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Joyce Giraud (born Joyce Marie Giraud Moji­ca; April 4, 1975) is a Puer­to Rican actress and mod­el. She is a two time Miss Puer­to Rico and the sec­ond run­ner up in the 1998 Miss Uni­verse pageant. She had pre­vi­ous­ly rep­re­sent­ed Puer­to Rico at Miss World 1994.

Giraud was fea­tured in episodes of Bay­watch, and in the film Dude, Where’s My Car?. More recent­ly, she has starred in TV shows like House of Payne and Joey. She has joined the cast of the upcom­ing fourth sea­son of The Real House­wives of Bev­er­ly Hills.

Early life

Giraud was born in Aguas Bue­nas, Puer­to Rico. After grad­u­at­ing at the age of 16, Giraud began mod­el­ing and attend­ed the Inter­amer­i­can Uni­ver­si­ty of Puer­to Rico where she fin­ished two Bach­e­lor of Arts degrees by the age of 19; one in Social Work and one in Spe­cial Edu­ca­tion. After grad­u­at­ing she worked with under­priv­i­leged chil­dren and pub­lic res­i­den­tials in Puer­to Rico.[2]

Pageant participation

Giraud won the 1994 Miss World Puer­to Rico and the titles of Most Beau­ti­ful Hair, Most Beau­ti­ful Smile; Most Beau­ti­ful Face and Best Run­way. She lat­er rep­re­sent­ed Puer­to Rico in the Queen of the Atlantics Inter­na­tion­al in Spain, and won the title Queen of the Atlantics 1995. In 1997 she rep­re­sent­ed Puer­to Rico in the Miss Venus Inter­na­tion­al in Jack­sonville, Flori­da and won her home­town the title. In 1998 Giraud won the title of Miss Aguas Bue­nas and then was crowned Miss Uni­verse Puer­to Rico. She also won the titles of Most Beau­ti­ful Hair, Most Beau­ti­ful Face, Best Body and the Miss Pho­to­genic Award.

Despite a scan­dal that almost cost her the crown due to some sexy mod­el­ing shots,[3] Giraud con­tin­ued to com­pete in the 1998 Miss Uni­verse Pageant in Hawaii and was the Sec­ond Run­ner Up. Lat­er that year she wrote a book called “Joyce, Dreams and Real­i­ties,” based on her expe­ri­ences in the Miss Uni­verse Pageant.

In 2000 Giraud became the only unde­feat­ed mod­el to win every episode of Star Search aka “Des­ti­na­tion Star­dom” in Hon­olu­lu, Hawaii.


Giraud began mod­el­ing to help her moth­er pay for her uni­ver­si­ty stud­ies and became one of the top mod­els of Puer­to Rico. She has appeared in numer­ous nation­al and inter­na­tion­al campaigns.

After win­ning the Miss Uni­verse Puer­to Rico, Giraud dis­cov­ered her love of act­ing when direc­tor Vicente Cas­tro cast her as the lead in his “Coral­i­to Tiene Dos Mari­dos,” a remake of Sonia Bra­ga’s Dona Flor y Sus Dos Mari­dos. She received such great reviews that she found anoth­er pas­sion in life. After doing many small roles in her native Puer­to Rico, Giraud moved to Mia­mi, Flori­da where she con­tin­ued a suc­cess­ful mod­el­ing career. In 2001 she decid­ed to take the leap toward Los Ange­les where she has received parts in numer­ous films and TV shows, most recent­ly David Fincher’s The Girl with the Drag­on Tattoo.

In 2012 Giraud cre­at­ed the beau­ty pageant Queen of the Universe.

Giraud is one of the few Puer­to Rican Super­mod­els, and has been fea­tured on numer­ous mag­a­zine cov­ers and in inter­na­tion­al campaigns.

Giraud serves as an exec­u­tive pro­duc­er on the 2013 tele­vi­sion series Siberia under the name Joyce De Ohoven. She will also star in the fourth sea­son of The Real House­wives of Bev­er­ly Hills in 2013.