From then on, she lived with her father and stepmother, Donna.
She also attended Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School, in San Bernardino, California, for one year.
After leaving MTV and Entertainment Tonight, Minnillo was featured in print and web-based advertising for BONGO Jeans' Spring/Summer 2007 collection.Minnillo was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen USA and went on to win the title Miss Teen USA in 1998, the first Miss Teen USA from South Carolina and also the first from South Carolina to be named the pageant's Miss Congeniality.She was a host on MTV's Total Request Live (TRL) from 2003 until 2007 and became a New York City correspondent for Entertainment Tonight in 2005.Any guy that’s going to be with me from this day forward has to understand that. “I want to tell you everything, but I have to sew my lips together,” she says.) is an American television personality, beauty queen, fashion model, television host and actress. She has been a New York-based correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and hosted Total Request Live on MTV.