Justine Pasek

Justine-Pasek01Yostin Lissette “Justine” Pasek Patiño (born August 29, 1979) is a Ukrainian-born Panamanian model, FAO Goodwill Ambassador, and Miss Universe 2002.

Pasek was born in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, the daughter of a Panamanian homemaker and Polish engineer. Affectionately called by her Polish name, “Justyna”, she lived in Ukraine for a year, but spent most of her childhood in the village of Wożuczyn near Zamość, Poland. After her mother finished her studies in chemistry, the family moved to Panama.

Before entering the Miss Panama contest in 2001, Pasek worked as a model in television productions and fashion shows. She also planned to complete her degree in environmental engineering in New Zealand with her two younger brothers (Ted and Alvaro), and later work for the Smithsonian Research Center.

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