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Yamila Diaz Rahi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 9 march 1978. Her father, a doctor and her mother the manager of an old folks home, Yamila and her two sisters, Maria and Yael, were raised in Argentina. In 1996, she was spotted by an agency talent scout, while relaxing on a Uruguayan beach, Yamila was studying Economics at the time. After this chance encounter, the Spanish-Lebanese beauty flew to Milan to begin her career as a model.

She started off by doing department store catalogues for several years. But after her work in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Calendar in 1999 Yamila skyrocketed to model status.

Everyone from Glamour to Cosmopolitan took notice, as did the people at Victoria's Secret. After Yamila Diaz modeled lingerie for every man's favorite catalogue, it was no secret that this exotic beauty would appear on the cover of magazines worldwide.

Yamila has graced the covers of Marie Claire, Elle (US and Spain), the European editions of Max, GQ and Shape. She also joined the beautiful bevy of models for the 2000 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, including Estella Warren and Laetitia Casta.

In addition to her work with the Newport News catalogue, Yamila Diaz went on to appear as one of the newest "Cover Girl" models, joining Niki Taylor, and has also appeared in ads for Replay jeans, Ungaro's "Fleur de Diva" perfume, and Italian cosmetics "Bio-Etyc".

In 1999, Yamila was cast in an important movie role, to appear in an Italian feature film entitled Il pesce innamorato ("Love of the Fishes"), along with Italian actor Leonardo Pieraccioni.

She may not be strutting down the runways for big name designers just yet, but since she first posed for Sports Illustrated in 1999, she has appeared every year from 2000-2005, including the cover in 2002. Her latest photos in the 2005 Swimsuit Issue are as sexy as ever.

Since it was luck that got her to where she is, Yamila Diaz hasn't yet allowed herself to develop the diva attitude many models are known for, despite the glamorous life she now leads. With the short life span of models, she recognizes that her looks are not enough of an attribute. This is why the South American beauty broadens her achievements by developing her language skills -- learning Italian and English -- and delving into literature, most notably Brazilian writers.

Yamila currently resides in Manhattan, with her boyfriend, Italian artist, Giuliano.

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