Yamila Diaz-Rahi

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Yamila Diaz-Rahi
Born (1976-03-09) March 9, 1976 (age 48)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Modeling information
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Hair colorDark brown
Eye colorGreen
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Yamila Díaz-Rahi (born March 9, 1976[1]), also Yamila Diaz, is an Argentine model. She has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue a total of 11 times, and made the cover of the magazine first in 2002 and again in 2006. She also featured in the 50th anniversary SI edition in 2014 titled "The Legends".[2]


Díaz was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her father is of Spanish and Lebanese descent and her mother, Spanish.[3] Her father was a doctor and her mother was a health care manager. While studying Economics in Buenos Aires in 1996, she took a holiday in Uruguay where she was discovered by a scout from a Milan modeling agency.[4][5]

Modeling career[edit]

image icon Diaz-Rahi's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 17, 2006

After working in Milan for a few years, she was featured in 1999 in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and made the cover of the magazine first in 2002 and again in 2006. On the 2006 cover, she appears with several other models for an "All-Stars" special.

Diaz-Rahi has also appeared on the cover of numerous magazines such as GQ, Glamour, Maxim, Elle, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Shape.[4] She has appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalog, and in advertisements for Bebe, Emanuel Ungaro's Fleur de Diva perfume, Replay Jeans, the Cool Water perfume by Davidoff and other products.[4][5]

She was the first Latin spokesmodel in CoverGirl history.[6] Diaz-Rahi also starred in the 1999 Italian film The Fish in Love.[6]

After modeling[edit]

Diaz-Rahi is now a pottery artist in New York City.[7] She is featured in the short film 'Yamila Diaz Rahi: An Artist Life in Poetic Form' which won the award for best experimental film at the Cannes Shorts film festival in 2022.[8]


  1. ^ French 'Sport' magazine, published December 2008
  2. ^ "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Legends". Models.com.
  3. ^ "Prominent Lebanese: Yamila Diaz-Rahi - BNL". 8 July 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Profile of fashion model Yamila Diaz Rahi". Fashion Model Directory. FashionOne Group. Retrieved March 14, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Yamila Diaz". AskMen.com. IGN. Retrieved March 14, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Bio - Yamila Diaz-Rahi". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. Retrieved March 14, 2009.
  7. ^ "Yamila Diaz Rahi Ceramics". Yamila Diaz Rahi Ceramics. Retrieved 2022-12-18.
  8. ^ "Awards page for director Amhalise Morgan".

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