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Miss World Belize 2022 is Elise-Gayonne Vernon

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Elise-Gayonne Mariliz Vernon was crowned Miss World Belize 2022 on Saturday, October 29 at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City. The 21-year-old farmer and beekeeper from the village of Biscayne in Belize District received the national crown from last year's titleholder Markeisha Young. "Thank you to everyone who played a significant part in my pageant journey. I could not have done this without your support," Elise wrote in a statement on social media. The new Miss World Belize will now prepare to represent the “Hidden Jewel” of the Caribbean and Central America, Belize, at the 71st Miss World pageant whose date and venue are yet to be announced. Business science student Paris Cawich was named Miss Global Belize 2022 and is expected to go to the international Miss Global 2023 pageant in Vietnam. Tori Hazel Chaplin, a business management and environmental science student, was announced as the first runner-up. Meet the new Miss World Belize: View this post on I

Destiny Wagner goes to Miami for Latinx Travel Summit 2022

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Miss Earth organization has officially confirmed today that Destiny Wagner will be in Miami, Florida, USA from October 14 to 16 for the Latinx Travel Summit 2022. The reigning Miss Earth from Belize will attend the summit as a guest speaker during their celebration of Latinx Heritage Month. She is also expected to promote will her advocacy and Belize tourism to the Latin community. Latinx Summit gathers one of the youngest, most diverse, and fastest-growing populations in the world to celebrate the ingenuity and innovation of Latinx entrepreneurs in travel, tech, media, and startup investing. The event presented by the Latinx Travel Club provides a platform that brings the Latinx community together to gain insights, network, and uplift their Latin culture. Past speakers have included award-winning travel and TV Journalist, members of the United Nations, industry leaders, and accomplished entrepreneurs. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Latinx Travel Summi

Miss Universe Belize 2022 is Ashley Lightburn

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Ashley Lightburn was crowned Miss Belize 2022 (Miss Universe Belize) on Saturday, August 13 at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts in Belize City. The 25-year-old mathematician is an adjunct math lecturer at the University of Belize and a project management officer at a bank. She holds a degree in pure mathematics and currently pursuing her master's in international business administration. Alina Scott and Samantha Singh were the first and second runners-up, respectively. A total of six finalists participated in this year's Miss Belize competition. Last year's titleholder Iris Salguero crowned her successor at the end of the event. The new Miss Belize will represent her country at the Miss Universe 2022 pageant. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ashley Lightburn (@ashleyklightburn) Photos: Miss Universe Belize, Vanessa Edwards Photography

Miss Earth 2021 Destiny Wagner visits Vietnam

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After days of guessing game, the secret is officially out - the reigning Miss Earth Destiny Wagner has arrived in Vietnam. The 26-year-old Belizean beauty queen was invited to be the special guest at the grand launch and press conference of the Hoa hậu các Dân tộc Việt Nam 2022 (Miss Vietnam Ethnicity 2022) pageant at Caravelle Hotel Saigon. Destiny was also announced as one of the judges in the upcoming national competition organized by Nova Entertainment, whose winner will represent Vietnam at the Miss Earth 2022 pageant later this year. "I am very thankful and appreciative. Thus far the experience has been amazing. When Anh first brought it up in LA, I was so excited and overwhelmed, and all of a sudden it has happened so quickly," she said in an interview. "I'm very excited to be here, very blessed, and I'm taking it all in. Everyone has been very amazing," she added. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miss Earth (@missearth

Miss Earth 2021 Destiny Wagner stuns on New York Fashion Week runway

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Reigning Miss Earth from Belize, Destiny Wagner, made her New York Fashion Week runway debut during the weekend after getting invited by VIP Pageantry. The 25-year-old beauty queen met with her fans on the streets of the "Big Apple" and successfully completed three shows for some brands like BeMade, Kirsten Regalado, and Vizcaya Swimwear. New York Fashion Week is a semi-annual series of events when international fashion collections are shown to buyers, the press, and the general public. It is one of four major fashion weeks in the world, collectively known as the "Big 4", along with those in Paris, London, and Milan. Here are some of Destiny's NYFW runway debut photos from NYC-based photographer Bonita Rodriguez:

Reigning Miss Earth Destiny Wagner named as Sustainable Tourism Ambassador in Belize

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Miss Earth 2021 Destiny Wagner has been named as Sustainable Tourism Ambassador by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), the governing body of Belize’s Tourism Industry that focuses on progressive and sustainable developments. The beauty queen will work alongside BTB in promoting the ecotourism of her country and protecting its natural resources. "Thank you Ministry of Tourism for making this possible and I look forward to working closely with you throughout the year to highlight and amplify the voices of nonprofits who continuously fight for a better Belize and a better planet," Destiny shared on her social media page. "With that being said I would like to thank Apamo Belize for their continuous efforts in conservation and I’m very happy to have witnessed and assisted with handing over a check of $75,000 to support their cause on behalf of BTB," she added. After being crowned Miss Earth 2021 last November, the reigning queen has traveled to Orlando, Florida for Miss Eart

