Vanessa Minnillo

Biography

Vanessa 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 ET (Entertainment Tonight), and a host of Total Request Live (or TRL as we love to call it), 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. She’s briefly dated Nick Lachey, Derek Jeter, and she’s also helped promote select brands, such as Bongo Jeans and Flirt Cosmetics.

Minnillo was born November 9, 1980 at Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. Her father, Vince Minnillo, was a member of the U.S. Air Force, stationed in the Philippines at the time. Her father is an American of Italian and Irish descent, and her mother, the former Helen Bercero, is a Filipina from the province of Pampanga on the island of Luzon. Minnillo has an adopted brother, Vincent, who is two years older than she is.

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