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Denmark’s Michala Rubinstein is Miss Earth-Fire 2020, crowned virtually

Michala Rubinstein, 27, of Denmark almost won Miss Earth 2020 in a historic event on November 29, 2020. As the third runner-up, she was crowned Miss Earth-Fire 2020.

It was Lindsey Coffey, 28, of the United States who won the Miss Earth 2020 title. The respective first and second runners-up were Miss Earth-Air 2020 Stephany Zreik, 24, of Venezuela and Miss Earth-Water 2020 Roxanne Allison Baeyens, 23, of the Philippines.

Due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, reigning Miss Earth 2019 Nellys Pimentel, 23, of Puerto Rico crowned her successor through a virtual coronation night, which was aired on FOXlife and TV5. British journalist James Deakin, 48, who is based in the Philippines, hosted the event.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization president Hassan Eltigani Malik of Sudan served as a judge. He was joined in the judging panel by violinist Iskandar Widjaja of Germany and Indonesia, restaurateur Michael Ma of Singapore, singer and television host Patricia Zavala of Venezuela, disc jockey, model and singer Natalia Barulich of the United States, Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1998 Jewel May Lobaton of the Philippines and Miss Asia Pacific 1979 first runner-up Lorraine Schuck of the Philippines.

Lobaton is the founder of JEWEL Beauty Strong. Schuck is the co-founder of Carousel Productions.


Miss Earth 2020 officially started on September 21, 2020. It is the 20th edition of the annual international beauty pageant, which marked the first time Bangladesh, Burkina Faso and Syria participated.

It was the first time Miss Earth was held virtually. All of the 19 previous editions were held in the Philippines except for the 10th and 15th editions, which were held in Vietnam and Austria, respectively.

Prior to the Miss Earth 2020 coronation night, the 84 candidates battled it out in the national costume competition, the evening gown competition, the swimsuit competition, the resort wear competition, the sports wear competition and the talent competition. The candidates were divided into four continental group namely Africa, Asia and Oceania, Europe and the Americas.

Rubinstein did not win in any of the preliminary competitions. Still, she managed to become the second Miss Earth titleholder from Denmark.

Crowned in 2001, the first ever Miss Earth is Catharina Svensson, 41. She and Rubinstein are both from Copenhagen.

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