These Former Miss Universe Titleholders Are Still Changing the World in Big Ways
It’s no doubt that Miss Universe titleholders make a difference around the world during their reign with many volunteer hours, charity causes and fundraisers. However, these former titleholders haven’t taken a break from making the world a better place.
Michelle McLean-Bailey, Miss Universe 1992
International TV personality, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist, McLean-Bailey won Miss Universe at 19 for Namibia in 1992. Among her many philanthropic efforts, she established the Michelle McLean Children Trust, now in its 24th year, to raise funds for education of underprivileged children in Namibia. She has worked with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on a variety of charitable projects. McLean-Bailey has also been an ambassador for UNICEF and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. As a globally recognized motivational speaker on the topic of “Success Under Pressure,” she aspires to be an agent of positive change in people’s lives around the world.
Leila Umenyiora, Miss Universe 2011
In 2011, Umenyiora (formerly Lopes) became the first woman from Angola to win the Miss Universe crown. Umenyiora used her title to champion HIV/AIDS prevention and works with organizations such as Youth AIDS/PSI, Latino Commission on AIDS, and Gay Men’s Health Crisis, among others. She was named the Drylands Ambassador by the United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in an effort to combat land degradation – an issue that affects not only her country but the entire continent of Africa.
Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe 2013
After crowned as Miss Universe 2013, Isler became the CEO and Founder of the Universe of Blessings Fund. Isler works though this program to teach girls about adolescent pregnancy and maternal mortality and combat human trafficking. Isler was blessed by the Pope for her work.
Lupita Jones, Miss Universe 1991
Lupita Jones was crowned Miss Universe in 1991 and used her reign to support the Integral Family Development Project. In 2000 Jones was appointed as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and spokesperson for the Face to Face campaign in Mexico.