Vanessa Minnillo

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Vanessa Lachey

Minnillo attending Maxim Magazine's 10th Annual Hot 100 Celebration, Santa Monica, CA on May 13, 2009
Born(1980-11-09) November 9, 1980 (age 31)
Clark Air Base, Pampanga, Philippines
OccupationActress, model, television host
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Nick Lachey (2011–present)
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Vanessa Lachey

Minnillo attending Maxim Magazine's 10th Annual Hot 100 Celebration, Santa Monica, CA on May 13, 2009
Born(1980-11-09) November 9, 1980 (age 31)
Clark Air Base, Pampanga, Philippines
OccupationActress, model, television host
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Nick Lachey (2011–present)

Vanessa Joy Lachey (née Minnillo; born November 9, 1980) is an American television personality, television host, model, and actress. A former Miss Teen USA, she has been a New York-based correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and a host of Total Request Live on MTV. She was the host of the Miss Universe 2007, which was held at Mexico City, Mexico, in the National Auditorium, with Mario Lopez.


Early life

Minnillo was born on November 9, 1980 in Clark Air Base, Pampanga, Philippines. Her father, Vincent Minnillo, is an American citizen of Italian and Irish descent, and her estranged mother Helen Bercero is Filipino.[1][2][3] Minnillo has an adopted brother, Vincent Jr.,[4] who is two years older. Minnillo's family moved frequently because of her father's service in the Air Force. She lived in Washington, California, Nevada, Florida, Germany and Japan and attended eight different schools in nine years.[5] Minnillo's parents separated in 1983 and were divorced in 1986.[6]

Minnillo's mother remarried and she and her brother moved to Turkey with their mother and new stepfather. By 1991, in the wake of Operation Desert Shield, Minnillo and her brother returned to their father's home, eventually settling in Hanahan, South Carolina, where Minnillo attended the Roman Catholic Bishop England High School and was a cheerleader.[7] From then on, she lived with her father and his second wife, Donna. She also attended Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School, in San Bernardino, California, for one year.


Beauty pageants

Minnillo was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen USA and went on to win the title Miss Teen USA in 1998, the first Miss Teen USA from South Carolina and also the first from South Carolina to be named the pageant's Miss Congeniality.


The pageants served as a springboard to wider fame. She was a host on MTV's Total Request Live (TRL) from 2003 to 2007[8] and became a New York City correspondent for Entertainment Tonight in 2005.

Minnillo hosted Miss Teen USA (2004) and co-hosted Miss Universe (2007). Minnillo was a finalist in E!'s competition to replace Brooke Burke as host of Wild On.[6] She also hosted True Beauty, a competition in which 10 contestants vie for $100,000 and inclusion in People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People issue. The series premiered on ABC on January 5, 2009, with a first season that ran through February 23, 2009. ABC renewed the series for a second season which ran from May 31, 2010 through July 19, 2010.

Minnillo became a co-host of ABC's Wipeout beginning in winter 2011.[9] Her first appearance was on December 8, 2011.


After leaving MTV and Entertainment Tonight, Minnillo was featured in print and web-based advertising for BONGO Jeans' Spring/Summer 2007 collection.[10]

She has been spokeswoman for Flirt! Cosmetics, a line she helped create which debuted in August 2007, in Kohl's department stores.[11]

In May 2006, Maxim magazine ranked Minnillo #15 in its annual Hot 100 issue.[12] She has been featured on the covers of Maxim (October 2005, October 2006), Shape (March 2007), and Lucky (July 2007).

Minnillo is currently working as the celebrity stylist at Tanger Outlets.[13]


Minnillo has appeared in television series including That's Life, City Girls, 30 Rock, The Bold and The Beautiful, Psych, Hawaii 5-0 and Maybe It's Me. In 2008, she played Ashlee in the How I Met Your Mother episode "No Tomorrow".

She starred in the 2008 comedy Disaster Movie, a spoof of big-budget Hollywood disaster movies. Released on August 29, 2008, the film had moderate box office success, earning $34,624,652 worldwide. The film received extremely negative reviews, earning six Razzie Award nominations. As of January 2011, it stands at number sixteen on the IMDb Bottom 100.

