Amelia Vega, Al Horford’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Amelia Vega and Al Horford in 2015. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

Boston Celtics player Al Horford is married to model and singer Amelia Vega, who is best known for being the first Dominican woman to win the Miss Universe pageant. The couple have three young children, three-year-old Ean, two-year-old Alia, and two-month-old Ava. They’ve been married since 2011.

In addition to her work as a model, she has appeared in two films and released the album Agua Dulce in 2011. She also owns two boutiques in Miami called “Essence by Amelia Vega.”

You can follow Vega on Twitter and Instagram.

Here’s what you need to know about Vega.

1. Horford Met Vega at the Latin Pride Awards in Boston 10 Years Ago

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Horford and Vega met in Boston during the Latin Pride Awards in Boston over 10 years ago, the Boston Globe noted. The two were both born in the Dominican Republic. The 30-year-old Horford was born in Puerto Plata, while the 32-year-old Vega was born in Santo Domingo.

Horford began his career with the Atlanta Hawks before he signed with the Boston Celtics last year. Horford signed a deal reportedly worth $113 million over four years.

According to the MetroWest Daily News, Horford moved to Boston with Vega and their son last summer, shortly after signing the contract. At the time, Vega was still pregnant with their daughter. Horford missed a game in Miami to be with Vega when Alia was born.

Even though they didn’t even start dating until four years after they met, Horford was confident that he was going to marry Vega.

“We started dating and became pretty obvious that she was the right person for me. It just felt right,” Horford told Latina. “I would always make fun of people, or wouldn’t believe something like that was true. I felt right with her and I knew that I wanted to marry her.”

2. Vega Is the Tallest Woman to Win the Miss Universe Pageant

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When Vega won the 2003 Miss Universe pageant, she set a trio of important records. She was the first Dominican woman to win the title. She was also the youngest winner since 1994 at the time, at only 18 years old. The third record she broke was thanks to her height – she remains the tallest Miss Universe winner ever.

Vega is listed at 6″2″, but her IMDb page has her at 5’10”. People Magazine reported in 2003 that she is 6’0″ exactly.

After winning the pageant, she said she looked forward to working with AIDS patients. She also got a cameo on a Spanish soap opera

“I am so happy,” she said at a press conference. “I’m so proud to be able to work with (AIDS patients), to support them, maybe not as much as some people would like, but everything I can give, I will give.”

In a 2010 interview with the U.K. Obesity Campaign, Vega explained how she prepared for the pageant. She said she didn’t even think about entering until someone asked her if she’d consider entering.

“It was never on my mind until someone approached me at the gym and asked me if I was interested in entering the Miss Dominican Republic but I was only 17 yrs old,” Vega explained in 2010. “Some difficulties were that many people did not believe in me and that just made me stronger to become a better contestant and do the best I could to represent the best way possible my country.”

3. Vega Has an Estimated Net Worth of $1 Million

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Vega herself has an estimated net worth of $1 million, Celebrity Net Worth estimates.

She has tried her hands at running a business. She ran two boutiques in Miami called “Essence by Amelia Vega,” which has several good reviews on Yelp.

