CBS Fiji bio excerpts (circa January, 2007):
"Born in Venezuela, Rita Verreos moved to San Francisco
when she was eight years old. She attended the University of
California, Berkeley, before transferring to the University
of California, Los Angeles. She graduated magna cum laude
with a Bachelor's Degree in Italian and French Literature.
Verreos has traveled extensively through Central and South
America, the Caribbean and Europe. After college, she moved
to Mexico City where she lived for 11 years with her then
husband and two children. She was a contestant in the Miss
Venezuela pageant and walked the fashion runways of
Venezuela, Mexico and Los Angeles. In 1990, she appeared in
the film "Marked for Death."
In 2003, Verreos moved to Texas with her two children. She
currently juggles being a single mom with working part-time
on her business as an image consultant who specializes in
coaching girls for the Miss Texas, Miss California and Miss
USA Pageants. She is also a television spokesperson for a
local supermarket chain in San Antonio and Austin, Texas.
Verreos enjoys playing with her children, cooking, listening
to "world" music, reading and writing in foreign languages.
She also enjoys playing basketball, football and walking.
She describes herself as persistent, tough on the
outside…tender on the inside, considerate and
Verreos currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, with her
children, her parents, and their golden retriever, Blackie.
Her birth date is July 19, 1968."