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Miss Earth 2002 Džejla Glavović dethroned; Crown goes to Kenya’s Winfred Omwakwe?

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Džejla Glavović, 19, of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina was crowned Miss Earth 2002 at the Folk Arts Theater in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on October 20, 2002. She bested 52 other candidates.

Aside from winning the Miss Earth 2002 crown, Glavović was also Miss Talent. Miss Creamsilk, one of the awards from the sponsors, was given to her, as well.

This made Glavović the first Bosnian woman to win a major international beauty pageant. However, on May 28, 2003, she was stripped of her title.

Džejla Glavović
Džejla Glavović

According to Miss Earth organizer Carousel Productions, the Bosnian beauty queen was dethroned because of “her inability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities as the Miss Earth title holder, in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth in the Miss Earth contract that she signed.” Specific details of the said duties and responsibilities she failed to fulfill were not immediately revealed.

Glavović has yet to release a statement about her dethronement. She is expected to be replaced by her runner-up Winfred Adah Omwakwe, 20, of Nairobi, Kenya.

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As the runner-up, Omwakwe was originally crowned Miss Air 2002. She is currently in Canada and is expected to return to the Philippines to be officially crowned as the new Miss Earth 2002.

Miss Earth was formally launched on April 3, 2001. The inaugural queen Catharina Svensson, 20, of Copenhagen, Denmark was crowned on October 28, 2001.

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