ByDebra Kelly/Updated: Oct. 3, 2017 12:22 pm EDT
She was one of the most well-known faces of MTV, and she broke down barriers as the network's first Hispanic VJ. She hosted House of Style, America's Funniest Home Videos, the World Music Awards, and Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve, and that all made Daisy Fuentes synonymous with music for years. Born in Cuba to Spanish and Cuban parents, Fuentes was raised first in Spain before her family settled down in New Jersey. She might not be on MTV anymore, but she's workingin a different kind of spotlight and continuing to make a difference. Check it out.
She got into gaming
Fuentes broke into a whole new market in 2009, with the release of the Daisy Fuentes Pilates game for the Nintendo Wii. According to an interview with USA Today, she's been practiced pilates for more than 15 years and was thrilled to get involved with the video game."I jumped on it right away and that's when we started developing it," she said. "It was just great fun to see the process. It was something that was very new to me, the whole interactive workout thing. I just had a ball learning about this whole new system."
Done in both Spanish and English, Fuentes says the game offers a great start for those who want to try Pilates but don't want to do so in a group setting. She also said all the workouts were approved by trainers from around the world. She even helped design the clothing and the backgrounds, noting, "If I knew I was going to be such a hot avatar, I would have turned into an avatar a long time ago."
She co-hosted a Spanish language version of The Voice
In 2013, Fuentes returned to the job that made her famous: music show host. The series wasTelemundo's La Voz Kids, a Spanish language version of NBC's The Voice. Like the English version, contestants from across Latin America competed to become the next big thing in music, and Fuentes joined three award-winning, all-star musicians to helm the show. Fuentes said it was the sincerity of the young vocaliststhat convinced her to participate, after having turned down so many other opportunities. "It is very beautiful," she told The Huffington Post. "[The children's] hearts teach you everything they feel and you feel it with them. It is very cute."
She settled down with Richard Marx
According to theDaily Mail, Fuentes and singer-songwriterRichard Marx really hit it off when she starred in a steamy video for his 2014 song "Beautiful Goodbye."After about a year of dating, they wed in a small and snowy ceremony in Aspen, Colo. on Dec. 23, 2015. Following the wedding, Fuentes and Marx shared their wintery photos on Twitter. "This happened & I couldn't be happier," she said.
The intimate nuptials were followed by a Winter Wonderland-themedreception for friends and family atThe London Hotel in Los Angelesa few months later."Even in a room full of people, there were sweet moments where they seemed alone," an insider told E! News. "They appear very much in love."
She experienced a terrifying mid-flight scare
Justdays before Christmas in 2016, Fuentes and Marx were involved in a terrifying mid-flight incident on a Korean Air Flight. According toE! News,the couple was en route from Vietnam to South Korea when a passenger became violent, lashing out at the crew and other passengers. Fuentes filmed the altercation, while Marx jumped in to help the crew subdue the man.
Fuentes updated her Instagram account with some photos, writing, "On our flight from Hanoi to Seoul a guy sitting in the next row from us got crazy & started attacking the flight attendants & passengers. When he started pushing the female staff and pulling them by the hair @therichardmarx was the first to help subdue him. This went on for FOUR hours."
Marxlatertweeted: "Daisy and I are home safe and sound. No big 'hero' move at all. Just did what I would hope anyone would do in same situation. Tnx 4 concern"
According toTMZ, several people were injured in the scuffle, and the man was arrested in Seoul when the plane touched down.
She became a clothing designer
Fuentes is known for her style smarts, and in 2004, she debuted a fashion line for Kohl's. What began as a side project was a huge hit, and the line netted an amazing $800 million in sales during its first seven years on the shelves. She told Fashionista that the partnership with Kohl's was a natural fitand that her original goal from the beginning was giving the community—particularly the Latin community—the option of purchasing "a good product that fits well at an affordable price."
