EXCLUSIVE: Joyce Giraud Talks Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Charity Beauty Pageants

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is back....and better than ever with a new Puerto Rican castmate!

Joyce Giraud de Ohoven could hardly be described as just a housewife. The beautiful model, actress, producer, and philanthropist was born and raised in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. In 1998, she got her big break–winning the coveted Miss Puerto Rico Universe competition and eventually taking home the runner-up award in the Miss Universe competition. Now, the beautiful boricua has launched a successful acting career, starring in the mockumentary series, Siberia.

We sat down with the gorgeous boricua to discuss the new season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, her work with charity, her Puerto Rican heritage, and her life as a mamá: 

What are you working on right now? 

Well, right now I’m working on a pageant called Queen of the Universe. It’s an international charity based pageant that has always been a dream of mine. Pageants were a platform for me, and they helped me get to where I am today. You suddenly stop being just another girl, and people want to listen to what you have to say. I wanted to give women that title and that feeling regardless of their status–if they’re single, married, have babies... In any pageant I participated in, you couldn’t be pregnant, but there’s a lot of girls that have babies at a young age! Why is it that if she has a baby, she should be disqualified? I think she should be even more qualified if she has a baby. A baby is an amazing blessing and an amazing experience.

So, how is your pageant different from other pageants? 

I changed everything that I thought was wrong with the other pageants. Girls can be single or divorced. I don’t judge them based on gender choices or whether or not they had a child at a young age. The only requirement is that they have to have a charity platform. The entire charity is to benefit UNESCO. 

You can go on the website to see the sizzler from last year's pageant. It's a very beautiful event. We are going to tape it for television, and try to air it. This is my second year, and I'm still trying to perfect it. We've already had a couple of networks approach us to say, "It's perfect, let's air it!" 

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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