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30 PRINCESSES The Latinas who stole the hearts of the most eligible royals.
12 AT HOME Eva Chow shows us around her Los Angeles mansion.
34 ROYALS The new generation of aristocrats.
48 WEDDINGS Julio Iglesias Jr. and Charisse Verhaert renew their wedding vows.
38 MODELS The stars of Instagram.
52 PROFILE Julia Navarro: a literary passion.
40 FAMILY Victoria Beckham talks about her four loves.
18 AT HOME Elora Hardy and her amazing bamboo houses.
H! TRENDING 26 LOVE IS IN THE AIR These special couples will make you believe in love.
42 BABIES The most popular babies on social media.
44 FAMILY Jorge Bernal: a family man.
55 H! NEWS What’s hot in beauty and fashion.
COVER: JOHN RUSSO; CREATIVE DIRECTION: JAVIER ROMERO; DRESS: AZULU; HAIR: CLARISS RUBENSTEIN.
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74 COVER Exclusive: Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello open the doors to their fabulous Hollywood mansion.
86 FASHION Cristián de la Fuente and Angélica Castro: Mr. & Mrs. Fashion. 96 FASHION Fine jewelry takes a walk on the wild side this spring. 100 BEAUTY What an informed decision can do for your skin. 106 PASSPORT Los Angeles through the eyes (and palate) of Dahlia Narváez. 110 #SOCIALITE Sonia ‘Tita’ Puopolo’s philanthropic work. 112 GLOBAL Flamingo lake.
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always wonder: what would I do without love? Love is, without a reasonable doubt, my favorite verb and noun. I’m aware that it’s not always easy to love, but it’s always a positive and enriching sentiment. For example, this year, I intend to love every person that crosses my path unconditionally. It’s a challenge, but a wise man once told me that you have to act lovingly, even when love isn’t present. And because romance is contagious, this month we decided to celebrate it to the max. We wanted to tell the love stories of unexpected couples such as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, or Isabel Preysler and Mario Vargas Llosa (page 26); to figure out what the first kiss between Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello was like while taking a peak at their love nest (cover); to know the Latinas who stole the hearts of the most eligible royals from Sweden, Greece, Monaco, Holland and Luxembourg (page 30); to reveal Victoria Beckham’s four true loves (page 40); to tell you the incredible love story of Cristián de la Fuente and Angélica
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Castro’s (page 84); and to discover why Jorge Bernal wants more date nights with his wife, Karla (page 44), and what makes Camila Alves’ heart sing (page 128). Another wise woman once said that we can’t expect to be loved in the same way that we love. With that in mind, we’re also sharing how Julia Navarro’s passion for books and suspense was born (page 52); Carolyn Murphy’s fascination with Latinos (page 58); the most sensual jewelry you’ve ever laid your eyes upon (page 96); Sonia ‘Tita’ Puopolo’s functional and long-lasting relationship with philanthropy (page 110); why vulnerability is better than Cupid (page 122); and how to exercise with your significant other —and not die, OR KILL, in the intent— (page 124). Because for me, love is at the heart of everything. It’s the force that moves the world, without a doubt. Just like the Puerto Rican singer Danny Rivera says, you have to “love or die, there’s no other RO CRISTY MARRE V P way.” This month l a i r Edito rero #LoveIsInTheAir. mcristymar @ e m w o l l Fo m ero@ crist y.m arr
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spotlight behind the scenes We were invited to spend the day in Los Angeles with one of the nicest, most powerful and attractive Hollywood couples: Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello (PAGE 74). The lovebirds shared with us their home and their fun dynamic. We also had the opportunity to meet the other love of Sofía’s life, her son Manolo González Vergara, who is more handsome by the day. And we documented it all through the lens of John Russo.
They’re strong, talented and some even call them the “power behind the throne” (PAGE 66). We’re talking about six of the most high-energy representatives of your favorite celebrities. We sat down with them in Miami, where they posed for HOLA! USA and Kathy Boos’ camera, and told us what it means both professionally and emotionally to be at the beck and call of these entertainment giants.
A love for family is the tie that binds in the marriage of the charming TV host Jorge Bernal and his wife, Karla Birbragher (PAGE 44). In Miami we visited this young and active family, whose two youngest members, 6-year-old Lucas and 2-year-old Kylie Rose, are clearly the center of attention.
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B R I N K S , T H E D O G T H AT S M I L E S Some of our online readers’ favorite stories aren’t about Latin stars or royals, but about celebrities from the animal kingdom. One example is Brinks, a pit bull from New York who has become an Internet sensation thanks to his peculiar ability to smile all the time, despite the aggressive reputation of his breed. What makes his story even more endearing is that he was rescued from the streets by his owner, Jon Bozak, a creative director and writer from Brooklyn. “It was the best decision of my life,” says Jon every time he’s asked about his best friend. Follow their adventures and smiles on Instagram: @smilingbrinks.
