Miami wins double in environmental state competition
Photos by Simon Soong
Saks, 23, a Miami native, was crowned as the new Miss Earth Florida during a 2-hour ceremony on Saturday July 17 in Miami.
Saks will now move on to represent
Florida at the national competition Miss Earth United States in Las Vegas, where one woman will be chosen to represent the
country in one of the largest pageants in the world, Miss Earth.
Saks received the crown from the hands of Naples-resident Aubrey Carr, who in
2009 represented Florida at nationals in the teen division, and Miami-native Michelle Piwko, the 2009 Miss winner.
Cuban background, Saks was born and raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Miami in 2009 with a Bachelor of
Science in Communications, and Broadcast Journalism and Theatre Arts. She was a Henry King Stanford Scholarship recipient
as well as a Bright Futures Scholar.
college years, Saks was part of the University’s cable station UMTV and worked as a reporter for UMTV Today and Newsvision.
She was also an intern at CBS4 in Miami where she extended her newsroom experience.
Saks is now the Editor in Chief of Kelly’s Closet, a style blog, and a contributor
for the Examiner.com and Fashify.com. She has been featured on MTV’s Pretty Smart as well as USA’s Burn
Notice. She has had featured appearances on NBC6 South Florida Today and Deco Drive during Miami Swim Week.
Saks currently volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami and the American
Cancer Society and is now developing her environmental platform T.A.S.T.E, Teaching Adolescents Success Through Ecology. As part of her duties as
Miss Earth Florida, Saks will spend one year educating the community on practical ways to keep the environment clean and healthy.
crowned on Saturday, Brittney Ronda, a 14-year-old from Miami, who will now be Miss Teen Earth Florida. Ronda will travel
to nationals with Saks in less than 2 weeks. Ronda attends Coral Reef Senior High School and is part of the AgriScience program,
as well as the president of the local FFA chapter.
The Miss Earth Florida and Miss Teen Earth Florida pageants belong to a long chain
of pageants from the Miss Earth system, the only beauty competitions in the world that focus their efforts on environmental
protection and education. Over 90 countries in the world participate every year in the event.