After Miss Universe, Here Comes Miss Earth

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Now that a new Miss Universe has been crowned in Moscow, Russia the next stop for beauty pageant enthusiasts is Miss Earth 2013, an annual beauty pageant that promotes environmental awareness to be held in Manila, Philippines. The 13th edition of Miss Earth will be held on December 7, 2013 at the Versailles Palace in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

This year's event is aligned with "The International Year of Water Cooperation" and reigning Miss Earth Teresa Fajksova of Czech Republic will crown her successor to continue her environmental cause. There will be 94 candidates from all over the world that will compete for the 2013 Miss Earth Crown where the winner will dedicate her entire reign to promote projects that address the issues concerning the environment through school tours, tree planting, coastal cleanups, environmental fair, eco-fashion shows and other environmental activities.

Miss Earth competition is one of the biggest beauty pageants in the world including Miss World, Miss Universe and Miss International; or also known as the Big Four international beauty pageants. The winner for this year's pageant will be the spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations.

With adopted slogan "Beauties For a Cause," the 94 Miss Earth participating candidates will take part in tree planting ceremonies, environmental and cultural immersion programs including sponsor visits and tours. The organization's also focuses in educating the youth in environmental awareness and the candidates will also take part of "I Love Planet Earth School Tour" where they can teach and distribute educational aides for school children.

Since its inception in 2001, Miss Earth has grown over the years thanks to the increasing number of participating countries. The pageant gained the attention worldwide when Vida Samadzai, an Afghan woman, competed in a red bikini and the first Afghan woman to compete in an international beauty pageant in almost three decades. Her participation caused uproar in her native country and made the pageant controversial.

After her, many women from countries including Tibet, Pakistan , Russia and Bhutan made a statement by joining Miss Earth. The pageant will be televised in Asia Pacific via Star World.