Ali Landry is a former Miss USA (1996), model and actress best known for her starring role as Rita Lefleur in the television sitcom Eve, from 2003-2006.
Her first foray into pageantry came in 1990 when she was crowned Miss Louisiana Teen USA, becoming the first representative from Louisiana directed by RPM Productions.
She represented Louisiana in the Miss Teen USA 1990 pageant held in Biloxi, Mississippi in July 1990, where she place seventh.
In 1995, Landry won the Miss Louisiana USA 1996 title, becoming the first former Miss Louisiana Teen USA to win the Miss title.
She went on to compete in the Miss USA 1996 pageant, which was broadcast live from South Padre Island, Texas in February 1996 — she placed third highest after the preliminary competition and second highest on average during the final event.
She was the highest placed of the finalists and eventually went on to win the Miss USA 1996 title, the first former Miss Teen USA delegate to win the title (although her predecessor Shanna Moakler, previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1992, had inherited the Miss USA title from Chelsi Smith the year before).
Landry went on to compete in the 1996 Miss Universe pageant held in Las Vegas in May that year. She placed highest on average after the presentation show, and was ranked second in the evening gown and interview events during the final competition, however only placed seventh in swimsuit.
She was second going in to the final round of six delegates, but fell to sixth after the judge's panel questions.
Landry was at this time the only former Miss Teen USA delegate to compete at Miss Universe, and until 2000 would have the highest overall score of any delegate to compete in all three competitions.
Landry has done much modeling for photographers and magazines, and she specializes in swimsuit and lingerie modeling. As a spokeswoman for the Doritos chips brand, she appeared in celebrated TV commercials airing during the 1998, 1999 and 2000Super Bowl football games.
She was named by "People" magazine as one of 50 most beautiful people in the world in 1998.
In 2002, she hosted the second season of the hidden-camera series Spy TV. From 2003 to 2006, she was a recurring cast member of the UPN sitcom Eve.
Landry has participated in the show Fear Factor, and was runner up. She is an avid athlete and also participated in the Boston Marathon.
She met actor/TV personality Mario Lopez when he emceed the 1998 Miss Teen USA pageant and she was a commentator. They were engaged during the summer of 2003 and married on April 24, 2004, but two weeks later she had the marriage annulled over alleged infidelities committed by Lopez during the relationship.
Landry became engaged to film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde on Memorial Day 2005. They were married on April 8, 2006 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
On March 30, 2007, she announced that she and her husband were expecting their first child in July 2007. On the morning of Tuesday, July 10, 2007 she gave birth to a baby girl named Estela Ines Monteverde.