Representing Palestine, Nadeen Ayoub, 27, almost won Miss Earth 2022 at the Okada Manila in Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 29, 2022. Miss Earth-Water 2020 Roxanne Baeyens, 25, of Baguio City, Philippines attended the coronation night, which was hosted by James Deakin, 50.
A total of 86 candidates competed for the Miss Earth 2022 title. They were first whittled down to 20, then to 12, then to eight and finally to four.
The final four candidates were asked the same question. Deakin asked, “What is one thing that you want to right in this world and how would you right it?”
“I think I would want to fight the ignorance and selfishness of people because I think that is the main problem that we are facing today with all of the issues including the environmental catastrophes that we are facing which are made by humans,” Ayoub answered. “Personally, my environmental advocacy was launching an educational campaign with governmental and non-governmental organizations in Palestine including the United Nations where I educate people about the dangers. I think that it starts with education and that’s how we can really solve the selfishness and ignorance that we see in the world today and save planet Earth.”
It was Mina Sue Choi, 25, of Incheon, South Korea who won the Miss Earth 2022 crown. As the first runner-up, Sheridan Mortlock, 22, of Paddington, South Korea was crowned Miss Earth-Air 1022.
Ayoub ranked third and was crowed Miss Earth-Water 2022. Miss Earth-Fire 2022 Andrea Aguilera, 26, of Medellin, Colombia was fourth. .
Choi is the first Miss Earth from South Korea. Ayoub is the second Miss Earth candidate following Natalie Rantissi, 24, who competed in 2016.
The newly crowned Miss Earth-Water 2022 earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and psychology from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. She hails from Ramallah, Palestine.
Palestinian-American publisher and businessman Paul A. Ajlouny, 89, was born in Ramallah. The city is the de facto administrative capital of Palestine.