Amelia Vega Exclusive Interview- Gets Down to Business | Entrevista Exclusiva con Lili GilAmelia Vega, Gets Down to Business "From Miss Universe to Entrepreneur and Performing Artist" With Lili Gil, Business Strategist, Media Contributor and co-Founder XL Alliance Who said beauty and brains couldn't co-exist? According to former Miss Universe, entrepreneur, artist and proud Latina Amelia Vega, "yes you can be beautiful and smart…no one said it was easy [but] it is possible". While most tend to stereotype the world of pageants as superficial, when you look the contestants embody discipline, preparation and tenacity that in many cases lead them to successful paths in life and businesses after the pageant. Many of the traits that make them winners are the same traits that turn them into successful business women and entrepreneurs. For Amelia Vega winning Miss Universe not only gave her a tremendous platform to amplify her reach and goals, but also brought her into the inner circle of one of America's most recognized business icons Donald Trump. She observed and learned from his professionalism, which combined with her ambition has resulted in a very successful life after the crown. In a personal encounter just hours before performing at the Miss Dominican Republic U.S. pageant in New York city, Amelia Vega got down to business in an exclusive interview. With her memorable warm spirit and charisma, the beautiful Dominican shared facets of her life that have shaped her and talked about life-elements that have made her stronger like her faith, family and the inspiration of her grandma. While the outer world sees her on stages, on red carpets, on glamorous pictures and even Donald Trump calls her one of his "favorite Miss Universes", deep inside lays a humble woman full of passion and dreams. When it comes to the many stereotypes around beauty pageants, she challenged the true meaning of the word beauty. "Beauty is such a huge word" said Amelia, "it's not just external beauty…you have to work deep into it. Thankfully my grandma tough me how to cultivate it and really made me think about things and search what makes [me] you happy" But of course, while her own definition of beauty may be clear it is evident that most under-mind potential or business savvy of a beauty queens. When asked about her biggest barriers as a woman, Latina and former beauty queen, she was quick to articulate that "you plan those barriers yourself". In her case, her aspirations to become a performing music artist date back to her teenage years when she recorded her first demo at the age of 15. "No one was going to come and knock on my door [to recod my album]… so, I have to do it myself", said Amelia. This is why two years ago she created her own label SuperNova Entertainment and kicked-off her project. Her album "Agua Dulce" just released last August 30th, 2011 making her dream come true. Amelia's ultimate goal was singing, and although her uncle, Juan Luis Guerra, had always been and is her musical guide and inspiration, she was determined to achieve this on her own merit. So waiting this long was not a delay but an intentional path and trampoline that worked best at the end. She calls is "the beautiful mysteries that God brings". "He planted those seeds there…I am a woman now, I know what I am talking about, I am passionate about it, I have reasons and I am in love with this project. He did it perfectly. It is the right experience at the right moment now. Meanwhile the distractions were great!" said Amelia. Besides her artistic career, Amelia is also the owner of the boutique Essence by Amelia Vega with stores in Miami which she opened when she was 23. She is planning to open more locations in New York and the Dominican Republic in the near future. In closing, her advice to young women and Latinas to win in life and business is to "trust in yourself…you have to plant those seeds every morning. It's not something that you are born with…start trusting and following your gut feeling…dream everyday in life, but also wake up and work hard to make those dreams become a reality. Get good people around you and work hard because it pays off, it really does" said Amelia. For more information about Amelia Vega and her new album visit

“I love fashion and there was a part in my life where I wanted to have my own boutique so I decided to put my efforts and make it happen and now we have a beautiful women’s boutique in Miami, Florida,” Vega told the Obesity Campaign in 2010. “Future plans are to keep making music and composing songs that would reach people in different parts of the world.”

According to her Barbizon Modeling profile, she also hosted the Telemundo reality show Voces de America and the Mexican reality show Segunda Oportunidad. She also hosted the Bachelor-style show Suegras in 2007.

4. She Has Three Young Children With Horford

Vega and Horford are the parents of three young children. Ean was born on February 23, 2015, Alia was born on November 27, 2016, and Ava was born on July 12, 2018.

“More than grateful to you, my Lord, for sending another great blessing to our family,” Vega wrote on Instagram after Alia was born. “On November 27 a princess came to our lives to brighten up our days. Your little brother, your daddy and I was waiting for you with great eagerness. Welcome to the world, my baby girl. Alía Horford Vega.”

Horford had to miss a Celtics game in Miami in November when Alia was born, notes the Boston Herald. Horford was actually criticized for missing the game, even though the Celtics won.

“Everybody’s healthy. That was the most important thing,” Horford told WEEI after missing the game. “And she’s been great so far. Her and my wife, today she got released so she’s home and resting. The guys were supportive. It was hard for me but I felt like it was the right thing for me to be next to my wife. And they supported me throughout. That’s always helpful. Just excited. Everybody was happy to have me back. And I’m happy to be back here, and we can put everything behind and get looking forward ahead to [Wednesday’s] game.”

5. Her Father Is a Doctor & Her Mother competed in Miss World

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Amelia Vega with son Ean. (Instagram/Amelia Vega)

Vega has pageants in her blood. According to LatinTrends, her mother, Patricia Polanco Alvarez, was Miss Dominican Republic at the 1980 Miss World pageant. She’s also the niece of Grammy winner Juan Luis Guerra.

Vega’s father is Otto Miguel Vega Rasuk, a doctor specializing in internal medicine.

In an interview with Latina, Horford said they got married at Guerra’s house.

“We grew up with Juan Luis Guerra! I grew up watching him and listening to his music and I actually met him before we were even together,” Horford said. “He came to Atlanta for a concert, and came up to me backstage and he said, ‘Hey I’m a big fan of yours!’ and I’m like, ‘What? No way!’ We even got married at his house! That’s where the wedding was.”

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