|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Born||Taliana María Vargas Carrillo
December 20, 1987
Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
|Other names||Taliana Vargas|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
Miss Colombia 2007
|Miss Colombia 2007
Miss Universe 2008
Taliana María Vargas Carrillo (born December 20, 1987) is a Colombian actress, model, television personality and Miss Colombia 2007  and Miss Universe 2008 first runner-up. Vargas is a student of Journalism at the Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia.
Born in Santa Marta, Vargas is of Lebanese and Greek descent through her grandparents, and has Italian relatives. She speaks fluent Spanish, English, and Italian, as well as some Greek and Arabic.
Miss Colombia 2007
Vargas was crowned as Miss Colombia on November 12, 2007, thus bringing the first crown to her home department of Magdalena, Colombia. During the three-week-long competition, she was also awarded with the Miss Elegance, Best Face Award and The Queen of the Police.
Miss Universe 2008
During the pageant, Vargas was a top 10 finalist in the Best National Costume competition and in the Best In Bikini event (which had no bearings on the selection of the top 15 semi-finalists), Vargas was awarded 2nd place while Miss Mexico, Elisa Nájera, took first place. On July 14, 2008 during the pageant's finals, Vargas was announced as one of the 15 semi-finalists. In the swimsuit competition, she received the highest score with 9.433, thus entering the top 10 in first place. During the evening gown portion, she received one of the highest televised scores in recent years: 9.829. Vargas thus became one of the 5 final contestants, coming in first place. Despite being the clear winner in two out of the three rounds, after the interview portion, it was Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela who went on to win title of Miss Universe 2008 while Vargas ended up as 1st Runner-Up. Colombia has reached the 1st Runner-Up in Miss Universe during three consecutive years: 1992 Paola Turbay, Paula Andrea Betancourt 1993, and Carolina Gomez 1994. Her placement as 1st Runner-Up was the highest one of Colombia until Paulina Vega's win in 2014.
Taliana Vargas is currently one of the most promising actresses as well as a successful model in Colombia. She took her first leading role as "Niña Cabrales" in the RCN TV soap opera "Chepe Fortuna" in 2010, the show was a huge success in Colombia and other parts of South America, by which she won a TVyNovelas Award as Favorite Actress in a Leading Role.
Taliana Vargas is currently the main character in a Colombian soap opera named "Rafael Orozco El Idolo." According to shows and the news, this CaracolTV production is the most watch show in Colombia right now. The soap opera is about a Vallenato singer from Valledupar, Colombia. Taliana's role is as the wife of the singer. Her beauty and good acting are seen in the show.
She has been the image of various well-known brands in her homeland such as L'Oréal Paris Elvive, Studio F, Nestlé and appeared in many publications. She is often chosen by experts and magazines as a fashion icon and one of the most beautiful women in Colombia.
- "¿Quién es Taliana María Vargas?" (in Spanish). Caracol TV. Retrieved 2008-07-13.[dead link]
- "Taliana María Vargas Carrillo, la nueva Señorita Colombia" (in Spanish). RCN TV. Archived from the original on 2007-11-10. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
- "Quiere añadir alegría a su país con triunfo" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
- "Perfil: así es Taliana Vargas, la virreina universal" (in Spanish). El Tiempo. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
- "Virreinato para Taliana" (in Spanish). El Espectador. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- Premio TV y Novelas a Mejor actriz de telenovela: Taliana Vargas de Chepe Fortuna
- Colombia's 60 most beautiful stars revealed
- Taliana Vargas, la mejor vestida
|Awards and achievements|
|Miss Universe 1st Runner-Up
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