Miss Earth South Africa Tamerin Jardine shines on international stage in Manila, Philippines. Picture: KONRADPHOTO

JOBURG environmentalist and law graduate Tamerin Jardine finished in the top eight at the 13th International Miss Earth competition during a star-studded, glittering gala event at the Versailles Palace, Alabang, in Manila, Philippines, on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old was a favourite with avid competition followers and pundits.

She had already bagged three gold medals and won a public choice award on her second day in the city.

As Jardine progressed through the various stages of the competition, she continued to impress, performing well at every task and taking bronze in swimwear, silver in national costume and gold in evening wear.

Jardine brought home a special award from the Philippines for her innovative ideas and vision for the future of technology and the environment.

Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa was thrilled to hear the news of Jardine’s success.

“Sustainable energy” was the 2012 theme of Miss Earth and Jardine’s campaign saw her install solar panels and lights in the homes of Duduza, Ekurhuleni, shack dwellers.

On the night, Jardine was one of 92 delegates from across the globe vying for the title.

Miss Czech Republic Tereza Fajksova took the coveted title. The runners-up were Miss Philippines, Miss Venezuela and Miss Brazil.