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How Dayanara Got Her Groove Back

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Dayanara with Marc, Marc with J. Lo (inset) In 2004, Dayanara Torres—a former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico—became the former Mrs. Marc Anthony. The couple's nearly four-year marriage dissolved amid rumors that Anthony was having a relationship with actress-singer Jennifer Lopez. Those rumors seemed confirmed when Anthony married Lopez just four days after his divorce from Torres was final.

But in her new book, Married to Me: How Committing To Myself Led To Triumph After Divorce, Torres, who admits the divorce left her "purely and utterly devastated," offers no salacious tabloid-ready details and no barbs for J. Lo or her ex-husband. The book is a mostly generalized self-help guide, complete with all the requisite rebuilding steps applicable to starting life over after the world moves on to a new Miss Universe and your husband moves on to the planet's most famous Puerto Rican. The takeaway: Even international beauty queens can find themselves alone and unshaven, binging on Candace Bushnell and self pity. More life lessons from Torres follow:

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