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Zimbabwe’s Tinokunda Moyo competes at Miss Earth 2020 during COVID-19 pandemic


Tinokunda Moyo, 34, is the official representative of Zimbabwe at Miss Earth 2020. She is 165cm tall and is a professional model.

After Moyo’s mother died in 2005, her father hired maids to take care of her and her younger brother and never remarried. In 2018, she was crowned Miss Midlands Show.

On July 12, 2019, Moyo graduated from Midlands State University in Gweru, Zimbabwe with a bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental studies. She now serves as the chief executive officer of Gmatical Environmental and Mining Consultancy in Gweru.

To win the Miss Earth 2020 crown, Moyo has to beat 83 other candidates from all over the world. Including Zimbabwe, 14 African countries are represented.

Miss Earth 2020 started on September 21, 2020. It is the 20th edition of the annual international beauty pageant, which marks the first time Bangladesh, Burkina Faso and Syria are participating.

Due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, reigning Miss Earth 2019 Nellys Pimentel, 23, of Puerto Rico will crown her successor through a virtual coronation night on November 29, 2020. Based in the Philippines, British journalist James Deakin, 48, will host the event, which will be aired on FOXlife and TV5.

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 Africa group, Moyo won bronze in the creative category of the talent competition. The gold and silver medals were given to Robell Hovers, 19, of Liberia and Emma Djentuh, 26, of Ghana, 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.

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 Moyo wins a title at Miss Earth 2020, she will be the beauty pageant’s first ever titleholder from Zimbabwe. Watch her participation in the Earth Talk with Miss Earth Côte d’Ivoire 2020 Aya Kadjo, 24, here:

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