Living life to the fullest is Vida Guerra’s mantra. And why shouldn’t it be? Her first name does mean “life” in Spanish. But this model, actress and soon to be singer doesn’t just want to go down in history for having a generous backside; she wants to be known for her generous efforts towards humanity.
“I want to be remembered as a positive role model for young girls that have self-esteem issues,” Vida said. “I want girls to know that they don’t have to look a certain way. I think it’s disgusting to see models so thin and agree with what Tyra Banks says about how girls should feel good about themselves.”
As she helps girls across America embrace their womanly curves, Vida’s positive body image has not gone unnoticed by her male fans as she continuously does calendars, magazine covers and special appearances that feature her best assets.
The Cuban-born model’s career began when an ex-boyfriend sent in photos to FHM Magazine, which then shot her in a lingerie spread in December 2002. “He kept telling me to send them in, and when I didn’t, he took the initiative,” Vida said modestly. “I thought it was just going to be something I could later show my kids, and not turn into a career.”
Boy, was she wrong. After the magazine received tons of reader requests to see more of her, she was called in for more shoots and later became “FHM’s Model of the Year” in 2004. Vida and her notorious behind were now famous, and she was on her way to being a “sex symbol.” She was recently voted Number 21 in the magazine’s 2006 “100 Sexiest Women In the World.”
The world was also lucky to see Vida au natural as she posed nude in the July 2006 issue of “Playboy,” which she said would be the only time her fans would get to see her in the flesh, because in April 2005, someone hacked into her phone and retrieved naked photos that were then leaked on the Internet. “I only did it to prove to my fans that the pictures that were supposedly stolen from my phone weren’t of me,” she said. However, being wanted solely for your looks was a catch-22 for Vida. “It’s like a double-edged sword,” she described. “It sucks because it affects personal relationships and people just see me for my body and nothing else.”