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EVA C HOW THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMAN IN THE ART WORLD WELCOMES US INTO HER OPULENT L.A. MANSION BY VICTORIA DE ALCAHÚD PHOTOS: CÉSAR VILLORIA
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ALONG WITH HER HUSBAND, MICHAEL CHOW, SHE IS ALSO THE OWNER OF THE FAMOUS RESTAURANTS ‘MR CHOW’ IN LONDON, NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, MALIBU, AND LAS VEGAS.
Eva Chow is tenacious, disciplined and dedicated to her career, characteristics she shares with her husband: “We love to collaborate on different projects. Sometimes we even exchange projects. We’re very different, but at the same time we complement each other,” she says. To the left, a view of the back of the house as seen from the pool. H O L A .COM
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THE HOME’S INCREDIBLY HIGH CEILINGS ARE IDEAL FOR EXHIBITING LARGESCALE WORKS OF ART.
The home’s impressive large hall is the backdrop of some of Hollywood’s most lavish parties. The large painting hanging over the fireplace is by the renowned American painter and film director, Julian Schnabel.
In the back, a portrait of Asia, the couple’s daughter, painted by their dear friend Julian Schnabel. Also in view, a work by Michael Chow, and a fragment of a Keith Harring hanging in the hall.
va Chow, the helm of Art + F ilm at L AC M A (L os Angeles County Museum nsidered by many to be the most influential woman in the art world today. Until just recently, she was known for being the wife and business partner of Michael Chow, the famous owner of the Mr Chow restaurants. She was also known for her short but spectacular career as a fashion designer (which she left while pregnant with her daughter Asia) and finally, as one of the largest art collectors and patrons in the U.S. But it wasn’t until November of 2011 when she organized the first Art + Film
Eva in a design by her close friend Azzedine Alaia. Below, the golden hall. The walls are covered in gold leaf. Above the fireplace, a work by Roy Lichtenstein. The mannequin is by Peter Blake.
gala, that she became known in the U.S. and around the world. “We’ve been patrons of the LACMA for several years now. One day the director, Michael Govan, suggested to me this idea of uniting art and film. So I created this gala; I was named president and then I immediately thought of Leonardo DiCaprio for the role of copresident. I asked him, and he said ‘Yes’.” Why Leonardo? First, because he gets along very well with Eva, second, because he is also a big art collector, and third, because “I admire him as an actor and as a person, and because he really is generous with his time and the causes he supports, like climate change, for
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BACKGROUND: EVA WAS BORN IN SEOUL. HER FATHER WAS A BANKER AND HER GRANDFATHER FOUNDED ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S FIRST NEWSPAPERS. SHE WAS A CHILD PRODIGY AND LEARNED WATERCOLOR PAINTING FROM TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MASTERS OF THE TIME. PROFESSION: ACCORDING TO THE NEW
YORK TIMES, JUST AS “THE MET BALL IS ANNA WINTOUR’S PARTY, THE FUNDRAISING NIGHT AT LACMA IS EVA CHOW’S.” FRIENDS: EVA IS VERY INVOLVED IN FILM AND IS FRIEND WITH MANY ACTORS. ON THE LEFT, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: WITH GWYNETH PALTROW, KATE HUDSON, DICAPRIO AND CLINT EASTWOOD.
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The library. Most of the furniture is by Jacques Emile Ruhlmann, the most prestigious furniture designer from the Art Déco era. They’re all museum pieces, made of ebony wood from Macassar, which was used in the 20s and 30s. Michael Chow used this same material to cover the walls. The fireplace, made of red marble, is from a castle in Scotland.
I’M A PERFECTIONIST, BUT I’M ALSO LUCKY TO BE MARRIED TO ONE OF THE MOST HARDWORKING PERSONS I’VE EVER MET IN IFE, AS WELL AS ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED example... We make the important decisions together, such as who we will honor each year, and then I take care of everything else, including the font size on the invitations!” They also needed a sponsor, so Eva approached Gucci, a brand she has had a relationship with for many years. “I like them because they’ve always been very involved in the arts. So I told them about my idea for a gala that brings together art and film and they said, ‘Count us in.’ They’ve been with us since the very first year, so I’m happy.” Eva spends almost an entire year planning the event, but she doesn’t seem to mind because she’s industrious and persevering, traits that may ver y well stem from her upbringing in her native Seoul. They could also be attributed to the influence of two of the most important watercolorists of the 20th century, friends of her grandfather, who were her childhood mentors and taught her disicipline. She was a child prodigy who was
The dining room set for dinner. The Art Deco silverware is by Puiforcat, and the painting, by Michael Chow.
