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The Universe at her feet

"Since being crowned this past September, I have received so much love from people all over Latin America. I not only represent my home country of Panama, but I have a chance to represent my Hispanic heritage and get the chance to empower my young Latin sisters." - Justine Pasek

india Updated: Jun 16, 2003 20:06 IST

"Since being crowned this past September, I have received so much love from people all over Latin America. It has been very special because I not only represent my home country of Panama, but I have a chance to represent my Hispanic heritage and get the chance to empower my young Latin sisters. It has never meant so much to be a Latina as it does at this moment." - Justine Pasek (in an interview with www.soyunica.gov)

Justine Pasek, a crowd favorite during the 2002 Miss Universe competition, is a 22-year-old native of Panama City, Panama. She has been recognized all over the world for her supermodel looks and humble personality. Her natural beauty is indicative of the beauty in the new millennium. After Justine moved to New York City to take on the title of Miss Universe, she worked hard as an ambassador for women around the world by representing the Miss Universe Organization.

Justine Pasek: A snapshot

Occupation: Miss Universe 2002. Also professional model & TV producer
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
Date of birth: August 27th, 1979
Height: 1.67 m

Life Before The Crown

Before putting on the crown, Justine worked in production for television specials, charity events, theater musicals and fashion shows. She plans to someday complete a degree in Environmental Engineering, and then work for the Smithsonian Research Center, educating the public about environmental conservation. During her reign as Miss Panama, she has worked with Casa Esperanza, which is an organization that helps street kids get off the street and into schools. She has also set up fashion shows for charitable organizations such as the Red Cross, FANLIC (Fundsacion Amigos Ninos Con Leucemia Y Cancer), Fundacion Son Felipe, among others.

Justine's Family

Justine is the daughter of a software engineer for the Panama Canal Authority and a homemaker. She is the oldest of three; her two brothers are 12 and 14. Her Grandfather was a marine in World War II and a pilot for the Panama Canal Commission. She has a very close relationship with her parents and has been a mentor to her younger siblings. She has had her family’s support as a competitor in swimming, basketball and volleyball and has enjoyed drawing, ballet, tap, salsa and gourmet cooking lessons throughout her childhood.

Her Work as Miss Universe

As Miss Universe 2002, Pasek travelled extensively working with internationally recognized AIDS/HIV organizations, including the Global Health Council, the Harvard AIDS Institute, AmFAR, and the Center for Disease Control's "Act Now" campaign. As a "celebrity" spokesperson, she was responsible for working with the media globally to generate a better understanding and acceptance of AIDS and HIV and its prevention; while helping increase awareness, funding and resources for these key organizations.

Source: Miss Universe LP, LLLP