Representing Belarus, former professional volleyball player Alisa Manyonok, 24, (or Alisa Manenok) was crowned Miss Earth-Fire 2019 in the Philippines on October 26, 2019. It was the 19th edition of the international beauty pageant known for its advocacy for environmental awareness.
Hailing from Baranavichy, Brest, Belarus, Manyonok was crowned Miss Primorye in 2013, Miss Beautiful Body and Miss Tatarstan first runner-up in 2015. In 2016, she represented Russia in Miss International in Japan and finished in the Top 15.
Also in 2016, Manyonok was Supermodel International first runner-up and won Miss Photogenic in the modelling competition held in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2018, she was crowned World Beauty Queen at the Grand Hill Convention Center in Seoul, Korea.
Born in Vladivostok, Russia on April 5, 1995, Manyonok attended Kazan University in Kazan University, Tatarstan, Russia. She was a professional volleyball player before pursuing a career in modelling and beauty pageants.
Including Manyonok, a total of 85 women from all corners of the Earth competed in Miss Earth 2019. Hosted by James Deakin, 46, the coronation night took place at the Cove Manila in Okada Manila, Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Shontelle Layne, 34, who is mononymously known as Shontelle, performed two songs during the coronation night. She also served as one of the judges along with Asian Institute of Management president, dean and MVP chair of marketing Dr. Jikyeong Kang, Philippine Educational Theater Association founder Cecile Guidote Alvarez, theater actor Leo Valdez, Carousel Productions executive vice president Lorraine Schuck, ABS-CBN show “G Diaries” host Ernie Lopez and Loreto, Agusan del Sur, Philippines mayor Lorife Magadan-Otaza.
In the final question-and-answer portion, Deakin pointed out that there are many people, including some notable international leaders, who still do not believe in climate change. He asked the Top 4 finalists how they could convince such people of the seriousness of the problem.
“Of course, a lot of people don’t want to believe that climate change is real, so, and this is one of the biggest pageants in the world and we are (expected to) promote, the main ideas, the main problems in our planet earth,” Manyonok answered. “So I hope that they will see our today’s show because our advocacies is very important and a lot of girls has the advocacies about the climate change so this is really important nowadays so leaders, watch our show. Thank you so much.”
It was Nellys Pimentel, 21, of Puerto Rico who was crowned Miss Earth 2019. The other newly crowned queens were Miss Earth-Air 2019 Emanii Davis, 25, of the United States and Miss Earth-Water 2019 Klára Vavrušková, 20, of Czech Republic.
The 85 candidates were grouped intro three namely Water, Air and Fire. Manyonok belonged to the Air group and earned the bronze medal in the Best in Resort Wear competition of the group.
Manyonok inherited the crown from Miss Earth-Fire Melissa Flores, 21, of Mexico. The other outgoing queens were Miss Earth 2018 Phuong Khanh Nguyen, 24, of Vietnam, Miss Earth-Water Valeria Ayos, 25, of Colombia and Miss Earth-Air 2018 Melanie Mader, 27, of Austria.
Watch the full Miss Earth 2019 coronation night here: