Jennifer Barreto-Leyva was born on December 12, 1978 in Caracas, Venezuela.
She spent her childhood and youth in the town of Los Teques, together with her parents and sister, where she received a well-rounded education full of discipline and love and was instilled with the highest values of citizenship and family at the prestigious Colegio San Jose de Tarbes, completing her education at the Instituto Privado Juan XXIII.
Steered by her sense of justice, which characterizes this Sagitarian, Jennifer decided to study law at the Universidad Santa Maria where she graduated with a specialty in the field of Appearance-based Discrimination.
This attorney and passionate writer, has dedicated herself since 1999 to the tireless fight of showing that being overweight and not achieving the ideal measurements of 36-24-36 is not a requirement for being a beautiful and successful woman since her popular columns on www.gordos.com, www.justasbeautiful.co.uk and www.latinalista.com.
Jen, as her fans call her, has been known to leave a strong impression upon Hispanic women, since being the first Latin American woman to participate in the Miss Universe Pageant for Plus-Size Women, which resulted in her winning the Popular Vote among her fellow contestants. In addition, Jennifer was the first Venezuelan to blaze the trail in competing in a competition of this kind. Her exotic beauty was always compared from early age with Bárbara Palacios, Miss Venezuela and Miss Universe 1986.
Determined to break paradigms, Jennifer has proposed that the true beauty of women is reflected through their example, showing that success and the beauty of human beings cannot be measured by size. Making her voice heard since the beginning of 2004 in different media and interviews with the most prestigious journalists, Jennifer has achieved raising awareness of plus-size women and leaving a positive message for all in Latin America. This justice-seeking diva dedicates her days to helping thousands of people, by personally providing responsible and free professional guidance on how to handle problems dealing with self-esteem, discrimination, fashion and being overweight.
Now going after new challenges, Jennifer has set out to break again the paradigms and in the process is becoming the first plus-size model of Venezuela to fight passionately in being the best representative on the international stage of extra-large girls. At the end of 2009 she started as the producer and host of unique fashion segment totally focus on plus sizes of TV show “Ellas y sus noches” on Puerto Rico, never seen on Hispanic TV before. On July of 2010, Jennifer has become into the first Latina to be the cover of VOGUE Curvy on July 2010.
Currently is also the Owner and Editor of the first online magazine in history for Spanish-speakers plus size people: Belleza XL www.bellezaxl.com
Beggining 2011 she is the only blogger at Estilos Blog a project based in Miami, Florida www.estilosblog.com to talk about image issues, plus size and selfsteem subjects.
Recently has become into a Venezuelan reporter for Fox News Latino.
“The beauty of each woman goes far beyond having a little curve or very sharp ones. Rather, it is knowing how to respond to what life throws at you, however delicate, and knowing how strong a mark to leave each time you go after your dreams.” (Jennifer Barreto-Leyva)