Fernanda Alves (Miss International)

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Fernanda Alves Schmelz (born 1976) is a Portuguese-South African beauty queen who was crowned Miss International 1996. She was the first woman from Portugal to win the title of Miss International.[1]

Early life[edit]

Alves was born in Zimbabwe in 1976 to a Portuguese father and a South African mother.[2][3]


Prior to Miss International 1996[edit]

Alves participated in several pageants and always achieves one of the top three positions.[citation needed] Some of her titles include Miss Teenage (South Africa, 1993), Miss Portugal/South Africa (March 1996) and Miss Portugal 2nd runner-up/princess (May 1996).[citation needed]

Miss International 1996[edit]

Alves represented Portugal in the Miss International 1996 pageant held in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan on October 26, 1996, where she was eventually crowned as the winner by the outgoing Miss International 1995 Anne Lena Hansen of Norway.[4]

Personal life[edit]

After her reign as Miss International, Alves went on to marry self-made German millionaire Matthias Schmelz in 1999 in Costa Rica. They settled in Estoril, Portugal. They also have three children, Electra, Fernando and Aragon.[5]


  1. "Miss International 1996: Fernanda Alves of Portugal". forumotion.com. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  2. "'O Segredo' de uma 'miss'". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 6 April 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  3. "Portugal das tormentas ou da boa esperança". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 6 April 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  4. Harrouchi Hatem (8 February 2015). "MISS INTERNATIONAL 1996 CROWNING". Retrieved 6 April 2018 – via YouTube.
  5. "Get rich quick - at just R7 700 a copy". The Sunday Times (South Africa). Retrieved 6 April 2018 – via PressReader.com.

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