Rest in Peace, Eva Ekvall!!!
Eva Ekvall, Miss Venezuela 2000 and 3rd runner-up at Miss Universe 2001, died after a long battle against cancer. She discovered that she had breast cancer not long after giving birth to her first and only child. She wrote a book telling her experience entitled “Out of Focus”.
Beautiful picture from Eva Ekvall and her daughter! Photo courtesy of HJ BLOG.
Eva Ekvall biography
Eva Ekvall, Miss Venezuela 2000, died of cancer
Eva Mónica Anna Ekvall Johnson was born on March 15, 1983 in Caracas, Venezuela. She was a TV hostess known for her various TV shows with Televen, specially in the show Las Rottenmayer. She was a finalist in the Miss Universe 2001 contest. Eva had a degree in communications from Universidad Santa Maria in Caracas. Ekvall was fluent in both Spanish and English since she had lived in the United States in the past, and because she attended Academia Washington, a bilingual school in Caracas. She held the title of Miss Venezuela in 2000 and was the third runner-up in the 2001 Miss Universe pageant. She was also famous among Venezuelan fashion magazines including Ocean Drive and Sambil among others.
Ekvall married radio producer John Fabio Bermúdez in September 2007. The couple have one daughter, Miranda, born in July 2009.
In February 2010, Ekvall was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, and underwent eight months of treatment that included chemotherapy, radiation, and a mastectomy. She chronicled this experience in a book of photographs, Fuera de Foco (Out of Focus), released in 2011. As a Buddhist, she was the first non-Christian to have won the title of Miss Venezuela.
Eva Ekvall in Pageants:
Eva Ekvall final Q & A in Miss Universe 2001: If you have to change one thing about your past, what would that be?”
“One thing about my past . . . Well, definitely, I would not choose anything at all because I’m very happy the way I have lived my life up to now. And because the person that I am now is what the past has done to me. So, I would be completely different and I wouldn’t be proud of who I am.” – Eva Ekvall, Miss Venezuela.
Marc Anthony asked her the questions: “If you can invite one famous person, living or dead, to a dinner party, who would it be and why?”
– It would definitely by the Dalai Lama because first of all, my father is a Buddhist and I’ve learned a lot of Buddhism practices through him. And as a matter of fact, today, I am a Buddhist. And I would like to know a lot about how he keeps his eternal peace which is so incredible and to teach the whole world that obviously.
How would you let a man know that you are attracted to him?
I think that he would notice right away just by the way I look at him at his eyes and I would definitely smile. I think he would just got (DING!) . . . (I didn’t get the last few words after the bell).