Ariana Barouk

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Ariana Barouk
Born Hartford, Connecticut
Nationality American

Grad of Fashion School in Handbag Design and Visual Merchandising.

Public Relations, Spanish, Sports Management, Journalism, and Art History.
Occupation Actress/TV Host and Model
Known for First Miss Cuba, OGAGS, Gran Show (media personality)
Height 5’10”

Ariana Barouk is a TV host, actress, model, fashion/event correspondent and singer, who represented Cuba in the seventh edition of the environmentally oriented Miss Earth 2007 International Beauty Pageant. (being 3rd largest in the world),#1-Miss Universe, #2-Miss World, #3-Miss Earth.[1][2]

She became the FIRST Miss Cuba in several decades to compete in a major International Beauty Contest with this she drew global publicity.[3][4][5]

Miss Cuba[edit]

In 2007, Carousel Productions awarded the license to Miss Cuba Organization of Miami, Florida to select a Cuban representative for the Miss Earth International Beauty Pageant.

The Miss Cuba Organization held a national contest in Miami, home of the largest Cuban community in the United States. Ariana Barouk, a student of Florida International University won the Miss Cuba Pageant. She majored in Public Relations with minors in Spanish, Sports Management, Journalism, Theater, and Art History. Before leaving for Miss Earth, she was working as an intern for the popular public relations firm Crossover Agency. She also worked part-time for high-end boutiques such as Burberry, Carolina Herrera and Chloé. One of her goals is to be an Entrepreneur and someday open her own PR firm and/or boutique.[6][7]

Miss Earth participation[edit]

Ariana competed in Miss Earth 2007 International Pageant, which took place on November 11, 2007, at the University of the Philippines Theater in Quezon City, Philippines, won by Jessica Trisko of Canada.[8] The delegates had a special tour in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Eighty- eight delegates competed for the title, including Ariana, who represented Cuba.[9][10] She earned the distinction of being the FIRST CUBAN representative in any International Pageant in many decades, winning Miss Cuba by beauty pageant competition and not just by appointment.[3][6] Cuba was last represented in Miss Universe in 1967 and in Miss World in 1975; however, both delegates participated by appointment and neither were able to compete. In 1959 was the last candidate that was able to truly compete in Miss Universe.[11][12]

In the Miss Earth 2007 edition, Ariana won the "Miss Eco-Tourism" special award, placed top in "Long Gown" and was among the top favorites to win the crown.[3][13][14] This made TAPE, Inc., producer of Eat Bulaga, notice her and hired her as a co-host of the popular show. She stayed in Manila, PI., to live and pursued a showbiz career, where she was then hired onto a New Show OGAGS as the MAIN HOST on TV5 (Philippines)

Environmental platform[edit]

"I want to create and promote the protection of rainforests because they help in the purification of the air which stops air pollution. The plants and animals of the rainforests also provide us with food, fuel wood, shelter, jobs and medicines. Rainforests also help stabilize the world's climate, support tribal people and protect against flood, drought and erosion. This is why the promotion of rainforests is essential." Ariana Barouk, Miss Cuba Earth 2007[13]



Ariana was born on November 5, in Hartford, Connecticut. Her family moved back to Miami, Florida, and settled there when she was two years old. Both her father and mother were born in Cuba. Her father is of Cuban, Middle Eastern,Brazilian, and Spanish descent. Her mother is of Cuban and Spanish descent. Ariana speaks fluently in English, Spanish/Castellano, Português, Portugués brasileño (Portuñol) and Tagalog (Filipino)

Early age[edit]

She began her career at the early age of 3 by participating in local and national Beauty Pageants in Florida. She held many titles for Beauty, Photogenic & Talent. Also in 1988, she participated in "Concurso de Nina Modelo" on Sabado Gigante (Univision) becoming the first child to win 1,000 USD, which resulted as a recurring actor on Ninos Actores in the same Sabado Gigante popular variety show for 2 years .

At age 6, she was discovered by a Miami talent agent who suggested she should pursue acting. She was managed by several Miami talent agencies even to date. Appearing in many commercials, editorials, films and televisions shows and theater. She traveled throughout the US, as a young model and actress.

Ariana became a member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild) in 1989. She was nominated for "Acuacions Descatadas-Teatro Infantil" in the 1990 ACCA awards for her theatrical performances.


By 1992,still a very young girl, her parents decided that she should become a full-time "child" and student focusing on her academics rather than showbiz or full-time work. They retired her from it all. Upon graduating high school, always having the "bug" for being an entertainer, she returned to the entertainment industry on a part-time basis, quickly landing several commercials. That same year Ariana became a featured dancer on the hit Univision dance show Caliente until 2006, which resulted in several music videos with Gloria Estefan "Me Voy", Thalía "Amor a la Mexicana Remix". She also landed several scenes on Telmundo Novelas. Also appeared on CSI Miami, Movies as Big Trouble, Bad Boys. Pop-Ups for Control TV show (Univision) and República Deportiva for several segments.

In 2003 she became interested in production, working award shows such as Fox's Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, Premios lo Nuestro, Premios Juventud, Premios Fox Sports, Latin Grammy, Premios MTV Latinoamérica and Latin Billboardsamong others.

