Michelle McLean is a well known international media personality, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
She started her international modeling career at the age of 13 years and won the Miss Universe title in 1992 at the age of 19 years for Namibia. From 1993 to 1994 while living in Los Angeles Michelle did acting with Sal Dano (Tom Seleck and Carrie Otis’s coach).
After moving back to South Africa, Michelle became a presenter for Mnet from 1995 to 2003 hosting and presenting numerous programmes. Front Row (a magazine show), E-bucks (an e-commerce show), Buy Design (a property make-over show for SABC), Celebrity Homes (showcasing their homes for DSTV), Revlon Supermodels (a reality show for SABC) and most recently Woza Lunchtime (lifestyle show for Super Sport during the FIFA World Cup 2010).
Michelle was the face of Lux Lotion in South Africa and has been the official voice of MTN for six years.
Close to her heart is the Michelle McLean Children Trust, which she established in 1992. The Trust built a primary school in her name and provides education for 900 children. In addition they established the Michelle McLean School of Excellence, which provides entrepreneurial and financial skills training to learners. The Trust has initiated and managed hundreds of projects, including ten projects for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. It has raised over R40 m.
Michelle was previously a Director of a Property Group, and co-owned a jewelry company. Captivate Media Training provides TV presentation and speech making courses. She is also a professional life coach.
Michelle is a Director of BrandsRock, a specialized marketing company. She is a member of the World Economic Forum and is a consultant for Trade and Tourism in Southern Africa.
In 1998 Michelle was recognized by Donald Trump the owner of the Miss Universe Organization and presented with The Life Time Achievement Award for her philanthropy work.
Michelle resides in Johannesburg with her 11 year old son Luke, and is currently writing a book about life in the media and memoirs of her travels.