Daisy Fuentes (born November 17,
1966 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban-born American model and television
personality. Daisy Fuentes broke barriers as MTV's first Latina VJ (Signed
to MTV US and MTV Latin America simultaneously), and as Revlon's first
Latina spokesperson to be signed to a worldwide contract. Fuentes is an
international TV personality, TV producer, fitness and beauty expert, and
mogul. She is considered a role model for the growing millions of
Latina-American women in the U.S.
Fuentes was born in Havana, Cuba to a Cuban father and Spanish mother.
When Fuentes was three years old, her family fled the island due to
political turmoil and moved to Madrid, Spain. She and her family later
moved to Newark, New Jersey. Fuentes learned to speak English, while
watching I Love Lucy episodes. Soon thereafter, she moved with her family
to Harrison, New Jersey, where she attended Harrison High School, was
voted Homecoming Queen, and graduated class of '84. Fuentes started
modeling during her senior year in high school. While studying
communications at Bergen Community College, she was hired as the
weather-girl for WNJU-TV, the Telemundo New York affiliate station.
Shortly after, she moved on to New York's Univision affiliate where she
became the weather anchor and reporter for the evening news.
Daisy Fuentes was first hired in 1988 as the host of "MYV Internacional",
a one-hour Spanish-language music show aired in Latin America and the USA.
Later, Fuentes moved to MTV, where she achieved name recognition as one of
that network's more popular hosts and soon was courted by companies to be
a spokesmodel. She later landed a role on the ABC soap opera Loving.
Fuentes appeared on shows such as Dream On, The Larry Sanders Show, and
Cybill. From 1994 to 1995, she hosted her own talk show, Daisy, on CNBC.
She was the host of America's Funniest Home Videos from 1997 to 1999. She
hosted The ALMA Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, the 1998
World Music Awards, the 1999 Billboard Latin Awards, and the Miss Teen
USA, Miss USA, and Miss Universe pageants. She guest-starred in the TV
series Queen Of Swords episode "Runaways" 2000.
Daisy Fuentes has appeared on many magazine covers and has starred in
nationally televised ads for Revlon, Pantene, American Express, M&Ms and
others. Fuentes also appeared in Fitness magazine's September cover. She
was the first Mind, Body, Spirit Superstar, which was created to generate
awareness of top women's health causes and work to promote change. In
2005, Fuentes appeared on the three page cover of People en Espańol's "50
most beautiful" women. Fuentes has hosted numerous TV shows and specials
such as The Miss Universe Pageants, Fashionably Loud, America’s Funniest
Videos, MTV’s House of Style, CNBC Talk All Stars, Eco Zone, Ultimate
Style, and Countdown To The Latin Grammys which earned Fuentes an Emmy for
outstanding achievement as host. Currently Daisy is set to host and
Co-Executive produce the nationally syndicated show American Latino.
In 2004, Fuentes successfully launched the first clothing line bearing her
name, sold exclusively by Kohl's Department Stores. In June 2007, her
clothing line came under intense scrutiny after the National Labor
Committee reported that they were using a Guatemalan sweatshop to produce
their clothes. According to Charles Kernaghan, director of the NLC, the
factory workers earned $0.90 to $1.12 per hour. In response, Kohl's
stopped selling a few styles in Daisy's clothing line.
On August 4, 2009, the video game Daisy Fuentes Pilates was released for
the Wii. It is the first pilates game for the console. Fuentes is writing
her first book, entitled Unforgettable You, to be published by Simon and
Schuster in the Spring of 2010.
Fuentes lived with her boyfriend of ten years and fiancé, ex-Bros member
Matt Goss, twin brother of actor Luke Goss, in the Los Angeles area, with
their two dogs, Alfie and Rita, who were featured on National Geographic's
show Dog Whisperer.
Super Bowl's Greatest
Commercials: 2007 (2007) (TV) .... Co-Host
Lolo's Cafe (2006) (TV) (voice) .... Eve
"Half & Half" .... Nina (1 episode, 2004)
- The Big Typecast Episode (2004) TV Episode .... Nina
"Queen of Swords" .... Isabel Selvera (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
... aka Reina de espadas (Spain)
... aka Tessa, ŕ la pointe de l'épée (France)
- End of Days (2001) TV Episode .... Isabel Selvera
- Running Wild (2000) TV Episode .... Isabel Selvera
"Baywatch" .... Maya Morgan (1 episode, 2000)
... aka Baywatch Hawaii (USA: new title)
- Stone Cold (2000) TV Episode .... Maya Morgan
Shutterspeed (2000) (TV) .... Kenzie Pearson
"Style World" (2000) TV Series .... Host
"I Spike" (2000) TV Series
"Ángeles" (1 episode)
- Eternamente Angeles (????) TV Episode
"Mad TV" .... Special Appearance by (1 episode, 1997)
- Episode #3.8 (1997) TV Episode .... Special Appearance by
Curdled (1996) .... Clara
Latino Laugh Festival (1996) (TV)
"Can't Hurry Love" .... Carmen (1 episode, 1995)
- Glove Story (1995) TV Episode .... Carmen
"Dream On" (1 episode, 1994)
- The Taking of Pablum 1-2-3: Part 1 (1994) TV Episode
"Ghostwriter" .... Galaxy Girl (1 episode, 1993)
- Am I Blue? (1993) TV Episode .... Galaxy Girl
"Loving" (1983) TV Series .... Tess (unknown episodes, 1992)