Students in Jenny Linde-Rine’s ESL class discovered they have been attending classes with Miss Venezuela 2013 since January.
Maria Gabriella Isler was taking the classes to help her in competing in the Miss Universe Pageant later this year. “After I won the Miss Venezuela contest, I wanted to improve my English,” she said.
Isler has an aunt and uncle who have lived in Asheville for 15 years, so she decided to stay with them and come to A-B Tech for classes. “We get one year of preparation for the contest. I will take speech, cultural and walking classes,” she said.
Isler, who has been a model since she was 14, had never really considered the pageant route until she was encouraged by family and friends to enter the contest. “I said ‘why not?’ I would like to try. I worked very hard as a model and made it,” she said.
Here’s the news about Isler winning the Miss Universe title, from the LA Times:
And the crown goes to … Miss Venezuela, Gabriela Isler, who was named Miss Universe 2013 Saturday night at Moscow’s Crocus City Hall.
Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo, crowned Isler at the conclusion of the two-hour telecast, viewed by an estimated 1 billion people from 190 countries.
Isler beat out contestants from 85 other countries at the 62nd annual competition to nab the crown for Venezuela, the country’s seventh Miss Universe title.
The 25-year-old, 5-foot, 10-inch beauty works as an anchor for Venezuela’s Venevision television; her experience is likely to come in handy during her one-year stint as Miss Universe.
Check out Isler’s Miss Universe Pageant page.
Thanks to loyal reader Jen for the heads-up!