Justine Pasek

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Justine Pasek
Pasek wearing the Mikimoto Crown at her welcoming parade in November 2003.
Yostin Lissette Pasek Patiño

(1979-08-29) August 29, 1979 (age 39)
Other namesJustine Pasek
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Title Señorita Panamá 2001
Miss Universe 2002
Daniel Joelson(m. 2009)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair color Light Brown
Eye color Hazel
Señorita Panamá 2001
Miss Universe 2002
(Winner) [note 1]

Yostin Lissette "Justine" Pasek Patiño (born August 29, 1979 in Kharkov) is a Polish-Panamanian model, FAO Goodwill Ambassador and beauty queen who was 1st runner up at Miss Universe 2002 [1] and consequently Miss Universe 2002 when the winner was dethroned.

Kharkiv City of regional significance in Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine

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FAO Goodwill Ambassador

The FAO Goodwill Ambassadors Programme was initiated in 1999. The main purpose of the programme is to increase public awareness and to disseminate information on issues related to food security, hunger and poverty in the world.

Miss Universe 2002

Miss Universe 2002, the 51st Miss Universe pageant, was held on 29 May 2002 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 75 delegates competed in this year. Oxana Fedorova of Russia was crowned by Denise Quiñones of Puerto Rico as her successor at the end of the event. Fedorova was dethroned four months later and 1st runner-up Justine Pasek of Panama took over the Miss Universe title.


Early life

Pasek was born in Kharkiv, the daughter of a Panamanian homemaker and Polish engineer. Affectionately called by her Polish name, "Justyna", she lived in Ukraine for a year, but spent most of her childhood in the village of Wożuczyn near Zamość, Poland. After her mother finished her studies in chemistry, the family moved to Panama. [2]

Panama Republic in Central America

Panama, officially the Republic of Panama, is a country in Central America, bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly half the country's 4 million people.

Poland Republic in Central Europe

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country located in Central Europe. It is divided into 16 administrative subdivisions, covering an area of 312,696 square kilometres (120,733 sq mi), and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. With a population of approximately 38.5 million people, Poland is the sixth most populous member state of the European Union. Poland's capital and largest metropolis is Warsaw. Other major cities include Kraków, Łódź, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, and Szczecin.

Wożuczyn Village in Lublin, Poland

Wożuczyn is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Rachanie, within Tomaszów Lubelski County, Lublin Voivodeship, in eastern Poland. It lies approximately 4 kilometres (2 mi) north of Rachanie, 17 km (11 mi) north-east of Tomaszów Lubelski, and 103 km (64 mi) south-east of the regional capital Lublin.

Before entering the Miss Panama contest in 2001, Pasek worked as a model in television productions and fashion shows. She also planned to complete her degree in environmental engineering in New Zealand with her two younger brothers (Edward and Alvaro), and later work for the Smithsonian Research Center.

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Miss Universe 2002, Justine Pasek, with Miss USA 2002 and Miss Teen USA 2002 sign autographs for American soldiers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in February 2003. MUO GTMO 2003.png
Miss Universe 2002, Justine Pasek, with Miss USA 2002 and Miss Teen USA 2002 sign autographs for American soldiers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in February 2003.

Pasek's start in the modelling world took place when she joined the "Chica Modelo" (a model search) contest in 1996 where she won the award for Best Editorial Model. It also gave her the chance to work for Physical Modelos, her official modeling agency as of today. [3] As a model Pasek has taken part in calendars, commercials, and as a stewardess in different events.


After participating in the national contest Señorita Panamá 2001 on August 30, 2001; she earned the title Señorita Panamá Universe and, obtaining the right to represent her country in the 51st edition of the Miss Universe 2002 pageant, was held at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 29, 2002.

Señorita Panamá 2001

Señorita Panamá 2001, the 19th Señorita Panamá pageant and 36th celebration of the Miss Panamá contest, was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Riande Continental Hotel, in Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá, on August 30, 2001. The winner of the pageant was Justine Pasek later Miss Universe 2002.

San Juan, Puerto Rico Capital and municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.)

San Juan is the capital and most populous municipality in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States. As of the 2010 census, it is the 46th-largest city under the jurisdiction of the United States, with a population of 395,326. San Juan was founded by Spanish colonists in 1521, who called it Ciudad de Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico's capital is the third oldest European-established capital city in the Americas, after Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, founded in 1496 and Panama City, in Panama, founded in 1519. Several historical buildings are located in San Juan; among the most notable are the city's former defensive forts, Fort San Felipe del Morro and Fort San Cristóbal, and La Fortaleza, the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the Americas.

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Originally the first runner-up in the Miss Universe 2002 competition, Pasek became the first woman to assume the title of Miss Universe when the Miss Universe Organization revoked the crown from then reigning titleholder Oxana Fedorova for not fulfilling the duties stipulated in her contract. After traveling to New York City for a modeling assignment, she was notified of these events in the back of a limousine, becoming the first Panamanian Miss Universe. [4]

Oxana Fedorova Russian singer, model presenter and past Miss Universe

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Pasek was formally crowned Miss Universe 2002 by then pageant co-owner Donald Trump in New York City, and a busy week of press engagements followed. Pasek also received an elaborate Mikimoto Crown worth $250,000 as well as an extensive prize package. As Miss Universe, Pasek represented the Miss Universe Organization. Her "sister" 2002 titleholders were Vanessa Semrow (Miss Teen USA, of Wisconsin ) and Shauntay Hinton (Miss USA, (District of Columbia). A self-described "citizen of the world", Pasek has since traveled to Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt, Aruba, Ecuador, Peru, Cuba, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. She championed the cause of HIV/AIDS and established the first HIV/AIDS prevention center in her country. As part of her year-long reign as Miss Universe, she lived in New York City in a riverside apartment provided by the Miss Universe Organization. She worked with the Global Health Council, the Harvard AIDS Institute, AmFAR, and the Centers for Disease Control's "Act Now" campaign. [5]

Pasek relinquished her crown to Dominican Republic's Amelia Vega in the 2003 competition, held in Panama. [6] Having worked as a model since 1996, Pasek has since modeled for Christian Dior, among other fashion campaigns.

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note 1Pasek was originally 1st Runner-Up, but became Miss Universe 2002 after the original titleholder, Oxana Fedorova, was dethroned

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Denise Quiñones
Flag of Russia.svg Oxana Fedorova
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Amelia Vega
Preceded by
Flag of Greece.svg Evelina Papantoniou
Miss Universe 1st Runner-Up
Succeeded by
Flag of Venezuela.svg Mariángel Ruiz
Preceded by
Bandera de Ciudad de Panama.svg Ivette Cordovez
Señorita Panamá
Succeeded by
Bandera de Ciudad de Panama.svg Stefanie de Roux