Ariana also commenced voice training with Mario Martinelli, Enrique Iglesias's coach and Nicolas Tovar Shakira's coach. She did back-up singing for Laura Leon on "Sabado Gigante" (Univision) as well for Jaci Velasquez on "Esta Mañana" (Telemundo). Most recently trained with Jackie Aredondo, coach to many high-profile singers.

2007 to present[edit]

Since the end of 2007 she lived in the Philippines where she started a showbiz career by appearing daily in the popular game show Eat Bulaga then Hosted OGAGS Show on TV5 for over 2 1/2 years. She did many celebrity guesting and co-hosting for numerous TV stations such as ABS-CBN, GMA7, QTV, on many of their popular TV shows. She also appeared in Reality Shows, Opening numbers for Wowowee weekly Show, hosted Local Events and Parties. She also was a weekly "Host" and "Cast" member on several of "TV5" shows. She had the honor of acting alongside of Philippines KING of Comedy Dolphy and his sons Epy Quizon and Vandolph as a cast member "Lyla" of the weekly show Pidol's Wonderland.

Ariana invaded the modeling world as well, very successfully, strutting the runways (FIRST FACE and LAST FACE) for many Top Designers and Brands as well as Philippine Fashion Week Shows, Ariana has done many print work and Editorials for Local and International magazines and newspapers. She received the honor of being selected to be a Muse for Handbag Designer Armina Aranaz, PBA St. Lucia Basketball Team, Philippines Air Force-1st Air Division, and Jewelry Designer Victoria Marin among others.

Aside from continuing her showbiz career, she graduated from Fashion School in Handbag Design and Visual Merchandising, which she has acquired experience from several Fashion Houses.

In 2010 Ariana left her second home of the Philippines, returned to her home town of Miami, Fl. (USA) and pursued training in acting with Hector Zavaleta of Actors Workshop and theater with Miguel Sahid of SAH. Because of her popularity, professionalism and career highlights Roberto Avellanet (RoBA), ex-member of Menudo took notice of her talent and cast her as his love interest in his music video "No Te Arrepientes" which placed number one spots in radio and video play in Venezuela, Columbia and other Latin American counties. She has also been working for numerous Fashion Shows, including Mercedes-Benz Swim Week, TV, Presenter at Award Shows and Red Carpets Events, for various Campaigns and Magazine Editorials. Appeared on TV Fashion segments Shows for Despierta America, Acceso Total, and Deco Drive. She has also written a couple of Fashion and Artist Interview articles for Most recently has become the Red Carpet and Events Correspondent for Show Business TV Show, (GenTV), Red Carpet Rumba and LifeStyle Miami online magazine, covering such shows as Premio Lo Nuestro, Premio Juventud, Latin Billboards, Nuestra Belleza Latina,and many more. She continues her career Internationally as demanded.

TV shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1999–2006 CALIENTE Feature Dancer Univision
2008 Philippines Scariest Challenge CELEBRITY GUEST GMA Network
2008–2009 OGAGS MAIN HOST TV5 (Philippines)
2009 Shock Attack Co-HOST TV5 (Philippines)
2009 Kay Susan Tayo Co-HOST GMA Network
2009 Nuserye Policewoman w/Derek Ramsey GMA Network
2009 Events Inc. Co-HOST Q (TV network)
2010 PARTY ON 5 (PO5) Co-HOST / DANCER TV5 (Philippines)
2010 Pidol's Wonderland LYLA TV5 (Philippines)
2011 El Gran Show Model/self with Jaime Camil y Carla Medina Univision
2011 Family Feud Co-Host/Miss Pam w/Edu Manzano GMA Network


Date Honor
2007-2012 Fashions by Azucar
2008–2009 Speedo
2009–2010 Philippine Fashion Week
2009 Mango 10th Anniversary
2009 Promod
2009 SM
2009 Senza
2009 Sketcher
2009 Massimo Dutti
2009 Raoul
2009 Joel Cruz
2009 Jag
2009 Lee
2010 Regatta
2010 Ducati
2010 Woodstock Foundation Inc "FASHIONISTA"
2010 Cacella
2010 Chloe
2011 Lorena Swimwear
2011 DOS Puntos Accessorios
2011 Despierta America "Fashion"
2011-2012 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2012
2011-2012 Nicolita Swimwear
2011-2012 Miami Beach Swim Week 2012


All Star K
Pinoy Records
Eat Bulaga
Philippines’s Scariest Challenge
Sweet Life
Unang Hirit
Dare Duo
Hole in the Wall
Nuts Entertainment
Everybody Hapi
Deco Drive (Fashion)
Esta Noche Tu Night

Concert Shows[edit]

Date Location Event Job'
2009 Guam mini concert opening for Amber Davis
2009 Guam mini concert Headliner

Music Videos[edit]

Tristan Dylan "Let me be your Bitch"
Alexis Valdes "El Tipo del Wow"
David Charve “Leap of Faith”
Gloria Estefan “Me Voy”
Thalia “Amor a la Mexicana Banda
La India “Traicion”


Skin Inc. Dermatology and Laser Center, Vybrance Rebond System, Krizia Clothing Brand, Freego Jeans, School of Fashion and the Arts (PI), Eastwood Mall, Blue Water Day Spa, Cannon (Asia), Avon (Asia), Puma, Mia Shoes, Aily V, Cristofoli, Haus of Fashion, Primp & Proper, Fashions by Azucar, Yum-Yum Bikinis, Rucht D'Oleo Designs, Fashion Haus Luxury Hotel.


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