Minnillo signed on to appear in Redefining Love, a 2009 romantic comedy,[14] but she is not listed in the final cast.[15]

In November 2009, announced that Minnillo would guest star alongside Disaster Movie co-star Kim Kardashian on CBS's CSI: NY. "The ladies [Vanessa and Kim] portray two women who've managed to concoct a very interesting scheme that ends in murder," confirmed executive producer Pam Veasey.[16] Minnillo's former MTV colleague and close friend, La La Vasquez, as well as the band Train, also appeared in the episode.[16]

In 2011, she guest starred on 30 Rock as Carmen Chao, Avery's coworker at NBC who is competing for the same promotion. Minnillo later guest starred on the new series of Hawaii Five-0 with then fiancé Nick Lachey.

Personal life

Beginning in 2003, Minnillo was in a relationship with Derek Jeter, which ended in 2005.[17][18]

She dated Nick Lachey in 2006 until their split in 2009.[19] The couple reconciled several months later.[20] On July 15, 2011, Minnillo and Lachey married on Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands,[21] with an intimate party of 35 close friends and family.[22] On September 12, 2012, Minnillo gave birth to their first child, a son named Camden John Lachey.[23][24]



2008Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver SurferJulie AngelCameo
Disaster MovieAmyLead Role


2001That's LifeCheerleaderEpisode: "Oh, Crap!"
City GuysHot GirlEpisode: "Dances with Malcolm"
The Bold and the BeautifulAmanda WexlerRecurring Role (Appeared In 8 Episodes)
2002Maybe It's MeSexy StudentEpisode: "The Prom Episode: Part 2"
2003–2007Total Request LiveHerself / Host
2005–2007Entertainment TonightHerself / NYC Correspondent
2007Miss Universe 2007Host
2008How I Met Your MotherAshleeEpisode: "No Tomorrow"
2009–2010True BeautyHerself / Host
2009CSI: NYGrace ChandlerEpisode: "Second Chances"
2010PsychGinaEpisode: "Shawn and Gus in Drag (Racing)"
2011-2012WipeoutHerself / Host
201130 RockCarmen ChaoEpisode: "¡Qué Sorpresa!"
2011Hawaii Five-0SusanEpisode: "Powa Maka Moana"
2011Nick & Vanessa's Dream WeddingHerselfTelevised Wedding – She is now Vanessa Lachey

Music Videos

2006What's Left of MeNick LacheyLove Interest


  1. ^ Nepales, Ruben V; Pampanga-born Vanessa Minnillo going places; Philippine Daily Inquirer
  2. ^ Ayuyang, Rachelle Q; There's Something About Vanessa
  3. ^ "Dressed To Kill"; Maxim Online
  4. ^ "Vanessa Minnillo Biography – Yahoo! Movies". 1980-11-09. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  5. ^, accessed 2007-08-19
  6. ^ a b Vanessa Minnillo. "Vanessa Minnillo Biography". Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  7. ^ IMDb biography, accessed 2007-08-19
  8. ^ Minnillo Says Tootles to TRL, accessed 2007-08-19
  9. ^
  10. ^ Vanessa Flashes Her BONGO – – Entertainment News, Celebrity Gossip and Hollywood Rumors
  11. ^ Vanessa Minnillo’s New Gig: Makeup Designer! – Off the Rack – StyleWatch –
  12. ^ Vanessa Minnillo of 2006 Hot 100 on
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ "Minnillo signs on for Wilmington film". 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  15. ^ Redefining Love at IMDb
  16. ^ a b Kate Stanhope. "Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Minnillo to Appear on CSI:NY". 
  17. ^ "Derek Jeter’s Slew of Sloppy Seconds". Coed Magazine. October 29, 2009.
  18. ^ "Vanessa Minnillo". People.
  19. ^ Kari Friedlander (24 June 2009). "Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo Call it Quits". TV Guide Online. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  20. ^ "Nick Lachey on Vanessa Minnillo: We've "Patched Things Up" | Story | Wonderwall". 2009-10-08. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  21. ^ Garcia, Jennifer. "Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo: Why We Picked Necker Island for Wedding", People, July 18, 2011
  22. ^ Garcia, Jennifer. "Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey Are Married!", People, July 15, 2011
  23. ^ "Nick and Vanessa Lachey Welcome Son Camden John". October 5, 2012. People.
  24. ^ "Vanessa and Nick Lachey Welcome Baby Boy Camden John". September 12, 2012. E!

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Preceded by
Nancy O'Dell and Carlos Ponce
Hosts of Miss Universe with Mario Lopez
Succeeded by
Jerry Springer and Melanie Brown