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Get to know Miss Earth 2021 Destiny Wagner, who gave Belize its first ever international beauty pageant crown

By Brooke Villanueva Published Nov 21, 2021 5:45 pm

Destiny Wagner made history with her Miss Earth 2021 win. It’s the first time for her home country Belize to clinch a beauty pageant title on the global stage.

The 25-year-old reigned supreme at the two-hour broadcast of the 21st edition of the prestigious Miss Earth pageant. “I feel a bunch of emotions right now. My country has never placed in Miss Earth before nor have we ever had an international crown. So right now, this is what we needed,” she said as she virtually accepted the highly coveted award.

“The words and the gratitude, they’re very hard to express,” the beauty queen added.

Armed with a degree in Business Administration, Wagner now works as an author and entrepreneur. Her first book So You Need Advice was published in 2018, which features stories that “young ladies should not be embarrassed to talk about,” including sex, love, school, and work.

She strongly advocates for the sustainability of marine life and the promotion of children’s rights. In fact, she collaborated with Belizean writers for Belizean Blues in 2020 where she highlighted her aforementioned advocacies.

Wagner is also part of Operation Kingdom—a non-profit organization geared towards ending child hunger and promoting equal education for all. Alongside her family, she provides children in underprivileged communities with sustainable meals, school supplies, and toys, among others.

The Belizean beauty, who succeeded Miss Earth 2020 titleholder Lindsey Coffey of the United States, is an environmentalist. “The Manatee research I did with ‘Clear Water Aquarium’ and my interest in the ocean inspired me to get my Open Water Dive Certification and participate in environmental campaigns,” she shared.

“I believe everyone should do their part by protecting Mother Earth, so the next generation can reap the benefits we now enjoy,” added Wagner.