Leading up to the one of the fiercest beauty competitions in the world, 89 global beauties will compete in preliminary rounds of swimsuits and evening gowns. This competition is very important as it will determine which contestants will make the top 15 semi’s (and the 16th from the popular online votes). The Miss Universe organization announced this year’s preliminary judges who ranges from a former Miss USA to model scouts. Below are the judges and their bio’s.
Michael Greenwald is the Vice President of Talent at Buchwald / Fortitude talent agency based in Los Angeles and New York City, a position he has held for 16 years. He has worked in the entertainment industry for 22 years where he began his early career in New York at “Saturday Night Live” and MTV.
Greenwald started in Hollywood at Susan Smith & Associates and then moved on to the Paradigm Talent Agency where he worked with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Adrien Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Scarlett Johansson. In 1996, he joined Don Buchwald & Associates where he helped develop the careers of Hilary Duff, Zach Quinto, Josh Duhamel, Rainn Wilson, Seth Green, Jim Caviezel and supermodel Angie Everhart.
Some of the present clients at Buchwald / Fortitude include Elle MacPherson, Vanessa Williams, Juliette Lewis, Rachel Blanchard, Norman Reedus, Fairuza Balk, Kathleen Turner, Kevin Pollak, Craig Kilborn, Elisabeth Rohm, D.B. Sweeney, George Takei, Ernie Hudson and Cybil Shepard. The agency represents clients on many TV shows including MTV’s “Awkward,” FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” the new Marc Cherry show, “Devious Maids” on The CW and AMC’s “Waking The Dead” as well as clients starring in big studio films.
Originally from New York, Greenwald was trained as an Art Director and is a graduate of Parson’s School Of Design and Vassar College. Greenwald resides in Los Angeles, where he is a trained chef, certified yoga teacher, photographer and adventure mountain climber.
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Amy Sadowsky is the Senior Vice President of Public Relations and Celebrity Entertainment for Planet Hollywood International. In this role, she oversees publicity strategies for all the brands owned by Robert Earl, founder of Planet Hollywood International. Additionally, Sadowsky handles all celebrity related events for the company.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Sadowsky is also proud of her role on the Advisory Board for Best Buddies.
Beverly Frank is the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Operations for 19 Entertainment, Inc., a division of CORE Media Group. Based in Los Angeles, 19 Entertainment is CORE’s production, recording, touring and artist management division, and co-producers of the television series “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Frank joined 19 in 2009 as General Manager and Director of US Legal.
Prior to joining 19 Entertainment, Frank was Senior Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Proskauer Rose. Before that, Frank was a member of the Entertainment, Advertising and Media Practice Group of Manatt Phelps & Phillips. Frank’s practice involved representing clients in the entertainment, media, Internet, retail and financial services industries in complex business and commercial litigation, copyright and entertainment litigation, employment counseling and litigation, civil rights, defamation, antitrust, unfair trade practices and trade secret law and other business contract and tort claims.
Frank was an associate in the Litigation Department of Weil Gotshal & Manges and an associate in the Litigation, Employment and Labor practice of Vedder Price Kaufman and Kammholz in New York. After graduating from law school, Frank clerked for The Honorable Jillyn K. Schulze of the United States District Court, District of Maryland. Frank earned her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and her B.A. from Georgetown University.
Carlos Anaya is the host for “MY Lifestyle Extra” on Fox News Latino. Recently recognized by The New York Times for his work as a producer and as an expert in biculturalism, Anaya is highly regarded for his work as a reporter, multimedia content producer, host and social media influencer.
Anaya is the managing editor for MY Lifestyle Magazine, the first boutique publication for chic bicultural Latinos in New York. Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes is currently on the cover for the beauty issue. Anaya produced “Orgullo Latino,” the first LGBT Latino Leaders show airing on more than 250 stations on PBS this year. He also became part of the Celebrity Vegan Latinos campaign sponsored by PCRM Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Anaya has received prestigious awards for his work including The GLAAD Award for best Spanish Journalism, The Council of The New York City and O.S.C.O Foundation Fusion Award and the Circle of Hearts Humanitarian Award for two consecutive years. He has a degree in Journalism and Television Production from Florida International University in Miami. He lives in New York City and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Corinne Nicolas, President of Trump Models, has over 15 years’ experience in the fashion modeling industry. In 1999, she was one in a core group of model managers selected by Mr. Donald J. Trump to open his world renowned model agency, Trump Models. The agency’s roster includes top models that are featured in magazines and campaigns around the world, as well as on the international runways. The Trump Legends division represents such icons as Tatjana Patitz, Jerry Hall, Daniela Pestova and Carol Alt.
