Venus Raj is Beautiful Inside-Out
Birth Name: Maria Venus Bayonito Raj
Date of Birth: July 7, 1988
Place of Birth: Doha, Qatar
Occupation: Actress, television host, model, beauty queen
Height: 5 ft 9 in; 1.75 m
Measurements: 35-22-35 (in); 90-56-90 (cm)
Raj in one sentence – Venus is an inspirational beauty and a living proof that dreams do come true if you believe in them.
If you believe in your dreams and work hard you would wake up one day and realize you are living your dream.
My fight is now more than just chasing a dream. It is about standing up for people who are poor and born out of wedlock. It is a fight for acceptance.
Venus was born to an Indian father and a Filipina mother (out of wedlock) in Doha, Qatar. However she and her mother moved to Philippines when she was only a baby where she lives to this day.
Venus lived in an indigenous house made of bamboo, some wood and palm leaves with no electricity in the rural town of Bato for more than twenty years.
While still in high school she started joining the local beauty pageants which was the beginning of her modeling and beauty queen career.
On March 6, 2010 she was crowned Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines Universe).
In the beginning of April 2010 Venus was dethroned due to her lack of the Philippine citizenship, despite the fact that her mother is Filipino and that she lived in Philippines virtually her entire life.
On April 10, she was allowed to reclaim her title and to represent Philippines at the Miss Universe Pageant.
She represented the Philippines at the 2010 Miss Universe pageant which was held in United States and she placed fourth runner-up to Jimena Navarrete of Mexico.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Arts (major in Journalism).
In 2011, Raj signed an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN (Filipino media conglomerate).
Always remember that true beauty comes from within.