- Won second place at the Queen of the World contest in 1992, after being discovered at age 17.
- Was crowned Miss Universe in 1993.
- Organized the Dayanara Torres Foundation to provide scholarships for poor students in the Philippines in 1995.
- Released her debut album titled Antifaz in 1998.
- Published a book titled Married To Me: How Committing To Myself Led to Triumph After Divorce in 2008.