Pageant winners who became actresses

From pageantry to the big screen, here’s a list of pageant winners who went on to become actresses.

Several well-known actresses began their careers in pageants; these ladies have won crowns and are now among the most well-known actresses.

Check out this list of pageant winners turned actresses:

1. Halle Berry

In 1986, she finished first runner-up in the Miss USA competition, representing Ohio. She went on to compete in Miss World, where she placed ninth.

Berry made her feature film debut in 1991’s “Jungle Fever,” won an Oscar for best actress ten years later for “Monster’s Ball,” and has played Storm in the blockbuster “X-Men” film trilogy.

Miss USA 1986, Halle Berry

2. Gal Gadot

Crowned Miss Israel in 2004 and competed in the Miss Universe pageant that year, but did not place.

Since then she has been featured in the “Fast and Furious” series before earning the coveted role of Wonder Woman in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”She reprised her character in “Wonder Woman,” which opens this weekend, as well as the upcoming “Justice League.”

Miss Israel 2004, Gal Gadot

3. Aishwarya Rai

Prior to becoming a Bollywood celebrity, she won the Miss World title in 1994, representing India.

Before moving to Hollywood, Rai established herself as a leading lady in Bollywood. She appeared in films such as “Bride & Prejudice” and “Pink Panther 2.

Miss World 1994, Aishwarya Rai

4. Kenya Moore

She rose to prominence after being crowned Miss USA in 1993. She was the second African American woman to win the title, representing Michigan.

Moore featured in several television series, including “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “The Steve Harvey Show.” Her cinematic credits include “Waiting to Exhale” but she is most recognised for her role on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

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Miss USA 1993, Kenya Moore

5. Priyanka Chopra

She won Miss World in 2000, representing India.Chopra, like her countrywoman Rai, had a successful Bollywood career and even established herself as a recording artist.

She earned the lead role in the ABC drama “Quantico” in 2015. She also starred in the film “Baywatch,” which was released this summer.

Miss World 2000, Priyanka Chopra

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