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Vanessa Joy Minnillo (born November 9,
1980) is an American television personality. She is a host on MTV's TRL
and was Miss Teen USA 1998.
Born November 9, 1980 (age 26)
Clark AB, Philippines
Height 5' 8" (1.70 m)
Notable roles Total Request Live VJ
Vanessa Joy Minnillo was born in the Clark
Air Base, Philippines to Vincent Minnillo and Helen Berecero.
Her father is an American of Italian and
Irish descent; the ethnicity of her estranged mother has been ambiguous
with Minnillo's reference to her as being a Filipina from the province
of Leyte   and then recently referring to her mother as Polynesian
 during an interview with Maxim Magazine for her cover story in the
October 2006 issue.
As a child, her family moved numerous times
due to her father's work in the United States Air Force. Her family
spent time in California, Nevada, Florida, Germany and Japan before
eventually settling in Charleston, South Carolina. Her parents are
divorced, and she has a close relationship with stepmother Donna
Minnillo, and an older adopted brother, Vincent. Vanessa is fluent in
English and has passive knowledge of two Philippine languages, namely
Kapampangan and Tagalog.
Minnillo became Miss South Carolina Teen
USA 1998, and went on to win the 1998 Miss Teen USA Pageant. She was the
first delegate from South Carolina to capture the title and received the
Congeniality award in 1998. In the competition she received the highest
score in the Interview, Swimsuit and Evening Gown
Minnillo was one of the finalists in E!'s
competition to find a replacement for Brooke Burke as hostess for the
show Wild On. The job eventually went to Cindy Taylor. Minnillo has been
hosting TRL on MTV since 2003. Her first interview on TRL was with
hip-hop artist Chingy. In 2005, she also became a New York-based
reporter for the entertainment news show, Entertainment Tonight. Before
joining MTV, she had minor roles in The Bold and the Beautiful,
television series City Guys, That's Life, and Maybe It's Me. In addition
to her work on TRL, she has served as a host or co-host for a variety of
MTV specials, and served as a celebrity judge for the Miss Teen USA
pageant in 2003.
In May 2006, Maxim Magazine listed Minnillo
as #15 in their Hot 100 issue. She was listed as #62 in the 2005 issue
and was the Maxim cover girl for both October 2005 and October 2006
Minnillo had an on-and-off relationship
with New York Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter from November
2003 to early 2006. Currently, Minnillo has been dating singer Nick
Lachey since mid 2006, ex-husband of Jessica Simpson and member of the
former boy-band 98 Degrees. She was featured in Lachey's music video for
"What's Left of Me" which was nominated for "Best Male Video" at the
2006 MTV Video Music Awards.
Shelly Moore Miss Teen USA
1998 Succeeded by
Miss Universe Organization
Wendy Fitzwilliam Miss USA
Shawnae Jebbia Miss Teen USA
1. Nepales, Ruben V.. Philippine Daily
Inquirer. Pampanga-born Vanessa Minnillo going places. Retrieved on
October 17, 2006.
2. Ayuyang, Rachelle Q.. Filipinas. There's
Something about Vanessa. Retrieved on October 12, 2006.
3. Maxim Online. Dressed to kill….
Retrieved on December 10, 2006.
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