Zuleyka Jerrís Rivera Mendoza (born October 3, 1987) is a Puerto Rican actress, singer, TV Host, dancer, model and beauty queen who won the titles of Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2006 and Miss Universe 2006. She made her debut as a telenovela actress in Mexico’s Telemundo’s soap opera Dame Chocolate in 2007.
Modeling was something she always wanted to do and so Zuleyka began her professional modeling career at age 14. Her experience walking the catwalks for big designer names was one of the main tools that led her to make another dream a reality, to become the most beautiful woman in Puerto Rico.
The desire, perseverance and determination never lacked in Zuleyka and were part of her game plan to obtain what she wanted. And she succeeded obtaining the title of “Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2006” at 17 and winning the right to represent Puerto Rico in the “Miss Universe 2006”.
After months of arduous preparation, Zuleyka went searching for another win. She wanted to win the crown of Miss Universe 2006. This wasn’t only her dream – she shared this dream with an entire country that was always following her and supporting her endeavors.
The day arrived and Zuleyka didn’t let her country down. With lots of dedication, courage and hard efforts Zuleyka gave to Puerto Rico a huge triumph; winning at 18 the coveted title at the gala of Miss Universe 2006.
As Miss Universe 2006, she represented the Organization around the world and worked in a global campaign on AIDS prevention, visiting countries such as Indonesia, Japan, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Russia, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Czech Republic, Spain, Thailand, India, Kazakhstan, among others.
After almost a year of travel and experiences, Zuleyka ended her reign, but will keep forever her MISS UNIVERSE 2006 title. This was not a farewell, but the beginning of a new stage in her life. She started to establish an action plan to organize her thoughts and become a powerful woman.
She began her studies at the New York Film Academy, one of the most prestigious schools of acting, producing and directing and at the same time getting a proposal from one of the most prestigious acting and Production Company in Latin America, Televisa.
That proposal led Zuleyka to Mexico where besides her acting career, allowed her to host the Hey awards, honoring the National Association of Music, and produced by Televisa.
She has worked on several soap operas, among which are:
• Cosita Linda (2013-14)…. Viviana “Vivi” Robles de Lujan (Main Villain)
• Rosario (2012-13)…. Sandra Diaz (Villain)
• Aurora (2010-11)…. Diana del Valle (Villain)
• Alguien te mira (2010)…. Rocio Lynch (Special Performance)
• Dame Chocolate (2007)…. Betsy Marvel (Special Performance)
She also had guest appearances in movies
• Que Despelote! The movie – 2010
• Runner Runner – 2013
The image of Zuleyka Rivera has graced the covers of magazines such as: Caras, Imagen, Buena Vida, Selecta Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Vanidades, H, Elle, Pageantry, Blush and many others.
On the other hand, she was a TV Host on “Despierta America” – one of the top shows at Univision. She also participated on a few successful television programs like “Mira Quien Baila” and “Dancing with the Stars” this last one in Mexico City.
Once again thanks to her versatility, charisma, beauty, talent and Latin spark; Univision Network takes her to the small screen to present a fresh, informative, guiding, dynamic and always entertaining women’s variety show “La Revista de Zuleyka”. Her show covers a vast variety of topics addressed to the modern woman. Although the show doesn’t air any longer in the US, still runs in Latin America via Glitz network.
Envisioning a career as an entrepreneur incorporates she incorporates her own company, ZRM Group Inc.
She has her own clothing line for girls and young women exclusively distributed by the store chain Kress in the entire island of Puerto Rico. Also Kress distributed with great success her fragrance line: Zuleyka, Zuleyka 2010 and the latest … Karisma.
First launched her clothing line, then her fragrance collection and now Zuleyka Rivera launches her “ZK” swimsuit collection. Zuleyka worked hand on hand with a talented team of professionals and experts in the field of fashion to bring her ideas to create the perfect swimsuit garment with a sexy style that surrounds and tightens the body to mold the figure of any woman. This collection is currently available online and at Kress stores.