judgeMichelle McLean
biography

Michelle has had a 25 year career as a television host, emcee speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She started modeling international at 13 years, and went on to win the Miss Universe title in 1992, at the age of 19 years for Namibia. In her year she founded the Michelle McLean Children Trust which has initiated hundreds of projects over the past 26 years, including 10 projects for celebrities, Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt. Apart from the Michelle McLean Primary School, outside the capital city, Windhoek, that provides education for over 900 children every year, since 2000, she also has a Children’s ward, at the Central Hospital in Namibia In addition, the Michelle McLean School of Excellence, provides, scholarships, entrepreneurial and financial skills training to thousands of students. To date, the Michelle McLean Children Trust has raised over $40million dollars. www.mmct.org.na In 1998 Michelle was recognized by the Miss Universe Organization and presented with The Life Time Achievement Award for her philanthropy work. She was also a UNICEF Ambassador for many years. Michelle has hosted numerous TV shows and high profile events around the world. Her clients include The World Economic Forum, The Global Forum, Ford Motor Company, Fortune Magazine, Louis Vuitton, Revlon, Nike and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She was previously, the Face for Lux Lotion. Her businesses over the years have included, property and jewelery companies, a media training and marketing company, as well as a global speaking business. Michelle’s new company, The Business of Beauty, coaches women world-wide in the beauty industry, especially those in transition from being title holders, aspiring to discover their own distinctive skills and passions in the business arena. Guiding these women to understand the power of personal branding, and to create meaningful and long-lasting careers, is her mission. www.business-of-beauty.com