Why is she famous?
Mayra Veronica is famous in her native Cuba for being a star on Spanish television. Her work in North America, however, is best-known for its uber-sexiness. She's appeared in spreads for FHM as well as Smooth, Maxim, Edge Magazine, King, and Open Your Eyes.
If that weren't enough, Mayra Veronica is a recording artist as well. Her Spanish album was extremely successful, and her impending English album release is sure to be just as popular.
Mayra Veronica was born in Havana, Cuba. She arrived in the U.S. with her mother at the age of 4, however, her childhood was a difficult one. She left home and attended Florida International University, earning a degree with a major in psychology and a minor in theater.
Mayra Veronica's first modeling gig was when she was included in the FHM 2004 calendar. Projects with additional magazines quickly followed, with appearances in Smooth, King, Edge Magazine, Maxim, and Open Your Eyes. Mayra Veronica was chosen as the cover for FHM's Exclusive Collection Book, and she was also included amongst top A-listers on the cover of Smoke Magazine, a publication that had never previously been graced by a Cuban woman.
Mayra Veronica became the face of well-known brands like Nike, L'Oreal, Ford, Burger King, and Coca-Cola. In 2005, she had the top-selling calendar.
Work on her musical career followed with the release of her first Spanish album. The single "Vengo Con To" was received with much praise. She'll release her first English album shortly.
Q-1:Can you tell us a bit about your work overseas with the troops? Where have you visited?
The tour was an unforgettable experience, a Thanksgiving to remember. I am still thankful for our amazing young men and women and their resolve.
We began traveling on a C-17 from St. Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. to six countries overseas. Our first stop was Germany where we visited the Air Force Base. The team consisted of James Cartwright, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Russell Peters, a world-renowned comedian, actor Wilmer Valderrama, myself, and over 50 special agents traveling with us at all times.
From Germany we flew to Turkey and, soon after that, we proceeded on the C-17 another five hours into Bagram, Afghanistan, where we would do our first performance for over 1,400 soldiers. We were all pretty exhausted between jet lag and the lack of sleep, but the performance went flawlessly and we signed autographs, hugged, kissed, shook hands with, and shared our time with all of the 1,400 men and women.
The next morning we were all happy to have slept, and we embarked on a C-130 into Kandahar. Once we were there, we performed for the boys again and I was in heaven meeting all the soldiers. I couldn’t understand how anyone could be thanking me after what they were doing for me! It was a life-changing experience.
From Kandahar we went back to our C-17 -- we were now flying into Baghdad, Iraq. We dropped our stuff off at Saddam Hussein's palace (which is now a U.S. military base) where we would be sleeping for the next two nights. We went to visit Fallujah on an Osprey V-22 and, once we were there, we met with all our Marines.
From there it was a black hawk into Alassad, then back to the palace. The next day we left Iraq flying the C-17 into Djibouti, Africa, and we received another warm welcome. The love I was able to share was the most fulfilling experience ever.
After Africa it was onto Greenland, then head back home with all these new friends and all the warmth and love.
Q-2:Any future trips planned?
As far as upcoming projects, I will perform again for all the Marines at Camp Lejeune next month. And I will be ringing the NASDAQ bell with Michelle Pfeiffer in April.
Q-3:You recently spoke to Bill O’Reilly about creating another calendar even though you didn't want to do calendars anymore. Did you do a 2008 calendar?
I wasn't opposed to doing more calendars. However, I was out of time after concentrating on my music projects throughout the year. After visiting with the troops and after their consistent requests for me to put out a calendar, I decided to [do so and] donate the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project. I wanted to help all the veterans who do so much and expect nothing in return but the love of their country. I also wanted to send care packages to all those who requested them, so we did. The theme was just basically “Mayra Veronica.”
Q-4:Tell us about any upcoming modeling work you have planned.Open Your Eyes magazine is doing a tribute to our troops with me on the cover, which should be coming out very soon. Playboy is releasing an article soon as well (it’s non-nude… sorry guys). FHM Germany and FHM Mexico have covers lined up. There are many other [spreads in magazines] that I will keep you updated with, including some top music magazines for the release of my album.
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