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Wanda Nara is an Argentine model, television presenter and football agent. As an actress, she is known for her appearances in Sin código (2004), Casados con Hijos (2005) and MasterChef Argentina (2014). However, she is most famous for being the wife of  Mauro Icardi, a marriage that is notorious for being steeped in infidelity and betrayal.

This is a biography of the voluptuous beauty whose marriage inspired the 2014 Wanda Derby.

Wanda Nara biography

Wanda Nara smile

Wanda Nara was born Wanda Solange Nara on December 10, 1986, in Vicente López, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Wanda Nara career

Wanda Nara in a pool

Nara made her stage acting debut as a second vedette in Humor en Custodia during the 2005–2006 summer theatre season. She later appeared in King Corona of Jorge Corona. However, she left after two months due to alleged abuse from the comedian and his wife. Nara. Shortly after, she signed a contract with Showmatch’s Patinando por un sueño as a contestant and soubrette.

In late 2009, she participated in El Musical de tus Sueños as a contestant. She later featured in Bailando 2011 but left the contest to go to Italy with her then-husband, Maxi López. She was replaced by her sister, Zaira. In September 2018, Nara replaced Melissa Satta as co-presenter, showgirl and opinionist on Tiki Taka – Il calcio è il nostro gioco, the sports talk show of Mediaset which aired in the late-night slot and was hosted by Pierluigi Pardo. Her role with Pardo ended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and they were replaced by Piero Chiambretti in the next season.

In early 2020, Nara participated in the fourth season of Grande Fratello VIP as an opinionist with Pupo. She also became one of the four panellists in the first season of the Argentine talent show, ¿Quién es la máscara? in September 2022. In February 2023, Wanda became the new presenter of Masterchef Argentina.

Wanda Nara’s net worth

According to reports, Nara has an estimated net worth between $1.5 million to $5 million.

Wanda Nara family

Wanda Nara with her family

Nara is the daughter of Andrés Nara and Nora Colosimo. She has a younger sister, Zaira Tatiana Nara, who is also a famous Argentine model.

Nara got married to Argentine former professional footballer, Maximiliano Gastón López, popularly known as Maxi López, on May 28, 2008. The couple welcomed three sons – Valentino Gastón López Nara (born on January 25, 2009), Constantino López Nara (born on December 18, 2010) and Benedicto López Nara (born on February 20, 2012).

Both Nara and López divorced on November 6, 2013, due to allegations of repeated marital infidelity. Not long after their divorce, Nara returned to Buenos Aires with her sons and began a relationship with another Argentine footballer, Mauro Icardi.

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Wanda Nara and Mauro Icardi

Wanda Nara and Mauro Icardi

Nara came into the spotlight due to her controversial marriage to Icardi. It was alleged that she left her ex-husband, López, after her affair with Icardi was exposed. However, Icardi reportedly met Nara through her ex-husband, who was his teammate during the 2012–13 of the Italian football league, Serie A.

In the April 2014 Serie A match between López’s Sampdoria and Icardi’s Inter Milan, López refused to shake Icardi’s hand, which led the international press to dub the game Wanda Derby. Not long after her divorce, Wanda married Icardi in a small ceremony on May 27, 2014, and later a big wedding party on June 7, 2014. The couple welcomed two daughters – Francesca Icardi Nara (born on January 19, 2015) and Isabella Icardi Nara (born on October 27, 2016). In addition, Nara became Icardi’s football agent.

However, their marriage is far from made in heaven as there have been several reports of the couple going their separate ways and later reconciling. On October 16, 2021, Nara made a post on Instagram that someone had “ruined another family for a slut”. The next day, she left Paris for Milan with her five children. The couple later reconciled and she returned to Paris with the children to live with Icardi. On September 22, 2022, Nara announced that she was getting a divorce on her Instagram stories. Two months later, she and Icardi were back together which lasted a month before they split again. Their on-again, off-again relationship has continued until 2023.

In addition, their marriage was heavily criticised by many Argentines and many believe it affected Icardi’s international football career negatively.

Meanwhile, Nara’s parents, who have been separated for over 10 years, have since made it clear that the family did not like her marriage to Icardi. A WhatsApp conversation between Andres and Nora was revealed in an interview with Marca’s journalist, Yanina Latorre. In the conversation, Nora reportedly revealed that their daughter is threatened by Icardi.

“Wan is threatened, she loves him, but she is also afraid of him. He talks bad to her, convinces her to travel, makes her believe that it is the best thing and then she will be alone there and none of us see or hear what is happening, he is evil,” the message read.

“It’s very difficult, I don’t know where they got it…” said a surprised Andres Nara, who admitted that the conversation existed, but also added that he would do everything for his daughter’s well-being.

“Yes, there were many conversations, I offered directly and we had a conversation, I would kill and die for my daughter.”

Wanda Nara age

Nara is 36 years old as of 2023.

Wanda Nara Instagram

Wanda Nara is active on Instagram, where she posts content about her personal life and career. Her account has about 16.8 million followers as of the time of writing this article.

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