destined to become a er, but life had other plans f r. “My father, who was a banker, died when I was 12, and my mother — who had family in Los Angeles— decided to move us all to California when I was about 17 years old. I ba rely spoke a ny English... Culturally, it was a shock. Those were some difficult times, but I remember being very determined.” She launched her fashion company and started selling in the most exclusive stores, such as Barneys, Neiman Marcus and Saks. And when she had something to celebrate, “I’d go to Mr Chow for dinner! Michael still remembers one New Year’s Eve in New York, before we met, when I came into his restaurant with my friends. And he even remembers what I was wearing! I’ll admit that I’m a perfectionist, but I’m also lucky enough to be married to one of the most hardworking persons I’ve ever met in my life, as well as one of the most talented. We love to collaborate on different projects. Sometimes we even exchange projects. We’re very different, but at the same time, we complement each other.” Even though it was Michael who opened the first Mr Chow in 1968 when he lived in London, it was their collaborative effort that took the business to the next level. “This is a very exciting time for us. Plus, Michael has started painting again!” After years of collecting art and forming friendships with some of today’s most important artists, Michael, has interrupted his 50-year hiatus and taken up painting again. “I’m very happy for him! I think that, beyond all his other talents, he was born to be a painter!”
Eva in an animal-print jumpsuit by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin. HAIR AND MAKEUP: PHOEBE OGAN AND MICHELLE VAN DER HULE
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ELORA HARDY TAKES US ON A TOUR OF HER EXTRAORDINARY AND BEAUTIFUL BAMBOO PALACES
“I ADAPT THEM TO THE LAND AND TO THE PEOPLE WHO WILL LIVE IN THEM… THEY CAN EVEN SAY: ‘I WANT THE BIRDS TO BE ABLE TO COME IN, SO I DON’T WANT WINDOWS’ ” BY VICTORIA DE ALCAHUD PHOTOS: CESAR VILLORIA HAIR & MAKEUP: ANJA BUERCK WARDROBE: MARIE FRANCE VAN DAMME
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“WE HAVE A BABY, NAYAN. HE’S SUCH A JOY. THAT’S WHY I DO WHAT I DO: IT’S FOR HIM AND FOR THE OTHERS I HOPE WILL COME ALONG”
rtissst Elora Hardy has had an exttraordinary t life, one that’s er from r New York’s fast-paced world to a creative community of bamboo o houses in the Balinese jungle. As she looks back over it she says: “I guesss you could say that my story begins one e day in Nepal. My mother noticed a woman trekking with her baby. She seemed s to be having a great time. And d that’s when it dawned on her that it wouldn’t necessarily be impossib ble to have children and still lead the kind of life she and my father enjoyed.” e Elorra’s parents are John Hardy and Peenny Berton, Canadian artists who w spent the 1970s traveling around a the world. Along the way they’d pick up items thatt they then sold back home to fund their next round of glo obetrotting.
“Eventually,” says Elora, “they discovered that they could come up with their own designs and have them made. That meant that they they could live wherever they wanted. Bali wasn’t somewhere they planned to settle, but after a bumpy boat trip and near shipwreck, they arrived on the island, where they got such a warm welcome, they decided to stay.” Thus Elora, who was born in Canada, has called this lush, tropical island in Indonesia home since the age of five months. “I went to school in the US when I was 14 and I specialized in art. And then to Tufts University in Boston to carry on studying it,” she tells us. LUCKY BREAK She had just graduated and was living in New York when fashion designer Donna Karan called. She needed some-
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These homes may be traditional, but modern amenities aren’t sacriﬁced. There are luxury, bespoke kitchens with counters carved from boulders and rooms can be sealed off by spinning glass doors, allowing for air conditioning.
one to aint on si an wante to now if E or could handle the task. “It was a really ex ensive Italian silk jerse , and there were just a few weeks efore t e runway s ow. S e as e me if I ne ow to paint on silk, and I said ‘of course!’ I ctua a no i ea ut I i it. I figure ou hat she wanted and, since I had a da job, I pent every night on the floor of her studio working away on her project. I brought her ideas h f r Donna lo ed it so much that she and Elor orked together for the next five ears on her ollection team and then at DKNY. But as she traveled back and forth to visit her famil in Bali, she felt she wanted to do somethin more I said to m self, ‘I’m oung and with a little uck I still have 0 ears of working life ahead f me. I need to express myself artistically bu n a sustaina e wa hat brings us to 2010, when she returned to live on the island. By now, her arents had se rated and her father had remarried. With his ew wife, C nthia, he had started John Hard , a jewelry com any that uickly became famous orldwide for its Asian-ins ired designs and traditional craftsmanshi . In 2007, the cou le sold their shares and devoted themselves to om letely new conce t, Green School. Using age-old techni ues combined with innovative engineering and with bamboo as their material,
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Unconventional homes call for unconventional furniture. Elora designs almost every piece herself, including the beds. Design comes naturally to her: her father John set up a thriving jewelery business, John Hardy, known for its beautiful silver in Asian-inspired designs.
