Zuleyka Rivera is a Puerto Rican actress, TV host, dancer, model and beauty queen who won Miss Universe 2006 in Los Angeles. She made her debut as a telenovela actress in Mexico’s Telemundo’s soap opera Dame Chocolate which was followed by several other soap opera roles. In 2017, Zuleyka appeared in the music video for Despacito by Luis Fonsi.

Birth Name

Zuleyka Jerrís Rivera Mendoza




Actress, Model, Beauty Queen, TV Host, Dancer


Puerto Rican

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Zuleyka Rivera was born on the 3rd of October 1987, in Cayey, Puerto Rico.


She’s currently 32 years old.

Sun Sign







Her educational qualifications are unknown.

Family Details

  • Father – Jerry Rivera
  • Mother – Carmen Mendoza
  • Siblings – Jerry Jr., Jose Rivera Mendoza (Brother)

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Zuleyka Rivera has dated –


  • J. J. Barea (2010-2013) – In 2010, Rivera dated Dallas Mavericks point guard J. J. Barea. In July 2011, the couple announced they were expecting their first child together. Rivera gave birth to her son Sebastián José Barea Rivera in Minnesota on February 18, 2012. In early 2013, there was much speculation that the relationship between Rivera and Barea had ended and April 18, 2013, Barea released a statement confirming that the relationship was over.

Physical Statistics

  • In feet – 5 feet 8 inches
  • In centimeters – 173 cm
  • In meters – 1.73 m


  • In Kilograms – 56 kg
  • In Pounds – 124 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-26-35
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 26 inches
  • Hip – 35 inches
  • Bra Size – 32D

Body Build


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Shoe Size

She wears a size 9.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 5 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Zuleyka is credited with winning the beauty pageants like Miss Salinas Teen 2002, Miss Salinas Universe 2006, Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2006 and Miss Universe 2006. She became one of the youngest Miss Universe titleholders in its history with winning the title in 2006 at the age of 18 years old.

Film Debut

In 2010, Zuleyka made her first theatrical film appearance by playing the cameo role of Herself in the comedy film, Qué despelote! la película directed by Eduardo Ortíz.

Television Debut

In 2007, Zuleyka made her television debut in the telenovela, Dame Chocolate as Betsy Marvel, co-starring with Carlos Ponce and Karla Monroig.

Modeling Debut

In 2017, Zuleyka appeared in the music video of Luis Fonsi’s hit song Despacito. The music video has since garnered over 6 billion YouTube views, making it one of the most viewed videos on the platform.

Brand Endorsements

In 2018, Rivera became a brand ambassador for Eravos.

Zuleyka Rivera Favorites

Zuleyka Rivera Net worth

Zuleyka Rivera has an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars as of 2020.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Zuleyka Rivera

  • Zuleyka started her modeling career at a young age of 14.
  • After finishing her reign as Miss Universe, Rivera expressed her interest in an acting career.
  • Zuleyka has her own swimwear line called ZK Swimmer and a clothing line called Zuleyka for Kress sold exclusively at Kress stores in Puerto Rico.
  • In April 1, 2007, Rivera appeared at WrestleMania 23 along with Miss USA 2007 Rachel Smith and Miss Teen USA 2006 Katie Blair, supporting Donald Trump in the Battle of the Billionaires match against Vince McMahon.
  • In April 2007, Zuleyka has traveled to the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Kazakhstan, India, Mexico, Thailand, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Japan and Indonesia in addition to numerous trips around the United States.
  • In May 28, 2007, Zuleyka passed on her crown to Japan’s Riyo Mori at the Miss Universe 2007 pageant, which was held in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • In 2010, Zuleyka was offered the role of antagonist Rocío Lynch in the telenovela Alguien Te Mira.


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