Diaz Rahi was born in Argentina, to a doctor father and an old
folks home manager mother. Of Lebanese and Spanish descent,
Yamila and her two sisters, Maria and Yael, were raised in Argentina.
no original intention to become a model, everything changed
for Yamila when she was spotted by a modeling agency scout in
Buenos Aires, where Yamila was an Economics student. After this
chance encounter, she flew to Milan where her career as a model
took a while for the exotic beauty to break through, and she
started off by doing department store catalogues for several
years. But it was after her work in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
Calendar in 1999 that Yamila skyrocketed to model status.
from Glamour to Cosmopolitan took notice, as did the people
at Victoria's Secret. After Yamila modeled lingerie for every
man's favorite catalogue, it was no secret that Yamila would
appear on the cover of magazines worldwide.
her swimsuit and lingerie modeling stint, Yamila has graced
the covers of Marie Claire, Elle (US and Spain), the European
editions of Max, GQ and Shape. Yamila also joined the beautiful
bevy of models for the 2000 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition,
including Estella Warren and Laetitia Casta.
addition to her work with the Newport News catalogue, Yamila
has recently appeared as one of the newest "Cover Girl"
models, joining Niki Taylor, and has also appeared in ads for
Replay jeans, Ungaro's "Fleur de Diva" perfume, and
Italian cosmetics "Bio-Etyc".
may not be strutting down the runways for big name designers
just yet, but Yamila has just been cast in an important movie
role, to appear in an Italian feature film entitled Il pesce
innamorato ("Love of the Fishes"), along with Italian
actor Leonardo Pieraccioni.
it was luck that got her to where she is, Yamila has never allowed
herself to develop the diva attitude many models are known for,
despite the glamorous life she now leads. With the short life
span of models, she recognizes that her looks are not enough
of an attribute. This is why the South American beauty broadens
her achievements by developing her language skills -- learning
Italian and English -- and delving into literature, most notably
currently resides in Manhattan, with her boyfriend, Italian