# 18. Brigitte Wilson
Bridgette Leann Wilson-Sampras Born September 25, 1973 (43) in Gold Beach, OR. She is an American actress, singer, model. Wilson began her career as an actress after being crowned Miss Teen USA in 1990, playing the character of Lisa Fenimore on the soap opera Santa Barbara from April 1992 to January 1993.She appeared in several 1990s films, including Higher Learning (1995), Mortal Kombat (1995) and Billy Madison (1995). She later had roles in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), House on Haunted Hill (1999), She played the role of Miss Texas in Beautiful (2000) The Wedding Planner (2001), and Shopgirl (2005). Wilson is married to professional tennis player Pete Sampras, with whom she has two sons.
# 17. Eva Longoria
Born: Mar 15, 1975 (42) · Corpus Christi, TXBefore becoming an actress, Eva won the title of Miss Corpus Christi, USA, in 1998. With that dazzling smile and excellent posture, it’s no wonder why. Eva has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, but she is best known for her role as the spoiled yet lovable Gabrielle Solis in Desperate Housewives. After founding Eva’s Heroes, a charity dedicated to assisting developmentally disabled kids, she was named Philanthropist of the year by The Hollywood Reporter.
# 16. KELLY HU
Born On February 13th, 1968, (49) in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is of Chinese, English, and Hawaiian ancestry. She was the very first Asian American female to be crowned Miss Teen USA 1985, she later became Miss Hawaii & top 6 at the 1993 Miss U.S.A Pageant as well as Miss Photogenic. She modeled in Japan and Italy for several months before deciding to relocate to L.A. and try her hand at show business. She got her break on TV’s Growing Pains (1985-1987).
# 15. JERI RYAN – (Jeri Lynn Zimmerman)
Born February 22, 1968, in Munich, Germany – She became Miss Northwestern University, Miss Illinois 1989 & 3rd Runner-up and a Preliminary Swimsuit Award at the Miss America Pageant 1990. She graduated from Northwestern in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Ryan changed her name professionally after her Pageant years. She’s an Actress probably best known for her role as the ‘Borg Seven Of Nine’ on ‘Star Trek: Voyager’, for which she was nominated four times for a ‘Saturn Award’ and won in 2001 and won in, she also won the ‘Golden Satellite Award’ for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Drama for her role in ‘Star Trek: Voyager’. Ryan is also known for her role as Veronica “Ronnie” Cooke on Boston Public (2001–2004). She was a regular on the science fiction series Dark Skies (1997) and the legal drama series Shark (2006–2008). In 2009 she guest starred on the series Leverage as Tara Cole. From 2011 to 2013, she starred as Dr. Kate Murphy in the ABC drama series Body of Proof. In 2016, she began appearing as Veronica Allen on the Amazon Prime series Bosch.
# 14. ALI LANDRY
Born July 21, 1973 (44) in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. She is an American actress, model, and Miss USA 1996. She is perhaps best known as the Doritos Girl from her 1998 Super Bowl commercial, and for her portrayal of Rita Lefleur on the UPN sitcom Eve. In 1998, she was named by People magazine as one of 50 most beautiful people in the world. Landry was also Miss Teen Louisiana, 1990 and made the ‘Top 12’ in that Pageant. Landry is the first woman to have won the Miss U.S.A title who also competed in the Miss Teen division. She finished 6th in that year’s Miss Universe Pageant.
# 13. Shannon Tweed,
Tweed was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador until she was 11 years old, and then after her father’s tragic car accident, her mother moved her and her siblings to Saskatchewan. Shannon became involved in beauty pageants at a young age. She was Miss Ottawa Valley and the third runner-up in the Miss Canada Pageant, 1978. She also won the talent competition for singing Olivia Newton-John’s “I Honestly Love You”… After the Canadian ‘wish-fulfillment TV series’ [Thrill of a Lifetime] arranged for her to pose for Hugh Hefner’s Playboy, she was chosen as the Playmate of the Month for the November 1981 issue and eventually the Playmate of the Year for 1982. She began her movie career and also appeared in the soap opera, Falcon Crest. After becoming Playmate of the Year in. She was briefly involved with Playboy magazine founder Hugh M. Hefner. However, Tweed has carried on a long-term relationship with Gene Simmons of KISS since 1983. Along with their children Sophie and Nicolas, the family members starred in a reality television show on A&E entitled Gene Simmons Family Jewels from 2006-2012. Tweed and Simmons married in 2011. She has become somewhat of a “B” movie “Queen”, appearing in numerous low-budget “erotic thrillers” and adventure films. Tweed is now the narrator of the reality TV show, Ex-Wives of Rock – starring Bobby Brown better known as the Cherry Pie girl from the ‘Cherry Pie’ video.
# 12. Shanna Moakler
Born March 28, 1975, Providence, Rhode Island. Miss USA’s First runner-up (as Miss New York) at Miss USA 1995. She became Miss USA after the original winner, Chelsi Smith from Texas, won Miss Universe a few months later. Shanna was also a former Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1992 – she made the Semi Finals in that year’s Miss Teen USA., Shanna Lynn Moakler was also crowned Miss Teen All American in 1993. She is an actress and producer, known for Pacific Blue (1996), The Wedding Singer (1998) and Bridalplasty (2010). She was a Playboy Playmate of the Month December 2001. Currently acting as the Director of the Nevada Miss USA pageant, with much success in the pageant over the past few years. Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, went on to win Miss USA 2014, as the first women ever from the Silver State, with the help of Shanna. Sanchez was also 1st Runner-up at that year’s Miss Universe.
