New Delhi: A transgender female from Delhi, Naaz Joshi has won the Empress Earth 2021-22 title, an international title in a virtual contest. The first runner-up was Valentina from Colombia and the second runner-up was Olivia from Mexico. More than 15 countries participated in the virtual Empress Earth 2021, which was originally scheduled to be held in Dubai. The countries that entered the top five were Colombia, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, and India.
Naaz’s answer to the final question to finalists nailed her win. “Do you feel that lockdown is the solution to the pandemic?”
To this, she said, “No just lockdown can decrease the number of patients. It’s also a duty of every human being to take care of the safety measures as recommended by WHO and we queens should motivate others to stay calm and positive”.
This is not the first time that Naaz has won a contest. She has also been Miss Universe Diversity 2020, Miss World Diversity 2017-20, Miss Republic INternational Beauty Ambassador, and Miss United Nations Ambassador.
Jury members included Likamatso Makutle from Lesotho who is the founder of Empress Earth, Rita Gangwani from India, Adriga Biswas form Bangladesh, Dr Thiagaraja from Sri Lanka, Gugu Cele from South Africa, Sir Williams from Nigeria and Prem Gada from India. The signature crown of Empress Earth was designed by Pesha Creations worth $3,000, The crown is inspired by Mother Earth and studded with Swarovski crystals, The Indian Express quoted from a press statement.