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Vanessa Lachey
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Lachey at the Maxim Magazine’s 10th Annual Hot 100 Celebration, Santa Monica, California on May 13, 2009
Born Vanessa Joy Minnillo
November 9, 1980 (age 37)
Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
Occupation Television personality, beauty queen, model, television host, actress
Years active 1998–present
Home town Charleston, South Carolina
Title Miss South Carolina Teen USA 1998
Miss Teen USA 1998
Spouse(s) Nick Lachey (m. 2011)
Children 3
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss South Carolina Teen USA 1998
Miss Teen USA 1998

Vanessa Joy Lachey (née Minnillo; born November 9, 1980[1][better source needed][2]) is an American television personality, beauty queen, fashion model, television host and actress. She was also named Miss Teen USA in 1998. She has been a New York-based correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and hosted Total Request Live on MTV.

Early life[edit]


Vanessa Joy Minnillo was born at USAF Clark Regional Medical Center in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines.[1] Her father, Vincent Charles Minnillo, is an American citizen from Cleveland, Ohio of Italian and Irish descent, while her mother, Helen Ramos Bercero, is from Manila, Philippines.[3][better source needed][4][5][6] Minnillo has an adopted brother who is two years older.[7] Her father moved the family frequently because of his service in the Air Force. She lived in Washington, California, Nevada, Florida, Germany and Japan and attended eight different schools in nine years.[8] Minnillo’s parents separated in 1983 and were divorced in 1986.[9]

Minnillo’s parents both remarried. She and her brother Vincent Jr. relocated to Turkey with their mother and new stepfather. By 1991, in the wake of Operation Desert Shield, they returned to their father’s home, eventually settling in Charleston, South Carolina, where Minnillo attended the Roman Catholic Bishop England High School and was a cheerleader.[10][better source needed] From then on, she lived with her father and stepmother, Donna. She also attended Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School, in San Bernardino, California, for one year.


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. She was a host on MTV‘s Total Request Live (TRL) from 2003 until 2007[11] and became a New York City correspondent for Entertainment Tonight in 2005. Minnillo hosted Miss Teen USA (2004) and co-hosted Miss Universe (2007).

After leaving MTV and Entertainment Tonight, Minnillo was featured in print and web-based advertising for BONGO Jeans’ Spring/Summer 2007 collection.[12] She has been spokeswoman for Flirt! Cosmetics, a line she helped create which debuted in August 2007, in Kohl’s department stores.[13] In May 2006, Maxim magazine ranked Minnillo #15 in its annual Hot 100 issue.[14] She has been featured on the covers of Maxim (October 2005, October 2006), Shape (March 2007), and Lucky (July 2007).


Lachey was a finalist in E!‘s competition to replace Brooke Burke as host of Wild On!.[9] 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. Lachey became a co-host of ABC’s Wipeout beginning in winter 2011.[15] Her first appearance was on December 8, 2011. Due to her pregnancy, Lachey left the show in late 2012 and was replaced by Jill Wagner.

Lachey 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.

Lachey (called Minnillo back then) signed on to appear in Redefining Love, a 2009 romantic comedy,[16] but she is not listed in the final cast.[17] 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.[18] Minnillo’s former MTV colleague and close friend, La La Vasquez, as well as the band Train, also appeared in the episode.[18] 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 then-new series Hawaii Five-0 with then fiancé Nick Lachey.

On September 6, 2017, Lachey was announced as one of the celebrities who will take part on the 25th season of Dancing with the Stars, competing against her husband Nick. She was paired with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy.[19] Chmerkovskiy’s wife, Peta Murgatroyd, was paired with Nick. On October 30, Lachey and Chmerkovskiy became the seventh couple to be eliminated from the competition, finishing in joint seventh place.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Beginning in 2003, Minnillo was in a relationship with baseball player Derek Jeter, which ended in 2005.[21][22]

Minnillo began dating singer Nick Lachey in 2006 after they met when she appeared in the music video for his song “What’s Left of Me“.[23] In June 2009, they broke up,[24] but in October 2009, Lachey confirmed that they were back together after having been “single for a minute”.[25] Minnillo and Lachey became engaged in November 2010.[26]

The couple married on July 15, 2011, at Sir Richard Branson‘s private Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands.[27] Nick and Vanessa Lachey have three children: a son, Camden, born in September 2012,[28] a daughter, Brooklyn, born in January 2015,[29][30] and another son, Phoenix, born in December 2016.[31][32]



Year Film Role Notes
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Julie Angel Cameo
2008 Disaster Movie Amy


Year Title Role Notes
2001 That’s Life Cheerleader Episode: “Oh, Crap!”
2001 City Guys Hot Girl Episode: “Dances with Malcolm”
2001 The Bold and the Beautiful Amanda Wexler Recurring role; 8 episodes
2002 Maybe It’s Me Sexy Student Episode: “The Prom Episode: Part 2”
2003 The Break Malia Television film
2004 The Real World: San Diego Reunion Host Episode: “2 Punk Rock 4 This: The Real World San Diego Reunion”
2005 The Real World: Philadelphia Reunion Host Episode: “Fistful of Philly: The Real World Philadelphia Reunion”
2005–2015 Entertainment Tonight Herself / NYC Correspondent 25 episodes
2003-2007 Total Request Live Herself – Host
2006 High School Stories Herself / Host
2007 Miss Universe 2007 Herself – Host
2008 How I Met Your Mother Ashlee Episode: “No Tomorrow
2009–2010 True Beauty Herself / Host 10 episodes
2009 CSI: NY Grace Chandler Episode: “Second Chances”
2010 Psych Gina Episode: “Shawn and Gus in Drag (Racing)”
2010 When I Was 17 Herself Episode 1.8
2010 This Little Piggy Television film
2011–2012 Wipeout Herself / Host 3 episodes
2011 30 Rock Carmen Chao Episode: “¡Qué Sorpresa!”
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Susan Episode: “Powa Maka Moana”
2011 Nick & Vanessa’s Dream Wedding Herself Televised wedding (Reality television)
2013–14 Dads Camilla Main role; 19 episodes
2015 Lachey’s: Raising the Bar Herself Reality television
2015 Truth Be Told Tracy Cooper Main role; 10 episodes
2016 Sebastian Says Jenna Television film
2017 Dancing with the Stars Herself / Contestant Season 25
2017-present Top Chef Junior Host
2018 The First Wives Club Sasha Main role

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Artist(s) Notes
2006 What’s Left of Me Nick Lachey Love Interest

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