#Nostalgia: Miss Universe 1995 Chelsi Smith

One of my favorite Miss Universe winners from the 90’s is Chelsi Smith. And today, we are featuring her with photos from Miss Universe 1995 in Windhoek, Namibia.

Chelsi made history twice in 1995: first when she became the first African-American to win Miss Texas USA and when she became the first African-American Miss USA to win Miss Universe. The bi-racial beauty stood 5’8″ and was my favorite to win Miss USA back then. Her win as Miss USA became the 7th title for Texas. She was also my personal favorite in Miss Universe. She was a 21 year old Education student when she won the title in Namibia.

Chelsi’s background didn’t hinder her to become a success story. Despite being a child of divorce (both her parents and then grandparents were got divorced when she was growing up), pushed for her dream to become a beauty queen. She grew up in a predominantly Caucasian town of Deer Park, Texas. Her landmark win in both Miss Texas USA & Miss Universe were heralded as a breakthrough for African-American women in pageants during the 90’s.

As Miss USA, she received cash and prizes worth US$207,000. Her Miss Universe prize totaled to the amount of US$220,000 plus the honor of an ownership of an African elephant to be named after her.

SOURCES:
* http://people.com/archive/hanging-tough-vol-43-no-19/
* https://books.google.com.ph/books?id=LD0DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA53&dq=&ei=JCU4S7XyGI3aNbq3lLEB&cd=1&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

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