The recently concluded Miss Universe 2016 pageant proved that beauty contests nowadays do not just merely focus on a woman’s physical features. As this year's host, our country and the judges made it a point to highlight the contestants' achievements in whatever field they were in. More than the sexy bikinis and pretty faces, the productive and interesting lives of the 86 contenders were on full display.
Cliché as it sounds, smart is indeed very sexy.
Speaking of smart and sexy, one woman that caught our eyes—and the judges’ tastes, too, obviously, as she bagged the first-runner up spot—is Haiti's Raquel Pelissier.
25-year-old Pelissier, according to her bio on the Miss Universe website, survived Haiti's tragic earthquake seven years ago. The quake destroyed her town and "made her value her life and fight for her goals and dreams." One of those goals is to help find a cure for blindness—an issue close to her heart as glaucoma runs in her family.
Currently, she's getting a Master’s Degree in Scientific Research in Optometry and Vision and is working on a research project about regeneration of optic nerves.
But she's not always so serious, don't worry. This woman also knows how to have fun. In fact, in between her busy schedule, she still finds time hang out.
And hit the gym:
Smart and driven? That’s Miss Haiti. And that’s exactly how we like our woman.