Daya­nara Tor­res Del­ga­do (born Octo­ber 28, 1974) is a Puer­to Rican actress, singer, mod­el, writer and for­mer Miss Uni­verse.  Tor­res was dis­cov­ered at age 17 while walk­ing through the Plaza de Toa Alta in her home­town, and was invit­ed to rep­re­sent Toa Alta in the annu­al Miss Puer­to Rico pageant. She won the pageant and the right to rep­re­sent Puer­to Rico in the 1993 Miss Uni­verse pageant. In 1992, she par­tic­i­pat­ed in the Miss Inter­na­tion­al pageant and became a semi-final­ist. The same year, she earned sec­ond place at the Queen of the World con­test.

Tor­res won the crown in the Miss Uni­verse pageant held in Mex­i­co City on May 21, 1993. Tor­res’ vic­to­ry in the pageant caused some con­tro­ver­sy because of the claim that she was still a minor; how­ev­er, Tor­res had turned 18 sev­er­al months before the con­test. After she won the title, she became an instant super­star in the Philip­pines. Her vic­to­ry also raised some eye­brows, as she did not top any of the pageant’s seg­ments. When Tor­res returned home to Puer­to Rico, she was received with a mas­sive parade.

Dur­ing and after her reign as Miss Uni­verse, she became an ambas­sador for UNICEF, trav­el­ing through Asia and Latin Amer­i­ca in sup­port of the orga­ni­za­tion. She cre­at­ed the Daya­nara Tor­res Foun­da­tion which has pro­vid­ed schol­ar­ships to poor stu­dents in Puer­to Rico and the Philip­pines. In 1994, she went to Mani­la to crown the new Miss Uni­verse and dur­ing the cer­e­mo­ny, she sang “A Whole New World” as a duet with Peabo Bryson.

After the 1994 Miss Uni­verse pageant, Tor­res land­ed sev­er­al movie roles, made tele­vi­sion appear­ances, and received offers to endorse prod­ucts. She became a celebri­ty in the Philip­pines and lived in the coun­try for five years. She also appeared in more than 10 movies, includ­ing Hataw Na, a film with Fil­ipino actor and singer Gary Valen­ciano (who is half-Puer­to Rican). Dur­ing that time, she also filmed Lin­da Sara (1994), a Puer­to Rican film direct­ed by Jacobo Morales in which she was paired with fel­low Puer­to Rican singer, Chayanne. She also became a sta­ple fig­ure on Philip­pine tele­vi­sion every Sun­day on the show ASAP Mania, where her danc­ing skills gained her the infor­mal title “Danc­ing Queen”.

Dur­ing her time in the Philip­pines, Tor­res learned to speak Taga­log, the main lan­guage of the coun­try and she had a four-year rela­tion­ship with Fil­ipino actor Aga Muh­lach, who is now mar­ried to Char­lene Gon­za­lez, Miss Uni­verse 1994 top 6 final­ist. Tor­res and Muh­lach first met on the set of her first Philip­pine movie, Basta’t Kasama Kita (As Long As I’m With You) In 1995 she also did the dance movie “Hataw Na!” (Start Danc­ing!) with fel­low Puer­to Rican and Fil­ipino O.P.M artist Gary Valen­ciano in 1998 he starred with Action Star/Game show hostCe­sar Mon­taño In a com­e­dy action flick Type Kita Walang Kokon­tra! (You’re My Type, Nobody Can Med­dle!) she also became part of the Music Vari­ety Show ASAP (vari­ety show) When it first aired in 1994 as a Host for 5 years as she came in and out of town in 1997–1998 as she came in and out of town in 2007, she vis­it­ed the Philip­pines but could not per­form due to the fact of sched­ule con­flicts.

In 1995, Daya­nara won as Best New Female TV Per­son­al­i­ty in the 10th PMPC Star Awards for Tele­vi­sion, an award night cel­e­bra­tion held every year in the Philip­pines. She was the 1st and only Puer­to Rican Female Actress won in a Philip­pine Awards Night.  Tor­res returned to Puer­to Rico in 1998 and released her only album called Antifaz. It reached the top of Bill­board charts in Latin Amer­i­ca and the Philip­pines. She also starred in sev­er­al the­ater pro­duc­tions on the island. That same year, a “Daya­nara” doll was released and sold out in both Puer­to Rico and the Philip­pines.

On Sep­tem­ber 1, 2005, Tor­res debuted in an Amer­i­can soap opera, play­ing a small role on The Young and the Rest­less. The program’s pro­duc­ers expressed an inter­est in future appearances.[citation need­ed] To date, Tor­res has not made any oth­er appear­ances on the show. Tor­res lat­er starred in Watch Over Me, a MyNet­work­TV prime­time dra­ma.  On March 6, 2006, Tor­res had emer­gency surgery in New York to cor­rect an intesti­nal obstruc­tion that was detect­ed after she felt pain dur­ing a flight from Los Ange­les the pre­vi­ous day.

In 2008, Tor­res was includ­ed in Peo­ple magazine’s “Most Beau­ti­ful Peo­ple” list. Dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion cer­e­mo­ny, Tor­res not­ed that she authored the self-help book “Mar­ried to Me” when she failed to find a book to help her with her 2003 sep­a­ra­tion from Marc Antho­ny in book­stores.  Tor­res has two old­er broth­ers, José and Joey, and a younger sis­ter, Jean­nette. She fin­ished her stud­ies in Cole­gio San­ta Rosa in Bayamón, Puer­to Rico, with the inten­tion of going to col­lege to become an ortho­don­tist.

Tor­res mar­ried singer Marc Antho­ny on May 9, 2000 in Las Vegas. They have two sons, Cris­t­ian Antho­ny Muñiz (5 Feb­ru­ary 2001) and Ryan Antho­ny Muñiz (16 August 2003). Their mar­riage was rocky, and they sep­a­rat­ed in the sum­mer of 2002. They lat­er rec­on­ciled and renewed their vows in a spec­tac­u­lar cer­e­mo­ny held in Puer­to Rico in Decem­ber 2002.  The couple’s final sep­a­ra­tion was in Octo­ber 2003 and Tor­res filed for divorce in Jan­u­ary 2004. In 2003, a Mia­mi wait­ress filed pater­ni­ty charges against Antho­ny. Mul­ti­ple DNA-tests, the last in August 2004, dis­proved her claims.