Miss Albania crowned Miss Earth, Vietnamese beauty bags Miss Earth Water title

Miss Albania emerged victorious and claimed the coveted crown at the conclusion of the highly-anticipated Miss Earth 2023 pageant, which was held in Vietnam. The intense month-long competition showcased the beauty, talent, and intelligence of the contestants from around the world. With her grace, charisma, and undeniable presence, Miss Albania captivated the judges and audience alike, securing her place as the reigning Miss Earth. Her triumph serves as a testament to her exceptional qualities and serves as an inspiration to aspiring beauty queens globally.

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The Miss Earth 2023 crown was won by Drita Ziri, the Albanian beauty who triumphed over nearly 90 contestants from countries and territories worldwide. At 18 years old, Drita Ziri is an Albanian television presenter and model, standing at 1.70 m tall with body measurements of 85-62-99 cm. She became the first Albanian to win the prestigious Miss Earth title after previously being crowned Miss Earth Albania 2023 and earning the title of second runner-up at Miss Globe 2022.

Drita Ziri’s success can be attributed in part to the exquisite embroidered design by designer Nguyen Minh Tuan.

Miss Earth 2023, Drita Ziri from Albania. Photo: Kieng Can Team

Tuan’s delicately embellished dress, adorned with thousands of crystal beads and sparkling gemstones on a sheer fabric background, beautifully accentuated Drita Ziri’s figure. The choice of green, a color favored by many Miss Earth contestants, resulted in a soft yet eye-catching combination of shades.

Prior to the final night, Miss Earth Albania encountered an unexpected problem with the evening gown she had ordered from a Filipino brand. The gown encountered customs issues and was unable to reach her in time. In a race against the clock, Drita Ziri’s representative turned to designer Tuan for help. The crew visited his store and chose two designs for Drita Ziri. Tuan was then tasked with tailoring the dresses to fit the contestant in record time. Surprisingly, the dress holds significant meaning for Drita Ziri’s coronation as Miss Earth 2023.

Another standout beauty from Vietnam, Do Lan Anh, won the title of Miss Earth Water, equivalent to the second runner-up position. She dazzled the judges with her exceptional beauty, poise, and ability to eloquently express herself in English. In addition to her overall placement, Do Lan Anh also secured victories in the Best Appearance and Best National Costume categories. Born in 1997, her performance was highly regarded.

Finalists showcasing Vietnamese Ao Dai. Photo: Kieng Can team

Yllana Marie Aduan from the Philippines was crowned Miss Earth Air, while Cora Blialt from Thailand triumphed in the Miss Earth Fire category.

The final round commenced with the contestants wearing ao dai, traditional Vietnamese long dresses designed by Dinh Van Tho. It was a moment that captivated the audience’s attention.

Following the ao dai segment, the contestants participated in an evening gown runway show and a swimsuit competition. These events determined the Top 20, Top 12, and Top 8 contestants before culminating in a public speaking contest on environmental protection. Representatives from Vietnam, the Philippines, Albania, and Thailand made it to this final round.

The Miss Earth 2023 Final Judges included Lorraine Schuck (Vice President of Miss Earth), Truong Ngoc Anh (Head of the Miss Earth 2023 Organizing Committee), Tran Nguyen Thien Huong (Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam Magazine), Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Gabrena Ong, Designer Cory Tran, and Designer Jovana Benoit.

Truong Ngoc Anh revealed that Vietnam will continue to host the Miss Earth pageant in 2024.