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Vanessa Mendoza

Vanessa Alexandra Mendoza Bustos (born 1981), better known simply as Vanessa Mendoza, is a fashion model and beauty queen from Colombia. She became the first Black woman to win the Miss Colombia contest.


Mendoza is a native of the department of El Choco. She grew up in a small village named Ungia. Mendoza grew up in poverty, and she was one of a group of sixteen siblings.

Mendoza's father died when she was still young, leaving her mother to care for her and her fifteen brothers and sisters. Despite the poor conditions in which her family lived, she showed ...

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