Joyce Giraud

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Joyce Giraud
Joyce Giraud 2014.jpg
Joyce Giraud, Beverly Hills, California on March 4, 2014
Born Joyce Marie Giraud Mojica
(1975-04-04) April 4, 1975 (age 42)
Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico
Other names Joyce Giraud de Ohoven, Joyce de Ohoven
Occupation Actress, producer
Title Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico 1994
Miss Aguas Buenas Universe 1998
Miss Universe Puerto Rico 1998
Miss Universe 1998
(2nd runner-up)
Spouse(s) Michael Ohoven (m. 2009)
Children 2

Joyce Marie Giraud Mojica (born April 4, 1975 in Aguas Buenas), also known as Joyce Giraud de Ohoven, is a Puerto Rican actress, model, film and television producer.

Early life[edit]

Giraud was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. After graduating at the age of 16, Giraud began modeling and attended the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico where she finished two Bachelor of Arts degrees by the age of 19; one in Social Work and one in Special Education.[1] After graduating she worked with underprivileged children and public residentials in Puerto Rico.[2]

Career[edit]

Giraud began modeling to help her mother pay for her university studies and became one of the top models of Puerto Rico. She has appeared in numerous national and international campaigns. She describes having been discovered while working at the drive-thru of a KFC restaurant.[3]

After winning the Miss Universe Puerto Rico, Giraud discovered her love of acting when director Vicente Castro cast her as the lead in his Coralito Tiene Dos Maridos, a remake of Sonia Braga's Dona Flor y Sus Dos Maridos. She received such great reviews that she found another passion in life. After doing many small roles in her native Puerto Rico, Giraud moved to Miami, Florida where she continued a successful modeling career. In 2001, after being the undefeated model of Star Search, she decided to take the leap toward Los Angeles where she has received parts in numerous films and TV shows.

In film, Giraud has had roles in David Fincher's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Dude, Where's My Car?, Miss Castaway, and Slayer. She has starred in TV shows like Baywatch, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Heist and Joey. Starting in 2007 she starred in the first two seasons of Tyler Perry's House of Payne as "Angel," and in 2013 she was a lead in NBC's Siberia. In 2013 she joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for the fourth season.[4] During her run on the show she was awarded with the "Loveliest Locks" award at Bravo (U.S. TV network)'s Real Housewives Awards.[5]

As a producer, Giraud executive produced the film Shadow People, as well as the TV show Siberia, and is credited as co-producer on the upcoming film Back Roads, based on the bestselling novel. In 2012, Giraud created the annual international beauty pageant Queen of the Universe,[6] benefiting the programs of the UNESCO Foundation for Children in Need. Since then she has produced and directed the annual event. In 2014, Giraud opened a school in Senegal, Africa with the YOU Foundation for Children in Need.[7][8]

In 2014 she co-created the Spanish-language reality show Rica, Famosa, Latina and also serves as its executive producer. In 2015 she also created its companion talk show Rica la Noche, serving as both its host and executive producer.[9]

Pageantry and modeling[edit]

Giraud has been one of the few Puerto Rican Supermodels, and has been featured on numerous magazine covers and in international campaigns.

In her early career, Giraud participated in a number of beauty pageants and became a titleholder multiple times, leading to the Miss Universe 1998 pageant where she finished as second runner-up. She is a two-time Miss Puerto Rico and previously represented Puerto Rico at Miss World 1994. Giraud won the 1994 Miss World Puerto Rico and the titles of Most Beautiful Hair, Most Beautiful Smile; Most Beautiful Face and Best Runway. She later represented Puerto Rico in the Queen of the Atlantics International in Spain, and won the title Queen of the Atlantics 1995. In 1997, she represented Puerto Rico in the Miss Venus International in Jacksonville, Florida and won her hometown the title. In 1998, Giraud won the title of Miss Aguas Buenas and then was crowned Miss Universe Puerto Rico. She also won the titles of Most Beautiful Hair, Most Beautiful Face, Best Body and the Miss Photogenic Award.

Despite a scandal that almost cost her the crown due to some sexy modeling shots,[10] Giraud was cleared by Donald Trump to compete in the Miss Universe 1998 pageant in Hawaii where she was a crowd favorite and finished as 2nd runner-up behind Veruska Ramírez of Venezuela and winner Wendy Fitzwilliam of Trinidad and Tobago. Later that year, she wrote a book called "Joyce, Dreams and Realities", based on her experiences in the Miss Universe pageant.

In 2000, Giraud became the only undefeated model to win every episode of Star Search aka Destination Stardom in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Personal[edit]

Giraud is married to producer Michael Ohoven. They have two children, Leonardo Alexander Michael Mario Benjamin Giraud de Ohoven(2010) and Michael Valentino Mario Arthur Benjamin Giraud de Ohoven. (5 February 2011).[11][12]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1999 La Primera Finalista
1999 Coralito Tiene Dos Maridos Coralito
2000 Baywatch Rachel 1 episode: "Dream Girl"
2000 Dude, Where's My Car? Fabio's Girlfriend Uncredited
2000 The Bold and the Beautiful Spectra Model 2 episodes
2002 Viva TV Herself Guest co-host
2003 Diva Detectives Herself
2004 Miss Castaway and the Island Girls Julie
2004 Latin Dragon Claudia Sanchez
2005 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody Ursula 1 episode: "Grounded on the 23rd Floor"
2005 Joey Maria 1 episode: "Joey and the ESL"
2006 Heist Angel 2 episodes
2006 Slayer Estrella TV movie
2007-2012 House of Payne Angel 20 episodes
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Spain TV reporter Major film
2013 Siberia Carolina/Joyce 11 episodes
2013 Sin Límites Herself 1 episode: "ADD/ADHD"
2013–2016 Vanderpump Rules Herself/Archive Footage 4 episodes
2013–2016 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself/Archive Footage 29 episodes
2015 Hell's Kitchen Herself Episode: "18 Chefs Compete"
2015 Dad Dudes Laura Pilot
2015 Rica la Noche Herself/Host 8 episodes

Producer[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
2017 Back Roads Co-producer

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Trinidad and Tobago Margot Bourgeois
Miss Universe 2nd runner-up
1998
Succeeded by
Spain Diana Nogueira
Preceded by
San Juan Ana Rosa Brito
Miss Puerto Rico Universe
1998
Succeeded by
Lares Brenda Liz Lopez
Preceded by
Miss Aguas Buenas Universe
1998
Succeeded by
Preceded by
San Juan Ana Rosa Brito
Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico
1994
Succeeded by
Guaynabo Swanni Quiñones