Maria Menounos is one of the most recognized and beloved television personalities in all of Hollywood. The native of Medford, Massachusetts has appeared on some of the most popular shows to ever air, including Access Hollywood, Extra, and Today. Besides being known as an outstanding host, the stunning brunette is also an accomplished actress, who has appeared on both the big and small screen.
Based on her previously mentioned credentials, it’s clear that Menounos is a rare and versatile talent. However, her breathtaking beauty is also undeniable. The 5-foot-8 TV star has modeled for several publications over the years and has even been recognized as one of People Magazine's “50 Most Beautiful People.”
Menounos is an actress, host, and model, all rolled into one. Interestingly enough, the 39-year-old also happens to be a huge fan of professional wrestling. In fact, the Emmy winner has even competed at WrestleMania, which is widely considered the biggest sports entertainment event of the year.
The Extra star's bubbly personality and undeniable beauty made her an outstanding fit for World Wrestling Entertainment. And while she has made several appearances for the company since her match at WrestleMania, there are still many fans who would love to see an encore performance from Menounos on the grandest stage of them all… or at least they will after seeing these 15 amazing photos.
15 Photo Op In Pink
This shot shows Maria Menounos stopping for a quick photo op at the Do Something Awards. The awards were established in order to honor young changemakers who are 25 years of age or younger. While the 39-year-old may no longer qualify as a potential award recipient, she still made for gorgeous presenter in her stunning, form-fitting dress. The photo, which was captured back in 2012, is certainly among her very best. Menounos is more than capable of stealing the show at any awards ceremony, as we can see here.
Fun Fact: Menounos played herself in the 2015 comedy, Entourage. The film, which was based on the HBO series of the same name, was a bit of a flop. It received mostly poor reviews from critics and brought in only $49.3 million on a $39 million budget.
14 Yoga Time
One doesn’t have to see many photos of Maria Menounos before realizing that staying in shape is a top priority for the pop culture icon. She always appears to be in peak physical condition, which is generally a good idea for someone who makes a living being on camera. Based on this photo, it’s fair to say that the vivacious brunette looks as good while working out, as she does when posing for a modeling shoot. Whatever her exercise routine consists of, it appears to be working based on images such as this one.
Fun Fact: In April of 2013, Menounos inducted pro wrestling legend Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall of Fame. That same year she teamed up with Natalya to face Eva Marie and Brie Bella at a SummerSlam Axxess event.
13 Gold Star
In this photo, we see the gorgeous actress twirling her hair as she models in her half-shirt and bikini bottoms. Menounos is also sporting a good bit of gold in this pic between the many bracelets on her arm and the star in her belly button. As we can see here, the former beauty queen is clearly a natural in front of the camera, which has likely helped her a great deal over the course of her television career. Maria Menounos proves once again that she is one of the most photogenic stars in Hollywood with this shot.
Fun Fact: Maria Menounos worked for Channel One News during her senior year at Emerson College. In her very first feature, she traveled to El Salvador to cover the 2001 earthquakes.
12 Ready For The Tag
In this image, we see the gorgeous superstar standing on the ring apron in her fetching wrestling attire. Maria Menounos clearly has the type of physique that one would expect to see from a female who is involved in the sport of professional wrestling. In fact, she could easily pass for a full-time WWE Superstar in this breathtaking image. The stunning brunette looks capable of holding her own in the ring with any of WWE’s top stars in this memorable photograph.
Fun Fact: Menounos got her big break back in 2002 when she landed a job as a correspondent on the television newsmagazine, Entertainment Tonight. During her time at ET, Menounos covered everything from fashion to music. In 2005, she announced that she would be leaving the popular television show.
11 Chilly Interview
One might almost feel bad for Maria Menounos in this picture. It appears that everyone in the photo is wearing a jacket (including former Saved By The Bell actor Mario Lopez), while the breathtaking television host in walking around in a bikini. While she may have been a little chilly when this pic was taken, Menounos looks nothing short of amazing in this swimsuit, which also highlights her golden belly button ring. The talk show host looked great, while appearing on air, following the New York Giants' Super Bowl victory.
Fun Fact: Menounos’s voice and likeness appeared in the video game James Bond 007: From Russia with Love. The game was released back in 2005 and was available for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Game Cube.
10 In Action
This photo is from Maria Menounos’s WrestleMania XXVVIII match against Eve Torres and Beth Phoenix. The image shows the Hollywood reporter dishing out a move known as the stink face. Also featured in the photo is former WWE Diva Kelly Kelly, who is also a very beautiful woman in her own right. Eve Torres, the woman on the ground in the corner, appears to be having a tough go of it against these two lovely ladies.
Fun Fact: The feud between Maria Menounos and Beth Phoenix, which came to a head at WrestleMania XXVIII, began on an October 12, 2009, episode of Raw. During the Greek-American actress' WWE in-ring debut, a six diva tag team match, Menounos slapped Phoenix in the face igniting a feud that lasted several weeks.
9 Exercising Outside
This photo shows the stunning actress stretching out in a pair of yoga pants, while exercising with other women outdoors. Yoga pants are a very popular piece of attire at the moment, and the film star shows that she definitely knows how to rock a pair, while also displaying some impressive flexibility. It certainly would not be a stretch to say that this is one photograph her fans are sure to love.
