Aug 31 2006

Venus and Superstar Mariah Carey Award 'Legs of a Goddess' Title to Lauren Jaramillo

< > Venus [PG], a recognized authority on women's legs, along with superstar Mariah Carey, today named Lauren Jaramillo, 21, of Belleville, N.J. the national winner of the fourth annual Venus "Legs of a Goddess" contest.

Ms. Jaramillo received the coveted title after defeating thousands of other women across the country. Contestants vied for the honor and a ,000 grand prize at select locations this summer in conjunction with Ms. Carey's sold-out concert tour, The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour.

Contestants were asked to strut their stuff on a catwalk and "strike a pose" for judges who were looking for a woman with toned, shapely legs who exuded a confident, vibrant personality. "General Hospital" leading lady and "Dancing with the Stars" season one winner, Kelly Monaco, served as celebrity guest judge for the contest.

When notified that she had won, Ms. Jaramillo said, "I can't believe Venus chose me as the national 'Legs of a Goddess' winner. This is so exciting!"

Ms. Jaramillo currently works at a fitness club in her area and has a passion for movie trivia and fashion. She hopes to someday pursue a career in fashion merchandising.

"This contest is a great way to bring the Venus brand to life," said Kara Salzillo, External Relations Manager, Venus. "Over the years, we've seen some impressive legs -- and our national winners have not only had beautiful legs, but also a great sense of self. It's wonderful to be able to reward that distinctive combination of beauty and spirit."

Mariah Carey, who captured three GRAMMY® Awards for her celebrated album The Emancipation of Mimi, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, kicked off the nationwide Venus "Legs of a Goddess" contest on May 30 when she was immortalized with a 16-foot high likeness of her perfect legs. Ms. Carey received the title of first ever "Venus Celebrity Legs of a Goddess" and unveiled the replica during a ceremony at New York's legendary Radio City Music Hall, home to some of the most famous legs in the world.

The "Legs of a Goddess" contest celebrates the Venus brand and its portfolio of razors. Venus offers a diverse collection of razors that caters to the needs and shaving preferences of every woman. The Venus line includes original Venus, Venus Divine, Venus Paradise, Venus Disposable and Venus Vibrance.

MARIAH CAREY

Enjoying one of the most extraordinary years of her entire career, Mariah Carey's Island Records album The Emancipation of Mimi has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, captured three GRAMMY® Awards and recently passed its one- year anniversary on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Mimi includes Mariah's 16th and 17th #1 career singles, "We Belong Together" and "Don't Forget About Us," respectively -- which tied one of the most enduring chart records in Billboard Hot 100 history, Elvis Presley's 17 #1's.

KELLY MONACO

Kelly Monaco has secured a spot in pop culture as the first winner of "Dancing with the Stars." She can currently be seen on "General Hospital" where her role of the sexy and rebellious Samantha "Sam" McCall has earned her a Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Kelly has also graced the cover of Maxim's "Hollywood Issue" and FHM's "Sex Issue."
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