Saturday November 12, 2011 (8 years ago)
On November 12, 1979, Mimilanie “Melanie” Laurel Marquez won the Miss International beauty pageant held in Tokyo, Japan.
Born on July 16, 1964, Marquez won the prestigious beauty contest at the age of 15. She is one of four Filipino women who have so far held the Miss International crown since the beauty contest began in 1960.
The other three are, Gemma Guerrero Cruz Araneta, who won the title in Long Beach, California in 1964; Aurora McKenny Pijuan in Osaka, Japan in 1970; and Precious Lara Quigaman, also in Tokyo in 2005.
Gain of fame drove Marquez in joining the international beauty contest. She eventually pursued a career in fashion print, ramp modeling, and television acting.
Other prestigious titles she has won include: Face of the 1980’s winner in New York in 1985, first runner-up in the Supermodel competition in 1986, and touted as the Most Glamorous Woman in Italy, also in 1986.
She was also adjudged and voted as the “Most Beautiful Miss International Winner” in 2000.
Marquez earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (cum laude) from the International Academy of Management and Economics in November 2006.
Source: Philippine News Agency archives
Via / kahimyang.com/