Prior to joining Trump Model Management, Nicolas worked for the prestigious agency, Elite
Model Management. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University, she decided to pursue a career in law. However, after a short stint at law school, she quickly decided it
was not the path for her. Having always had a passion for fashion and models, she opted to pursue
a career in the fashion industry.
A native New Yorker, Nicolas thrives on living in NYC and enjoys spending her free time
discovering new restaurants and exploring the different neighborhoods the city has to offer. She loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.
Crystle Stewart is not just a pretty face but a woman who prides herself on setting goals and achieving them. Her most recent aspiration has been to become an actress She met her goal and now stars in the new Tyler Perry sitcom “For Better or Worse” on TBS. She plays Leslie, an independent, charming real estate agent known as the peacemaker amongst her friends. “For Better or Worse” is based on Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” films.
Prior to becoming an actress, Stewart set her sights on becoming Miss USA. In 2008, she ultimately won the coveted title. As a native from Missouri City, Texas, Stewart’s win was not merely a stroke of luck, but a testimony to dedication and years of hard work. After placing in runner-up positions several times, she won the title of Miss Texas USA on her fifth attempt.
As Miss USA, Stewart was a spokesperson for breast and ovarian cancer education, research and legislation, a platform that is close to her heart. Stewart herself found a lump in her breast that was eventually diagnosed as benign. Her experience is a testament to the importance of early prevention which until this day has motivated her to continue as an advocate for several breast cancer organizations. She also donates her time to Best Buddies and other organizations that assists individuals who have learning disabilities.
The University of Houston graduate is a fourth generation educator and teacher. She is also the founder of her own company, Inside/Out, which she uses as a platform for public speaking appearances and character development lessons.
“With Inside/Out, I teach young women that beauty and intelligence are not mutually exclusive,” says Stewart.
Duane Gazi has covered nearly every inch of the globe in his more than 20 years as a model scout. Botswana, Tokyo, Moscow and Rio de Janeiro are just a few of the far-reaching cities he has scoured in search of modeling’s next superstar. As tastes change in the fickle modeling and fashion industry, a scout must adapt to these constantly changing trends. Gazi has enjoyed the challenge of keeping his finger on the modeling pulse and counts on his experience and expertise to guess what trend will next be in favor.
For over 10 years, Gazi has successfully navigated this role for the powerful New York boutique agency, Trump Models, owned by the iconic Donald J. Trump. No wallflower in the business world, Mr. Trump has established his agency as one of the most formidable agencies in the world, representing Vogue-favorites Anais Pouliot, Lisa Cant, Tatjana Patitz, Maggie Rizer and Hye Rim Park as well as industry legends, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Jerry Hall, Carol Alt, Cheryl Tiegs and Kim Alexis to name a few. Gazi’s energy, enthusiasm and results place him among the top of the list of model scouts working in the modeling industry today and bodes well for the future stars of tomorrow.
Jimmy Nguyen is a prominent entertainment and new media lawyer, equal rights and diversity advocate, motivational speaker, media commentator and budding producer and technologist. With a history of excelling early, Nguyen graduated college at age 19 and law school at age 22. At only age 36, he was named by Lawdragon as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America. In 2012, The Huffington Post listed Nguyen as one of the “Most Influential LGBT Asian Icons.” In 2010, The Advocate magazine named him to its “Forty under 40” list of leading LGBT persons in America.
In his law life, Nguyen is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he handles a range of entertainment, new media, intellectual property, advertising, and technology matters. Nguyen’s clients have included leading companies such as BBC Worldwide Americas; the BODOG worldwide online gaming organization; Del Monte Foods Company; the Hot Topic retail chain; Kia Motors America; Journal Communications; Major League Baseball Properties; Monster Energy Company; and even figure skating star Johnny Weir.
Nguyen uses his life journey as an immigrant to the United States, an Asian American and an openly gay man to be a strong voice for diversity and individuality. He serves on the Board of Directors for the California Minority Counsel Program and previously served on the Board of Equality California. At his web site JimmyWin.com and for outlets such as millennial generation portal, FWDNation.com and LGBT news site Advocate.com, Nguyen comments on issues in law, politics, culture, media and life. For Zooey Deschanel’s site HelloGiggles.com, he writes a WIN GIRLS series to advise young women on how to succeed in life.