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Brook Lee
Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee

(1971-01-08) January 8, 1971 (age 50)
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Hawaii USA 1997
Miss USA 1997
Miss Universe 1997
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Miss Hawaii USA 1997
Miss USA 1997
Miss Universe 1997

Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee (born January 8, 1971, in Pearl City, Hawaii) is an American actress, television host, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Hawaii USA 1997, Miss USA 1997, and Miss Universe 1997.

Personal life

Her Korean grandfather emigrated to Hawaii in the 1950s. She is of Chinese, Korean, Native Hawaiian, Portuguese, French, Dutch and English ancestry.[1] Lee's mother, Toni, was president of Na Pua Ke Ali'i Pauahi, an alumni association of the school who petitioned the board for reforms.[2]

Her Korean name is Lee Shi-nae (이시내).[3]


Miss USA 1997

Lee was crowned Miss Hawaii USA on her first try, then went on to participate in Miss USA 1997 at Shreveport, Louisiana on February 5, 1997, where she was crowned the winner by outgoing titleholder Ali Landry of Louisiana.[4][5]

Miss Universe 1997

Lee represented the United States in the Miss Universe 1997 pageant in Miami Beach, Florida.[6] On May 16, 1997, she won the crown at 26 years and 128 days, became the oldest Miss Universe to win.[6][7]

Lee and Al Masini, along with funding from the state, helped bring the Miss Universe 1998 pageant to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the first time.[1][8]

Immediately prior to winning the Miss USA and Miss Universe crowns, Lee pursued graduate-level studies in communications at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.[9] She also attended University Lab School for one year, 1987–88. Lee graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 1989.[4][9]

Later life

After her reign as Miss Universe she made several cameo appearances in movies and television shows, and has hosted many television shows in Asia and the United States. She is the host of a regional television show known as Pacific Fusion, which focuses on Asian-American lifestyles. She has also hosted episodes of Great Cruises on the Travel Channel.

Since 2006, Lee has been married to actor Tory Mell and they have two children.


  1. ^ a b Wilson (2000). Reimagining the American Pacific: From South Pacific to Bamboo Ridge and Beyond. Duke University Press. pp. 16–. ISBN 9780822325239.
  2. ^ Rath, J. Arthur (2006). Lost Generations: A Boy, a School, a Princess. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 210–. ISBN 9780824830106.
  3. ^ "[클로즈업]한국계 97년 미스 유니버스 브룩 리 : 연재 : 뉴스 : 동아닷컴". September 13, 2000. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Never forget when Miss Universe Brook Mahealani Lee gave the best pageant answer ever". Hawaii Magazine. October 16, 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  5. ^ "Miss Hawaii Named Miss USA". February 6, 1997. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Miss USA new Miss Universe". May 17, 1997. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  7. ^ "From the oldest to the tallest winners and backstage sabotage: 11 winning facts about Miss Universe". Channel. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  8. ^ "Hawaii landing the crown jewel of pageants was like 'winning the right to host the Olympics'". Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Hawaii's Miss USA jumps into the job". Retrieved July 19, 2021.
Awards and achievements Preceded by Alicia Machado Miss Universe 1997 Succeeded by Wendy Fitzwilliam Preceded by Ali Landry Miss USA 1997 Succeeded by Brandi Sherwood Preceded byKu'ualoha Taylor Miss Hawaii USA 1997 Succeeded byLeslie-Ann Lum
Media offices Preceded byAli Landry and Julie Moran Miss Universe color commentator 2001 (with Todd Newton) and 2002 VacantTitle next held byCarson Kressley and Shandi Finnessey (2006)