spent just a few hours. Others, a few days. And many parents have decided to take a few years out of their everyday lives and enroll their children in the school. All of them needed somewhere to live.” And that’s how Elora reinvented herself: creating bamboo houses. Building with bamboo is an ancient technique, but it isn’t without its problems: if the bamboo isn’t adequately treated, insects can wreak havoc with it, reducing homes to little more than white powder. Elora and her team use a natural salt to ensure the bamboo will last a lifetime. “Bamboo’s a wonderful material. It’s easy to grow – it’s mature in just three years. It has the strength of steel but it’s malleable. It’s perfect…” she says. Elora and her architects and designers began to dream up new homes, one by one. Graceful and elegant, they twist, curve and surprise at every turn. Twelve houses —no two alike— now make up Green Village, a magical place for special people, who like her, dreamed of having their very own handmade bamboo home in the jungle. “I don’t actually ‘dream’ them,” says Elora. “I adapt them to the land and to the people who will live in
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them. There are no blueprints, just a scale model. Owners can tell me, ‘I want two bathrooms,’ or, ‘I need air conditioning,’ or even, ‘I want the birds to be able to come in, so I don’t want windows.’ That’s how the conversation begins.” Elora is now also designing bespoke furniture to go with the houses because the conventional kind just doesn’t work in these thoroughly unconventional homes. There’s
“THE CHILDREN GET AN EDUCATION LIKE NO OTHER, IN A PLACE LIKE NO OTHER” a Danish influence, yet the pieces are warm and welcoming, and boast smooth ergonomic lines that seem to embrace you. Maternal even, a bit like Elora, who has just given birth. “My husband, Rajiv, is based in New York. He’s a doctor and next year he’ll be living here six months a year. And we have a baby, Nayan. He’s such a joy. That’s why I do what I do: it’s for him and for the others who I
Running through the community is the Ayung River, and across it this spectacular bridge (above).
Elora poses with pupils from the Green School, where local children learn side by side with others from all over the globe. Around 400 in total, ages 3 to 18, are learning to make the world a better place.
hope will come along. “You know the Balinese, besides being amazing artisans, they have always lived from agriculture. And they can’t anymore. So many of the fields and the forests of Bali —and
of the world— are being paved over and lost forever. Bamboo brings us all closer to nature. “Bamboo helps us all,” she adds. “It’s actually one of us. Strong but vulnerable. Sensitive but tough.”
Zoë was engaged to Keith Britton and had an unstable relationship with the handsome actor Bradley Cooper, but it was the Italian artist Marco Perego who finally robbed the heart of the actress of Dominican-Puerto Rican origin, Zoë Saldaña. Married in 2013 at a private ceremony in London, the couple are the proud parents of twins Cy and Bowie and, although they have posted several images of the kids on Instagram, Zoë affirms she will not show their faces.
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UNEXPECTED COUPLES At ﬁrst glance, they don’t seem to have much in common, but one thing is certain: opposites do indeed attract
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lot of celebrity couples make complete sense: they’re close in age, they work in similar fields and they’re both attractive. A few examples are Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello, and Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. They’re perfect couples! But there are also couples in Hollywood who are seemingly very different, but have surprised and inspired us by declaring their love from the rooftops. These couples are solid proof that chemistry between two people is unpredictable and that love can knock on anyone’s door at any time. Jennifer Lawrence suprised everyone a few months ago when she confirmed her relationship with the film director Darren Aronofsky, who is significantly older than she is, and Prince Harry broke thousands of hearts when he introduced Meghan Markle as his girlfriend. Maybe it’s true that the most surprising couples are the most unexpected ones!
Prince Harry Meghan Markle One of the most eligible princes in the entire world, Prince Harry was single for some time after his relationship with Cressida Bonas ended. That’s why when Princess Diana’s son put out a press release that defended his new girlfriend, the actor Meghan Markle, everyone was shocked. The prince confirmed that he was dating an American!
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One of the couples of the year! In an exclusive interiew with ¡HOLA!, Isabel revealed that she never imagined herself marrying again but life surprised her. The socialité is passing through a special stage full of happiness. “Mario is very romantic. We can’t ask him how he would like the wedding to be because it turns into a soap opera, but he is continually talking to me about it,” she affirms.
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Mario Vargas Llosa Isabel Preysler
This couple wins best prize for keeping their romance under wraps. For years, unconfirmed rumors circulated about their relationship until a friend of Foxx announced to the media that they were indeed together. All the brouhaha started back in 2013 when they attended a charity event together in the Hamptons and were standing very close to each other.
Ricky Martin Jwan Yosef
Could they be any more attractive? Their romance started quietly until Ricky Martin shared a photo on Instagram of him holding Jwanâ€™s hand at a Brazilian gala. Since then, theyâ€™ve taken their dapper style wherever they go, whether on the red carpet, at the beach or vacationing in Europe.
