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Post  Tidus on Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:44 pm

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Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee was crowned Miss Universe 1997 on May 16, 1997.

Brook was Miss USA and Miss Hawaii USA prior to winning the Miss Universe 1997 pageant. Her Korean grandfather immigrated to Hawaiʻi in the 1950s. Immediately prior to winning the Miss USA and Miss Universe crowns, she pursued graduate-level studies in Communication at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She attended University Lab School for one year, 1987–1988. Lee graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 1989. She is a native of Pearl City, Hawaiʻi.

Lee, who stands 1.7 m (5 ft. 7 in.) [1], was crowned Miss Hawaii USA on her first try for this crown, then went on to win the Miss USA crown in Shreveport, Louisiana on February 5, 1997. Three months later, Lee won the Miss Universe 1997 pageant in Miami, Florida. That year, the outgoing Miss Universe, Alicia Machado of Venezuela, was criticized by Donald Trump for gaining weight after winning the crown in 1996. It is said that Lee's answers to the judges' questions in both the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, both of which alluded to that controversy, greatly impressed the judges. In the Miss USA pageant, when asked about how she would handle weight gain, Lee said, "I would take a good hard look at myself, and I'd look from the inside out, and I would know that I'm the same girl that won the crown that day and it wouldn’t really matter what I look like on the outside because I won." Later, in the Miss Universe pageant, when asked what she would do if she didn't have to follow any rules, she replied, "I would eat everything in the whole world — twice!"

At Lee's urging, the 1998 Miss Universe pageant was held in her home state of Hawaiʻi, in Honolulu, for the first time. Wendy Fitzwilliam of Trinidad and Tobago was crowned Miss Universe 1998.

After her reign as Miss Universe, Lee has made several cameo appearances in movies and television shows, and has hosted numerous television shows in Asia and the United States. Her current project is a regional television show known as Pacific Fusion, which focuses on Asian-American lifestyles. She has hosted episodes of "Great Cruises" on the Travel Channel, which highlights cruise travel around the world.



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Post  Lucky on Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:22 pm

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I still can´t belive these two won Miss Universe title Shocked No No
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Post  Tidus on Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:23 pm

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I still can´t belive these two won Miss Universe title Shocked No No

it gives me hope.... Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

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Post  Anonymní on Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:25 pm

amazingly personable... i know i am in minority, but I LIKE HER!!!!

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Post  Guest on Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:35 am

I love her personality... Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  Guest on Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:35 am

Lucky wrote:

I still can´t belive these two won Miss Universe title Shocked No No
The same question I asked about Zuleyka... Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

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Post  Anonymní on Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:44 am

beautiful but not stunning, lebanon was gorgeous that year!

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Post  Sabiondo on Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:26 am

This was the real winner (Too bad that she was gave an mediocre awnser)
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Post  Anonymní on Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:11 am

DENNY MENDEZ!!!! cyclops

VERNA VAZQUEZ!!! cyclops

MARENA BENCOMO!!! cyclops

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Post  Guest on Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:15 pm

The glory days of Miss Universe!!!! I liked Brooke and was pleased with her win... Marena however was the start of my love for Miss Venezuela... (then Veruska confirmed it)

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Post  Tidus on Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:02 pm


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Ok so I know I haven't blogged in eon's but felt compelled...and that is a HEAVY word even for this beauty queen, but this Miss California, I can't even begin to describe...I was there in the theater for the pageant, and having gone through this (umm and actually won..)I can say with full confidence she did not lose the title of miss usa cause she had an unpopular opinion she LOST the pageant because she failed to be eloquent in voicing those opinions. I said many a controversial thing on my stages at both miss usa and miss universe, but I constructed my sentences in a way that a) made sense in the english language, and b) were witty.

But this ain't about me. She- and I don't need to say her name because as far as I am concerned she will just be "that miss california", I would just like her to be mindful of the fact that she didn't win be cause the gays were punishing her- TRUST ME that Manolo Blahnik Shoe will be dropping at every make up and wardrobe session she ever tries to do AGAIN in her life....She lost because she couldn't eloquently put her views across.

Is it hard to be in a bikini and a gown and have to answer a tough question in 30 secs in front of the world YES...but you know what it's the JOB and she should have been more prepared cause she isn't miss nova scotia she is Miss CALIFORNIA who gets TONS of media training, knows she wil be asked that question in her judges preliminary interviews cause Prop 8 was in her State...she SHOULD HAVE HAD A BETTER ANSWER, so don't say it's because of YOUR VIEWS you lost...you lost cause you CHOKED. LIVE WITH IT. Get down off the cross hun, there isn't room for you AND Jesus up there. Stop disrespecting Miss North Carolina like she didn't deserve to win...she won...now go crawl back into obscurity...or call Elizabeth Hasslebeck...cause you'll have to sleep on her couch...


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Post  Esther on Sun May 03, 2009 5:54 pm

Beautiful, exotic to me :flower: . She married? have her children? confused
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Post  Sabiondo on Sun May 03, 2009 8:51 pm

Esther wrote:Beautiful, exotic to me :flower: . She married? have her children? confused

Yes dear :flower: , here are a photo of Brook with her child
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Post  Antonio on Tue May 05, 2009 10:54 am

One of the pageants that gave me the creeps...
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Post  Marcia Bia on Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:03 pm

For me, Brook have a common face. I can say: not so beautiful for win a beauty pageant. But I think that a miss is a lot of things: attitude, intelligence, charm, elegance... So, Brook was realy wonderful.
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