Yamila Diaz Rahi was born in
Argentina, to a doctor father and an old folks home manager mother. Of
Lebanese and Spanish descent, Yamila and her two sisters, Maria and Yael,
were raised in Argentina.
With no original intention to become a model, everything changed for
Yamila when she was spotted by a modeling agency scout in Buenos Aires,
where Yamila was an Economics student. After this chance encounter, she
flew to Milan where her career as a model began. It took a while for the
exotic beauty to break through, and she started off by doing department
store catalogues for several years. But it was after her work in the
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Calendar in 1999 that Yamila skyrocketed to
Everyone from Glamour to Cosmopolitan took notice, as did the people at
Victoria's Secret. After Yamila modeled lingerie for every man's favorite
catalogue, it was no secret that Yamila would appear on the cover of
Since her swimsuit and lingerie modeling stint, Yamila has graced the
covers of Marie Claire, Elle (US and Spain), the European editions of Max,
GQ and Shape. Yamila also joined the beautiful bevy of models for the 2000
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, including Estella Warren and Laetitia
In addition to her work with the Newport News catalogue, Yamila has
recently appeared as one of the newest "Cover Girl" models, joining Niki
Taylor, and has also appeared in ads for Replay jeans, Ungaro's "Fleur de
Diva" perfume, and Italian cosmetics "Bio-Etyc."
She may not be strutting down the runways for big name designers just yet,
but Yamila has just been cast in an important movie role, to appear in an
Italian feature film entitled Il pesce innamorato ("Love of the Fishes")
along with Italian actor Leonardo Pieraccioni.
Since it was luck that got her to where she is, Yamila has never allowed
herself to develop the diva attitude many models are known for, despite
the glamorous life she now leads. With the short life span of models, she
recognizes that her looks are not enough of an attribute. This is why the
South American beauty broadens her achievements by developing her language
skills -- learning Italian and English -- and delving into literature,
most notably Brazilian writers.
She currently resides in Manhattan and was until recently involved with
Italian artist Giuliano Trivia for the past 7 years.