Miss Universe 2011 - Host - Shandi Finnessey
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Shandi Finnessey


Shandi Finnessey joins the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant as Commentator, alongside STYLE Network’s Jeannie Mai. Crowned Miss USA 2004 in Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre before a live audience of 13 million viewers, Shandi will draw from her experience as Miss USA and first runner-up at the 2004 MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant.

During her tenure as Miss USA, Shandi spent her year championing the official causes of MISS USA®, which are breast and ovarian cancer education, research, and legislation. She traveled nationally and abroad as an advocate for organizations such as the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and Gilda's Club, among others. To date, she has helped to raise over 30 million dollars for breast and ovarian cancer research. Her year as MISS USA took her all over the USA as well as to Ecuador, Korea, Thailand, Cuba, St. Maarten, and Germany.

Upon completing her reign, Shandi pursued a career in modeling and acting. She was seen on GSN, the Network for Games, co-hosting its highest rated game show, “Lingo”, with Chuck Woolery, as well as hosting the late night live game show “Playmania”. She also co-hosted “The Ultimate Blackjack Tour” on CBS.

Her recent work includes SciFi movies called ”Piranhaconda” and “Sharktopus”; both of which are Roger Corman movies. She will also appear in an Adam Sandler movie called “Jack and Jill”, which is due to be released.

Dedicated to helping children and people with disabilities, Shandi works to promote inclusion of individuals with mental challenges. One of her proudest achievements was publishing a children's book on this very subject titled "The Furrtails," which can be found through amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Infinity Publishing awarded the distinguished AWMAD for Authors Who Make a Difference to her children's book. She is currently working on her second children's book titled "Suzanna the Banana."

Shandi is an honors graduate from Lindenwood University where she received a BS in Psychology, which she completed in only three and a half years. There, innessey conducted research on androgyny that proved significant and was published in the SEPA Journal. She began working on her Masters in Counseling but postponed her studies after becoming Miss USA.