What’s great about the Miss Universe pageant is that it highlights both the beauty and abilities of women. Behind the makeup and gowns, these women also did badass jobs before getting on that stage. Some of them are even hard to believe.
Miss Philippines – Maxine Medina
In case you didn’t know yet, Maxine worked as a condominiums interior designer. That’s on top of her modeling stints and occasional TV commercial appearances.
Miss USA – Deshauna Barber
Deshauna is the first Miss USA winner who is an active member of the Army Reserve. She also graduated with a Computer Information Systems degree and works as an IT Analyst for the US Department of Commerce. That’s enough reason for you to not mess with this lady.
Miss Aruba – Charlene Leslie
As a trained dietitian, Charlene helped people reach their health goals. She also likes studying and experimenting on recipes to make them healthier.
Miss Kenya – Mary Esther Were
Aside from being a Marketing Administrator for Forbes Africa and CNBC Africa, Mary also has an upcoming novel. We don’t know when it’ll be published but keep your eyes peeled if you’re interested.
Miss Dominican Republic – Rosalba “Sal García” Abreu
Sal is your typical farm girl who got a modeling break at a young age. Even after winning the Miss Dominican Republic title, she still takes pride on the fact that she can herd cattle and farm pineapples.
Miss Sri Lanka – Jayathi De Silva
Jayathi is currently working to find an effective cure for cancer. And it’s not impossible especially with her degrees in Cancer Biology and Forensic Science.
Miss Malaysia – Kiran Jassal
Kiran is a self-proclaimed bookworm who has read 800 books (and counting). We won’t be surprised if this includes the textbooks she needs to study for her Dentistry degree.
Miss Thailand – Chalita Suansane
After graduating college, Chalita opted to volunteer for an orphanage which houses children who were abused and living with HIV. This is also the reason why she’s set on spreading awareness on this disease and other problems that affect children today.
Miss Japan – Sari Nakazawa
On top of being a Dentistry student, Sari is also an aspiring rhythmic gymnast. Not only that, she’s also interested in flower arranging, volleyball, and the piano. How can she find the time to do all those?
Miss Canada – Siera Bearchell
Siera is a lot of things—runner, entrepreneur, golfer, and law student. But among those, she took her business background to help communities get back on their feet.