Just like last year, Miss Universe 2019 will have an all-female panel of judges. These women will be overseeing both the preliminary and final rounds.
The selection committee is made up of entrepreneurs, business leaders, industry experts, former beauty queens, and Miss Universe titleholder.
Here are the women who are tasked to select this year’s Miss Universe:
Paulina Vega is a former Miss Universe (2014), model, TV host, entrepreneur and life enthusiast. She was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, but her passion is to connect with the whole world. Paulina has been a trendsetter on the social and fashion scene, becoming a partner for beauty brands, and being chosen as the face of fashion houses. She is the face of brands such as Falabella, Pantene and Adidas. Paulina´s interest in working for social causes, has given her the opportunity to be the global ambassador for Rise Against Hunger. She continues supporting social causes in her home country, and started creating campaigns such as “It´s time to act” with TAG Heuer, among others.
Cara Mund is a 2016 honors graduate in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations from Brown University. She is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor Degree at Georgetown University Law Center. With a passion for employment law, Cara is focusing on an individual’s rights in the workplace, with a particular emphasis on state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. On September 10, 2017, Cara made history by becoming the first woman from the state of North Dakota to be awarded the title of Miss America. In her role as Miss America 2018, Cara advocated the importance of empowering women, education, and community service. She served as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as well as promoted her own personal platform, the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Gaby Espino is an internationally renowned actress, TV host, entrepreneur and one of the Latina personalities with more engagement and presence in the social media landscape, who has become an A-lister in the Latin American entertainment industry. Espino has starred on “Jugar con Fuego” a Netflix Original in 2019 and has been the main host of the “Billboard Latin Music Awards” for more than five years. She was the main host of “MasterChef Latino,” and participated in the 3rd and 4th seasons of Telemundo’s Super Series “Señora Acero,” Gaby garnered acclaim as the lead in the network’s successful telenovela “Santa Diabla,” among many other productions.
Bozoma (“Boz”) Saint John is chief marketing officer at Endeavor, a global leader in entertainment, sports and fashion operating in more than 30 countries with a portfolio of companies including WME, IMG and UFC. Before joining Endeavor, Saint John served in executive roles at Uber, Apple Music & iTunes and PepsiCo. Bozoma has been inducted into Billboard’s Women in Music Hall of Fame (2018) and the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement (2014), and has been included in The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 list (2018) and Forbes’ The World’s Most Influential CMO’s 2018.
Crystle Stewart Sebrechts is a former Miss USA (2008) and Miss Texas USA, an accomplished actress and leading advocate for young women. She was born and raised in Missouri City, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Crystle began competing in pageants in her early 20s. Shortly after her reign she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and landed the role of Leslie in Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse. She went onto join the cast of TLC’s Too Close To Home and recently had her big screen debut in Tyler Perry’s Acrimony. Upon returning to Houston, Crystle fulfilled her lifelong passion of opening a school for girls. Throughout her entertainment career, Crystle gained exclusive access to resources in the fashion and beauty industry and infused those resources into her one-of-a-kind finishing school, MISS Academy (Manners, Image, Style, and Success). Her extensive pageant and entertainment career combined with celebrity resources has helped her create a unique and trendy platform for ladies to obtain skills of a lifetime through the power of pageantry.
Sazan Hendrix is what happens when you let go of the what ifs and shoot for what you love. Her digital popularity propelled the successful launch of her Bless Box subscription company, multiple TV network gigs for E!, ESPN and Access Hollywood, as well as the recent launch of her hit podcast show The Good Life, with already over 8 million downloads and ranked top 50 on iTunes charts. Growing up the daughter of immigrant Middle Eastern parents, Sazan was taught the value of hard work at an early age, but a career in the public spotlight was not encouraged. As a wife, mother and businesswoman, Sazan has overcome many challenges and it is in her heart to passionately inspire women.
Riyo Mori was the second woman crowned Miss Universe from Japan in 2007. She is a dancer, beauty advisor, and artistic director at a dance academy.
Source: Miss Universe