Suheyn Cipriani of Peru has been dethroned as Miss Eco International 2019 because she is currently pregnant. The title was offered to first runner-up Maureen Montagne of the Philippines.
However, Montagne did not accept the crown because she is currently competing in the 2020 edition of Binibining Pilipinas. Like almost all beauty pageants in the world, the national beauty pageant of the Philippines has been postponed indefinitely due to the ongoing new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Bb. Pilipinas 2020 will be the 57th edition of Bb. Pilipinas and the first edition to not crown the Philippines’ representative to Miss Universe. Montagne and 39 other candidates will compete for five crowns and the winners will represent the country in the 2020 editions of Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss Grand International, Miss Intercontinental and Miss Globe.
In 2018, Cynthia Thomalla became the Philippines’ first Miss Eco International winner. On March 29, 2019, she crowned Cipriani as her successor.
While Montagne was runner-up to Cipriani, the respective second and third runners-up were Jordan Elizabeth of the United States, Diana Voliakova of Ukraine. Amy Tinie Abdul Aziz of Malaysia was fourth runner-up.
Abdul Aziz also won the Best Eco Dress award. After Cipriani’s dethronement, the Malaysian beauty queen became the new Miss Eco International 2019.
A television host and an entrepreneur, Abdul Aziz is the owner of Salimi Wedding Salon and Spa. She will crown her successor in September 2020.
Montagne is a beauty pageant veteran. Representing Arizona, she finished in the Top 15 in Miss USA 2015 and was first runner-up in Miss World USA 2017.
In 2018, she represented Batangas in Miss World Philippines, where she was crowned Miss Eco International Philippines 2018. Here is my interview with her before she represented the Philippines in Miss Eco International 2019: