Planned to work in the oil industry before being discovered by a modeling scout. Became the first Latina supermodel to work on the runway for Chanel, Gucci, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Carolina Herrera. Appeared on the covers of Vogue, Bazaar and Marie Claire. Designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2003 for her humanitarian efforts, including starting the Wayuu Taya Foundation to help indigenous people in the region of Venezuela where she was born. Received the Women Together Award at the UN in 2009. Launched a hair-care collection called Taya Beauty in 2011.