6 Inspiring Facts About This Year's Miss Universe Contestants

Miss Universe contestants come from all around the world, so it stands to reasons they've had a variety of life experiences. Check out six inspirational facts about this year's Miss Universe contestants who will be competing in the Miss Universe Competition on Sunday, Nov. 26 on FOX!  

Miss Universe Guam Myana Welch

"My current project is helping raise my late sisters' 3 children. About a year ago, she passed away due to birthing complications in Kiribati. To keep the children from being separated, my parents began the adoption process and I did everything I could to help expedite it. After a year of failed attempts of getting them into American soil, all three of my sister's children are now together under one roof and are loved more than anything. I now have the opportunity to make my sister proud, and help raise and mentor her children to become whatever they want to be," Myana said. "I always want to share and give all I can to help raise a successful generation of youth. That is what inspires me to volunteer with children."

Miss Universe Haiti Cassandra Chery "

Two years ago, I lost my mother to cancer. I experienced first hand the struggle she went through and the pain and suffering she endured. I noticed that she was not adequately taken care of and seemed to deteriorate very rapidly," Cassandra said. "That’s why I’m pursuing a career in nursing so that I can make a difference in the lives of others afflicted with this illness and offer them the compassion and proper medical attention they deserve."

Miss Universe Brazil Monalysa Alcântara

Monalysa co-founded a group for black beauty self-awareness for teenage boys and girls dealing with bullying and self-esteem problems regarding their beauty and physical characteristics. She continues to work with the organization. 

Miss Universe Ecuador Daniela Cepeda

According to Daniela, "My proudest personal accomplishment happened when I was 18 years old and I was working as a volunteer at my neighborhood’s church. I was helping a child with autism whose name is Maria Paula. At the age of 4, she had verbal language problems, and she communicated with just guttural sounds. We developed a nice relationship, and I talked to her through songs, such as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," which was one of the first songs that she could hum, and this event made me feel so proud and at the same time very happy. When this happened I was full of emotion and I saw the fruit of my work through the teachings I gave to this child."

Miss Universe South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

Demi-Leigh launched the Unbreakable campaign on her 22nd birthday. According to Demi-Leigh, "I was inspired to launch Unbreakable because of the attempted hijacking I experienced earlier this year in Johannesburg. It was dreadful, but I knew how to handle the situation in the best possible way because I had done a WIP (Women INpowered) workshop for women that focused on everything from hijacking and robberies and how to handle these situations, to how to get out of toxic and abusive relationships. I am a firm believer that knowledge is power and the information I learnt on these courses certainly helped me. I was determined to pay it forward and start these workshops."

Miss Universe Portugal Matilde Lima

Matilde is in the process of developing a solidarity project to help children from Africa.

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