Birth name Wendy Marcelle Fitzwilliam
Birthdate October 4, 1972 (1972-10-04) (age 36)
Birth location Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Eye color Brown
Hair color Black
Title(s) Miss Trinidad and Tobago 1998
Miss Universe 1998

Wendy Marcelle Fitzwilliam is a former Miss Universe. She became Trinidad and Tobago's second winner of Miss Universe after 1977 winner Janelle 'Penny' Commissiong, coincidentally, Commissiong was also the first black woman to capture the Miss Universe title, while Fitzwilliam was the second.

In 1996, the first of two daughters graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor's degree in law.

At 25, she won the 1998 Miss Universe competition held at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. She beat off challenges from South Africa, Russia, Ireland, Brazil, India, Venezuela (the eventual runner-up Veruska Ramirez), U.S., Colombia, and Puerto Rico to win the crown. Fitzwilliam's regal air and perfect presentations won her the honor of being the second Trinidadian (and second black woman as well who was also from Trinidad and Tobago) to hold the Miss Universe title, but during the telecast her halting final answer led to the jury deadlocking between her and Veruska Ramirez of Venezuela. Because there were eight members of the panel and no way to break the tie, the decider was Fitzwilliam's higher semifinal scores.

During her reign, she was honored by the United Nations and bestowed the title of UNAIDS and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador for her work in HIV/AIDS education and awareness.

After her reign, she recorded a jazz demo and continued her education. In 2000, she was admitted into the bar.

She has also been appointed the Red Cross Ambassador of Youth for the Caribbean. This is the first time the Red Cross has appointed anyone to this high honorary office.

Wendy has acted as a judge and host for many regional and international pageants, such as Miss Guyana, Miss Trinidad & Tobago, and Miss Universe.

Currently, she is the Vice President of Business Development at the Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited, a state-owned company in Trinidad and Tobago. She is also attached to the Trinidad Guardian's Guardian in Education: Making a Difference project, a series of motivational school tours that also features former World Champion sprinter Ato Boldon and cyclist Michael Phillips.

Wendy gave birth to a son named Ailan Panton in June 2006


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