Melanie Marquez

This name uses Philippine naming customs for married women. The birth maternal family name is Laurel, the birth paternal family name is Marquez, and the marital name is Lawyer.
Melanie Marquez
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Mimilanie Laurel Marquez
(1964-07-16) 16 July 1964
Mabalacat, Pampanga, Philippines
Other names Melanie Marquez
Height 5'11"
Title(s) Binibining Pilipinas International 1979
Miss International 1979
Binibining Pilipinas 1979
(Winner- Binibining Pilipinas International 1979)
Miss International 1979
(Winner and Best National Costume)

Mimilanie "Melanie" Laurel Marquez-Lawyer (born 16 July 1964), is a Filipino personality development coach, actress, film producer, author,[1] and celebrity endorser. She is a former beauty queen and model from the Philippines who won the Miss International 1979 beauty pageant in Tokyo, Japan.

Pageant career

Miss International 1979

Marquez won a local beauty pageant competition when she was 15 years old, and the 1979 Miss International Pageant. Subsequently, she evolved as a successful fashion and commercial model and was featured in the local and international magazine covers. As an international model, she toured Europe and the United States of America. As an actress, she has played parts in action and dramatic films, including the title role in her own bio-picture. Later, she has become a TV host, film producer, and celebrity endorser.

Life after Miss International

In 1985 Ms Marquez became the Face of the 80s winner in New York, USA. And in 1986, was the First Runner-up in the Supermodel competition. In 2000, she was voted the "Most Beautiful Miss International Winner" and in 2005, was one of the 6 Finalists in Mrs. World pageant held in India. She has appeared in the Binibining Pilipinas World of BC 2004 and World of Canada 2004 pageants.

Marquez is a modeling and image-enhancement coach. She trained Ruffa Gutierrez (Miss World 1993 Second Princess); Charlene Gonzales (Miss Universe 1994 - Top 6 Finalist); and Miriam Quiambao (Miss Universe 1999 First Runner-up). She has been a judge, coach, commentator, or host in beauty pageants, modelling contests, and talent-search competitions. Recently, she opened a modelling school for training models, beauty pageant contestants, and actors.

In a 2000 poll, Marquez was voted as the "Most Beautiful Miss International", and in the TV magazine show, Ang Pinaka (Top Picks), she was ranked the Philippines show business number one "most admired beauty queen". Marquez endorses, and is the face of, the Psalmstre line of beauty products.

Personal life

Melanie Marquez was born in Mabalacat, Pampanga. She is a Mormon convert after her marriage to an American in Utah named Adam Lawyer, her fifth husband. Melanie was involved in her church's 50th foundation anniversary in the Philippines.

In 2006, Marquez graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the International Academy of Management and Economics.

Marquez has six children: two of whom have special needs, one being the son of the late Filipino actor and politician Lito Lapid, and her daughter—a model—with businessman Frederick Dee, Michelle.[2]

She is guesting in Eat Bulaga!'s Kalyeserye as Lola Nidora's friend.


Year Award Giving Body Category Work Result
1987 Metro Manila Film Festival [3] Best Actress The Untold Story of Melanie Marquez Won
Best Story Won


  1., retrieved 2 March 2011.
  2. "Meet Melanie Marquez' gorgeous daughter, Michelle". ABS-CBN Corporation. August 3, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  3. "Metro Manila Film Festival:1987". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Luz Policarpio
Binibining Pilipinas International
Succeeded by
Diana Chiong
Preceded by
United States Katherine Ruth
Miss International
Philippines 1979
Succeeded by
Costa Rica Lorna Chávez
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