the organization that currently owns and runs the Miss Earth USA beauty contest since 2016. The organization is based in Washington, D.C.[11]

National Competition[edit]

Pre-pageant events take place over a one-week period and include community service work within the host location.

Delegates are scored in the following areas: judges' interview, evening gown, swimwear, a Think Global, Act Local environmental project,[12] runway, photogenic, media interview, and social media presence and engagement.

State & Regional Competitions[edit]

Every year, states hold a preliminary competition to choose their delegate for the Miss Earth USA pageant. Delegates may be appointed state or regional titles if a state pageant is not offered in their area. The state/regional winners hold the title "Miss (State/Region) Earth USA" for the year of their reign.

State contestants are judged equally in the following categories: community service, gown, interview, photogenic, and swimwear.

The U.S. Earth Productions/Beauty Beyond Borders, Inc. organization awards directorships to pageant directors, who in some cases are responsible for more than one state or a region of the United States.

Currently, the Miss Earth USA organization does allow contestants to re-compete at the national pageant in the same division under the previous state title held, or a regional title, if a state title has already been awarded or appointed.

Performance at Miss Earth[edit]

In 2020, Lindsey Coffey is the first U.S. representative to win Miss Earth during their 20th anniversary. Marisa Butler, Miss Earth USA 2021, Emaniii Davis, Miss Earth USA 2019, and Andrea Neu, Miss Earth USA 2014, placed first-runner up as Miss Earth - Air in their respective years competing at Miss Earth.[13][14]

The U.S. placed six consecutive years at Miss Earth between 2012-2017. This the country's longest placement streak since the pageant's inception in 2001.

Results Summary[edit]

Placements in Miss Earth[edit]

USA holds a record of 13 placements at Miss Earth, third overall behind Philippines, and Venezuela.

  • Miss Earth: Lindsey Coffey (2020)
  • Miss Earth Air (1st Runner-up): Andrea Neu (2014), Emanii Davis (2019), Marisa Butler (2021)
  • Miss Earth Water (2nd Runner-up): Brittany Payne (2015)
  • Miss Earth Fire (3rd Runner-up): Corrin Stellakis (2016)
  • Top 8: Amanda Kimmel (2005), Siria Bojorquez (2012)
  • Top 10: Abigail Royce (2001)
  • Top 14/16: Amanda Pennekamp (2006), Jana Murrell (2008), Danielle Bounds (2010), Nicolle Velez (2013), Andrea Gibau (2017)

Titleholders[edit]

This is a list of women who have represented USA at the Miss Earth pageant:

