*The stunningly beautiful Denny Mendez captivated the European world when she won the title of Miss Italy back in 1996, becoming the first black woman to do so.
Her win was a controversial upset because she was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Italy with her mother, who married an Italian man; thereby making them naturalized citizens.
Oddly enough, while cultural barriers were being broken around the world, in the late 1990’s there was a faction of Italy that did not believe that a woman of color could represent Italian beauty.
Well the critics were wrong, Denny not only represented her new country, she placed 4th in the Miss Universe pageant that year.
Since then Denny has become a sensation in the modeling world, adorning the fine wears of Alberta Ferretti, Ferre and Roberto Cavalli, to name a few. Denny segued into the likely path of acting and has landed multiple roles in Italy, as well as Ocean’s Twelve (starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon).
Denny Mendez, former Miss Italy
Currently Denny is further canvassing the American television, film and modeling world, and she’s all aglow over her relationship with Oscar Generale, Hollywood’s king of high profile celebrity product placement. Oscar is known for the perfect blending of A-list stars and iconic brands.
Denny is fluent in Italian and she also speaks English and Spanish. Miss Mendez is in talks to star in a major feature film and she has television deals pending. With captivating beauty, a humble spirit, and fiery determination, Denny is bound to join the list of new leading ladies on the international stage and screen.
Hollywood’s newest power couple: Oscar Generale & Denny Mendez