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By Marjorie Massa — May 23, 2012

The wait is over!

After a fierce casting held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, ten gorgeous Latinas will compete in the nuvoTV’s hit series Model Latina: South Beach. Its fifth season will be held at Miami, Florida. The premiere will be on May 28, Memorial Day, at 10:00pm (ET / PT)  (Choice Cable TV channel 151  and Dish Network channel 167). These girls will have the chance to win a $25,000 cash prize, a role as nuvoTV’s spokesperson and a prestigious contract with international modeling agency Q Management.

This season’s judges will include the Puerto Rican actor and recording artist Carlos Ponce, the Victoria’s Secret supermodel Ines Rivero and the renowned fashion photographer Franco LaCosta. The sports reporter and TV personality Jocelyn Pierce will host the hit show. And stay tuned because designer and Project Runway Latin America participant Juan Colon will be making an appearance on Model Latina!


Throughout Model Latina: South Beach, these young models will need to use their smarts to help them advance to land the grand prize. This year, Puerto Rico will represented by the model Marlene Cruz from the town Patillas, Puerto Rico, at the mansion in South Beach in thesearch of becoming the next Model Latina.

Contestants  for the title of MODEL LATINA SOUTH BEACH

Marlene Cruz

Age: 21
Puerto Rican (native from Patillas, Puerto Rico)
Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

“Puerto Rican stunner Marlene is a full-time college student studying Human Resources Management in P.R. and has been modeling part-time for the past two years. She still has a teddy bear named Elmer, which, of course, makes her even cuter!”










Cindy Salaues

Age: 24
Hometown: Los Angeles

“Brown-eyed beauty Cindy grew up in sunny Southern California and never has trouble making people smile with her pleasant, unpretentious demeanor, and dreams of walking the runway for top designers.”

Oneisys Amador

Age: 26
Hometown: Miami

“Miami gal Oneisys grew up in Cuba before moving with her mom to Florida at age 13. She’s currently an events planner but is hoping her acting and modeling classes – and this stint on Model Latina: South Beach — will help lead her to superstardom.”

Jacqueline Reyes

Age: 25
Hometown: New York

‘ “I’m single and ready to mingle”, says Dominican beauty Jacqueline about her move to SoBe. The fun-loving, free-spirited New Yorker got her Organizational Communications degree in Florida, so she’s no stranger to the sizzling local scene.’

Rachell Martell

Age: 20

Hometown: Miami

“Cuban cutie Rachell already has plenty of modeling experience and now she’s ready to step up her career as a model-actress and is studying to take Hollywood by storm. She’s also part Italian, which she says explains her taste for artists: Italian dynamo Lady Gaga and legendary crooner Frank Sinatra.”

Muriel Villera

Age: 21
Hometown: Miami

“Miami gal Muriel is hotter than the SoBe sun and can work a runway like nobody’s business! We suspect that this sexy Colombian-American scene-stealer will be gracing the cover of fashion magazines in no time. And it’s her undeniable, self-professed “sassy, sexy attitude” that is going to take her to the top!”

Maytee Martinez

Age: 20
Hometown: Miami

“This gorgeous Cubana may be new to the Model Mansion but she’s definitely not new to modeling. The busy beauty has strutted runways during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami and NYC as well as during Brooklyn’s awesomely artsy Williamsburg Fashion Weekend and SoBe’s sizzling Funkshion Fashion Week.”

Brittany Peralta

Age: 22
Hometown: New Mexico

“This sexy, country music-loving student hails from New Mexico and is as fun, smart and upbeat as she looks. Brittany is a trained dancer who balances her time with school and part-time modeling on the local scene.”

Maybelline Canela

Age: 21
Hometown: New York

“Smart and sexy, this Bronx beauty was born and raised in the Empire State and is currently a college student studying psychology in NYC. Even with a full-time school schedule, Maybelline balances her life as a bookworm with bombshell with grace but still finds time to pursue her passion for modeling and acting.”

Jillian Pacheco
Age: 18
Puerto Rican (from NYC)
Hometown: New York

‘ “I love to have fun and turn everything into a party!” says college cutie Jillian, who likes to crank up hip-hop and catch up on the latest issues of Latina and Cosmo when she’s not busy studying. She has also appeared in one of her other favorite magazines, Teen Vogue, five times.’








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