Born Zuleyka Jerris Rivera Mendoza, but known professional as Zuleyka Rivera, she is a beauty queen and actress probably best known for being crowned Miss Universe 2006 (and becoming the 5th Puerto Rican winner of the title.)
Zuleyka Rivera wrote on Twitter: “My priority in life is my gift from God, my SON.” Zuleyka was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico and raised in Salinas. She won the a local beauty pagant in her hometown. She later placed first runner-up in the Miss Teen Puerto Rico pageant. But her claim to fame was winning Miss Universe. She was only 18, and one of the youngest woman to claim the title.
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Zulekya Rivera fainted briefly in the evening during a press conference. During her reign as Miss Universe, she travelled frequently. She made her debut as an actress on the Telemundo soap “Dame Chocolate.”
She dated Minnesota Timberwolves player Jose Juan Barea. In 2012, she gave birth to a son. Zuleyka Rivera released a statement in 2013 that her relationship with Jose was over.
As for her career after giving birth, she said, “I feel super-happy and I thank God for the chance He is giving me. What I want is to keep growing as an actress and make more television series.”
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Zuleyka Rivera is currently single and resides in Miami, Florida.