Color key
  •   Declared as Winner
  •   Ended as Runner-up
  •   Ended as one of the Finalists, Semi-finalists or Quarter-finalists
Year Name Age[a] State Represented Hometown Placement at Miss Earth Medals & Awards at Miss Earth Notes
2001 Abigail Royce 25  California San Diego Top 10 1st Runner-up at Miss World USA 2000.
2002 Casey Marie Burns 21  California Long Beach
2003 Jessica Schilling† 19  California Palm Springs
2004 Stephanie Brownell 20  California Riverside Miss Friendship.
2005 Amanda Kimmel 21  Montana Billings Top 8 Miss Montana USA 2005.
2006 Amanda Pennekamp 25  South Carolina Columbia Top 16 Miss South Carolina USA 2004, 1st Runner-up at Miss USA 2004.
2007 Lisa Forbes 26  Kansas Overland Park Miss Kansas USA 2004.
2008 Jana Murrell 26  Nebraska Omaha Top 16 Miss Nebraska USA 2005.
2009 Amy Diaz 25  Rhode Island Providence Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2001; Miss Rhode Island USA 2008, Top 15 at Miss USA 2008.
2010 Danielle Bounds 26  Missouri Kansas City Top 14
2011 Nicole Kelley 22  Florida Palm Coast
2012 Siria Bojorquez 19  Texas El Paso Top 8 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Best Swimsuit (Group)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Trivia Challenge (Group)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Best Participation
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Darling of the Press
2013 Nicolle Velez 22  New York New York City Top 16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Best School Tour Teachers (Group)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Miss Friendship (Group)
2014 Andrea Neu 24  Colorado Pueblo 1st Runner-up
(Miss Earth-Air)
1st place, gold medalist(s) Best Resort Wear (Group)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Best Swimsuit
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Best Teacher (Group)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Best Evening Gown (Group)
Miss U.S. International 2013, Top 15 at Miss International 2013.
2015 Brittany Ann Payne 23  California Tehachapi 2nd Runner-up
(Miss Earth-Water)
1st place, gold medalist(s) Charity Givers;
Best Eco Video and Most Cheerful.
2016 Corrin Stellakis 19  New York Bridgeport 3rd Runner-up
(Miss Earth-Fire)
1st place, gold medalist(s) Best Swimsuit (Group)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Darling of the Press;
Hannah's Best Swimsuit and 1st Runner-up in Miss Earth-Hannah's.
Originally placed Top 8, later elevated after original Miss Earth-Fire was resigned; Miss New York Teen USA 2014; Top 12 at Miss World America 2015; Miss U.S. International 2021.
Mae-Ann Webb 25  South Carolina Ridge Spring Did not compete Originally 1st Runner-up, later took over after original winner was elevated to Miss Earth-Fire.
2017 Andreia Gibau 22  Massachusetts Brockton Top 16 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Best Resort Wear (Group)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Best Swimsuit (Group)
Miss New York USA 2020, Top 10 at Miss USA 2020.
2018 Yashvi Aware 25  Maryland Frederick
2019 Emanii Davis 25  Georgia Griffin 1st Runner-up
(Miss Earth-Air)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Best Evening Gown (Group);
Best Futuristic Filipiniaña, Best Designer and Host Lion Legazpi Oriental.
Miss Georgia USA 2016, 2nd Runner-up at Miss USA 2016; 3rd Runner-up at Miss World America 2017.
Libby Hill 28  Texas Houston Did not compete Originally 1st Runner-up, later took over after original winner won Miss Earth-Air.
2020 Lindsey Coffey 28  Pennsylvania Brownsville Miss Earth 2020 1st place, gold medalist(s) Best Evening Gown (Group)
1st place, gold medalist(s) Best Talent in Sing (Group)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Best Swimsuit (Group)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Best Resort Wear (Group)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Best Sportwear (Group)
2021 Marisa Butler 27  Maine Standish 1st Runner-up
(Miss Earth-Air)
1st place, gold medalist(s) Best Talent in Sing
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Best Sportswear
Miss Maine USA 2016; Miss World America 2018, Top 30 at Miss World 2018.
2022 Natalia Salmon 23  Pennsylvania Effort TBA

Notes:

  • † Now deceased

By number of states[edit]

States Titles Years
 California 5 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2015
 Pennsylvania 2 2020, 2022
 Texas 2012, 2019[b]
 New York 2013, 2016
 South Carolina 2006, 2016[b]
 Maine 1 2021
 Georgia 2019
 Maryland 2018
 Massachusetts 2017
 Colorado 2014
 Florida 2011
 Missouri 2010
 Rhode Island 2009
 Nebraska 2008
 Kansas 2007
 Montana 2005
  1. ^ Age when competed at Miss Earth
  2. ^ a b Took over or held the title for a brief period of time after the original winner won or elevated to Miss Earth's runner-up, and thus did not compete at Miss Earth.

Winners' gallery[edit]

Supporting Miss Earth USA Divisions[edit]

The current Miss Earth USA program requires contestants be ages 18–28 as of January 1 of the competition year. U.S. Earth Productions/Beauty Beyond Borders, Inc. offers three additional divisions supporting Miss Earth USA. The winners of the supporting divisions for ages 14-18 (Teen) and 26-38 (Elite Miss), and 21-59 (Mrs.) go on to compete at international competitions. All delegates are never married (excluding Mrs.), never had children, natural born female (excluding Elite Miss), and U.S. citizens.[15] Together, these delegates make up Miss Earth USA system and bring awareness to environmental concerns while celebrating talents in modeling, fashion, and public speaking.[16]

Titleholders[edit]

The following is a list of all Miss Earth USA supporting division titleholders.

Supporting Divisions for Miss Earth USA
Edition Teen Miss Earth USA State Elite Miss Earth USA State Mrs. USA Earth State
2021 Katia Gerry California California Nalicia Ramdyal  New York Meredith Pope Alabama Alabama
2019 Sydni Terradot  Louisiana Celine Pelofi  Florida Shelby Williams Dixon  North Carolina
2020 Sally Dorrell  West Virginia
2019 Sydni Terradot  Louisiana Celine Pelofi  Florida Shelby Williams Dixon  North Carolina
2018 Payton Stockman United States Gulf Coast Keyace Sims United States Gulf Coast Brandi Jarvis Ibos  Mississippi
2017 Leslie Jackson  Maryland Adele Scala  New York Division established in 2018[17]
2016 Sarah Levandowski  Texas Kristin Chucci  Florida
2015 Alyssa Klinzing  Kansas Vincenza Carrieri-Russo  Delaware

Notes:

References[edit]

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