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Miss Haiti Gives Hope to Devastated Country

The first Miss Haiti in 22 years, Sarodj Bertin, is hopeful and happy to be able to help her country after the horrific earthquake that devastated the impoverished Caribbean nation last January.

Bertin, a young lawyer who speaks four languages, lived in Puerto Principe until age 9, when her mother, lawyer and opposition leader Mireille Durocher Bertin, was gunned down after announcing the creation of a political party that would compete with that of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in the upcoming elections.

She then moved with her father and other siblings to the neighboring Dominican Republic. Here, the 24-year-old beaut studied law and worked for the International Alliance for Haiti's Recovery.

Throughout her growing years, she considered her mother her idol. She became obsessed with the Miss Universe pageant later and entered the contest after the earthquake hit Haiti. She won and and spent the last few months in Puerto Rico with the director of the Miss Dominican Republic and Miss Haiti franchises, Magali Febles, who took charge of her training for Miss Universe.

The Miss Universe pageant will be held on August 23 in Las Angeles, and will air live on NBC and Telemundo at 9 p.m.-11 p.m. EDT.

Watch Miss Haiti's interview about her aspirations for her country in this clipping:

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