Cheryl Moana Marie Nunes (born May 17, 1971, in Hillsboro, Oregon) is a television presenter, former Oakland Raiderette, beauty pageant winner, and musician.
Cheryl Moana Marie Nunes was born on May 17, 1971 in Hillsboro, Oregon, to parents native to the Island of Oahu and Kauai. Her mother is of Chinese, Hawaiian and Filipino descent, her father, Chinese and Portuguese. They named their daughter after the song, "Cheryl Moana Marie", sung by New Zealand Artist, John Rowles. Soon after her birth the family moved back to the Island of Kaua'i, Hawaii. Her first performances were at an early age, in school plays and local music competitions. By the age of 14, she was chosen to perform at Disneyland, Japan, at the World Gala Event in Tokyo.
By age 17, she won several beauty contests including, Miss Kauai America (the youngest winner of this title), and placing in the top five of the Miss Hawaii America competition. During her reign as Miss Kauai America, she began modeling for Sports Illustrated photographer, Bob Coello. She later moved to Los Angeles and competed in Miss California USA where she placed top five and won the coveted title as Miss Asia USA.
She was selected to be a Los Angeles Raiderette and continued with the team when they moved to Oakland in 1995 to become an Oakland Raiderette. She sang the Star Spangled Banner, for the Los Angeles Lakers, Ice Dogs Hockey League, Los Angeles Dodgers, NHRA and the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. She also recorded the theme song for Hawaiian Tropic, "Come With Me".
She was asked to record for Sony International - John Kalodner, J Records - Clive Davis, G funk Camp and Virgin Records, which led to Cheryl becoming one of Luis Miguel's back-up singers touring the US as well as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Monterrey, Dominican Republic among other countries.
She was an on-air presenter for the STARZ movie channel conducting interviews with, Antonio Banderas, Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Lucy Liu, Raquel Welch, Matthew Perry, Mary Wilson and The Funk Brothers of MoTown. She also recorded ads for Dominican Republic Tourism Bureau, Clairol Shampoo and MTV Network. She later worked with Mattel when their Hawaiian Barbie was introduced in Beverly Hills.
She has appeared in 15 national commercials including: Miller Genuine Draft Beer, Mervyns, FedEx, Heineken Beer, GMC Motors, Albertsons, Taco Bueno. She is 'Bond Girl' Dominique Paradis in James Bond 007: Nightfire. She has booked modeling ads for La Jolla Swimwear, Bridal Magazine and Hinano Beer Tahiti.
She released an EP album on iTunes, CD Baby and 33 other distribution sites.
Cheryl and her family appeared on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap on January 31, 2012. She traded places on the show with WWE wrestler Mick Foley's wife, Colette Foley.
In May 2011, she and Antonio Sabàto, Jr. welcomed a son named Antonio Kamakanaalohamaikalani Harvey Sabato III. His first middle name means “a beloved gift from the heavens.” Sabato Jr. and Marie were married in Kauai on September 25, 2012.