Birth and Adoption:
Nicole Polizzi was born November 23, 1987, in Santiago, Chile. She was adopted at six months by an Italian American family and was raised in upstate New York. Snooki has shared in an interview with Johnjay and Rich radio show that she loves her parents and has no desire or interest in finding her biological parents.
Claim to Fame:
Polizzi first appeared on the MTV reality show, Jeresy Shore in 2009. The show is primarily about a group of young people that enjoy the Guido or Guidette lifestyle. Guido or Guidette is slang for Italian Americans who are typically lower or working class and very macho. There is a definite lifestyle and look to this group. On the show they all share a house on the beach and spend their summer partying and club hopping. The acronym GTL was also coined on the show and stands for gym, tan, and laundry - which are what the members of the Shore do when they are not partying. Polizzi quickly became one of the most popular characters, even though she is not Italian.
Snooki became her nickname in middle school after she was the first of her friends to make out with a boy. The name comes from the movie, Save the Last Dance, based on the character, "Snooki the cootchie crook."
Snooki was a cheerleader in high school.
She also suffered from an eating disorder when she was in high school.
Snooki was studying to become a veterinary technician.
She has written two books, A Shore Thing, a fictional work about a search for love on the Jersey shore; and Confessions of a Guideete, a memoir and guidebook on how to become a guidette.
She is only 4'9" tall.
Identifies herself as bisexual, but prefers to be in a long-term relationship with a man.
What Is She Doing Now?
Snooki is expecting her first child and is engaged to her boyfriend, Jionni LaValle. She has built a successful career on her Jersey Shore party lifestyle with a line of slippers, sunglasses, perfume, tanning lotions and jewelry. She has even created her own line of headphones, bejeweled and outrageous.
While Jersey Shore will return for a sixth season, it is not certain as to whether or not Snooki will be on the show.
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