Steve Harvey & Ashley Graham to Host Miss Universe

14 Dec

It’s official: Steve Harvey will be returning to host the MISS UNIVERSE® Competition this January.  Joining him as our Backstage Host is Ashley Graham, you might remember her from the 2016 MISS USA® Competition.  We can’t wait to see what they bring to the stage this year.  Tune in to The MISS UNIVERSE® Competition airing LIVE January 29th on FOX from The Philippines.

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Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey is the host of the Steve Harvey Morning Show radio program, and the popular TV shows Family Feud and Celebrity Family Feud, The Steve Harvey Show, family favorite Little Big Shots, and the new competition reality program Funderdome. His popularity continues to grow to global proportions, bolstered by his new role as host of the Miss Universe Pageant. Harvey is currently one of the most powerful voices in media, touting a career spanning nearly 30 years as a top stand-up comedian, actor, award winning TV personality and talk show host, best-selling author, entrepreneur, and humanitarian.

 

Harvey began his entertainment career as a comedian, working the stand-up circuit.  He grew to have a roster of acclaimed specials, including co-starring in one of the most successful comedy DVDs in history The Original Kings of Comedy, and the hit Don’t Trip…He Ain’t Through With Me Yet.

Harvey first made his mark in television and film as host of It’s Showtime at the Apollo. He went on to star in several popular shows, including The Steve Harvey Show, and has appeared in such movies as You Got Served, and Johnson Family Vacation.

Harvey expanded his reach into radio, as host of the nationally syndicated, The Steve Harvey Morning Show. He co-created The Neighborhood Awards, an awards show honoring local businesses, institutions and leaders for the excellence demonstrated in their communities.

Harvey is also author of multiple New York Times best-selling titles. His first book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think… inspired the 2012 box office topping movie, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.  His newest book Jump is scheduled for release in December, 2016.

As a humanitarian and an entrepreneur, Harvey makes it a priority to give back. Through The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, he and his wife provide hundreds of teens annually with mentoring and educational opportunities. His company, HARCAL, allows him to create business partnerships that specifically target and benefit the working middle class.

Harvey’s list of accolades includes several NAACP Image Awards, a People’s Choice Award, induction into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for The Steve Harvey Show in 2014 and 2015, as well as Outstanding Game Show Host for Family Feud in 2014. Harvey most recently received a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Little Big Shots, as Outstanding Host for A Reality or Reality-Competition Program. 

Harvey is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and a proud parent with wife Marjorie to seven children. Harvey hopes to use his platform to motivate others to pursue their dreams, and serve as an example of the power of faith and hard work.

Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham, 29, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and discovered in a mall at the age of 12. Her natural beauty and effervescent personality led to her signing with an international modeling agency at the age of 13, launching her successful, diverse career. Ashley has worked in numerous areas of the fashion industry including editorial, catalogue, runway, commercial, television and film. In February 2015, she starred in #CurvesinBikinis, a campaign with swimsuitsforall that made her the first size 14 model to appear in an ad in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition. In February 2016, she was selected as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie and also landed one of three covers for the magazine, making her the first size 14 model to ever be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

A leader for the body positive movement, Ashley has been featured on the covers of Vogue UK, Cosmopolitan, SELF, Maxim, Glamour’s special Curve issue, and many more. In January 2016, Ashley was named to Forbes Magazine’s coveted “30 Under 30” list and was featured on the cover of the magazine’s January issue alongside top celebrities and entrepreneurs. In November 2016, Glamour named her “Woman of the Year,” while Mattel simultaneously created a one-of-a-kind Barbie in her likeness. In December 2016, People Magazine named Ashley one of the “25 Most Intriguing People of the Year.”

A business-savvy entrepreneur, Ashley has collaborated with Canadian brand Addition Elle on her own line of seductive, size-conscious lingerie. Featuring sexy pieces designed to fit and accentuate women of various sizes, the line is available at Nordstrom and on AshleyGrahamCollections.com. In March 2016, Ashley launched “Beyond by Ashley Graham,” an exclusive dress collection in collaboration with Dressbarn. Additionally, she secured an exclusive partnership with swimsuitsforall, for who she will design annual swimsuit collections, the first launching in May 2016.

Additionally, Ashley is a sough-after television personality and has hosted Miss USA 2015, 2016’s VH1 Divas, E!’s Oscar Red Carpet, a week-long “Body Proud” series on Good Morning America and guest hosted several national talk shows. She is currently a judge on VH1’s America’s Next Top Model where she provides her expert advice on how to become a boss, brand and a business woman.

As a role model and body activist, Ashley is regularly invited to speak at national conferences, high schools and girls’ groups about body image, self-acceptance and female empowerment. Her first TEDx talk “Plus Size? More Like My Size” was given at TEDxBerleeValencia in April 2015. Her monthly “Great Style Has No Size” column for InStyle encourages women to embrace their curves and feel comfortable in their own skin.

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