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Bangladesh’s Meghna Alam competes at Miss Earth 2020 during COVID-19 pandemic


Meghna Alam, 25, makes history as the first ever representative of Bangladesh at Miss Earth. She will compete in the 20th edition of the annual international beauty pageant, which will be aired on FOXlife and TV5.

Alam is 165cm tall. Hailing from Dhaka, Bangladesh, she has three sisters and their father is a leader of a farmers group.

On October 5, 2020, Alam was crowned Miss Earth Bangladesh 2020 at the Green Lounge Rooftop Restaurant at Rupayan Tower in Dhaka. She is a business administration student of North South University in Dhaka and a woman leadership trainer and the founder and chief executive officer of Ekottro Foundation.

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

Miss Earth 2020 started on September 21, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reigning Miss Earth 2019 Nellys Pimentel, 23, of Puerto Rico will crown her successor through a virtual coronation night hosted by British journalist James Deakin, 48, 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, Alam won bronze in the singing category of the talent competition. The gold and silver medals were given to Nisay Heng, 24, of Cambodia and Suzy Nielsen, 18, of New Zealand, respectively.


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, 34, Jamie Herrell, 26, Angelia Ong, 30, and Karen Ibasco, 29, of the Philippines, Nicole Faria, 30, of India and Nguyễn Phương Khánh, 25, 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.

Bangladesh is looking forward to be the first Miss Earth from Bangladesh. Watch her eco-video here:

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