Vanessa Minnillo

Vanessa Minnillo

About Vanessa Minnillo

Vanessa Joy Lachey (ne 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. 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. Minnillo has an adopted brother, Vincent Jr., 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. Minnillo's parents separated in 1983 and were divorced in 1986.

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