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Griffin, Georgia’s Emanii Davis crowned Miss Earth-Air 2019 in the Philippines

Representing the United States, Emanii Davis, 25, was crowned Miss Earth-Air 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 Griffin, Spalding County, Georgia, USA, Davis is senior at Valdosta State University. She is studying Communications with an emphasis in intercultural organization and is working towards a Masters of Education with a major in School Counseling.

Davis was Miss USA 2016 second runner-up and Miss World America 2017 third runner-up. She was the first Miss Earth USA titleholder of Ethiopian descent.

Including Davis, 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.

“I would definitely say that we have to start with education,” Davis answered. “I’m getting my masters in Education and that is something I’m extremely passionate about and I think it’s about awareness. I don’t think that people truly understand what is going on with our environment and we have to get involved and teach ourselves and go to forums so I would bring awareness by just teaching him to, or teaching those that don’t understand that to research and learn more. Thank you.”

It was Nellys Pimentel, 21, of Puerto Rico who was crowned Miss Earth 2019. The other newly crowned queens were Miss Earth-Fire 2019 Alisa Manenok, 24, of Belarus and Miss Earth-Water 2019 Klára Vavrušková, 20, of Czech Republic.

The 85 candidates were grouped intro three namely Water, Air and Fire. Davis belonged to the Air group and earned the silver medal in the Best in Evening Gown competition of the group.

Davis inherited the crown from Miss Earth-Air 2018 Melanie Mader, 27, of Austria. 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-Fire 2018 Melissa Flores, 21, of Mexico.

Watch the full Miss Earth 2019 coronation night here:

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