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Cambodia’s Nisay Heng competes at Miss Earth 2020 during COVID-19 pandemic


Sothnisay “Nisay” Heng, 24, is the official representative of Cambodia at Miss Earth 2020. It is the 20th edition of the annual international beauty pageant and it will be aired on FOXlife and TV5.

Heng is 170cm tall. When she was young, she lived in Australia, where she completed her elementary education.

There are several reasons why Heng is proud of Cambodia. Among these is the kindness of her home country’s people, who she said will help others they do not even know.

To win the Miss Earth 2020 crown, Heng has to beat 83 other candidates from all over the world. Including Cambodia, 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. In the Asia and Oceania group, Heng won silver in the singing category of the talent competition.


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 Heng wins a title at Miss Earth 2020, she will be the beauty pageant’s first ever titleholder from Cambodia. Watch her eco-video here:

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