PAHANG born Josephine Tan captivated the judges and beat 22 other beauties to be crowned Miss Malaysia Earth 2013.
The 22-year-old broadcasting student from St John University, New York was overjoyed at receiving the crown and was even a little teary-eyed.
“This was my first time participating in a beauty pageant and I did not expect to win.
“It has been a very rewarding experience and being crowned Miss Malaysia Earth gives me a wonderful opportunity to help conserve the environment by conveying the message to the public,” she told reporters after being crowned on Sunday at the MH Hotel in Ipoh.
Among the tasks Tan has to fulfil was to produce a documentary highlighting pollution that affected the planet and what everyone could do about it.
“As a broadcasting student, I have experience in producing, script-writing, directing and editing videos, which is why I plan to put these experiences to use for our Mother Nature.
“I am interested to highlight air pollution, like the haze that covered our cities every year due to the fires in Indonesia,” she said, adding that she too suffered irritation in her throat and nose due to the haze.
Tan, who also won the Miss MH Hotel subsidiary title, also had a few advice for Malaysians on how they could do their part to conserve the environment.
“Turn off the tap to save water when you are brushing your teeth, applying shampoo or washing your dishes.
“Bring recyclable bags during shopping to avoid using plastic bags and pay your bills online to reduce the cutting of trees to produce paper,” she said.
Tan added that Malaysians could carpool to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and refrain from littering.
The Miss Malaysia Earth 2013 pageant saw 22 finalists from all over Malaysia, each with their unique talents and passion to save the environment.
The night started with the bevy of beauties introducing themselves after sashaying down the catwalk in light coloured dresses.
After the introduction round the finalists donned a two-piece grey-coloured bikini and strut down the catwalk once again.
Without missing a beat, finalists hit the catwalk again for the third time in the night, sporting eco-casual wear, which were dark coloured dresses with creative sunflower additions.
The third highlight of the night was the finalists’ evening dresses and many exuded elegance and style, leaving the audience in awe.
As the night progressed, a few of the beauties demonstrated their talents, filling the ballroom with songs, dances and even drum beats.
First runner-up Charmaine Loh was crowned Miss Malaysia Earth - Air 2013 while second runner-up M. Manimenaga was Miss Malaysia Earth-Water 2013.
Jolene Tan, the third runner-up received the Miss Malaysia Earth - Fire 2013 title while fourth runner-up Stefanie Wong was crowned Miss Malaysia Earth- Eco Tourism 2013.