Aarti Sooknandan was appointed by Miss Earth Belize Organization and was crowned Miss Earth Belize 2021 during a private ceremony, held on August 8, 2021. With this title, she earned the opportunity to represent her country at the next edition of Miss Earth later this year. Belize did not compete at the Miss Earth pageant during 2019 and 2020, and was last represented by Renae Shereze Martinez at Miss Earth 2018.
The 26-year-old beauty queen is model, entrepreneur, public speaker, painter and a ballet dancer. She graduated a Bachelors of Science degree in Advertising & Marketing from the University of South Florida (USF)and obtained a Master’s in Business Administration degree in Marketing graduating Magna Cum Laude from Nova Southeastern University in Ft.
After her coronation, Aarti took to her social media to share her joy and wrote, “The day has finally come! My Beautiful Belize, it is a distinct honor and immense privilege to be representing our jewel as your Miss Earth Belize 2021. Belize, you are my home that is always in my heart, and I promise to make you proud at the Miss Earth pageant later this year!”
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She is not a newbie to pageantry. In 2019, Aarti Sooknandan competed for the first time at Miss Universe Belize 2019, where she finished as a semifinalist and won a unanimous decision the Miss Congeniality award. This experience bolstered her interest in furthering her platform. In September 2019 she reached out to the founder of ‘Wingspan Seminars’ to Priscilla Dames and quickly became a part of that organization and participated in the 1st ever women’s summit in Belize 2019 addressing pressing issues like Domestic violence.
She has also served in the capacity of Keynote Speaker in women’s Issues, Guest Speaker and Co- Anchor in television interviews with Wingspan Seminars founder Priscilla Dames. In 2020 she participated again but due to pandemic it had to be Virtual. She is actively participating in helping to coordinate the marketing aspect of the “Women’s Summit, scheduled to be held in Belize March 2022.
Aarti’s latest endeavor is to launch her new Podcast series in support of projects she has been working on since June of 2019. She says, “As Miss Earth Belize, I encourage you to be citizens of the world and not just citizens of your country, so that we, collectively, can do more for Humanity, the Environment and Mother Earth. Together I know we will accomplish great things during my reign.”