Michelle McLean is a Namibian businesswoman, television presenter and MC who won the 1991 Miss Namibia and 1992 Miss Universe modelling competitions. She also made it to the Top 5 of the 1991 Miss World pageant.
McLean attended Centaurus High School in Windhoek, Namibia, but moved to Cape Town, South Africa in 1989 to complete Std 9 and 10 in the same year.
After winning the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand in 1991, she relocated to Los Angeles where she studied acting.
She co-ordinated the 1995 Miss Universe pageant and MC’d the Miss Namibia pageant in 1993 and 2001.
Michelle is the founder of a number of organisations, including the Michelle McLean Primary School and the Michelle McLean Children’s Trust, both in Namibia, as well as Donna Terra in Cape Town.
She is also the Director of Engel & Volkers – Africa & Ireland Developments Division, Cape Town.
McLean joined South African pay television channel M-Net in 1995 as the presenter of a magazine show called Front Row. The following year she was appointed as a continuity announcer for the channel.
In 1997 and 1998 she presented Ford Today, a programme showcasing Ford motor vehicles. She also presented an MTV-style music show on M-Net called 110 FM in 1999 and 2000.
She co-presented The Cosmo Show on M-Net in 2000 and 2001 with fellow continuity presenter Marius Roberts. Also on M-Net, she presented an e-commerce programme called E-Bucks.
She also presented Life Style Homes of South Africa, showcasing some of South Africa’s most beautiful homes, and Celebrity Homes, which aired on DStv’s The Home Channel.
She MCed the Nokia Face of Africa and SA Sports Illustrated Model search competitions. She also hosted the third season of the modelling reality competition Revlon Supermodel from October-December 2007, which aired on SABC3.
She co-hosted the 2010 Miss South Africa pageant with Proverb after late withdrawals by Nonhle Thema and Pabi Moloi.
She was the subject of an episode of the Nicky Greenwall-hosted documentary series The Close Up, which aired on e.tv and the eNews Channel in 2012.
Michelle consults in trade, tourism and investment, including Solar energy for Soitec Pty (Ltd) in Southern Africa. She is a professional speaker and MC.