Queen of the Universe 2017 News

Press Release

Oralia Cortés

Queen of the Universe 2016-2017

Joyce Letter

Gloria Sophia

Farewell Letter

Queen of the Universe 2016 News

Queen of the Universe is a gorgeous, strong, inspiring woman that will be committed to using her position and influence to better the lives of others.

She will promote awareness to helping the less privileged, contribute her full support in helping our diverse charities, be an advocate for the needy, and most of all be a great ambassador of humanity and a role model for young women around the world.

The Queen of the Universe Pageant is a non-political, non-partisan platform for young women to achieve personal growth and development. To create dynamic communication skills, learn time management and balance; establish a way of thinking that enables them to create the life they want to live.

A great opportunity to become ambassadors of their countries, showcasing their beauty, talent and culture. Most importantly, the joy of serving, discovering their inner beauty and achieving their humanitarian goals in life and making our world a better place for our next generations.

Thanks to the Queen of the Universe family and everyone involved we were able to open our first Kindergarten in Senegal Africa.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday #happybirthdayDrSeuss

Our Queen Gloria Sophia being interviewed at the Oscars Gifting Suites

Our Queen Gloria and our President Joyce Giraud reading to children as part of the Read Across America Program of the Kimberly Moore Foundation

Ivette Saucedo, Queen of the Universe 2013, will compete in American Grit

Congratulations to our Queen of the Universe 2013, Ivette Saucedo, for becoming a contestant in Fox show “American Grit”, an upcoming military-inspired reality competition show, hosted by John Cena The 10-episode series will premiere April 14th and will put 16 of America’s toughest civilians to the test as they work together to face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges. Please support our beautiful Ivette on this new journey.

Gloria Sophia visits Public School 25

This picture shows one of the four 5th grade classes that attended the assembly

Our Queen, Gloria Sophia, talks to children about the importance of having an education. She visited the school that she attended when little. “Our future is looking good. These kids are so bright, full of life, and excited for junior high. It was an honor to spend time with them", says Gloria Sophia.

Our queen talked about how going through high school and getting a college degree impacts your life in a positive way. She shared her excitement with the children and express that everything is possible to achieve as long as they continue their education.

It took a little over 2 hours, but Gloria Sophia made sure that every kid left there with a signed photo, a hug and all their questions answered. "I always dreamed of a life like this, "I love my job,” says Gloria Sophia.

Gloria Sophia at the Three Kings Parade

Our Queen of the Universe Gloria Sophia made glamorous appearances at three great events. In LA she participated in a blood drive at The LA Children's Hospital. She also participated at the Three Kings Parade in NYC, and at a belated Three Kings parade for the Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly.

Congratulations to Miss Puerto Rico
Gloria Sophia Queen of the Universe 2015

Puerto Rican beauty Gloria Sophia is crowned “Queen of the Universe” in Joyce Giraud’s annual international charity pageant benefiting UNESCO’s YOU Foundation for Children in Need. Gloria attended performing arts school as an acting major from elementary through college. Her lifelong passion forperforming reaches back to the tender age of 2, when her mother observed her pounding the TV set exclaiming, “Medo that, me do that!”

Gloria made pageant history as the first Latina, and woman from The Bronx, to win both Miss New York Teen USA (2001) and Miss New York USA (2007), placing as first runner-up at the nationally televised Miss Teen USA pageant. She also became part of the reality TV show “Por la Corona” which documented the process of participating in the Miss Puerto Rico Universe pageant. She cites as her influences, first of all, her mother, who raised her alone and “sacrificed everything so that I could have what she didn’t,” and Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno, the only performer to win every major entertainment award.

In addition to acting and participating in high-glamour fashion shows, throughout her life Gloria has been involved with many different charities including the “For a Day” Foundation, where she has visited children who have been hospitalized; the “Read to Me” program, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the ASPCA, and each year she participates in the AIDS walk. She currently co-owns a pet supply store and veterinary clinic with her mother which is named after their two dogs, “Dandy & Mia’s Pet World.”

The judges for the Queen of the Universe event were: Bob de Castro of FOX 11News; James Kennedy from Vanderpump Rules; Plastic Surgeon Garo Casabian; Lizzie Rovsek, star of the “Real Housewives of Orange County”; Celebrity designer Andre Soriano; Matthew Arnold, director and producer of NBC’s Siberia and the upcoming “Emerald City”; Renowned actor Alex Pettyfer; Victoria’s Secret supermodel Marloes Horst; Lisa Vanderpump, entrepreneur and star of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; and award-winner film and television producer, Michael Ohoven. Lisa Vanderpump, along with last year’s Queen Ariel D. King, crowned Sophia to be our current Queen of the Universe.

Queen of the Universe Pageant 2015

The 2015 contestants in rehearsals for the pageant December 6th.

Previous News

Thanks to the efforts of everyone involved in the Queen of the Universe Pageant, we have been able to support the various charities we have ties to, and were also able to open our first school in Senegal, Africa with the UNESCO Foundation for Children in Need.

Stephany Florez, Miss Colombia 2015, greets Colombian athletes from the Special Olympics at an event hosted by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, July 21, 2015

Congratulations to our 2013 Queen of the Universe, Ivette Saucedo, for her Hulu show "Los Cowboys" being picked up for a second season

Our Queen Ariel reading for children for the “Lets Read To Our Children” project

Our Queen Ariel meets legendary sports presenter Don King

Our queens participating in Padres Contra el Cancer's 5k with Latin rockstar Beto Cuevas

Congratulations to our 2013 Miss Egypt, Sarah Fasha, being invited to give a TEDtalk speech in her country

Aril with our princes and warrior cancer survivor Delilah and her amazing father Gerardo
Golsa Sarabi, our 2013 Miss Iran on the cover of TEHRAN magazine

Our Queen of The Universe 2014, Ariel King, feeding the homeless in Skid Row on behalf of the Hiccups Pizza Project

Congratulations to our Miss Turkey 2013, Aycan Sencan, on her tremendous success in her home Turkey

Our 2014 Miss Mexico, Beatriz Cazares, and Miss Queen of the Universe, Ariel King, volunteering for the Hiccups Pizza Project

Our president, Joyce Giraud, at a Padres Contra El Cancer event

Our Miss Norway 2014 organized a charity event against bullying

Our Miss Kenya 2014, Kelly Davis, doing charity and television appearances in her home country.

Our Miss Puerto Rico 2014, Tatiana Delgado, on tour with Ricky Martin

Our queens and president visiting cancer patients on behalf of Padres Contra el cancer

Dr. Ute Ohoven visiting our school in Senegal

Rachel Clark, our 2014 Miss Scotland, starring as Lucille Ball in her short film

Jennifer Lopez received the UNESCO award at the 2012 Gala.

Linda Lopez, UNESCO Ambassador Dr. Ute Ohoven, our Producer Michael Ohoven and our President Joyce Giraud were present at the gala.