Fun Fact: While Menounos is best known for her match at WrestleMania XXVIII (at least regarding her wrestling career), she has also appeared in at three other WrestleMania events. She served as a backstage interviewer at WrestleMania 31, 32, and 33 respectively. Wrestling fans are likely hoping for an encore appearance at this year's event.
8 Red Dress & A Gorgeous Smile
Menounos smiles for the cameras in her stylish red dress in this amazing candid photo. The outfit is figure flattering to say the very least. Moreover, the beloved host appears to have been in outstanding physical condition when this image was captured. It’s clear that she didn’t skip many (if any) leg days at the gym prior to this shot. With wardrobe choices such as this, it’s easy to see how the Greek-American superstar is able to get the paparazzi's attention.
Fun Fact: Most people probably won’t be surprised to discover that Menounos is a former beauty pageant contestant. She won the title of Miss Massachusetts Teen USA, back in 1996. From there, the brunette starlet would go on to compete in Miss Teen USA, where she finished in the top 15.
This well-received Instagram post is a flashback Friday shot from a shoot for the popular women’s magazine, Redbook. The well-known television host shows off her impressive fashion sense in the particular image. The 5-foot-8 brunette out of Medford, Massachusetts knows what her social media followers like to see, based on the over 10,000 likes the picture received. Maria Menounos is an excellent example of a major celebrity who knows how to use social media the right way.
Fun Fact: Menounos made her big screen debut is the superhero film, Fantastic Four. She played the role of the “Sexy Nurse,” a relatively small part in the film. While the movie received mostly negative reviews from critics, it ended up being a commercial success, bringing in $330 million on $100 million budget.
6 Swimsuit Model
Maria Menounos proves she can model a bikini with the very best of them in this lovely photograph. The television host leaves her fans with the impression that a career as a swimsuit model would definitely be a solid choice should she ever deiced to leave the world of Hollywood behind. When it comes to rocking a bikini, there are few who do it as well as Menounos, as is evident from this breathtaking image.
Fun Fact: Though she was originally born in Massachusetts, Maria Menounos is of Greek descent. Both of her parents, her mother Listas and her father Costas, are Greek. The actress attended the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church. Back in 2006, she even hosted a song contest in Athens, Greece.
5 Cover Girl
Maria Menounos has been featured on the cover of countless magazines over the course of her entertainment career. The photo shown here is from her shoot with Genlux Magazine, a publication dedicated to fashion and philanthropy. After seeing this image, it is easy to understand why they decided to make it the cover photo. Menounos displays the perfect combination of style and beauty in an Instagram post that received well over 12,000 likes from her legions of adoring fans.
Fun Fact: Menounos first acting role in a television series came back in 2002 when she was featured in the sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, staring Melissa Joan Hart. She appeared in the episode “Free Sabrina” where she played the role of Reporter #1; a role that likely came very natural to her.
4 Fashion Credits
Photos like this are a big part of the reason as to why Maria Menounos has almost a million follower on the popular social media site, Instagram. Here we see the Greek-American stunner posing in fashionable, ripped jeans and a flattering white top. The 5-foot-8 star looks ready for the runway in an outfit that most certainly turned some heads. With over 17,000 likes on Instagram, it would appear that the masses approve of this wonderful image, and why wouldn’t they?
Fun Fact: Menounos landed her first major role in the 2007 comedy, Kickin’ It Old Skool. The movie, about a breakdancer who wakes up from a coma and decides to reform his dance team, was a box office flop, bringing in just $4.7 million on a $25.7 million budget.
3 Wild Child
Here we see Maria Menounos modeling in a Flintstones shirt that has the words “wild child” written across the front. While it’s unclear if this is a reference to her own behavior or simply a stylish fashion choice, the former E! News anchor looks great in the top. In fact, one could make a case that Menounos looks as good modeling casual wear as she does in her gorgeous swimsuit pictorials. The stunner of out of Massachusetts shows that all a person really needs to create outstanding photos is s simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt.
Fun Fact: Maria Menounos was featured on the 14th season of Dancing With the Stars, a show that focuses on competitive ballroom dancing. Alongside her professional partner Derek Hough, she ended up finishing in 4th place overall that season
2 Pool Side
Being a world-famous actress, television host, model, and professional wrestler is probably pretty exhausting. With that in mind, it’s good to see Maria Menounos finding a little time to relax in the swimming pool, in her bathing suit bottoms and floral print top. The 5-foot-8 celeb reminds fans why she is widely considered one of the most beautiful stars in Hollywood, with a photograph even her casual fans can appreciate. The sizzling celeb flashes a warm smile in one of her best images to date.
Fun Fact: The former E! host is married to film and television producer Keven Undergaro. While they have only been officially married since 2017, the two have been together since April of 1998. One won’t see very many Hollywood couples last nearly two decades, as Undergaro and Menounos have.
1 Some Magazine Shoot
The caption below this Instagram post reads, “#tbt some magazine shoot.” Apparently, based on this information, Maria Menounos has been involved in so many photos shoots that she can’t even remember them all. While we may not know what magazine this is for, one this is for certain, and that’s that Menounos looks fetching in her black skirt and top, as she poses on the couch. The pic received over 85,000 likes from her substantial Instagram fanbase.
Fun Fact: In 2015 it was announced that Maria Menounos would become the new co-anchor for E! News. She would end up replacing Giuliana Rancic. Unfortunately, she was forced to step down due to complications from a brain tumor. However, in June of 2017, she underwent successful surgery to address the issue.