"I have a great team of designers," she told Latina. "They understand my sense of style and I really trust what they do. So we get together and we shop and we get inspired, and from there a theme comes...whether you're sitting by the beach in Jersey or on a yacht in St. Tropez, you should look great, and you can, and you don't have to pay a lot for it. So that's where that inspiration comes from, you can see it and you can run with it. It's a lot of fun."
She launched her own line of wigs
Clothing isn't the only thing Fuentes has endorsed. She also launched her own line of wigs, hair pieces, and extensions in 2012. The line, called Luxhair Wow, was inspired by her own experience behind the camera.
"I love sharing behind-the-scenes secrets," Fuentes told Latina. "Wigs and hair extensions have always been a huge part of my business. It's nice to be able to offer this as part of my brand. It makes sense to me, because it's all about fashion and style. The right hairstyle or cut can really define your style."
She supports animal rescue efforts
In February 2016, Fuentes lent her support to a cause that's near and dear to her: the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). When she spoke to People en Espanol (via Latin Times), she told them her family had expanded to include two rescued pit bulls named Bronx and Bette Davis. The two dogs changed the way she viewed pets and shelters.
"Before, I didn't know how shelters, adoption centers and breeding facilities worked," she said. "We didn't know that there were so many dogs being killed every day because nobody was adopting and there was no space for all of the beautiful dogs."
In addition to giving Bronx and Bette a new lease on life, Fuentes also filmed a PSA for 2016's National Spay and Neuter Month. The message is an important one: encouraging people to spay and neuter their pets to prevent unwanted litters of dogs and cats.
She champions St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Since 1997, Fuentes has been raising money for and spread awareness about the work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "I feel it's important for everyone to find an organization or a cause to support and champion," she told NBC Latino. "I always felt the St. Jude mission was an important one, but it wasn't until I visited the hospital over a decade ago, that I really knew the magnitude of the miracles and hope coming out of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It was then that I vowed to myself to let everyone know how important the work of St. Jude is."
Fuentes is also the co-founder of the St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala, an annual event in Miami that raises crucial funding for the hospital and also honors those that have dedicated their lives to helping the hospital help others. In 2016, the gala raised $1 million and honored a long-time fundraiser and businesswomen whose son was saved by St. Jude 10 years prior.
When NBC Latino asked Fuentes about her dedication to charity work, she said, "I feel that celebrity has given me the privilege of having a voice. I can reach many people around the world very quickly; it would be foolish of me not to use that for a good cause."
She was lauded for 'breaking barriers' in entertainment
In 2014, Fuentes was honored for her contributions to the Hispanic community by the NCLR ALMA Awards. Formerly known as the Bravo Awards, the ALMA awards were designed to recognize those who made massive strides to include and recognition Latino culture in the entertainment industry. At the ceremony, Fuentes was recognized for "breaking barriers" and "representing the possibilities of success in two languages a time when that was unheard of." She was also lauded for "redefining mainstream ideas of beauty."
Currently, Fuentes is co-presenter of La Voz Kids on Telemundo, the Spanish-language TV version of the show The Voice with kids and judges Paulina Rubio, Prince Royce, and Roberto Tapia.Is Daisy Fuentes vegan? ›
“I don't miss (animal products),” Daisy explains of her vegan diet, “because not only have I replaced all the flavors that I love, but I have discovered an array of foods that I didn't even know existed before.” Richard chimes in, almost incredulous, “Why was nutritional yeast never in my life?”How did Daisy Fuentes make her money? ›
After gaining exposure behind the camera through both Telemundo and Univision, Fuentes found her niche in 1988 when she was hired to host the one-hour Spanish language music show, MTV Internacional. By 1993, Fuentes was part of MTV, making waves as the channel's very first Latina VJ.What is Daisy Fuentes famous for? ›
Daisy Fuentes was born on November 17, 1966 in Havana, Cuba. She is an actress, known for Baywatch (1989), Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995) and Loving (1983). She has been married to Richard Marx since December 23, 2015. She was previously married to Timothy Adams.How old is Daisy fue? › What brand is Daisy Fuentes? ›
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