Mónica Santa María
|Mónica Santa María|
Mónica Janette Santa María Smith|
6 December 1972
Miraflores, Lima, Perú
13 March 1994 21) (aged|
La Molina, Lima, Perú
|Occupation||Television host, model|
Mónica Janette Santa María Smith (6 December 1972 – 13 March 1994) was a Peruvian model and TV hostess. She was born in Lima, Peru. From late 1990 to early 1994, she co-hosted the Peruvian children's TV show Nubeluz.
The second daughter of Danilo Santa María, a Peruvian, and Judith Smith, a Canadian, Mónica attended the Colegio Nuestra Señora del Carmen, a Catholic private school in Miraflores. At the age of nine, she started her professional career as a model by starring her first TV commercial. At the age of eleven, she did a TV commercial for a shampoo named "Ammen". When she turned 13, she became the main model for Peruvian cosmetic company Yanbal.
After successfully finishing the school in December 1989, she was elected for being one of the animators of the children's TV show Nubeluz. She and Almendra Gomelsky hosted Nubeluz from late 1990 to early 1994. Both were named "Dalinas", this was a short word for "Dama Linda" which means "Pretty Lady".
Mónica Santa María was found dead on her bed on 14 March 1994. The police concluded that she shot herself with a gun between 2:30 am and 3:00 am on March 13. Monica left a message on Constantino's cellphone, in this message it was clear to hear her intention to commit suicide. She had been dead for 32 hours when her body was found. After Mónica's death Nubeluz began to decline until it ended in the summer of 1996. Monica was buried in the cemetery Jardines de la Paz in La Molina, Lima, Perú.