Cebuana stunner Jamie Herrell was crowned Miss Earth 2014 last Saturday night at the University of the Philippines Theater in Quezon City, besting other 84 beauties from around the world.
With her victory, 20-year-old Herrell became the second Filipina to win the title since Karla Henry won the crown in 2008.
During the pageant, Herrel was asked how she could help fight global warming if ever she wins the crown.
“If I am crowned tonight, I will use my title to inspire others, to help our environment, and we start with the kids. Because the kids are the people of tomorrow, and if we teach them, they will also help their community,” the acting student from Cebu City said.
Aside from taking home the Miss Earth 2014 crown, Herrel also won three pre-pageant awards: Miss Earth Hannah’s Beach Resort, Best in Swimsuit, and Darling of the Press.
Other beauties who claimed specific Miss Eath titles were Miss USA Andrea Neu (Miss Air), Miss Venezuela Maira Alexandra Rodriguez (Miss Earth Water), and Miss Russia Anastasia Trysova (Miss Earth Fire).
Herrel, who is an animal rights advocate, said she was overwhelmed by her victory.
“During the pageant, there were a lot of strong girls. They were all beautiful. The fact that I was crowned, I was so overwhelmed and so happy,” she said.
With her victory, the Cebuana beauty said she will push for a communications campaign that teaches people to save Mother Earth.
“The first thing that I’m going to do is to push for my advocacy which is the Think Twice campaign that I started during Miss Philippines Earth wherein we go to schools for seminars and teach people to think twice and save our mother earth,” she said in a report.
Herrel was born in California but her family later moved to Masbata, he mother’s hometown, after which they settled in Cebu City.
She took up Mass Communications at the University of San Jose-Recoletos before accepting an acting scholarship at the International Academy of Film and Television in Mactan.