Model and winner of the 2003 Miss Universe beauty contest, Amelia Vega set a record when she became the youngest beauty queen to win the crown at the age of 18. She also holds the record of being the first person from the Dominican Republic to win the crown. We take you on her journey to fame by revealing some facts about her family and private life.
Amelia Vega Bio, Age
Amelia Vega, popularly known as Amelia Victoria Vega Polanco de Guerra, was born on November 7, 1984, in the family of Otto Vega Rasuk (father), who worked as a general practitioner in Miami and New York, and Patricia Polanco Alvarez (mother), a pilot and former beauty queen.
At the very young age of 17, she won the Miss Dominican in 2002 and represented the Dominican Republic in the Miss Universe contest held in Panama on June 3, 2003. She would win that as well, and so she became the youngest Dominican woman to win the Miss Universe crown. Since then, she has been active in the entertainment industry as she began traveling and participating in numerous events and organizations such as Go Red For Women, amFAR, Global Health Council, Cable Positive, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and Gods Love We Deliver.
When Vega won Miss Universe in 2003, she set a trio of important records. First, she was the first Dominican woman to win the title. Second, at 18, she was the youngest winner since 1994, and third, she broke a record by being the biggest person ever to win the Miss Universe Pageant. According to Latin Trends, Vega has Miss Elections in her blood. Her mother was Miss Dominican Republic and Miss World candidate in 1980.
She attended and graduated from the Barbizon Model and Acting School in Santo Domingo, where she started singing, acting, and modeling. At the 2003 Pan Games, after visiting 30 countries around the world, including Indonesia, China, Mexico, Germany, Russia, and Switzerland, Amelia Vega began her career as a model, which she presented on the front page of several prestigious magazines (Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Bazaar, Selecta, etc.).
After her reign, she moved to an apartment in New York (owned by Donald Trump) as part of her overall package for the prize. Amelia Vega was co-host of the festival Presidente de music Latina and presented the reality show “Suegras” in 2004 and later received a medal of honor in her country.
According to her profile as a model school, Vega also presented the Telemundo reality show Voces de America and the Mexican reality show Segunda Oportunidad in 2007. As Miss Universe, she represented the Miss Universe organization.
Husband and Family
The former Miss Universe, Amelia Vega, is married to Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso (Al Horford for short), an NBA player with the Boston Celtics. They were married on December 24, 2011, after two years together. The couple had their first child on February 23, 2015, and named him Ean Horford Vega.
On November 27, 2016, they had a second child, a daughter named Alia. Vega and her husband Horford met in Boston during the Latin Pride Awards ceremony in Boston. Horford, who was born in Puerto Plata, comes from the Dominican Republic together with his wife Amelia Vega.
According to Metro West Daily News, Horford began his career with the Atlanta Hawks before signing with the Celtics and later moving to Boston with Vega and their first child, Ean Horford. Although the two did not go out until four years after they met, Horford was confident and content with the woman he would marry.
Al Horford married his girlfriend, Vega, in an intimate ceremony at her uncle Luis Guerra’s house in the presence of their families. They decided to exchange vows on Christmas Eve, as the 2011-2012 NBA season had started on Sunday after it had been shortened due to a lengthy layout. Family and friends came to the ceremony without knowing that it was a ceremony because they thought they were coming for Christmas and not for a wedding.
Height and Other Facts
- Vega is 1.88 m (6 feet 2 inches) tall and has a height of 36-26-37 inches (chest – waist – hips).
- She has brown hair and brown eyes.
- She wears a bra size of 36B, a shoe size of 9 (US), and a dress size 8 (US).
- Her net worth is estimated at 1 million dollars.
- She has tried her hand at running so many stores, including two boutiques called “Essence by Amelia Vega” in Miami.
- Vega has also made many TV/film appearances as a musician. She starred in the movie “The Lost City” directed by Andy Garcia in 2005.