Top 10 Pageant Stars: Ladies making Headlines after Miss Asian America Pageant Reign

Dec 01, 2011

1.
Mona Lee Locke

Mona Lee Locke

The pageant’s second Queen, Mona Lee Locke, became a television broadcaster and served as first Lady of Washington State from 1997 to 2005. Her husband, Gary Faye Locke is the current United States Ambassador to China. He served as governor of Washington State and U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Mona Lee Locke and Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates, founded the Foundation for Early Learning to find, fund, foster and promote best practices that support early learning and school readiness for all children, birth through age five. Read More on Washington Gov website

2.
Gwendoline Yeo

Gwendoline Yeo

Film and television actress, Gwendoline Yeo won the title of Miss Asian America in 1995. She came back to host the 20th Annual Miss Asian America Pageant in 2005. Gwendoline has guest starred and recurred on hit shows like “Desperate Housewives” (Season’s 2 and 3), 24, Grounded for Life, NYPD Blue, the OC, amongst her many credits. Read More about her career on IMDB

3.
Fala Chan

Fala Chan

Miss Asian America 2002, Fala Chen (陳法拉), is a Hong Kong film and television actress. She won best supporting TVB actress.  Fala Chen’s friend entered her into the MAAP without her prior knowledge and Fala not only ended up winning, but also continued to win other pageants. Follow Fala Chen on her TVB Blog

4.
Louise Wu on Ellen Show

Louise Wu on Ellen Show

A dancer, choreographer, model and beauty queen, Louise Wu, Miss Asian America 2008, fulfilled her dreams of representing San Francisco at Miss California USA 2010 with the help of the Ellen Degeneres Show. As Ellen’s show assistant, she had multiple appearances on the show to prepare for the big day. Watch Louise Wu on EllenHer latest project is Caribe Road, a new web series that follows the fictional story of U.S. Special Forces

5.
Vince Ma & Amy Truong

Amy Truong and Husband Vince Ma

At eighteen years-old, Amy Truong became the youngest queen to be crowned the title of Miss Asian America in 1999-2001. On Aug 8, 2008 (8/8/08), Amy Truong wed long time Miss Asian America Pageant Editor-In-Chief & entrepreneur Vince Ma on We Tv’s Platinum Weddings Season 4. The couple married at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, a glimmering fuchsia fantasy worthy of her crown. Watch her special day on WeTV

6.
Jennifer Field

Jennifer Field

Jennifer Field won the crown at the Miss Asian America Pageant 2006 and is an and aspiring actress. Jennifer is slated to star in Tyrese’s highly profiled project, “K-Town.” Coming to a television set near you! Read More about her career on IMDB

7.
Amrapali Ambegaokar

Amrapali Ambegaokar

Professional dancer and television actress, Amrapali Ambegaokar was Miss Asian California in 1999-2001. Amrapali toured with Cirque du Soleil and appeared as a Guest Soloist on the popular television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” She has appeared in three seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and has recently been spotted on Desperate Housewives and Outsourced. Read More about her career on IMDB

8.
Jane Park Smith

Jane Park Smith

As Miss Asian America 1994, Jane Park Smith continued on to become Ms. America 2008. An actress, model, author, martial artist, and speaker, Jane’s diversified TV credits include 24, The Cape, Rizzoli & Isles, Reno911, Bones, and most recently recurred, guest-starring in FOX’s latest drama “Gang Related” as Korean mob boss Su-Jin. Her films include ”Street Warrior”, ”Quarantine”, and ”Bring It On.” Coming soon, she brings Raven to life in the film ”Scream at the Devil,” which fleshes out the gripping realities of schizophrenia and Mina in “Heartbreak” in which she becomes a champion pro-billiards player fighting for her son’s welfare. “Heartbreak” is close to her heart as it is inspired by real events with redemptive overtones. She also just wrapped her first action feature as sadistic fight specialist Tess in “Boone: the Bounty Hunter.” She looks forward to illuminating aspects of the reclusive North Korean regime in the film “Joon” before she heads to Africa for some episodic projects in 2015. Jane enjoys volunteerism as her heart’s driving desire is to serve and speak out for the voiceless and oppressed worldwide. As such, she’s earned a Presidential honor as a former Ms. America for her charitable community activism. Available on Amazon, her inspirational non-fiction, Rocky the Rescue, gives 90% of proceeds of each book to animal rescue and other charities. Married since 2006, the couple lives with their set-trained canine actor Rocky Bear Smith in Los Angeles. She feels privileged to be joining the MAA family again to participate in an esteemed event that has nurtured the creative souls of many community-minded young men and lovely woman. Find Jane online at http://about.me/janeparksmith

9.

Julie Luck Fox8

Julie Esguerra Luck reigned Miss Asian California and Miss Congeniality 1992-1994. Julie is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning broadcast journalist with over 15 years of on-air experience. Once a weekend anchor for San Francisco’s KRON-TV, Julie Luck now anchors WGHP’s Fox8 nightly newscast in Greensboro, N.C. Visit Julie Luck’s Fox8 Facebook Page

10.
Esther Hwang

Esther Hwang

Esther Hwang is a former Miss Asian America 1996. She continued on to win Miss Greater San Francisco USA and become Miss California finalist. After graduated from UC Berkeley, she returned to school in the Fall to earn a law degree. Esther has modeled for some of the largest names in fashion runways and commercial print across the world. Esther was one of the first Asian-American models who gained national and international distribution with her own seven consecutive years of swimsuit calendars. Her popular website www.esther.com boasts nearly 3 million visitors.

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