Miss Universe 1995 Chelsi Smith died at the age of 45
Miss Universe 1995 Chelsi Smith passed away after battling with cancer.
The beauty queen, who gave United States of America the Miss U crown after 15 years, died at the age of 45.
Based on the article published in PEP, Smith had liver cancer. Due to her illness, she finally succumb to death last September 8.
In the history of beauty pageant in the US, she is the first ever biracial who won as Miss Texas in 1994.
A year after that, she competed in Miss America and was able to win the title. In 1995, she represented USA in Miss Universe which was held in Namibia.
During that year, the Filipina beauty queen who represented the Philippines was Joanne Quintas.
Smith’s triumph in that beauty competition allowed the US to have the Miss U crown again after 15 years.
In the prestigious pageant she was asked with this question:
“If you had the power to do anything you wish to improve the status of women in your country what would you do?”
She answered this with:
“Well, actually, I think they have come a long way, so far. I do wish that people would look at women as just as they look at all men, to say equal in power. I know a lot of women that can do anything they choose and I am one of those women and there are 80 of these women that are here today. So, I think that are women are doing very well, but I’d like to see people treat them as they should.”
Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Ssen expressed her farewell message to Chelsi Smith on Twitter.
— sushmita sen (@thesushmitasen) September 9, 2018
Her successor Miss Universe 1996 Alicia Machado also wrote a message for her, based on the article.