- Began her modeling career at age 13.
- Is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish.
- Was kidnapped in Venezuela in 2007; she says the experience taught her how to control her emotions in tense situations.
- Was crowned Miss Universe in 2008.
- Is involved with the Latino Commission on AIDS and once served as its national spokesperson.
- Competed in the 12th season of NBC's reality program Celebrity Apprentice.
- Willy Mendoza — Father
- Maria Auxiliadora Moncada — Mother