Miss Earth: Beauty For A Cause!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Saint Lu­cia’s 2014 Miss Earth rep­re­sen­ta­tive Fran­cil­lia Austin is presently in the Phillip­ines where she is proudly repp­ping for Fair He­len at the in­ter­na­tional pageant.

The event is or­ga­nized by Carousel Pro­duc­tions, Inc., in a con­tin­u­ing bid to rein­vent and im­prove the con­cept of beauty com­pe­ti­tions for the new mil­len­nium.

Be­cause many peo­ple ad­mire and as­pire to be beauty queens, Carousel Pro­duc­tions, Inc. be­lieved th­ese “queens” would be good and ef­fec­tive ad­vo­cates of wor­thy causes. To give life to this vi­sion, the Miss Earth Beauty Pageant was first held in 2001 - a beauty event whose rai­son d’etre was to have its can­di­dates and win­ners ac­tively pro­mote and get in­volved in the preser­va­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment and the pro­tec­tion of Mother Earth.

Each year, 80 to 90 can­di­dates from all over the world com­pete on beauty and knowl­edge of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and the win­ner of Miss Earth will serve as the Am­bas­sador to en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion cam­paigns world­wide.

Now in its 14th year, Miss Earth con­tin­ues to build its rep­u­ta­tion as the most rel­e­vant and worth­while beauty event in the world, set­ting a legacy of beauty and re­spon­si­bil­ity. Miss Earth 2014 for­mally pre­sented the can­di­dates on Novem­ber 10 and corona­tion night will be on Satur­day Novem­ber 29 at the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Theater in Dil­i­man, Que­zon City. This year’s theme is Eco tourism.

Lead­ing up to the event are sev­eral work­shops and sem­i­nars as well as group and in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tions. So far Saint Lu­cia’s del­e­gate Fran­cil­lia Austin has cap­tured a bronze medal (with team Amer­i­cas) in the en­vi­ron­men­tal sem­i­nar. Her en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cacy for the event is the preser­va­tion of bio­di­ver­sity. “I chose this be­cause of how ex­tremely de­pen­dent we are on it. Bio­di­ver­sity is re­spon­si­ble for the majority of re­sources that are vi­tal to us such as fresh air, clean wa­ter, food, med­i­ca­tion, cloth­ing, and shel­ter,” Austin says.

Ya­hoo Philip­pines is the of­fi­cial on­line part­ner of the pageant and to help raise on­line support for the can­di­dates, are con­duct­ing an on­line pol­lYa­hoo Beauty for a Cause. Go to the pro­file of the Miss Earth 2014 can­di­date and share her pro­file on your Face­book and Twit­ter ac­count. The can­di­date with the most so­cial me­dia shares by Novem­ber 29, 3pm, will be the of­fi­cial Ya­hoo Beauty for a Cause.

You can also vote for Fran­cil­lia Austin as Miss Pho­to­genic by vis­it­ing the Miss Earth face­book page @ www.face­book.com/Mis­sEarthPageant.

---Toni Ni­cholas

Fran­cil­lia Austin: rep­re­sent­ing Saint Lu­cia and its bio­di­ver­sity at the 2014

Miss Earth Pageant.

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