Mpule Kwelagobe (Botswana 1999)
Mpule Kwelagobe was crowned Miss Universe in 1999 at a colorful ceremony in Trinidad and Tobago. With her win, she became the third African woman to win an international beauty pageant. Afterward, Kwelagobe enjoyed a successful career as model, promoting international brands such as Clairol.
In 2000, she was appointed as a UN Goodwill Ambassador with her newfound voice as an international celebrity. In her post, Kwelagobe called global attention to developmental problems in Africa, particularly those affecting women and children.
Despite her packed schedule, Kwelagobe found the time to earn a degree in International Political Economy from the Columbia University in New York, and today, she is married to Indian-American Abhijoy Gandhi and a Mother of one.