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After being the third Venezuelan to win the crown, Palacios became the public image and spokesperson for various international companies and brands, such as Ray Ban, CoverGirl and Revlon. In 1999 se started a jewelry business and today is the owner of a jewelry store in Caracas and four in Miami. Yet her entrepreneurial power is not limited to jewelry. Palacios has also created a line of various products for women, as well as a line of clothes and stores.
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Bolocco was the first Chilean woman to become Miss Universe. After her reign, she married American anchor Michael Young, whom she divorced in 1996. She moved to the United States, where she made a career as news anchor and later hosted her own talk show. She also played a part in the telenovela Morelia in 1994. In 2001 she married former Argentinean president Carlos Menem, with whom she had a son, Máximo Saúl. They divorced in 2007 after photos were seen of Bolocco half-naked bathing in the sun with another man. Recently, the Argentinean press linked her to Argentinean entrepreneur Cristiano Rattazzi.
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Three years after her reign, the only Mexican Miss Universe created the Nuestra Belleza México beauty pageant, which selects candidates to Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. With the organization of such an important contest Jones has become a successful entrepreneur in her native country.
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Country: Puerto Rico
After passing on the crown in the Philippines in 1994, Torres stayed in that country for four years and became a very successful television anchor and actress. When she returned to her native island, she launched the production of a doll and failed in her attempt to start a singing career. In 2000, she married Marc Anthony, with whom she had two sons, Christian and Ryan Anthony. After their divorce in 2004, Torres returned to modeling, became the spokesperson for various brands, and appeared in various U.S. telenovelas. She later moved to Los Angeles to develop her acting career. She wrote the book Married to Me with sister Jeannette, and currently appears in the Showtime movie The Nail.
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At the end of her reign, Machado acted in several telenovelas and became the image of a diet product. She tried her luck at singing in Mexico, but was unsuccessful. In 2005 she was filmed having sex with a costar in the Spanish reality show La granja (The Farm), a scandal that prompted the end of her engagement to baseball=2 0slugger Bobby Abreu. In 2006 she became the first Miss Universe ever to pose naked for Playboy magazine. In June of last year, she gave birth to daughter Dinorah, though the father's identity is unknown. She recently launched her own fragrance, Malicia, in Mexico, where she lives.
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Country: Puerto Rico
0A After passing on her crown, Quiñones went to New York to study acting. She appeared in U.S. television series Freddie and Smallville. She is currently one of the main attractions of the Spanish Repertoire Theater in the Big Apple, where she has acted in important plays such as Ana en el Trópico (Ana in the Tropics) and La casa de los espíritus (The House of Spirits). For years the beauty queen has been in a relationship with René Pérez, vocalist of the Calle 13 duet.
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Though the Miss Universe title belonged to Miss Russia, Oxana Fedorova, Pasek kept the crown after Fedovora was disqualified because she was married and had lied to enter the contest. During her reign Pasek worked with various organizations to create awareness about HIV/AIDS. In 2004, she was the image of Christian Dior in Latin America and in 2006 became the face of the jewelry and accessories house Misaki. News circulated recently that P asek will soon get married in Los Angeles, where she lives.
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Country: Dominican Republic
Singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra's niece was the first=2 0Dominican Miss Universe. Vega's reign was characterized for her heavy traveling and her humanitarian work around the world. She debuted as singer in the 2004 contest where she passed on her crown, and has been the hostess of various shows and TV programs such as Emilio Estefan's singing contest Nuevas voces de América (New Voices of America). She appeared in Andy García's movie The Lost City and in Homie Spumonie. Vega is currently negotiating the details of her first music album and plans to open a store of clothes and accessories in Miami.
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Country: Puerto Rico
After completing the year of her reign, the fifth Puerto Rican Miss Universe went to New York to study acting. She played a part in the telenovela Dame chocolate (Give Me Chocolate) in 2007. In 2008, she moved to Mexico to continue her studies at the prestigious Televisa Training School. Though it had been said that she would be in the cast of the telenovela Hasta que el dinero nos separe (Till Money Do Us Part), so far the beauty queen has not appeared in the series that airs in Mexico nor has she appeared on the credits.
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With her triumph last year, Mendoza not only became Venezuela's fifth universal beauty queen20but she also put an end to the 12-year drought the South American country had gone without a Miss Universe title (the last one had been Machado's in 1996). Mendoza has become the spokesperson of several campaigns to create awareness about the AIDS test. The beauty queen appears topless in the September edition of the Maxim magazine. She will pass on her crown on Sunday, August 16, in the Bahamas.
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