Vanessa Macias is an American freelance writer from San Antonio, Texas who was a contestant on the reality television competition The Amazing Race 20, in 2012.
Her team partner was her boyfriend Ralph Kelley. She was 36 during filming of the Race.
Amazing Race Q&A
Describe what you do
I do freelance TV commercials and shows. I also write whatever people tell me to do.
How will these skills help you win The Race?
I am an amazing communicator. My years in TV and politics have made me great at dealing with difficult people.
Three words to describe you
Smart, impatient and super-awesome.
Reading, eating and talking politics and religion with people.
What famous person reminds you of yourself?
Jessica Simpson, sadly.
What famous person reminds you of your teammate?
Marky Mark, maybe?
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?
Having the guts to start my life over from scratch.
What scares you most about traveling?
I have a weird fear of being abducted. That and crazy natural disasters.
What excites you most about traveling?
I like getting lost and finding street vendors. I love hanging out with new people even if I can't communicate with them verbally.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together
We blame each other for everything. Neither one of us likes to take responsibility for our mistakes and we can justify anything. I want to address how we are sometimes mean to each other.
Pet peeve about your teammate
He can be a jerk sometimes. Typically he's very kind and patient, but sometimes he's a grade “A” jerk. And he ends his sentences with prepositions.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why?
Rome! I've always wanted to see such an old city. It ticks me off that I was born in such a young city...our buildings aren't that cool.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)?
I want to see the world with Ralph. We've known each other for a long time, but not very well. I know we rushed into this relationship, but I want to see how we work under horrible stress.