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    Dayanara Torres Delgado, popularly known as "Yari" in the Philippines, is a Puerto Rican actress, singer, model and former Miss Universe, born on October 28, 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Approached by fame
    At age 17, Dayanara Torres was discovered while walking through the Plaza de Toa Alta in her hometown, and was subsequently invited to represent Toa Alta in the annual Miss Puerto Rico pageant. She won the pageant, and the right to represent Puerto Rico in the 1993 Miss Universe pageant. In 1992, she participated in the Miss International pageant, where she was a semi-finalist. She also placed second in the 1992 Queen of the World contest.

    Torres won the crown in the Miss Universe pageant held in Mexico City on May 21, 1993. Torres's victory in the pageant caused some controversy because of the claim that she was still a minor; Torres had actually turned 18 several months before the contest. Her victory also raised some eyebrows, as she did not top any of the pageant's segments. Subsequently, Torres was received in Puerto Rico with a massive parade.

    During and after her reign, she became an ambassador for UNICEF, traveling through Asia and Latin America in support of the organization. She created the Dayanara Torres Foundation which has provided scholarships to poor students in Puerto Rico and the Philippines. In 1994 she went to Manila to crown the new Miss Universe. During the ceremony, she sang "A Whole New World" as a duet with Peabo Bryson.

    Torres in the Philippines

    After the 1994 Miss Universe pageant, Torres received offers to endorse products. She made television appearances and landed several movie roles as well. She lived in the Philippines for five years, becoming a celebrity in that country. She also appeared in more than 10 movies, including a film with Filipino actor and singer Gary Valenciano (who is half-Puerto Rican as well) called "Hataw Na." During that time, she also filmed Linda Sara, a Puerto Rican film directed by Jacobo Morales in which she was paired with fellow Puerto Rican singer, Chayanne. The film was released in 1994. She also became a staple figure on Philippine television every Sunday on the show "ASAP", which gave her the title "Dancing Queen" because of her impressive dancing skills.

    During her time in the Philippines, she had a relationship with Filipino actor Aga Muhlach. (Muhlach is now married to Charlene Gonzalez, Miss Philippines-Universe 1994.) Torres and Muhlach first met on the set of her first Philippine movie, Basta't Kasama Kita (As Long As I'm With You). Their relationship lasted for four years. She also learned to speak Tagalog, the main language of the country.

    Return to Puerto Rico
    Torres returned to Puerto Rico in 1998 and released her first and only album called Antifaz. It reached the top of Billboard charts in Latin America and the Philippines. She also starred in several theater productions on the island. That same year, a "Dayanara" doll was released and sold out in both Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

    On September 1, 2005, Torres debuted in an American soap opera, playing a small role on The Young and The Restless. The program's producers expressed an interest in future appearances.[citation needed] To date, Torres has not made any other appearances on the show. Torres currently stars in Watch Over Me, a MyNetworkTV primetime drama.

    On March 6, 2006, Torres had emergency surgery in New York to correct an intestinal obstruction that was detected after she felt pain during a flight from Los Angeles the day before.

    In 2008, Torres was included in People's Most Beautiful People List. In the celebration ceremony, Torres noted that she authored the self-help book "Married to Me" when she failed to find a book to help her with her 2003 separation from Marc Anthony in bookstores.

    Personal life

    Torres has two older brothers (José and Joey), and a younger sister (Jeannette). She finished her studies in Colegio Santa Rosa in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, with the intention of going to college to become an orthodontist.

    Torres married singer Marc Anthony on May 9, 2000 in Las Vegas. They have two sons, Cristian Anthony Muñiz (5 February 2001) and Ryan Anthony Muñiz (16 August 2003). It was a rocky marriage, and they separated in the summer of 2002. They later reconciled and renewed their vows in a spectacular ceremony which was held in Puerto Rico in December 2002. In 2003, a Miami waitress filed paternity charges against Anthony. Multiple DNA-tests, the last in August 2004, disproved her claims. The couple's final separation was in October 2003. Torres filed for divorce in January 2004.

    Torres has been linked to professional actor Amaury Nolasco.

    Awards & recognitions

    Press Club of the Philippines 1995 - "Best New TV Personality Award" (Winner)
    Premios Juventud 2006 - "Chica Que Me Quita El Sueño" (Winner)
    Premios Juventud 2007 - "Supermodelo Latina" (Winner)
    Premios Juventud 2008 - "Quiero Vestir Como Ella / Ella Tiene Estilo" (Nominated)


    Antifaz - 1997


    Year Title Role
    1994 Linda Sara Young Sara
    1995 Basta't Kasama Kita Princess Isabella
    1996 Hataw Na / Dance Now /Groove Herself
    1999 Type Kita Walang Kokontra Sabel
    2009 The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone (post-production) Amelia

    TV series
    Year Title Role
    1996 Access Hollywood Herself
    1999 La Cenicienta Cenicienta
    2004 The Young and the Restless Elise Tomkins
    2006-2007 Watch Over Me Julia Rivera

    2006 - "Sonrisas Sanas y Hermosas de Ricky y Andrea" (co-author with Steven Fink)
    2008 - "Married To Me: How Committing To Myself Led to Triumph After Divorce" (co-author with her sister Jeannette Torres-Álvarez)
    2009 - "Casada Conmigo Misma: Como Triunfé Despues Del Divorcio" (spanish translation of her book "Married To Me:...")

    Source: Wikipedia.org

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