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TATIANA DSANTO DOMINGO
Tatiana Santo Domingo was born in New York in 1983. Her father is Julio Mario Santo Domingo Jr., the son of Julio Mario Santo Domingo, one of the wealthiest men of Colombia. In 2013, Tatiana married Andrea Casiraghi, Caroline, Princess of Hanover’s son, and since then they’ve become one of the most stylish and attractive couples of European royalty.
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On April 30, 2013, the Argentinian Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti became the first Latina queen consort. In 2002 she married the Prince of Orange, WillemAlexander. They met on a blind date set up by a friend of hers at the Seville Fair.
LATIN PRINCESSES Not only did they ﬁnd their prince charmings, but they’re also admired by entire nations
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onarchs with latin blood. Without a doubt, something is changing in European royal families now that women of Cuban, Argentinian, Colombian and Venezuelan origin have won over the hearts of their prince (or in some cases duke) charmings. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands was preceded by the Cuban María Teresa Mestre, who married the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. In Monaco, Colombian-American Tatiana Santo Domingo is the mother of the son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and in Greece, the Venezuelan Tatiana Ellinka Blatnik became the Princess of Greece and Denmark after marrying Prince Nikolaos. It seems that the royal families are abandoning the concept that they have to form bonds between similar nations and instead they’re expanding their horizons and looking to Latin America. The result is a princess or duchess who occasionally says “che” or who considers arepas or some other Latin dish her favorite food. Marie-Chantal Claire Miller Pesantes, of British and Ecuadorian origin, is the princess consort of Greece and Denmark. She met Pavlos of Greece at a wedding in the United States. She’s the daughter of the American millionaire Rober t Warren Miller and the Ecuadorian María Clara Chantal Pesantes Becerra, and is known for her elegant and luxurious style.
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Tatiana Ellinka Blatnik belongs to one of the most prestigious and powerful families of Venezuela. She worked with Diane von Furstenberg in London and is considered one of the most beautiful and elegant women of European royalty. She first met Nikolaos of Greece through her brother Boris, and they saw each other again many years later at the Greek Club in Gstaad, Switzerland.
María Teresa Mestre Batista, of Cuban origin, met the Grand Duke of Luxembourg at the University of Geneva. Her family is part of the Caribbean nation’s high society, but now through marriage she belongs to the royal houses of Nassau-Weilburg and Borbón-Parma. When she married in 1981, her wedding made headlines, but Teresa adapted to her new life easily and is now loved by her people.
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Prince William’s younger brother is certainly popular with girls. The attractive ex captain of the British Army is well known for his big heart and sense of humor. “I’m just a big kid,” he has said. And he definitely wants to have his own family. “I’ve wanted kids since I was very young.” Maybe he’s already found the one!
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Amelia — the granddaughter of the queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent— was recently dubbed the most beautiful member of the royal family by Tatler magazine. The University of Edinburgh student is a fashion aficionado and is always the life of the party. After her debutante ball, she joked on Twitter about how she was “terrible” at dancing the waltz and how she forgot everything she learned.
most eligible e singles. Alth hough the ever-popular prince es, William and Harry, are th he ones who make us all swoon, there are other young royal s who have entered the spotlight. Lady Amelia Windsor is stunningly beautiful, Olympia of Greece has become an it-girl and trendsetter and the pictures of Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah in his military uniform have everyone speculating that he will be the next prince charm ming after Prince Harry. We introduce yyou to the it-royals of the moment.
PRINCESS OLYMPIA OF GRECIA Born in 1996, Princess Olympia is Princess Marie-Chantal’s daughter and the only daughter of the most glamorous royal family. She studies at Parsons in New York City and is at every fashion event. She was the center of attention at the last Met Gala.
Her mother is Princess Caroline of Monaco, and although she and two of her siblings don’t hold any royal titles, they inherited all the royal glamour, including the beauty of her grandmother, Princess Grace. Charlotte has a 2-year-old son named Raphael, she’s appeared on the cover of Vogue and she is the official equestrian ambassador for Gucci.
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He may still be very young, but the heir to the crown of Jordan has his priorities in order. As first in the line of succession, he spends a lot of time with his father, but also with his mother, Queen Rania, who he calls his favorite exercise partner. “He takes his responsibilities very seriously but he also tries to have a good time like any other young person,” says Rania about her son.
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She’s the daughter of Princess Stephanie, Princess Caroline’s niece and Grace Kelly’s granddaughter. Her heritage is a mix of blue blood and the best of Hollywood. Born in 1994, she loves fashion and was recently seen at Fashion Week in Paris.
This royal has been single for some months, after finishing her relation with Dave Clark. However, Beatrice did not allow the breakup to distract her from her professional goals, as it was announced that the princess left her job in Manhattan to start her own start up.
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Mica Arganaraz has more than 70,000 followers on Instagram.
