Miss Venezuela 2002
Birth name Mariángel Ruiz Torrealba
Birth date January 7, 1980
Birth place San Juan de los Morros, Guárico, Venezuela
Occupations Model and Talk show host
Mariángel Ruiz Torrealba is a Venezuelan show hostees, actress and fashion model. She was first introduced as Miss Aragua in the Miss Venezuela 2002 competition, she won the contest, giving her the opportunity to go to the Miss Universe 2003 pageant, where she got the first runner up title.
Mariángel has been one of the most publicized Miss Venezuelas in the recent years, having been compared to Alicia Machado (Miss Universe 1996). Like Alicia, she won her national title against every prediction (in a contest where the results are almost never surprise) and was considered a "rebel" Miss Venezuela. Also, like Alicia, she turned in a spectacular performance at Miss Universe, in comparison to more "conventional" titleholders, and overcame a number of major odds both within and outside her control.
Work on TV
Mariángel has appeared on several TV shows of Venevisión. Her main credits include:
Bailando con las Estrellas (2005), as Contestant
Portada's (2005–present), as Hostees
Cosita Rica (2003), as Alegria Mendez
Que Locura (2003), as Guest Hostees
She has also done specials for the Miss Venezuela and Mister Venezuela pageants. In October 2005, she started filming the show Bailando con las Estrellas (Dancing with the Stars), which is similar to several other shows in other countries with the same format. Mariángel was threatened once, she made it through, but on the second threat she got eliminated.
Mariángel has worked with several companies to promote their products, those include:
Lady Speed Stick (2004)
Atun Margarita (2003)
Mayonesa Kraft (2003)
Calzados Lucchi (2002)
In November 2008, posed for the cover of the prestigious Venezuelan Urbe Bikini magazine.
(Source Venezuelan Actresses and Models)