Destiny Wagner

Destiny Evelyn Wagner (born March 8, 1996) is a Belizean-American author, digital influencer, entrepreneur and international beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Earth 2021. She is the first Belizean woman to win the Miss Earth title and the first Belizean delegate to win any of the four major international beauty pageant titles and second Belizean to place after Sarita Diana Acosta's Top 12 finish at Miss Universe 1979.[2][3][4][5]

Destiny Wagner
Born
Destiny Evelyn Wagner

(1996-03-08) March 8, 1996 (age 25)[1]
EducationBusiness Administration (BA)
Alma materPace University
Occupation
  • Entrepreneur
  • influencer
  • model
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Earth Belize 2021
Miss Earth 2021
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBlack
Major
competition(s)
Miss Earth 2021
(Winner)

BackgroundEdit

Wagner was born and grew up from the southern-most town of Punta Gorda in Belize.[6] She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Pace University in New York.[2]

Wagner and her family established a non-profit organization called, "Operation Kingdom" to raise awareness on child hunger and unequal education and to provide sustainable meals, school supplies, and toys in marginalized communities.[7]

She published her first book and was launched in New York City entitled So You Need Advice; the book discussed several issues including sex, love, school, and work that women experience which are frequently considered taboo.[8] She was also the main contributor and editor for “Belizean Blues” which featured poems and short stories in collaboration with other Belizean writers.[7] The proceeds from the work was used to fund the Operation Kingdom.[9]

She is a certified open water diver and conducted a research on manatees with the Clear Water Aquarium.[7]

PageantryEdit

Prior to Miss EarthEdit

In 2016, Wagner represented Belize at Miss Caribbean United States pageant held in New York City. She won two special awards during the finale — Miss Photogenic and Friendship Award.[10]

Miss Earth Belize 2021Edit

In 2021, the new Miss Earth Belize organization announced Wagner as the new Miss Earth Belize 2021, replacing the original candidate Aarti Sooknandan.[11]

Miss Earth 2021Edit

Coronation nightEdit

Wagner represented Belize at Miss Earth 2021 pageant and competed with more than 80 delegates from various countries/territories. Wagner won the competition and succeeded Miss Earth 2020 Lindsey Coffey of the United States. She became the first Belizean to win the Miss Earth title.[12][13] She was in Fresno, California during the final competition since the pageant was held through virtual setup for the second consecutive year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[14] She also became the first Black winner of the pageant in 19 years; the last Black woman to be crowned winner was Kenya’s Winfred Omwakwe in 2002.[15]

CommendationsEdit

The government of Belize had issued a congratulatory statement to Wagner for winning the Miss Earth crown.[16] On Twitter, Prime Minister of BelizeJohnny Briceño commended Wagner’s victory.”[17] This followed by a public statement by the Belize City Council to congratulate Wagner and also Belize's opposition area representative for Mesopotamia, Shyne Barrow commended her feat.[18]

HomecomingEdit

On December 3, 2021, Wаgnеr arrived in Belize after she won the Miss Earth 2021 pageant with a welcome ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Blue Economy and Aviation and the Belize Tourism Board where Belize City mayor Bernard Wagner bestowed her a special honor; she was also welcomed wіth а mоtоrсаdе thrоugh thе ѕtrееtѕ оf Веlіzе Сіty on December 4, 2021.[19]

The Mayor of Punta Gorda, Charles Salgado, declared on December 4, 2021 thаt thе street name whеrе Wаgnеr grеw uр іn Рuntа Gоrdа, Belize wіll bе rеnаmеd аftеr hеr as a tribute to her victory in Міѕѕ Еаrth 2021.[20]

On December 10, 2021, Wagner, arrived in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye for an official visit to La Isla Bonita and a courtesy call to the municipal mayor Gualberto Nuñez along with staff from the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) and islanders with motorcade through the main streets of downtown San Pedro.[21] She made a call to the inhabitants to stop coastal development due to the threat to natural resources such as the barrier reef that supports the tourism and fishing industry.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BBNTEAM (2021-11-22). ""My phone is blowing up" says Destiny Wagner, Miss Earth 2021, as congratulations pour in". Belize News and Opinion on www.breakingbelizenews.com (in American English). Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  2. ^ a b "Belizean Destiny Wagner Is Miss Earth 2021". Belize.com. 2021-11-23. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  3. ^ "A first victory for Belize - Miss Earth 2021, Destiny Wagner, congratulated by Government of Belize". Breaking Belize News. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Belize Just Won Miss Earth 2021". Ambergris Today. 2021-11-21. Retrieved 2021-11-22.
  5. ^ "Destiny Wagner gives Belize its first major beauty title; Miss Earth 2021". The San Pedro Sun (in American English). 2021-11-21. Retrieved 2021-11-22.
  6. ^ "Destiny Wagner gives Belize its first major beauty title; Miss Earth 2021". The San Pedro Sun (in American English). 2021-11-21. Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  7. ^ a b c Villanueva, Brooke. "Get to know Miss Earth 2021 Destiny Wagner, who gave Belize its first ever international beauty pageant crown". L!fe- The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  8. ^ bobanjohn (2021-02-13). "How Destiny Wagner is Changing the World One Poem at a Time (Literally)". CEO Medium (in American English). Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  9. ^ triển, Báo Dân tộc và Phát (2021-11-21). "Người đẹp Belize đăng quang Hoa hậu Trái đất 2021". Báo Dân tộc và Phát triển (in Vietnamese).
  10. ^ "MISS NEW YORK WINS CROWN". Caribbean Life News. 2016-03-24. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  11. ^ "Belize wins first Miss Earth crown". Manila Standard. 2021-11-21. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  12. ^ "Destiny Wagner of Belize named new Miss Earth winner". ABS-CBN News. 2021-11-21. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  13. ^ "PH bet finishes in top 8 of Miss Earth 2021". CNN Philippines. 2021-11-21. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  14. ^ "Miss Earth pageant to go virtual for 2nd straight year". ABS-CBN News. 2021-10-12. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  15. ^ "Belize woman crowned Miss Earth - the first Black winner in 19 years". Face2Face Africa. 2021-12-02. Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  16. ^ Reporter, WIC News (2021-11-22). "Belize's Destiny Wagner became Miss Earth 2021". WIC News (in British English). Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  17. ^ "Belize's Destiny Wagner Crowned Miss Earth 2021, Its Second Black Woman Winner Ever". www.yahoo.com (in American English). Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  18. ^ O’Brien, Hugh (2021-11-22). ""My phone is blowing up" says Destiny Wagner, Miss Earth 2021, as congratulations pour in". Belize News and Opinion on www.breakingbelizenews.com (in American English). Retrieved 2021-12-13.
  19. ^ BBNTEAM (2021-12-03). "Motorcade planned to welcome home Destiny Wagner, Belize's very own Miss Earth 2021". Belize News and Opinion on www.breakingbelizenews.com (in American English). Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  20. ^ "Mayor of Punta Gorda, Charles Salgado, announce street rename in honor of Destiny Wagner". Belize News and Opinion on www.breakingbelizenews.com (in American English). 2021-12-05. Retrieved 2021-12-06.
  21. ^ "Miss Earth Destiny Wagner visits San Pedro". The San Pedro Sun (in American English). 2021-12-11. Retrieved 2021-12-13.
  22. ^ "Miss Earth 2021 asks San Pedranos to take care of their natural resources". The San Pedro Sun (in American English). 2021-12-07. Retrieved 2021-12-13.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss Earth
2021
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Renae Martinez
Miss Belize Earth
2021
Succeeded by
Incumbent