Daisy Fuentes began her life in the spotlight as MTV’s first Latina VJ all the way back in 1993. She hosted MTV Internacional, a Spanish language music show, along with other shows for MTV Latin America. Through many years of modeling, acting, and hosting television shows, she has also made a name for herself through her philanthropy work. The amazing things Daisy Fuentes does for charities and other organizations continue to be one of her main focuses in life now.
Daisy was born in Cuba during the dangerous time of Fidel Castro’s regime. When she was only three years old, her family fled the island to live in the much safer Madrid, Spain. There she began to learn English from watching I Love Lucy. Daisy was forced to move again only four years later to Harrison New Jersey.
In high school, Daisy gained popularity, was voted homecoming queen, and gained the ambition to enroll in cosmetology school. She eventually switched to a community college where she majored in communications, preparing her for her future in television.
Her Breaking into the World
Daisy began her on-screen career as a weather anchor for various channels. She was eventually chosen by MTV as their first Latina VJ, a job that skyrocketed her to national recognition. After almost three decades of acting and modeling accomplishments, she still made a commitment to charitable work.
Even though her childhood was uprooted and she was relocated multiple times, Daisy made philanthropy a priority. In an interview with Glamour, Daisy reveals that her charitable spirit was due to her upbringing. She was taught that giving back is a necessity in life. And she has held onto that teaching her whole life.
Her Work with Breast Cancer Research
Breast Cancer Research and Awareness is one charitable cause Daisy is extremely devoted to. Through her social media and other platforms, she speaks about this important issue often. She has also worked with many causes such as the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Breast Cancer Research program.
At one point, she even won an award at The Wellness Community West Los Angeles Tribute for the Human Spirit Awards dinner. Her commitment to promoting breast cancer awareness, especially in the Latino community, is truly inspiring.
Her Work with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
In 1997, an unplanned visit to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital inspired Daisy to align with the organization and offer her support every year for almost three decades. Since then, she has remained vocal and supportive of the hospital, as well as redesigning the fundraising events that were happening in Miami at the time. Daisy helped to create the FedEx/St. Jude’s Angels and Stars Gala that has raised over $4 million dollars to this day and has become one of the social events of the year in the Miami area. She appears as a celebrity chairman at the event ever year.
Daisy’s Other Charitable Work
In 2007, Daisy worked for Girls on the Run, a non-profit prevention program that encouraged preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. She also often speaks in support of March of Dimes and the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Animals are another passion of Daisy’s, seen through her promoting of fostering and adopting rescue dogs, moving to a Vegan diet, and working with the American Humane Hero Dog Awards Gala. She currently hosts “A New Leaf” on NBC Saturday mornings, a show about everyday people using family history and genealogy to help guide them through the journey of self-discovery – sponsored by Ancestry.com.
What is Daisy Fuentes doing now?
Nowadays, Daisy continues to work on her brand partnerships with companies like Zyloware and her beauty and clothing products sold at Kohl’s department stores. As she continues to make the majority of her salary with that work, she is also co-presenter for La Voz (Spanish for “The Voice”) Kids on Telemundo, a Spanish language singing competition show for kids airing in the U.S. and Latin America. Daisy uses her platform to promote the podcast she has with her musician husband, Richard Marx, aptly named “Tequila Talk with Daisy Fuentes and Richard Marx” where they discuss a variety of subjects, some pertaining to her philanthropic work.
Daisy Fuentes continues to inspire and raise money for issues she is passionate about, and with the help of her husband and their podcast, she is able to be vocal about any charitable work or causes she is involved in. In keeping tradition with the generosity she was taught at a young age, Daisy will continue to give and support for as long as she has a voice.