Read on and learn all about 19-year-old Stephanie Wyatt, as she is crowned Miss Earth 2019…
Earlier in 2019, Stephanie Wyatt was crowned “Miss Earth” of England at the Arden Hotel in Birmingham, sponsored by Millennium Balti in Leamington Spa. We decided to get the full details on her story and what it’s like to wear the “Miss Earth” title.
WHAT ARE YOUR DUTIES AS “MISS EARTH?”
As Miss Earth, I will be representing England on an international platform of millions of people around the world. Since I have also been awarded the title of ‘Beauties of a Cause Eco-Ambassador’ for my accomplishments, my duties include working with environmental activities and other social causes.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVOCACY?
My main advocacy is to preserve and restore Mother Earth. From a young age, I remember being exposed to the harsh reality around me and knew I had to make a change. When I found out that I could make a difference, I knew I had to carry on doing what I was doing.
DO YOU BELIEVE THERE IS A STIGMA ON BEAUTY PAGEANTS?
Miss Earth is different to your everyday beauty pageant. It is an environmentally-focused competition, which is a platform for change. For example, one of our challenges, which was judged, was to create an eco-warrior outfit. I decided to make mine completely out of real flowers. I believe that we are sending out a message here, showing the public that we all have a responsibility to preserve and attend to the needs of the world we live in.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT GOING TO THE “MISS EARTH” FINAL?
I am extremely honoured to be put into the position to attend the final, which is the third-most prestigious platform in the world to represent England. I’m also privileged to meet so many like-minded women. I’d like to thank the Miss Earth England organisation and I hope that I will do England proud. This really is a dream come true for me.
DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER PROJECTS BESIDES “MISS EARTH”?
I didn’t just want to be socially responsible for our earth — I also wanted to help environmentally. That’s why I created my own project in 2017. I investigated how I could tackle the world’s second-largest polluting industry, which is clothing. That’s why I decided to aid those whom are struggle with period poverty. My first step to making a difference was setting up workshops at my local library where the public could donate unwanted clothes. Once we received donations, I was then able to up-cycle them into reuseable sanitary wear for girls in Kenya.
WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO DURING YOUR REIGN AS “MISS EARTH”?
I hope to set up more like-minded projects, similar to what I have done before. I’m particularly interested in helping Third World countries. They are, after all, one of the main reasons why I put my heart and soul into the work I do.