Philippines

Thailand’s Teeyapar Sretsirisuvarna competes at Miss Earth 2020 during COVID-19 pandemic

 

Disc jockey and beauty pageant veteran Teeyapar “Nampetch” Sretsirisuvarna (ฏีญาภาร์ เศรษฐสิริสุวรรณ), 28, is the official representative of Thailand at Miss Earth 2020. It is the 20th edition of the annual international beauty pageant and it will be aired on FOXlife and TV5.

Born in Bangkok, Thailand on July 30, 1992, Sretsirisuvarna is 170cm tall. She was Miss Universe Thailand 2014 second runner-up.

In 2018, Sretsirisuvarna finished in the Top 11 in Miss Asia and in the Top 15 in Global Charity Queen. Representing Thailand, she finished in the Top 20 in Miss Earth 2019 and won the Best Eco-Media Beauty award.

 

There are several reasons why Sretsirisuvarna is proud of Thailand. One of these is her home country’s success in raising the importance of protecting the environment and developing many projects to save the environment.

To win the Miss Earth 2020 crown, Sretsirisuvarna has to beat 83 other candidates from all over the world. Including Thailand, a total of 17 countries from Asia are represented.

The competition started on September 21, 2020. Due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, reigning Miss Earth 2019 Nellys Pimentel of Puerto Rico will crown her successor through a virtual coronation night hosted by James Deakin, who is based in the Philippines.

Like in the 19 previous editions, the three runners-up will also have titles. These are Miss Earth-Air 2020, Miss Earth-Water 2020 and Miss Earth-Fire 2020.

Prior to the coronation night, the candidates participated in the national costume competition, the evening gown competition, the swimsuit competition, the resort wear competition, the sports wear competition and the talent competition. The candidates were divided into four continental group namely Africa, Asia and Oceania, Europe and the Americas.

In the Asia and Oceania group, Sretsirisuvarna won silver in the national costume competition. The gold medal was given to Thái Thị Hoa, 26, of Vietnam.

 

This is the first time Miss Earth is held virtually. All of the 19 previous editions were held in the Philippines except for the 10th and 15th editions, which were held in Vietnam and Austria, respectively.

Among the 19 Miss Earth titleholders, six are from Asia. They are Karla Henry, Jamie Herrell, Angelia Ong and Karen Ibasco of the Philippines, Nicole Faria of India and Nguyễn Phương Khánh of Vietnam.

Founded on April 3, 2001 and headquartered in the Philippines, Miss Earth promotes environmental awareness, conservation and social responsibility. It is one of the top four international beauty pageants along with Miss International, Miss World and Miss Universe.

If Sretsirisuvarna wins a title at Miss Earth 2020, she will be the beauty pageant’s third titleholder from Thailand following Miss Earth-Water 2010 Watsaporn Wattanakoon and Miss Earth-Water 2013 Punika Kulsoontornrut, who was dethroned after competing in Miss International 2014 where she was second runner-up. Watch Sretsirisuvarna’s eco-video here:

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