|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Born||Priscilla Meirelles de Almeida
5 September 1983
|Other names||Priscilla Meirelles|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Miss Earth 2004 (Winner), Miss Globe 2003 (Winner)|
Priscilla Meirelles de Almeida-Estrada (born 5 September 1983) from Brazil, is a model, host, actress, environmentalist, and beauty queen. She won the Miss Earth 2004 pageant held in the Philippines. She also won the Miss Globe 2003 pageant. Meirelles has been married to Filipino actor and model John Estrada since March 2011.
Meirelles was born in the city of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. She is of Portuguese, Spanish, and Brazilian descent. Her father Luis Claudio Almeida is an advertising company creative director and her mother, Marcia Regina Meirelles is a businesswoman.
Philippine actor, host, and model John Estrada proposed to marry Mereilles on 15 July 2009 at Elbert’s Steak House in Makati. They were married on 26 February 2011 in La Union, Philippines. The couple announced her pregnancy in July 2011 and had a baby shower of their first child on 22 January 2012 held at The Peninsula Manila. She first gave birth to a daughter, Sammanta Anechka, on 6 February 2012.
Meirelles stands 5'10" tall with a 35"-24"-35" figure. Being a beauty queen was never in her list of childhood ambitions. She’d rather be a flight attendant or a veterinarian. As a youngster, Meirelles was a tomboy; her everyday look consisted of a ponytail and a huge T-shirt, big enough to fit three people. The tomboy phase came to an end when a talent scout saw her hanging out in a mall with her mother, Marcia. She was encouraged to join a tournament called Peladao which is part beauty pageant, part soccer game. While the soccer teams are playing, the beauty queens are competing, too. In the end there is one winner beauty queen and one winner of the soccer team. What lured her to join, though, was not the glamour attached to the competition. She was then 18 years old, and the grand prize of the Peladao was a car. The talent scout was very encouraging, telling Priscilla she had a 99-percent chance of winning. He turned out to be 100-percent right.
In 2003, Meirelles represented the State of Amazon in Miss Globe Brazil held on 15 March that year in Brasília, and was elected, then won the 2003 Miss Globe pageant in Antalya, Turkey on 25 July the same year. On 28 July 2004 she won the Beleza Brazil pageant, held in Belo Horizonte and on 24 October 2004 she became the first Brazilian to be crowned Miss Earth, held in Quezon City (Philippines) and quenched Brazil’s 33-year thirst for a major international beauty title. She also won the Most Photogenic Award. In winning Miss Earth, Brazil became the first country to win the "Big Four" in beauty pageants
As Miss Earth, Meirelles traveled around the world, using her title and credibility to call people's attention to environmental problems. To protect the environment, she gives talks, joins groups and environmental activities, recycles and makes an example of herself for others. On her stint as the Earth’s ambassador of goodwill, Priscilla was overwhelmed that “people really paid attention to the things I was saying and my words had the power of touching other people’s hearts.”
She took part in the 2007 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, alongside with Miss Earth 2007 Jessica Trisko and Miss Earth Water 2006 Catherine Untalan from 5–15 December 2007. She participated with the Miss Earth Foundation in various activities like school tours, eco-tourism adventures and environmental orientations. In addition, a "Miss Earth Village", an exhibition booth was put up to showcase the advocacies of the Miss Earth Foundation. She also attended the conference, which encompassed meetings of several bodies, including the 13th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 13), the 3rd Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (MOP 3 or CMP 3), together with other subsidiary bodies. The conference, which she attended was hosted by the Government of Indonesia, took place at the Bali International Convention Center and brought together representatives of over 180 countries together with observers from intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, and the media.
Meirelles co-hosted the Miss Earth pageant coronation night for three succeeding years in the Philippines. She first co-hosted the Miss Earth 2006 won by Hil Hernández of Chile that took place in the grounds of the National Museum in Manila followed by the Miss Earth 2007 pageant won by Jessica Trisko of Canada held at the University of the Philippines Theater in Quezon City, and lastly the Miss Earth 2008 pageant that took place at the Clark Expo Amphitheater in Angeles City, Pampanga. She was also the chairwoman of the Miss Earth 2009 panel of judges.
After having come to the Philippines for the Miss Earth pageant, Meirelles moved there to further her career. Before coming to the Philippines, she spoke no English; during her time in the country, she has learned both English and Tagalog. Winning the Miss Earth crown has opened a lot of doors for her career in various modeling stints, TV commercials, print ads, fashion editorials, and ramp modeling.
She was the cover model of the first Philippine edition of the Playboy magazine that was launched in Manila on 2 April 2008, but without the nude women that graced the pages of its western counterparts.
She was part of the TV 5 series Shall We Dance: The Celebrity Dance Challenge in June 2008 which brought four beauty queens in one dance floor to vie for the 2008 Dancing Queen search with her dance partner Adrian Lopez. Meirelles was part of a professional ballet company in Brazil when she was younger.
On 28 September 2008 at the unveiling of the Star Magic 2009 Catalogue, she was introduced as one of the celebrities included in "The Next Wave" of stars of the said talent arm, along with another Brazilian model Mariana del Rio.
She graced the launch of Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics Clinic on 30 July 2010.
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- Priscilla Meirelles Star Magic ABS-CBN
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- Priscilla Meirelles Public Figure
|Miss Globe International
8 May 2010 – 29 May 2010