Miss Universe Haiti Christie Desir joined some of the world’s most beautiful women in Miami this week, ahead of the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. The Haitian-American beauty queen will compete for the Miss Universe title beginning Jan. 21, when the preliminary rounds begin.

The 25-year-old, who was born and raised in the U.S., is the first contestant from the Diaspora to represent Haiti in the beauty pageant. She was appointed Miss Universe Haiti last November in Port-au-Prince.

“I’m like a walking advertisement,” for Haiti she said. I’m always educating and sharing with others everything that Haiti is about.
Desir, who has become a cultural ambassador for the country, left a career at Interscope Records to pursue her passion for Haiti. She began a nonprofit called “All She Desires,” which focuses on providing education opportunities for young girls in Haiti.

Every child should have access to quality education, regardless of their circumstances, she said. My mission is to give that to these children and help Haiti grow to its full potential.

The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant, hosted by TODAY’s Natalie Morales and MSNBC Live’s Thomas Roberts, will air on Jan. 25 on NBC. Desir will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.

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