#11. Delta Burke
Miss Orlando & Miss Florida 1974. Burke didn’t make the top 10 at Miss America that year but she was selected as one of the 8 non-finalist talent winners. In her personal life, she earned two consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1990 and 1991, the only female cast member of Designing Women to do so.
# 10. FAITH JENKINS
Born September 21, 1977 (39) in Shreveport. La. is an American attorney, legal commentator and media personality. On March 11, 2014, she officially joined MSNBC as a legal analyst. She is now a judge on Judge Faith, a daytime court show, where she renders decisions in a television courtroom. Jenkins participated in beauty pageants and won several major titles. She was the first African-American woman to win the Miss Louisiana Tech title. In 2000, she won the Miss Louisiana title and competed in the Miss America 2001 competition, where she was named first runner-up, winner of the Quality of Life award, and preliminary winner in both swimsuit and talent. To date, she has won the most scholarship money in the history of Miss America Pageant. Faith earned her Juris Doctor from the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she was ranked first in her class.
# 9. Gal Gadot
Miss Israel 2004 best known for playing ‘Superwoman’ & Gisele in the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise. Gadot did not place at Miss Universe that year but it didn’t affect her career at all.(Below) – Gal Gabot and Lynda Carter dressed as ‘Wonder Woman’.
# 8. Michael Pfeiffer
Miss Orange County 1978, Michelle placed 6th in that year’s Miss California Pageant. She was named in People’s magazine’s most beautiful list in 1990 and 1999. She starred among others in ‘Hairspray’, ‘Dangerous Liaisons’, ‘Witches of Eastwick’.
# 7. Diane Sawyer
Kentucky Jr. Miss 1963 and America’s Jr. Miss 1963. Sawyer sang opera for her talent portion of the competition. Sawyer, once stated that she only entered the Pageant because her older sister had done so earlier, and she often followed in her sister’s footsteps. Sawyer has been the anchor of ABC News’s nightly flagship program ABC World News, a co-anchor of ABC News’s morning news program Good Morning America and Primetime newsmagazine. Early in her career, she was a member of U.S. President Richard Nixon’s White House staff and closely associated with the president himself.
# 6. Lynda Carter
Miss Arizona, 1972. and Miss World USA, 1972. Carter starred in the TV series ‘Wonder Woman’ (1975 – 1979). She’s also been involved with Maybelline commercials, Lens Express commercials,’Sky High’ movie (2005) and is an activist for legal equality for LGBT people. She was the Grand Marshal for the 2011 Phoenix Pride and 2011 New York Pride Parades, as well as the 2013 Capital Pride Parade in Washington, DC.(Below) – Gal Gabot and Lynda Carter dressed as ‘Wonder Woman’.
# 5. Priyanka Chopra –
Miss India & Miss World 2000. She plays a bad ass in the TV series ‘Quantico’ [2015-] she was the first South Asian woman to win a ‘People’s Choice’ Award.
# 4. Halle Berry –
Halle first came into the spotlight at seventeen years when she won the Miss Teen All-American Pageant, representing the state of Ohio in 1985, a year later in 1986, she was chosen first runner-up in the Miss U.S.A. Pageant, Halle is also the first black woman to represent the USA at Miss World in 1986. This Oscar-winning actress for her role in ‘Monster’s Ball’ 2001, has also been a Bond girl in ‘Die Another Day’ 2002, ‘Catwoman’ 2004, ‘Boomerang’ 1992. she won acclaim in 1999 for her role as actress Dorothy Dandridge in made for cable’s ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge’, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Movie/Mini-Series.
# 3. Aishwarya Rai
Miss India runner-up & Miss World 1994, broke into the movie industry in many roles such as ‘Bride & Prejudice’ 2004, she is often named India’s most beautiful celebrity. Plus she has appeared in many Bollywood films.
# 2. Vanessa Williams
Miss New York & Miss America 1984. She returned to show business 4 years later with hit songs like ‘Dreaming’ & ‘Save The Best For Last’, she starred in many movies including ‘Soul Food’. In 2016 Vanessa was head judge for that year’s Miss America Pageant, where CEO Sam Hascle publically apologized to her on behalf of the Pageant. The triple threat was vindicated as she performed in such hit TV programs as ‘Ugly Betty’ [2006 – 2010], ‘Desperate Housewives’, and currently ‘Daytime Divas’.CEO Sam Hascle apologized to her on behalf of the Pageant, 32 yrs later.
# 1. Oprah Winfrey – Miss Black Tennessee 1971
What can anyone say about the success story that is Oprah Winfrey? In 1971 Oprah represented her state of Tennessee in that year’s Miss Black America ~ She didn’t place in the National Pageant but it’s easy to say that the loss didn’t stop Winfrey. By 2010 it is estimated that she was making $315 Million per year on her talk show alone. She now owns her own T.V. network ‘The Oprah Winfrey Networth’. Appropriately called ‘OWN’.