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January 18, 2021
Marisa Butler of Maine Crowned Miss Earth USA
Will Compete at Miss Earth in Potential Back-to-Back Win for the United States

Media Contact: Laura Clark, marketing@missearthusa.com

Orlando, Fla., – Marisa Butler of Maine has been named Miss Earth USA 2021 during the final national competition aired January 17 on the VIP Pageantry channel. The pageant took place at the Chapin Theater inside the Orange County Convention Center of Orlando, Florida. After the United States took home the most recent Miss Earth crown, Butler aims to give the United States a historical back-to-back win at the international competition this fall.


Age 27, Butler is a graduate of Stonehill College holding a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Business. She was on the collegiate cheerleading, soccer and lacrosse teams. She now enjoys a career as a financial advisor. Butler also represented Maine at Miss USA 2016 and served as America’s representative for Miss World in 2018.

As Miss Earth USA, Butler is awarded numerous sponsored prizes, travel and endorsements while also receiving a $5000 Rosen Scholarship to aid in environmental efforts. She will serve as spokesperson for The Clean Earth Project, World Clean Up Day, wildfire restoration projects and other environmental efforts. Miss Earth is the only international pageant endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme.

Butler will represent the USA at the Miss Earth competition later this year. Managed by Carousel Productions of the Philippines, Miss Earth focuses on empowering women, promoting eco-tourism and aiding environmental causes around the globe. Each year, nearly 100 delegates known as “beauties for a cause” represent their nations during the highly anticipated month long competition.

Last year’s Miss Earth USA Lindsey Coffey of Pennsylvania was the first American delegate to capture the Miss Earth crown. Coffey crowned Butler at the end of the pageant held at the acclaimed Orange County Convention Center. Pre-pageant activities included a project with Keep Orlando Beautiful in partnership with Garbo Grabber, the HOTWORX spokesmodel competition and various fun medal challenges such as talent.

“We have learned a great deal on how to protect one another during this pandemic. Our venues were very helpful to ensure protocols were followed,” said National Director Laura Clark. “We hope spirits were lifted by the talents and smiles displayed by these amazing young women who represent beauty for a cause.”

The national competition included the categories of community service, interview, multimedia, swimwear, runway and evening gown. Judges are notable pageant experts Bill Alverson, producer of Insatiable on Netflix; Elizabeth Safrit, second runner up Miss World; Mara Martin, Sports Illustrated model and Top 100 Changemaker; Andreia Gibau, 2017 Miss Earth USA and 2020 Top 10 Miss USA; and Kimberly Pixton Millar, fashion designer.  

The top 5 national court is rounded out by Alyssa Klinzing of California, Alyssa Magalong of Colorado, Kennedy Thomas of Alabama and C’yana Denby of Maryland. The pageant organization also names national titles for three divisions based on marital status and age. Those winners were Teen Miss Earth USA Katia Gerry of California, Elite Miss Earth USA Nalicia Ramdyal of New York and Mrs. USA Earth Meredith Pope of Alabama. The national director of Miss Earth USA is Laura Clark, owner of Beauty for a Cause USA 501(c)3 charitable organization, based in Northern Virginia.

The program remains available for viewing on the VIP Pageantry mobile app and television channel available on Roku, Apple and Amazon Fire TV. Complete results, photos and highlight videos are available at www.missearthusa.com and www.facebook.com/missearthusa. Visit missearthusa.com for this year’s state program information and missearth.tv for information on the international pageant. Media may contact marketing@missearthusa.com.

Marisa Butler of Maine is crowned Miss Earth USA 2021 during events held January 17 in Orlando

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2021 National Court of Miss Earth USA, pictured left to right: C’yana Denby of Maryland; Alyssa Klinzing of California; Marisa Butler of Maine; 2020 Miss Earth Lindsey Coffey of the United States; Alyssa Magalong of Colorado; Kennedy Thomas of Alabama. Sashes by The Sash Company. King Aaron Photography.

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2021 National Court of Miss Earth USA, pictured left to right: Elite Miss Earth USA Nalicia Ramdyal of New York, Miss Earth USA Marisa Butler of Maine, Teen Miss Earth USA Katia Gerry of California, Mrs. USA Earth Meredith Pope of Alabama. Sashes by The Sash Company. King Aaron Photography.

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