Model behavior, a sleepover, rafts
Andrea Ocampo Haley is a model and actress, a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader and an arena host for the Florida Panthers, who flipped that fame into a role as entertainment reporter for CNN En Español. It goes without saying that the Delray Beach resident knows where the party is at.
“I’m up at 3 a.m. every morning,” she says, bravely.
But it’s not what you think. Last month, she joined the morning radio show at KVJ, Hits 97.3, which gets going at 5:30 a.m. “It’s a little challenging, but, hey, it’s my passion,” she says. “And I have my coffee.”
Along with demystifying the morning traffic, the bilingual Ocampo Haley (her family is from Colombia) spices up the show with the back stories on subjects she covers for CNN En Español, from Get daily updates on South Florida entertainment and things to do
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and on Twitter at @Ben Crandell Miley Cyrus to Barbie’s controversial appearance in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
As a former cheerleader who spent plenty of time scantily clad in front of thousands of eyeballs, Ocampo Haley has a take. When she looks at the SI swimsuit issue, she sees a group of healthy, strong, career-driven women who are taking advantage of an opportunity.
“When I was a cheerleader, I never felt objectified,” says Ocampo Haley, originally a professional dancer. “It was about being healthy, working out with my sisters. [The Dolphins cheerleaders] are an amazing sisterhood. And it gave me an opportunity to break into broadcasting. It’s total girl power.”
A similar theme is at work for Ocampo Haley’s other passion, the charitable efforts of Miami Model Citizens, a group of local beauties who raise money for a variety of organizations, including Paws 4 You Rescue, the American Cancer Society, the Lighthouse for the Blind, Easter Seals South Florida and Humane Society of Greater Miami. The organization was founded by Miami philanthropist Ben Wilson and popular model Lisa Morales.
Miami Model Citizens have the obligatory fundraising calendar and do personal appearances that are not limited to swanky South Beach pool parties. For instance, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Morales, Ocampo Haley and fellow calendar model Damaris Aguiar will
Andrea Ocampo Haley, of Delray Beach, recently named morning drive personality for KVJ radio, will be at Books and Books on Saturday.