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Colina, Chile’s Romina Denecken is Miss Earth-Water 2021

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Romina Denecken van der Veen, 20, of Colina, Chile is Miss Earth-Water 2021. She succeeds Roxanne Allison Baeyens, 24, of Baguio City, Philippines.

Hosted by James Deakin, the Miss Earth 2021 coronation ceremony was broadcast on the beauty pageant’s social media accounts on November 21, 2021. It was the 21st edition of the Philippines-based international beauty pageant that advocates for environmental awareness, conservation and social responsibility.

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Including Denecken, 89 women competed for the Miss Earth 2021 crown, making it the edition with the highest number of contestants. It is also the second edition held virtually amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It was Destiny Evelyn Wagner, 25, of Belize who won the Miss Earth 2021 crown while Miss Earth-Air 2021 Marisa Paige Butler, 27, of the United States was her runner-up. Denecken was second runner-up and Miss Earth-Fire 2021 “Baitong” Jareerat Petsom, 28, of Thailand is third runner-up.

Denecken is a fashion design and marketing student. Her father is German-Italian while her mother is Dutch-Bolivian and was born in Peru.

Growing up, Denecken traveled a lot with her family. What makes her proud of Chile is the solidarity of its citizens.

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One of the things Denecken feels the most compelled to change is the way many animals are mistreated nowadays. She advocates for the animals’ care and wellbeing and she has worked with foundations that work for the same cause.

Aside from taking care of animals, Denecken also loves sports and learning new languages. She particularly enjoys studying the Japanese language.

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