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Miss Universe, Miss Teen USA and Miss USA on Big Screen Beauty


There was a time when pageants gave out screen tests instead of
scholarships. Hollywood loves beautiful women. But what do beautiful women think about Hollywood? We asked three current title holders to single out their favorite big screen beauties then looked to see if each crowned queen (or her cause) seemed destined for major screen time.

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Name and Title: Riyo Mori, Miss Universe 2007

Focus of Platform: HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and research

Films We Think Further the Cause: Philadelphia

On Screen Counterpart: Miss Universe 1953 Christiane Martel had a role in the harem of the Oriental Western Yankee Pasha (1954).

Favorite Hollywood Beauties

Audrey Hepburn: “We watched her movies in English class when I was in Japan: Breakfast at Tiffany’s , My Fair Lady and Roman Holiday .”

Catherine Zeta-Jones: “My mom is a huge fan of her and we used to watch her movies together… I used to try to copy her smile.”  

Jennifer Lopez: “I just met her. I didn’t tell her who I was. I was just, ‘Um, oh hello, I’m from Japan’.”

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Name and Title: Hilary Cruz, Miss Teen USA 2007

Focus of Platform:  Gun control, anger management and peer pressure

Films We Think Further the Cause: Thirteen , Bully

On Screen Counterpart: Miss Teen USA 1990 Bridget Wilson played Miss Texas in Beautiful .

Favorite Big Screen Beauties

Halle Berry: “She’s smoking.”

Natalie Portman: “She did V for Vendetta , which is a really strong female role, and then she can do things like Where the Heart Is , which is totally the opposite.”

Meryl Streep: “I love her in Prime . She looks like a therapist who is a mother…She looks tired, you know”

Miss USA 119.jpgName and Title: Rachel Smith, Miss USA 2007

Focus of Platform: Breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness

Films We Think Further the Cause: Wit , In the Land of Women , Terms of Endearment

On Screen Counterpart: The very first Miss USA Jackie Lougher plays an Amazon in Abbott & Costello Go to Mars (1953).

Favorite Big Screen Beauties

Reese Witherspoon:
“I’m a southern gal… and to see a southern lady succeeding in the
industry is phenomenal.”

Ellen Page: “I
can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.”

Julia Roberts: “Classy, graceful.”

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