MANILA—Nellys Pimentel, a psychology graduate, became the first-ever Puerto Rican winner of the Miss Earth pageant during a coronation ceremony in Manila Saturday.
Pimentel, who called for her country's leaders to stop taking advantage of the environment and start initiatives to protect and give back to it during the pageant's Q&A portion, defeated 84 other candidates.
Pimentel succeeded Nguyễn Phương Khánh of Vietnam.
The others in the international contest's Top 4 finished as follows:
Miss Earth Fire: Belarus' Alisa Manenok
Miss Earth Water: Czech Republic's Klara Vavruskova
Miss Earth Air: USA's Emanii Davis
The Philippines' Janelle Tee, a TV host from Pasig City, bowed out of the competition early and finished in the Top 20.
The pageant was held at Okada Manila.
Below are more photos of the new Miss Earth winner: