Minnillo makes her second appearance on the cover of lad magazine Maxim. In the issue, she talks about growing up different in the "good-ol'-boy town" of Charleston, S.C. "My whole life I've been scrutinized because I'm ethnic," she tells the magazine. "So I've had to prove myself from the inside out...all my friends had blonde hair and blue eyes, and there I was, looking like I look." But Maxim likes her looks, placing her at No. 15 on their annual Hot 100 list.
Following the likes of Nicole Richie and Rachel Bilson, Minnillo becomes the face of Bongo. "I got the call and it was a no brainer," Minnillo says in a statement. "I have always loved Bongo." In March, Minnillo also inks a deal to design a makeup line for Flirt! Cosmetics, which debuts in August.
Minnillo tells PEOPLE that she's leaving MTV's Total Request Live, but it's not the only change in her life. She and Lachey take their one-year relationship to the next level, moving into a two-bedroom condo in Manhattan together. A month earlier Minnillo said she couldn't wait to be a mom.
Days after actress Lindsay Lohan, 20, enters rehab, risqué photos of Minnillo, 26, and the troubled starlet surface on the Internet. The photos show Lohan and Minnillo posing provocatively with knives and were apparently taken in June 2006.
When tabloid magazines get a hold of nude paparazzi photographs of Minnillo and Lachey while on vacation in Mexico, the pair speaks to OK! magazine, where Minnillo says, "As a woman, my body is a temple, it's mine. So it was embarrassing. But we did nothing wrong." Lachey adds, "This is the girl that I love...It's hard for me as a man to see my girl go through that. Everybody said it was a scandal. Where's the scandal? I was in Mexico with my girlfriend of a year, celebrating our anniversary on a private vacation. It's not like I was caught with a Mexican hooker."
Minnillo returns to TV as host of the ABC reality show, True Beauty. Executive-produced by Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher, the show pits gorgeous contenders against one another–under the assumption that they're being judged on their looks alone. Minnillo serves as host and judge with former model Cheryl Tiegs and stylist Nole Marin.
After more than three years together, Minnillo, 28, and Lachey, 35, call it quits. Though a source says the split "was the right thing for both of them to do," they reunite in October. "I was single for a minute, there, and then we've kind of patched things up," Lachey says. In November 2010, the couple takes their relationship to the next level – getting engaged.
Minnillo, 30, and Lachey, 37, marry at Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands in front of 35 friends and family. "For us, this is just a stepping stone to do what we ultimately want and that's to start a family together," the bride, who wears Monique Lhuillier and changes her name to Vanessa Lachey, tells PEOPLE of her surprise nuptials to her beau of five years.
The newly minted Mrs. Lachey is pregnant with her first child, husband Nick announces on Live! With Kelly. "I've had a chance to do a lot of great things in my career and my life but this is the one thing that, more than any other, I look forward to," the dad-to-be says of welcoming a baby later this year. "The fact that it's actually here, it's overwhelming."
Lachey and husband Nick welcome their first child, son Camden John. "Born today at 6:54 p.m., he came into this world at 8 lbs., 9 oz. and 21 inches," the couple tells PEOPLE in a statement. "Love has truly been redefined for both of us."
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