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With over 330,000 Instagram followers, the DJ, model, and entrepreneur Hannah Bronfman is quickly making a name for herself.
It’s the new generation of cool. With a bold look and intrepid spirit, these girls are taking social media by storm, and the followers keep coming and coming
The Australian-born model Fernanda Ly stole the show on the Louis Vuitton runway this year. She has more than 100,000 followers on Instagram.
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here’s no doubt that Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift are the most followed stars on Instagram. But girls like Hannah Bronfman, Fernanda Ly and Mica Arganaraz prove that it’s more than just about a pretty face. Whether it’s a casual stroll down the street, a fashion show in Paris, a favorite dish or out partying with friends, these media mavens fill their followers’ feeds with daring snapshots of their jet-setting adventures. New York, London, Paris, Milan, you name it, these ladies are everywhere, giving us a peek into the good life, and social media can’t get enough of them. #DigitalLoyalty
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VICTORIA BECKHAM The queen of fashion drew inspiration from her role as a mother for her latest and surprising new collection
few months ago Target announced its exciting new collaboration with the famous designer for their spring collection, which is not only affordable but also includes baby and kids’ clothes. Victoria Beckham for Target reflects the essence of one of today’s most chic designers and marks the first incursion of David Beckham’s wife into children’s clothing. This mother of four said that she was inspired by the original Victoria Beckham collection but also by her experiences as a mother and her family life. “Working with Target has been a really exciting process and this collaboration allows us to share the essence of my Victoria line with more people than ever. I decided to create the Victoria line when I was pregnant with Harper and since its launch, it’s become a lifestyle brand.” Even though Victoria is a style icon followed by thousands of women around the world, few imagined that some day she would design for kids. Her children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and Harper had a lot to do with that. “Designing for children is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time and that’s why it was so exciting to include clothing for them in this collection. Being a mother has helped me understand what’s important in this category. I’ve had years
The girl of the house! Harper is the youngest of the Beckham clan and the only daughter of David and Victoria. For this reason the former footballer has confessed that he has a special weakness for this little one.
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of practice and I know that kids need to feel comfortable and free in what they’re wearing.” The ex Spice Girl has made it very clear that even though she is very busy, her family is her top priority and she always makes time for her husband and children, especially for the youngest one, adorable 5 year-old Harper. “Both my clothing line and my daughter turned five, so I felt it was the perfect time to launch a more affordable collection to celebrate the anniversary
of my brand and my daughter’s birthday. I’ve always designed clothing that I myself would like to wear, but this time, there are clothes that Harper would love to wear too!” Without a doubt, Victoria Beckham does an exceptional job in all of her roles: mother, wife, designer and entrepreneur. In addition to the success she’s achieved with her fashion sense, her sons have become it-boys and role models for children their age. Brooklyn, 17, is a model and
photographer. Romeo, 14, has also started working as a model, and Cruz, 11, has proven to have a lot of musical talent. The baby of the family, Harper, is still little, but even at a young age she’s shown an interest in fashion! Available in April, the Victoria line is expected to be a hit this spring. If you’re like us, you’re ready to buy every single piece in the collection! —MARIANA CORNEJO
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They say that what is inherited is not stolen, and the Beckham boys are a worthy example of this. Very handsome and talented, the three have shown an incredible affinity for the arts and two of them for modeling.
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CIAL MEDIA BABIES Thesse babies have their own Insta agram accounts and soon they’ll have as many followers as ttheir famous parents! h hey’re babies that shine all by thems elves. And it doesn’t matter what theyy’re doing; whether they’re eating ice cream, taking a nap or simply smiling at e camera, these little ones get thouthe ands of likes every time their celebsa rrity parents upload a picture. And not one of them is over 3! Michael Phelps’ son Boomer has become quite the sensation since the 2016 q Olympics in Rio. Meanwhile, North West, Kim Kardashian’s daughter, is a minii style icon and she earns that title with h every outfit she wears. Check out ese pictures. Can you handle the cutethe ness overload?
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When it comes to mini style experts, you can’t leave out Kim Kardashian’s firstborn. North—or Nori as they affectionately call her—has evidently inherited her mother and aunts’ good taste. According to Kim, her little girl picks out every single outfit she wears.
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After his dad won even more medals at the Olympic Games in Rio, Boomer became a social media phenomenon. But how did he get such a unique name? “We didn’t want a normal name. I suggested the name to Nicole and she thought it sounded cool,” said Michael in an interview with Jimmy Fallon.
Matteo Marrero @MATTEOMARRERO 372K FOLLOWERS
Matteo isn’t your average child. His mother is the famous television hostess Alejandra Espinoza and none other than the singer J Balvin wished him a happy birthday. He may not even be 2 yet, but Alejandra, says that he’s already running all around the house!
