South African Gizzelle Uys has won this year’s Miss Eco International beauty pageant, which took place from Monday night to Tuesday at the Baron Resort in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. There were 39 contestants in this 6th edition of the pageant and the jury chose Gizzelle to succeed Malaysian Amy Tinie, the 2019 winner.
Organised by Miss Earth Egypt 2014 Nancy Magdy, 27, the Miss Eco International 2021 coronation night took place at the Baron Resort Sharm El Sheikh in Nasrany, Sharm El-Sheikh, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt, during the night of Monday to Tuesday. This was the 6th edition of the international beauty contest which aims to promote environmental awareness and ecotourism.
Originally from Pretoria, South Africa, this year’s new Miss Eco International Gizzelle Uys is an actress, model and dancer. She is also Supermodel International South Africa 2020. She enjoys reading, water sports and outdoor adventure activities. She has a degree in Cultural Heritage and Tourism.
The runner-up behind first runner-up Gizzelle Uys is Kelley Day, 24, from the Philippines. Alexandria Kelly, 24, from the United States, Steffanía Alejandra Rodríguez Vivas, 22, from Venezuela and Kristel Ruiz Freeman, 22, from Costa Rica were the 2nd, 3rd and 4th runners-up respectively.
The beauty pageant was originally called « Miss Eco Queen » with Patricia Peklar from Slovenia crowned as the inaugural winner in Alexandria, Egypt on 5 April 2015. The name was changed to « Miss Eco Universe » with Natalia Carvajal from Costa Rica as the titleholder crowned on 14 April 2016, in Giza, Egypt.
On 14 April 2017, Amber Bernachi of Canada was crowned Miss Eco International 2017, making her the first winner under the competition’s current name. She crowned her successor Cynthia Thomalla of the Philippines on 27 April 2018 in Cairo, Egypt. On 29 March 2019, Thomalla returned to Cairo to crown Rashia Suheyn Cipriani Noriega of Peru as her successor.
However, the latter was later dethroned and replaced by Amy Nurtinie Abdul Aziz of Malaysia. In 2020, Nurtinie did not crown her successor due to the new Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. She was present at the Miss Eco International 2021 event to crown Gizzelle Uys herself.