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‘Housewives’ are a million times cattier than pageant girls! I know pageant girls have a reputation for being catty, but ‘Housewives’ are even cattier. But I do think that it’s a total different world, and it can’t compare.

Joyce Giraud

Especially as a title-holder, you can do great things with charities, because people suddenly care about what you have to say. I wanted to make a difference, which is why I created the Queen of the Universe pageant. I want to change all of those stigmas in the beauty pageant world.

Joyce Giraud

I admire the Shabbat tradition, and no matter which faith you are of, there is nothing more wonderful than dedicating a certain day to spend time with your family and loved ones, absent of TV, phone, and other interruptions.

Joyce Giraud

I always believe that if you feel good and look happy, you’re always going to be beautiful. My one actual beauty trick is pretty cliche: Never, ever go to bed with your makeup on.

Joyce Giraud

I am an actress, a producer, a philanthropist, a wife, and above all a mommy to my beautiful babies, Leonardo and Valentino.

Joyce Giraud

I am the lead on NBC’s ‘Siberia,’ and I loved that experience.

Joyce Giraud

I do an international beauty pageant called Queen of the Universe for UNESCO, and what we do is we build kindergartens around the world.

Joyce Giraud

I don’t really work out. I eat a lot of sweets. I have chocolate all over my house.

Joyce Giraud

I honestly eat chocolate all day long. I do realize how blessed I am to be able to eat what I want and not have to live in the gym.

Joyce Giraud

I must be very clear in one thing… Being a pageant girl is not who I am or what defines me.

Joyce Giraud

I never thought anything was strange in Puerto Rico other than the big mosquitos; because I was born there, nothing was really foreign to me. I think what I saw strange coming to L.A. was that a lot of people are a little bit two-faced. In Puerto Rico, you don’t get that.

Joyce Giraud

I was very skinny and very lanky and kind of awkward. In Puerto Rico, everybody is a little more voluptuous, with these beautiful bodies, and there I was, the skinny, lanky girl.

Joyce Giraud

I wash my hair once a week. You can do that. I swear. My sister-in-law and all of my friends were like, ‘I can’t do that. It sounds gross.’ Once you train your hair, it will do whatever you want it to do. And on day seven when it’s too oily, you just put it in a ponytail.

Joyce Giraud

I wasn’t the typical pageant girl – I was a little more nerdy, and they gave me a voice. I created the Queen of the Universe pageant, which is charity-based, to benefit UNESCO. For me, the most important thing is that contestants have a charity-based platform or charity ambition.

Joyce Giraud

I’m a happily declared chocoholic. I keep it everywhere, even my nightstand.

Joyce Giraud

I’m petrified of bees because I have an anaphylactic reaction to bees.

Joyce Giraud

I’m working with UNESCO on a project called ‘Thirst,’ which educates children all over China and promotes awareness to the fact that 300 million people in China do not have access to water.

Joyce Giraud

In Puerto Rico, we have a lot of traditions. We eat a very typical thing that’s called ‘pasteles’ – it’s almost like a tamale made of bananas, and we make it all together. Like, all the women of the family unite, and it’s a very big deal, a very big thing.

Joyce Giraud

In the entirety of my life, I have never had an eating disorder.

Joyce Giraud

My husband and I always have fun together in everything we do. Some people call me crazy, but the reality is that I enjoy spending each second with him. He is not just my husband – he is my rock and my very best friend!

Joyce Giraud

My husband and I are in preproduction of three movies, a Latin show, and a children’s animation. I’m doing a very unique nail polish line, and finally, I’m developing a hair care line because people always ask me about my hair care system. I do a mask once a week that my grandma taught me how to make, so I want to share it with everyone.

Joyce Giraud

My one main secret I did right after my pageants days, is I only wash my hair once a week. I tell everyone, ‘You have to stop washing your hair so much!’

Joyce Giraud

Oh, I am such a little piggy. Everyone is always mad at me because I eat so much. They’re like, ‘How are you so skinny?’ I eat more than my husband!

Joyce Giraud

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.

Joyce Giraud

Pageants were an amazing platform that gave a little girl like me from the mountains of my beautiful Puerto Rico a chance to travel, explore the world, meet amazing people, work for great charities and be a voice to empower women wherever I went. For all those things, I am grateful.

Joyce Giraud

Some people would rather have a lie that makes them smile than a truth that makes them cry. I’m the opposite; I’d rather have people make me cry with the truth than try to make me smile.

Joyce Giraud

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.

Joyce Giraud

With me, what you see is what you get. Yes, call me naive, but I love life. I am happy, and for that, I make no apologies. I do like to see the best in people, and when someone is nice to my face, I tend to believe them.

Joyce Giraud

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