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This adorable baby is another Instagram star. From posing in front of the Eiffel Tower to modeling the latest designs in children’s fashion, Coco Rocha’s daughter is probably one of the best dressed and traveled babies of the world. “She loves the camera!,” said an enthusiastic Coco in an interview with HELLO!. O P P O S I T E PA G E : R O B E R T K A M A U , G C I M A G E S . T H I S PA G E : J I M WAT S O N , A F P, G E T T Y I M A G E S . R O B I N M A R C H A N T, G E T T Y I M A G E S . J AV I E R R O M E R O PA R A H O L A ! U S A .
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“I am what I am thanks to my family,” says Jorge Bernal, at home with his wife Karla Birbragher and his two kids: Lucas, age 6, and Kylie Rose, age 2.
ALL IN THE FAMILY!
The popular TV star opens the door of the fun circus that is home in Miami
he most important word in Jorge Bernal’s vocabulary is Family, with a capital F. The popular host of TV’s Suelta la Sopa and co-presenter of La Voz Kids is the father of six year old Lucas and two year old Kylie Rose. His wife, Karla Birbragher, is his personal stylist, as well as Suelta la Sopa’s, the show he’s still in love with because “every day it surprises, fascinates and shows me that I can joke around without offending or disrespecting anyone. My sense of humor is for the whole family.” Jorge describes his Miami home as a happy circus where grandparents play hide & seek with grandchildren, kids jump, run and ride their bikes in the gigantic living room area, play with their pet, a Peruvian chinchilla named Pepper, and several generations get together to watch TV, talk and enjoy family time. The 41 year old Cuban shares this fun chaos with his audience on his YouTube channel (BernalVlog), which this month celebrates its first anniversary.
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“Kylie loves to dance like her mom. Lucas is hyperactive like his dad. He says he’s going to be an astronaut and a doctor... if he has the time,“says Jorge of his son.
How would you describe your home? Fun! You can find a toy, a doll, a little car in every corner… As a matter of fact the living room is so large that it can fit one of those inflatable jump houses for kids. Every once in a while I inflate one for their enjoyment. In this house, if you spill your juice nothing happens. It’s a home for living. We also have a golf cart and we love to ride it around the neighborhood. Who decorated your home? It was 99.9 % Karla, who has very good taste. We have two stories, and in the bottom floor we have paintings and minimalist or
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abstract art. The second floor is more intimate, more for us, with the family pictures. I have my man cave in a space under the stairs that’s like a large closet. That’s where I edit my vlog. Is it hard to balance family and career? I’m very OCD [obsessive compulsive] and I believe it all comes down to organization. I get up at six thirty in the morning, I take Lucas to school, have a
Who do the kids take after? Kylie likes to dance, like her mom; she has rhythm and she’s learning the art of flirting and how to use it. She’s closer to Karla. Lucas is hyperactive like his dad and jumps on the trampoline to release energy. He says he’s going to be an astronaut and a doctor… if he has the time [Laughs].
“WE ARE NORMAL, I HELP MY SON WITH HIS HOMEWORK, I TAKE THE KIDS TO THE DOCTOR LIKE ANY OTHER DAD”
In the midst of so many obligations, how do you keep the spark alive in your marriage? Karla and I have date nights, but I have to admit that not as many as I would like. It’s complicated, because you have to find a nanny and it isn’t always easy. But when we can take the time, we like to go to dinner and go someplace to dance.
coffee, go do the show, and after Suelta la Sopa I pick Lucas up from school. Then I run some errands and help him with his homework. I also read on what’s happening in the world of entertainment and do the vlog. I don’t go to sleep until two or three in the morning, even on weekends.
What values do you want to instill in your children? The values I learned at home: that before work, the most important thing is family. Your parents, your grandparents, your siblings, your cousins are the foundation of everything. I am who I am thanks to my family.
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How have your fans reacted? Phenomenally! They are grateful to see the other side of the coin. People think that because you are on TV you are a multimillionaire and that you live like a star, but here they can see that we are normal, that I help my son with his homework, that I take the kids to the doctor… like any other dad. I do everything with my family.
“Karla and I have date nights, but I have to admit that not as many as I would like. It’s complicated, because you have to find a nanny and it’s isn’t always easy. But when we can take the time, we like to go to dinner and go someplace to dance.”
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A DREAM: “TO DO SOMETHING LIVE IN A THEATRE, LIKE A ONE ON ONE WITH THE AUDIENCE WITHOUT HAVING TO LOOK AT A CAMERA.” A GUILTY PLEASURE: “VANILLA ICE CREAM.” THE PHRASE YOU USE MOST: “LET’S GO!” A VIRTUE: “PATIENCE TO TEACH. I BELIEVE I COULD HAVE BEEN A TEACHER.” JORGE BERNAL IN THREE WORDS: “RESTLESS, MANIC, LOYAL.”
