Miss Earth U.S. Virgin Islands 2017 Kaylee Carlberg defended the newly-crowned Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco who got so much flak from the netizens for her win and unconventional beauty.
Carlberg who competed with Ibasco during the recently-concluded Miss Earth 2017 pageant posted through her Facebook page that "Karen is a warrior and that only her fellow delegates and staff got a chance to see what fans didn't".
She went on saying that "Karen Ibasco won fair and square". Kaylee stressed out that "even her sash was a non-powerhouse country, she still would have won. No one had her level of confidence in gown and swimsuit (you can argue that others did but here is a difference between "rehearsed confidence" and a real confidence that comes from within). When she was handed the microphone, she sealed her fate and proved she could handle the pressure of speaking eloquently and intelligently on issues."
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"Karen is a warrior! Only her fellow delegates and staff got a chance to see what fans didn't. Karen was very humble, easy to talk with, sweet, and always willing to lend a hand. Towards the end a few girls were shutting down and not willing to help because they went into "competition mode". Karen was competitive but she never shut people out.
She stared to become ill on the day of interviews and by the press conference/costume day she was very sick. I stood next to her at the pool photoshoot and was scared she might pass out. Her eyes were bright red and watery, she was warm, and stuffed up. She spent the next 4 days in rehearsals like that. She never complained though. She still did her hair and makeup, dressed very well, and practiced the dance and walking patterns like it was the final pageant. She also studied when she had free time.
Karen has a phenomenal work ethic and a fighting spirit. I know for a fact she will be the most influential Miss Earth we have ever had. She will pick up where Angelia ended and continue to push Miss Earth to new heights. The sponsorships and connections she can make thanks so her understanding and authentic passion for environmental issues will create a change in how the rest of the world sees pageantry. Pageants are evolving and Miss Earth is ahead of its time.
I predict Karen will travel more than past queens in part because world leaders will take notice of her. Karen can and will grow the Miss Earth brand.
I hate seeing "fans" beat her up. It's heart wrenching. She won fair and square. Even if her sash was a non-powerhouse country she still would have won. No one had her level of confidence in gown and swimsuit (you can argue that others did but there is a difference between "rehearsed confidence" and a real confidence that comes from within. When she was handed the microphone she sealed her fate and proved she could handle the pressure of speaking eloquently and intelligently on issues.
Karen gave me hope when she won Miss Philippines Earth. I was so excited to see a scientist had won and that the organization was prioritizing public speaking and intelligence more. I believed I too could become a Miss Earth because I saw myself in Karen.
So many girls worldwide will also see themselves when they meet Karen and dream of becoming a strong and wise young woman like her. She is an excellent role model for girls to aspire to be like." - Kaylee Carlberg, Miss Earth US Virgin Islands 2017.
Fans of Miss Earth had only words of gratitude for the kind gestures and sportsmanship shown by a queen herself, Kaylee Carlberg.