Whether it was in commercials, on reality TV, or simply by knowing someone in the business, every celebrity had to start somewhere. On the other hand, these celebrities have established themselves in the world of beauty pageants.
Being a pageant queen is difficult, but these women were prepared for it. These are some of the most stunning people in the world, from Gal Gadot to Ksenia Sukhinova and others, and they have the crowns to prove it. Former Miss Universe contestants have gone on to have prosperous careers over the course of the competition’s 60-year history. Many of the members are still well-known today even after many years, and some of them have achieved international recognition as actors or models. Others are pioneers in philanthropy and other areas, while some are well-known journalists.
But what occurs when a victor’s era is over? To give you a look at their present lives as well as a flashback to the day they were crowned, we’ve compiled a list of 12 former beauty queens.
#1 Lynda Carter
On July 24, 1951, Lynda Jean Cordova was born in Phoenix, Arizona. After taking part in a regional beauty pageant, she was named Miss USA in 1973. She is a singer and actress best known for playing “Wonder Woman” in the eponymous 1970s television series.
#2 Angela Ponce
Model and Miss Universe Spain 2018 winner Angela Maria Ponce Camacho (born January 18, 1991) represents Spain in beauty pageants. She is also a philanthropist who works closely with the Foundation, which supports transgender children.
#3 Aiswarya Rai
Aishwarya Bachan Rai, formerly Aishwarya Rai, is an Indian actress who was born in Mangalore, Karnataka state, India, on November 1, 1973. At the time of her election as Miss World in 1994, Rai, who was born into a typical South Indian family, was studying architecture. Rai firmly established herself as the new “Queen of Bollywood” with her heartbreaking portrayal of the dumped lover Paro in “Devdas” (2002).
#4 Sushmita Sen
Indian actress and model Sushmita Sen (born November 19, 1975) won the Miss Universe pageant in 1994. She is the first Miss Universe who is of Indian descent. She had won the Femina Miss India title in 1994 at the age of 18. Since winning the Miss Universe pageant, she has worked as an actor in films.
#5 Alicia Machado
Alicia Machado, an American beauty pageant champion, singer, and actress of Venezuelan descent, was born on December 6, 1976. In 1996, she was crowned Miss Universe. She became the fourth Miss Universe winner from Venezuela. After winning the Miss Universe crown in 1996, Alicia gained notoriety.
#6 Priyanka Chopra
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra is from India. Priyanka Chopra, better known by her stage name Jonas, is an Indian actor, model, and singer who shot to fame after winning Miss World in 2000. She was born in Jamshedpur, Bihar, on July 18, 1982. (now in Jharkhand, India). She then starred in the popular movie “Fashion.” She received numerous awards for her work in this movie, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and the National Film Award for Best Actress.
#7 Zuleyka Rivera
After taking home the coveted Miss Universe crown in 2006, Zuleyka Rivera, a Puerto Rican beauty queen, actress, TV host, and model, gained notoriety. She made her acting debut the following year in the Mexican Telemundo serial drama “Dame Chocolate” as Betsy Marvel. She shot to international fame once more in 2017, scoring a number one hit with her appearance on Luis Fonsi’s song “Despacito.” In 2019, she made a cameo appearance in the Spanish crime drama “El Dragón: Return of a Warrior”.
#8 Ksenia Sukhinova
Born on August 26, 1987, Ksenia Vladimirovna Sukhinova is a Russian model, television host, and beauty queen. She first rose to fame in 2007 after taking home the Miss Russia crown. She won Miss World the following year. Since then, she has served as a judge for a number of pageants, including Miss World in 2015 and Miss World in 2016.
#9 Pia Wurtzbach
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, better known by her stage name Pia Romero, is a Filipina model, actress, and former Miss Universe who was born on September 24, 1989. After winning Miss Universe 2015, she signed a two-year exclusive contract with ABS-CBN on October 9, 2017. She co-hosted World of Dance Philippines with Luis Manzano and served as a guest host on ASAP.
#10 Olivia Culpo
American actress and fashion influencer Olivia Frances Culpo was born on May 8, 1992. She later went on to win the titles of Miss USA and Miss Universe in 2012. After gaining a sizable following on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, Culpo became well-known as a social media personality. L’Oréal, Kipling, and Uberliss are just a few of the fashion and cosmetics companies she has endorsed.
#11 Gal Gadot
Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot-Varsano was born on April 30, 1985. At the age of 18, Gadot won the Miss Israel 2004 pageant and later represented Israel at the Miss Universe 2004 pageant, which was held in Ecuador that year. She gained notoriety worldwide as Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, making appearances in movies like “Wonder Woman” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016). (2017). (2017).
#12 Lara Dutta
Lara Dutta, a successful businesswoman and former Miss Universe, was born in India on April 16, 1978. Throughout her career, she has primarily worked in Hindi films. She is the recipient of many honors, including a Filmfare Award. She became one of the most well-known leading ladies of the decade.