Ms. Mendez was one of four models featured in BET’s one-hour special “Rip the Runway Model Search 2008”. This behind the scenes, model search show followed Ms. Mendez through auditions, makeovers and a day in the life. Ms. Mendez opened the “Size Sexy” portion of the “Rip the Runway” show modeling a dress from Qristyl Frazier Designs.
Recently making the move into television and film, Ms. Mendez can be seen interviewing celebrities for one of television’s hottest hip-hop shows, “The VIP Section TV”.
In October 2008, Ms. Mendez also began filming her first full-length feature film.
Career accomplishments aside, Ms. Mendez counts her greatest achievements among her volunteer work, especially involving autism. Heavily involved with Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to providing information on medical breakthroughs, treatment, coping and ways to raise awareness, Ms. Mendez participated in the 2006 Autism Speaks Walk, celebrating her son learning to speak, sing and write.
Additionally, Ms. Mendez served on the national board for Hispanic Support Organizations. Her HSO work includes organizing a scholarship gala for New York area students, working with Habitat for Humanity and the Dress for Success Campaign. Ms. Mendez was also a member of political advocacy group, Women Barack! The Vote. As the only Hispanic woman in the ads, Ms. Mendez delivered the message in both English and Spanish.
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