Vida Guerra (born March 19, 1974) is
a Cuban-born American model, actress, and singer. Her first notable
appearance was in the U.S. edition of FHM magazine in December 2002; since
then, she has modeled for many other men's magazines.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Guerra moved to the United States soon after, ending
up in the town of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. While growing up, she entered
several fashion shows modeling swim wear, and appeared in a few music
Guerra's first national exposure came when she appeared in a lingerie
spread for FHM in December 2002. The magazine later reported that
following its publication, almost one-third of their mail was from readers
demanding more photos of her. She was called back for more photo shoots
and became "FHM's Model of the Year" in 2004. Since then, she has been
featured in many magazines, including DUB, Smooth, Escape, and Open Your
Eyes, often as the "cover girl". Guerra has made multiple appearances on
several Spanish language television programs such as El Gordo y la Flaca
(The Fat Man and the Thin Woman). She has also become a staple in music
videos, appearing in "Shake Ya Tailfeather" (Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy
Lee, from the Bad Boys II soundtrack, 2003) and "The New Workout Plan"
(Kanye West, 2004), in "Obsession (No Es Amor)" (Frankie J featuring Baby
Bash, 2005) among others. In addition, Guerra has appeared in a commercial
for Burger King's TenderCrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch, a couple of sketches on
Chappelle's Show (including "R. Kelly's '(I Wanna) Piss on You' Music
Video", which spoofed the R. Kelly sex tape), and the film National
Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2. She lent her voice to the video game Scarface: The
World Is Yours.
In April 2005, Guerra's camera phone was allegedly hacked. Dozens of
photos, including nude pictures, were widely disseminated on the Internet.
Guerra said the nude images were of another woman, and that they had been
mixed with genuine, non-nude camera-phone images of her to create the
false appearance that she was the naked woman pictured. However, the head
of her record label maintained that the nude photos were of Guerra and
that she had deliberately leaked them as a publicity stunt. Guerra was
dropped by the label over this incident.
Guerra was voted Number 26 in "F.H.M's Top 100 Sexiest Females" of 2005
and has twice been named the winner of the magazine's "Best Butt Award".
She has produced her own swimsuit calendars (and accompanying "behind the
scenes" DVDs) and a 2006 DVD titled Vida Guerra: Exposed.
The July 2006 issue of Playboy featured the first formal nude photos of
Guerra. Part of her motivation for posing for the magazine, she said, was
the camera phone incident; she wanted people to see what she really looked
The first song from Guerra's debut album, You Got Me, was leaked to the
Internet on November 2, 2006.
In a July 2008 interview on The Jace Hall Show, she spoke about her show
Livin' the Low Life, stating that "I didn't like it (low rider cars) at
first, I mean, they were cool, but now that I did the first season I'm
actually gonna get one."