Cuban-born Greydis Gil was crowned the 2009 “Nuestra Belleza Latina” (Our Latin Beauty) as the hit competition show wrapped up its third season on Univision. Her prizes include being an on-air personality for the network and contracts with both AT&T and JCPenney to serve as a spokesperson for the next year.
Born and raised in Cuba, 28-year-old Greydis Gil arrived in Miami almost four years ago to join her father in the United States, leaving her mother behind. Although educated as an industrial engineer, Greydis was not able to validate her degree in the US and instead found work at the make-up counter of a department store. She always dreamed of one day making it in the entertainment world, which motivated her to audition for “Nuestra Belleza Latina” in 2008, but was not selected as a finalist. Undeterred, she took what she learned from that experience, and auditioned once again in 2009 and finally made it into this year’s show. “The tenacity, beauty, humility and intelligence demonstrated by Greydis throughout the intense competition, led her to win over the hearts of the judges and public alike,” the network said in announcing the winner.
“I feel very honored and proud that the viewers chose me to represent Hispanic women everywhere. Perseverance is the path to success and this is the opportunity I have been waiting for. I am ready to put my best foot forward,” said Gil.
Returning sponsors AT&T, JCPenney, Maybelline New York & Garnier Fructis and State Farm partnered with Univision to provide the winner of “Nuestra Belleza Latina” up to $200,000 in cash and prizes, including a free wireless phone and a one year spokesperson contract from AT&T, as well as a one year spokesperson contract from JCPenney. As the winner, Greydis Gil will also become Univision’s newest on-air personality.
“We congratulate all six finalists on a great competition and in particular Greydis Gil on becoming the next ‘Nuestra Belleza Latina.’ Thanks to our viewers and sponsors, this has been one of our most exciting seasons and we’re extremely proud of the show’s continued success,” said Alina Falcón, executive vice president and operating manager for the Univsion Network.