Former beauty pageant contestant and model who is recognized for having won Columbia's National Beauty Contest in 1996. This opportunity allowed for her to represent her home country in the Miss Universe pageant the following year.
During her youth she worked as a runway model and appeared in several television commercials.
In 2009, she co-founded the beauty spa Chaimara in Bogota, Colombia.
She married world music performer Carlos Vives in 2008. They have a daughter named Elena and a son named Pedro.
She and Brook Lee both competed in the 1997 Miss Universe pageant.