Melanie Marquez

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Melanie Marquez
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Mimilanie Laurel Marquez
(1964-07-16) 16 July 1964 (age 51)
Mabalacat, Pampanga, Philippines
Other names Melanie Marquez
Height 5'11"
Title(s) Binibining Pilipinas-International 1979
Miss International 1979
Binibining Pilipinas 1979
Miss International 1979
(Best National Costume)

Mimilanie "Melanie" Laurel Marquez-Lawyer (born 16 July 1964), is a Filipino personality development coach, actress, film producer, author,[1] and celebrity endorser. She is a former beauty queen and model who won the 1979 Miss International beauty pageant in Tokyo, Japan, representing the Philippines.[2]

Pageant career[edit]

Miss International 1979[edit]

Marquez won a local beauty pageant competition when she was 15 years old, and the 1979 Miss International Pageant. Subsequently she took up a career in fashion, magazine, catwalk, and commercial modelling, was featured on national and international magazine covers, and toured Europe and the United States. As an actress she has played parts in action and dramatic films, including the title role in her own bio-picture, and has become a TV host, film producer, and celebrity endorser.[citation needed]

Life after Miss International[edit]

In 1985 Marquez became the Face of the 80s winner in New York. In 1986 she was first runner-up in the Supermodel competition and was described as the "Most Glamorous Woman in Italy". In 2000 she was voted the "Most Beautiful Miss International Winner", and in 2005 was one of the 6 finalists in the Mrs. World pageant in India, representing the Philippines. She has appeared in the Binibining Pilipinas World of BC 2004 and World of Canada 2004 pageants.[citation needed]

Marquez is a modeling and image-enhancement coach. She trained Ruffa Gutierrez (Miss World 1993 2nd Princess); Charlene Gonzales (Miss Universe 1994 Top 6 finalist); and Miriam Quiambao (Miss Universe 1999 1st Runner-up). She has been a judge, coach, commentator, or host in beauty pageants, modelling contests, and talent-search competitions. Recently, she opened a modelling school for training models, beauty pageant contestants, and actors.[citation needed]

In a 2000 poll, Marquez was voted as the "Most Beautiful Miss International", and in the TV magazine show, Ang Pinaka (Top Picks), she was ranked the Philippines show business number one "most admired beauty queen". Marquez endorses, and is the face of, the Psalmstre line of beauty products.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Melanie Marquez was born and grew-up in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Her father is Artemio Marquez, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as is her husband, ranch owner Adam Lawyer. Also being a member of the Church, she has been involved in its Relief Society and the build-up to the 2011 50th Anniversary Celebration of its foundation in the Philippines.[3]

In 2006, Marquez graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the International Academy of Management and Economics.[4]

In 2008, she announced an oil find at her Utah ranch; parts of the ranch have been leased by the US government for oil drilling.[5]

The father of Marquez's eldest son, Manuel or "Manuelito", is Lito Lapid, a well-known action star in the 80s and 90s. He is also an incumbent senator in the Senate of the Philippines. She has six children from four marriages.[6]


Year Award Giving Body Category Work Result
1987 Metro Manila Film Festival [7] Best Actress The Untold Story of Melanie Marquez Won
Best Story Won


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Luz Policarpio
Binibining Pilipinas-International
Succeeded by
Diana Chiong
Preceded by
United States Katherine Ruth
Miss International
Philippines 1979
Succeeded by
Costa Rica Lorna Chávez