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For Denise Quiñones a career in entertainment is a marathon and not a sprint. Since becoming Miss Universe in 2001 the alluring Puerto Rican beauty has demonstrated that slow and steady wins the race as she has strategically elevated her career by pleasing crowds on stage, in film and on television. The next frontier she plans to conquer is music. These days the enchanting chanteuse is busy promoting her first album, “Ruidos y Silencios.” It’s all in a day’s work for this versatile performer.

After her Miss Universe reign ended, and being the first to accomplish said feat on home soil, Denise completed a two-year conservatory acting program at the New York Film Academy. Bitten by the acting bug she pursued a career that seemed to come naturally – performing in front of hundreds of people. In 2005, the aspiring actress earned a role in the play, “Ana En El Tropicó,” which won her an HOLA award from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors and an ACE award. The following year, she led the cast of the Off-Broadway production of “Zanahirias.” In between curtain calls, Denise kept busy by appearing on television shows such as “Smallville” and “Freddie.”

Transitioning from acting to singing was no difficult task for this chameleon. Denise began vocal lessons as a child and has sung duets with greats likes Jose Feliciano and most recently Juanes. Marrying her love of the stage and music, she appeared in a version of the musical “Chicago” in the Dominican Republic which would reignite her passion for singing and introduce her to the producers who would help her produce her album.

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