Though she’s a former beauty pageant queen, Miss Teen USA 1998 Vanessa Minnillo isn’t all that girly.

“She’s just one of the guys basically,” Drew Lachey, brother of her boyfriend, Nick, tells OK! of Vanessa’s best quality.

Good thing since Nick, a co-owner of minor leaguers Tacoma Rainiers, is a major sports buff. Her tomboyish quality is what makes it easy to chill out with her, Drew says. “You can sit down and watch sports with her.”

As for his own relationship, Drew, 31, has been married to high-school sweetheart Lea Dellecave, mom to their daughter Isabella, 19 months, for seven years and offers some marriage advice for long-term success.

“Never take her for granted,” he says. “Work on it every day. Keep open lines of communication.”

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