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Puerto Rico’s Krystal Badillo finishes in Top 8 at Miss Earth 2020


Krystal Badillo, 25, represented Puerto Rico at Miss Earth 2020. The Puerto Rican nurse and model finished in the Top 8 but failed to win one of the four titles.

It was Lindsey Coffey, 28, of the United States who was crowned Miss Earth 2020. The respective first, second and third runners-up were Miss Earth-Air 2020 Stephany Zreik, 24, of Venezuela, Miss Earth-Water 2020 Roxanne Allison Baeyens, 23, of the Philippines and Miss Earth-Fire 2020 Michala Rubinstein, 27, of Denmark.

Due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Miss Earth 2020 coronation ceremony was held via a virtual event hosted by British journalist James Deakin, 48, who is based in the PhilippinesFOXlife and TV5 aired the show.

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 U.S., 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.


Including Puerto Rico, a total of 84 countries and territories were represented at Miss Earth 2020. It is the 20th edition of the annual international beauty pageant, which marked the first time Bangladesh, Burkina Faso and Syria participated.

Prior to the coronation night, the candidates participated 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.

In the Americas group, Badillo won silver in the evening gown competition. Had she won the Miss Earth 2020 title, she would have made a back-to-back win for Puerto Rico.

Nellys Pimentel of Puerto Rico was crowned Miss Earth 2019 on October 26, 2019 in Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines. She is the beauty pageant’s first ever Puerto Rican titleholder.

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