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The first Black Best Actress at the Oscars was also the first African-American at Miss World. She was Miss Ohio in 1986 and first runner-up in Miss USA

Halle Berry

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The ‘Wonder Woman' star was 18 when she was crowned Miss Israel in 2004. She represented her country in the Miss Universe pageant the same year

Gal Gadot

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The first person of colour to be crowned Miss America in 1983, she later gave up her crown over unauthorized nude photos published in Penthouse magazine

Vanessa Williams

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She won Miss Orange County in 1978 and then competed in the Miss California pageant before getting herself an acting agent

Michelle Pfeiffer

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Before she was a Bond Girl, she won Miss Malaysia in 1983 and then represented her country in the Miss World contest

Michelle Yeoh

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In 1976, she was crowned Miss Crawford County while at university and competed for the title of Miss Pennsylvania

Sharon Stone

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Among her early achievements was to be crowned Miss Black Tennessee at the age of 17 in the early Seventies

Oprah Winfrey


Before she became the star of 'Xena: Warrior Princess,' Lucy won the Mrs New Zealand pageant in 1989 at the age of 21

Lucy Lawless

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The original ‘Wonder Woman,' Lynda was crowned Miss World USA 1972 and then placed fifth in Miss World the same year

Lynda Carter

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This Desperate Housewife started out by winning Miss Corpus Christi in 1998 – she landed her first role the next year

Eva Longoria

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