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Punta Gorda, Belize’s Destiny Wagner is Miss Earth 2021

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Destiny Evelyn Wagner, 25, of Punta Gorda, Belize is Miss Earth 2021. The Belizean entrepreneur succeeds Lindsey Coffey, 29, of Pennsylvania, United States.

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 Wagner, 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.

Runner-up to Wagner was Miss Earth-Air 2021 Marisa Paige Butler, 27, of the United States. Miss Earth-Water 2021 Romina Denecken van der Veen, 20, of Chile is second runner-up while Miss Earth-Fire 2021 “Baitong” Jareerat Petsom, 28, of Thailand is third runner-up.

Wagner is the first ever Miss Earth titleholder from Belize. She is the first Belizean beauty queen to win a title from any of the four major international beauty pageants namely Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth.

The Punta Gorda resident is a certified scuba diver. Before being crowned Miss Earth 2021, she said the diversity of Belize’s marine life is second to none as Jacques Cousteau first discovered for himself in the country’s reef and ultimately pioneered scuba gear just to be able to enjoy the spectacular beauty of its marine world.

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As a beauty queen, Wagner uses her platform to advocate for sustainability of marine life and conservation of natural resources and children’s rights. She and her family have a nonprofit organization that allows them to supply sustainable meals to children in different villages and to provide them with school supplies, toys and resources necessary for them to excel in the classroom.

Before Wagner learned to walk, she learned to swim first. She spent most of her childhood traveling with her sister and their parents.

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