Vanessa Joy Minnillo Lachey, born November 9, 1980 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.
1980 - 1997
Vanessa Joy Minnillo was born at USAF Clark Regional Medical Center in Angeles City,
Pampanga, Philippines. 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. Minnillo has an adopted brother who is two years older.
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. Minnillo's parents separated in 1983 and were divorced in 1986.
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. 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.
1998 - 2007
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 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. She has been spokeswoman
for Flirt! Cosmetics, a line she helped create which debuted in August 2007,
in Kohl's department stores. In May 2006, Maxim magazine ranked Minnillo #15
in its annual Hot 100 issue. She has been featured on the covers of Maxim
(October 2005, October 2006), Shape (March 2007), and Lucky (July 2007).
2007 - present
Lachey was a finalist in E!'s competition to replace Brooke Burke as host of Wild On.
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. 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.
Beginning in 2003, Minnillo was in a relationship with baseball
player Derek Jeter, which ended in 2005.
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".
In June 2009, they broke up, but in October 2009, Lachey
confirmed that they were back together after having been
"single for a minute". Minnillo and Lachey became engaged in November 2010.
The couple married on July 15, 2011, at Sir Richard Branson's private
Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. Nick and Vanessa
Lachey have three children: a son, Camden, born in September 2012 a
daughter, Brooklyn, born in January 2015, and another son,
Phoenix, born in December 2016.