Ecuadors Olga Alava Crowned Miss Earth 2011
The Miss Earth Competition was created when Carousel Productions, Inc. decided to reinvent the concept of beauty pageants. They believed beauty queens would be effective advocates of multiple worthy causes. Miss Earth was launched in 2001 with a unique mission. The contestants and winners would actively promote and be involved in the preservation of the environment and protection of the Earth. The competition also aims to showcase and promote tourist locations.
Twenty-three year old Alava focuses on the preservation of forests and planting of trees. Her court consists of four runners up. Miss Air, Driely Bennettone of Brazil, Miss Fire, Caroline Medina of Venezuela and Miss Water, Athena Imperial of the Philippines. Miss Earth’s court will accompany her to the various functions she must attend to advocate Miss Earth’s mission and her cause.
Other awards given during the 11th annual Miss Earth competition were, Miss Czech Republic (Best In Swimsuit), Miss Mexico (Best in Evening Gown), Miss Pakistan (Friendship), Miss Japan (Best in National Costume), Miss South Africa (Best in Talent) and Miss Chinese Taipei (Photogenic).
The pageant was originally scheduled to be held in Bangkok, but needed to be relocated to the Philippines after the massive flooding in Thailand.