Miss Earth USA announces its Winner for 2022 - Natalia Salmon of Pennsylvania
The winner of Miss Earth USA 2022 has been announced. The title went to Miss Pennsylvania Earth, Natalia Salmon. As part of her coronation, the winner pledges to raise awareness about environmental issues and advocate for a more sustainable lifestyle throughout her reign as titleholder in 2022. Natalia works as an Asset Services Intern at Cushman and Wakefield. She is the founder of Squad Limitless, an organization dedicated to working with children and young adults to empower them to discover their true identities and realize their full potential via developing their emotional intelligence. Natalia has set up free, downloadable age-specific workbooks that guides the user on this discovery process. In addition, she is a certified Climate Reality Leader, a LEED Green Associate Certification, and a Crisis Text Counselor. Natalia has logged 900 hours of community service with many organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Hands on DC, and has participated in many local park clean-ups.
Miss Earth USA winner Natalia Salmon of Pennsylvania being crowned by Miss Earth Air 2021, Marisa Butler - photo credit Moda Chic Photography
“I am over the moon, and I still have no words. I have so many plans ahead, especially to continue growing Squad Limitless and fighting for climate change. Just trying to bring the world together in a more peaceful way,” says Natalia. “Working with the Miss Earth USA organization has been the best experience and the group of women I competed with have been incredible. I would give every single one of them this crown.”
Natalia succeeds last year's winner and Miss Earth Air 2021, Marisa Butler. In Fall 2022, she will represent the USA at the international Miss Earth competition, based in the Philippines. Miss Earth is recognized as one of the largest and most respected pageants in the world. The first runner-up and winner of the Miss Earth USA Air title went to Faith Porter of District of Columbia. The remaining Elemental Queen titles went to Brielle Simmons – Miss Earth USA Water, Hannah Welborn-Lewis – Miss Earth USA Fire, and Emma Loney – Miss Earth USA Eco.
Brielle Simmons – Miss Earth USA Water, Miss Earth USA Air – Faith Porter, Miss Earth Air 2021 – Marisa Butler, Miss Earth USA winner Natalia Salmon, Emma Loney – Miss Earth USA Eco, Hannah Welborn-Lewis – Miss Earth USA Fire - photo credit Moda Chic Photography
The 2022 Miss Earth USA activities and competition were held January 6-8 at the Orange County Convention Center, with the preliminary rounds being hosted by the Rosen Centre Hotel. Delegates from fifty States and District of Columbia competed in the prestigious pageant including activewear, runway, and evening wear preliminaries, followed by the final judging and final coronation.
Presented by AquaGoat, the Miss Earth USA final coronation was broadcast live on the VIP Pageantry channel. Other sponsors for the event include HOTWORX, Beauty Queens Galore, and Queenly. Additional events during the week included a charity gala benefitting Save the Manatee, Central Florida Animal Reserve, and Seal Society of San Diego, and a presentation of a new national crown designed by Andrew Ibos.
Miss Earth USA winner Natalia Salmon of Pennsylvania - photo credit Moda Chic Photography
About Miss Earth USA
“Beauties for a Cause” is the key message for the Miss Earth USA organization, which holds an annual pageant dedicated to bringing awareness to environmental issues and actively participating in projects that support green causes. Their work includes tree plantings, children's education, local clean-ups, water distribution, climate leadership training, and countless other activities that make a positive impact on our planet. Among industry ratings, Miss Earth USA is one of the top ranked pageants and is a nationally televised production.