Miss Earth 2021 Destiny Wagner speaks out against racist post comparing her hair to cow feces

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Miss Earth 2021 Destiny Wagner took to social media to speak out against the racist post from a Thailand pageant page comparing her natural hair to cow's feces. "As the first queen with locs to ever win an international pageant I knew I would be subject to ridicule and criticism because women like me are often underrepresented in this industry," the 25-year-old shared on her Instagram story. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Destiny Wagner (@destinyewagner) The Belizean beauty further talked about it on her official page and shared photos highlighting some natural queens from her country who are serving natural hair and representing "Black Girl Magic." "People are often intimated by things they do not understand," she wrote. "Many do not associate natural hair (dreadlocks/locs) with the word 'beautiful'. "For years black women around the world have been policed for their hair and the history of having &

Miss Earth 2021 Destiny Wagner to visit Puerto Rico

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Following her trip to the United States of America as a special guest at Miss Earth USA, the reigning Miss Earth Destiny Wagner has been announced to visit Puerto Rico this January 30. The Belizean beauty was invited to grace the Miss Earth Puerto Rico 2022 finale and coronation in the Caribbean island's capital city of San Juan. This will be Destiny's second official trip abroad since winning the Miss Earth 2021 title last November. Source: Miss Earth

Destiny Wagner travels to Orlando, Florida for Miss Earth USA 2022

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The reigning Miss Earth, Destiny Wagner, has arrived in Orlando, Florida to grace the Miss Earth USA 2022 final competition this Saturday, January 8. Joining her are former Miss Earth winners Katherine Espín (Miss Earth 2016) from Ecuador, Nellys Pimentel (Miss Earth 2019) from Puerto Rico, and Lindsey Coffey (Miss Earth 2020) from the United States. Destiny was crowned Miss Earth 2021 in November last year while representing Belize. She is the first-ever woman from her country to win the Miss Earth title in history. Here's a sneak peek from the photoshoot with the Earth queens in one frame: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miss Earth (@missearth) Official photos will soon be released. Source: Miss Earth

Miss Earth 2021 Destiny Wagner returns to Belize for her homecoming celebration

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Miss Earth 2021 Destiny Wagner has finally returned to Belize on Friday, December 3 after winning the first-ever major international beauty title for her country two weeks ago. The 25-year-old was warmly welcomed at the Philip Goldson International Airport by Hon. Andre Perez, Minister of Blue Economy & Civil Aviation, and his CEO Kennedy Carrillo. Mayor Bernard Wagner, who presented her with the keys to the city, also joined the welcoming ceremony with the councilors of the Belize City Council, staff of the Belize Tourism Board, and of course, the Wagner family. This weekend, a series of motorcades in her honor will take place in Belize City, up north in Orange Walk, and down south in her hometown, Punta Gorda. Destiny bested over 80 contestants from across the world to be crowned Miss Earth 2021 during the virtual final of the international pageant that aired on November 21. Photos: Miss Earth

Miss Earth 2021 is Destiny Wagner, first major crown for Belize

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Destiny Wagner, representing Belize, bested over 80 contestants from across the world to be crowned Miss Earth 2021 during the virtual final aired on Sunday, November 21. The 25-year-old entrepreneur from Punta Gorda, Toledo, made history for becoming the first-ever woman from her country to win the Miss Earth pageant and the first Belizean to win a major international beauty title. "I am overwhelmed right now with emotions. The words and the gratitude, it’s very hard to express but I am thankful. I am thankful for the Miss Earth organization and thankful for my team as well," she said after being announced the new queen. USA's Marisa Butler was crowned Miss Earth - Air 2021 while Chile's Romina Denecken van der Veen and Thailand's Baitong Jareerat Petsom completed the Top 4 and were respectively named Miss Earth - Water and Miss Earth - Fire 2021. The rest of the Top 8 were the representatives from the Netherlands, Saartje Langstraat, Philippines, Naelah Alshorba

Miss Earth Belize 2021 is Aarti Sooknadan

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Aarti Sooknandan was officially announced Miss Earth Belize 2021 last Sunday, August 8. She succeeds Miss Earth Belize 2018, Renae Shereze Martinez. The 26-year-old social content strategist holds a bachelor's degree in advertising and marketing from the University of South Florida and a master's in business administration from Nova Southeastern University where graduated as magna cum laude. "My Beautiful Belize, it is a distinct honor and immense privilege to be representing our jewel as your [Miss Earth Belize 2021]," Aarti shared on social media "Belize, you are my home that is always in my heart, and I promise to make you proud at the [Miss Earth] pageant later this year," she added. The new Miss Earth Belize is a model, entrepreneur, public speaker, painter, and ballet dancer. She will represent her country at the Miss Earth 2021 pageant whose date and venue are yet to be announced. Photos: Miss Earth Belize