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Vanessa Lachey -- 6 things to know about the 'Dancing with the Stars' contestant

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/09/2017 

Vanessa Lachey has emerged as an early frontrunner on Season 25 of Dancing with the Stars on ABC.

Vanessa is a 36-year-old TV personality, model, actress and former beauty queen, who is married to fellow Dancing with the Stars contestant Nick Lachey.

To make the competition extra interesting, Vanessa is paired with pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy on Season 25, while Nick is partnered with Maksim's wife Peta Murgatroyd. It's a battle of the couples!

So far, Vanessa is coming out ahead, as she has managed to top the judges' leaderboard already with Maksim. But Nick isn't even close to giving up, and he's improving week to week.

Despite rumors of tension with Maksim -- who missed their "guilty pleasure" performance last week -- Vanessa is looking forward to the next Dancing with the Stars show!

Below is a list of 6 facts Reality TV World has compiled about Vanessa Lachey:

- Vanessa, formerly known as Vanessa Minnillo, was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen USA and then went on to win the 1998 Miss Teen USA pageant, when she was awarded the title and honor of Miss Congeniality 1998.

- In 2003, Vanessa started at MTV Networks, where she served as co-host of Total Request Live and MTV Hits. She also hosted several MTV specials including MTV's Prom Date, The Real World San Diego Reunion and Spring Break Celebrity Fantasies.

- Vanessa starred in the Fox comedy Dads, executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, and was on the NBC series Truth Be Told opposite Mark-Paul Gosselaar. She also hosted ABC's Wipeout and appeared as the co-host of the reality show True Beauty.

- Vanessa was previously in a relationship with baseball player Derek Jeter, but it ended in 2005. Vanessa met Nick the following year when she appeared in his music video for his song "What's Left of Me," and they got engaged in November 2010.

- She and Nick tied the knot in July 2011 and welcomed three children together -- son Camden, born in September 12; daughter Brooklyn, born in January 2015; and son Phoenix, born in December 2016.

- Vanessa will be co-hosting Top Chef Junior with Curtis Stone, which debuts on Universal Kids on October 13.

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