11 Stars You Never Knew Were Beauty Queens

We can all agree that Latinas are some of the most beautiful women on the planet — right?! And this probably explains why there have been tons of us in beauty pageants throughout history. But it's not just your everyday beauty who walks the pageant runway, celebrities have too!

Here are 11 stars who were beauty queens before they became famous:

This story was originally published on July 18, 2013

1. Beauty Pageant Queens: Emeraude Toubia

Emeraude Toubia

Before fighting off evil on Shadowhunters, Toubia was slaying beauty pageants, even winning the title of Miss Brownsville Teen.

2. Beauty Pageant Queens: Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria

Before Desperate Housewives, Longoria got a glimpse of the spotlight when she was crowned Miss Corpus Christi in 1998. Winning Miss Corpus Christi gave Longoria the chance to move to Los Angeles and start her acting career.

3. Beauty Pageant Queens: Vanna White

Vanna White

The Wheel of Fortune hostess was the fourth runner up in the 1978 Miss Georgia Universe pageant.

4. Beauty Pageant Queens: Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato

Lovato may be a singer and actress now, but before her days as a star, she was in the 2000 Texas State Miniature Miss pageant.

5. Beauty Pageant Queens: Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch

The well-known Bolivian American actress won the Miss Fairest of the Fair beauty pageant in San Diego in 1957.

6. Beauty Pageant Queens: Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter

Timeless belleza! The original Wonder Woman was crowned Miss USA in 1972.

7. Beauty Pageant Queens: Susie Castillo

Susie Castillo

The 33-year-old star who played Mercedes Hernandez on House of Payne was Miss USA 2003.

8. Beauty Pageant Queens: Dayanara Torres

Dayanara Torres

Torres became one of the youngest Miss Universe pageant winners, when she received the crown in 1993 at the age of 18. The former Boricua beauty queen can be seen in the upcoming film 200 Cartas.

9. Beauty Pageant Queens: Helena Christensen

Helena Christensen

The former Victoria’s Secret angel, who was born to a Danish father and Peruvian mother, won the Miss Denmark crown in 1986. That same year she went on to represent Denmark in the Miss Universe pageant.

10. Beauty Pageant Queens: Denise Quinones

Denise Quiñones

Quiñones had roles on several TV series including: Smallville, Freddie, Smallville: Vengeance Chronicles and The Bedford Diaries. In 2001, the Puerto Rican beauty was crowned Miss Universe.

11. Beauty Pageant Queens: Zuleyka Rivera

Zuleyka Rivera

The 25-year-old Puerto Rican was crowned Miss Universe in 2006. She appeared in the 2007 telenovela Dame Chocolate with Carlos Ponce, and this fall she has a small role in the film Runner, Runner.