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Julio Iglesias Jr. and Charisse Verhaert, walk along the banks of Lake Tahoe, where they fulfilled their dream of renewing their marriage vows. Below right, the fabulous heart-shaped ring that Julio gave his wife and that she brought to the ceremony in a very special case made out of a tree trunk with their initials engraved on the lid.
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THEIR ROMANTIC LAKE TAHOE WEDDING FOUR YEARS LATER We get an exclusive look at the couple’s intimate ceremony to renew their marriage vows and celebrate their anniversary
hey’ve been together for 12 years. They met on an October day, and on November 3 of 2012, they became man and wife. Julio Iglesias Jr. and Charisse Verhaert celebrated their marriage in a very special way. Hopeless romantics, they couldn’t wait until their silver or gold wedding anniversary — like most couples in Spain— to exchange promises of eternal love and fidelity and renew their marriage vows, a common tradition in the United States. In a ceremony full of symbolism, Julio Iglesias and Isabel Preysler’s son and the Belgian model said “I do” in a secret ceremony for just the two of them, like they’ve always wanted. Once again Charisse became a stunning bride in a white dress from the new spring-summer 2017 collection by Charo Ruiz and a simple crown of wildflowers in her hair —the same ones used in her b bouquett. Julio, the ecstatic groom, wore a simple hirt, casual pants and espadrilles. That’s all white sh eded, except of course, for the perfect setthey nee nd for this couple, it couldn’t be any other ting. An than Lakke Tahoe, the spectacular location where a few years ago they bought their first house, an idyllic cabin where they spend their summers. Julio, what a surprise, you got married again! Yes, we always wanted to get married at our house on Lake Tahoe, in northern California. When we decided to get married four years W o, it was impossible to get everyone together ago there, so we got married in Madrid. How did d the idea come about? Did you propose to Charrisse again? No, no… I did that the first time. I didn’t get down on one knee (laughing), but it was a very special night. We went out for dinner… Charisse and I had already talked about getting married again. But I had a surprise for her: I gave
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her a fabulous heart-shaped diamond ring. She wasn’t expecting it and she loved it. Why California? When I met Charisse 12 years ago —My God! Twelve years already!— the first thing I did was take her to California. I had gone to school there and I’ve always loved it. And she loved it too. After that we bought the cabin and since then we’ve spent every summer there. It’s a very special place for us. So it sounds like you’ve fulfilled a dream. Yes, we made a dream come true. We got married again the way we always wanted to: just the two us; well, except for Molly, our dog, as a witness. We were about to do it that way the first time, but my wife said, “Think about your grandmother.” My wife gets along really well with my grandmother Bea, as well as with my mother. It was Charisse who convinced me to have the wedding in Spain, since it was easier for everyone, both her family from Belgium and mine, to get there. And what are some of your best memories from your first wedding? Our first wedding was wonderful and it was amazing to be able to have the whole family together. It wasn’t easy because we’re spread out all over the world, and there were people who couldn’t make it, but we got as many people together as we could. Have you decided yet if you want to start a family? You know, I’m getting up there. I’m about to turn 44 (laughing). But we’ve been talking about it for a few months now and we’ve finally decided that we want to become parents in 2017. I think I’m now mentally and physically ready. That’s a big surprise! I’m not sure if it’s because we have Molly, because we didn’t have a dog for a long time, and now that we have her, it’s awakened an affection, that need to care for her... And now, we’ve got the itch to have a baby next year. So the paternal instinct has kicked in. Yep, that’s right. My father always used to say, “It’s too soon to have kids, you’re young...,” but I want to enjoy my children while I’m still young. Why type of dad do you think you’ll be? Me? I don’t know. I think I’ll be the good cop (laughing again). I have a lot of friends with kids and they all tell me that it changes your life for the better. I hope that fatherhood is amazing. As soon as I can, I want to take my child to play sports together and I envision that we’ll have a very good relationship, one of mutual understanding and honesty, and that we’ll be able
to talk about everything without hiding anything... You’ve certainly found the right person in Charisse. Yes, I’ve definitely been lucky to find her. We have a great relationship, we get along really well and even though we have little spats, like all couples, we always make up... I’ve found a woman who is good, sincere and who, in addition to being an amazing girl, is my best friend. I ask her opinion and advice on everything. She gets along with everyone. I couldn’t imagine life without her. TEXT: SILVIA CASTILLO PHOTOS: ERNESTO POBLACIÓN COORDINATION: SUSANA URIBARRI (ALFIN PRODUCCIONES)
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JULIA NAVARRO WEAVER OF THRILLERS
The author of the new psychological thriller Story of a Sociopath talks in exclusive about her inspiration, her family and her “almost Zen” lifestyle
Who or what inspired you to create a character as heartless as Thomas Spencer in Story of a Sociopath? No one specifically. I wanted to travel to the most hidden, darkest part of a human being; to invite the readers to know what’s behind the corridors of power, and reflect on the era of digital communication. For example, I don’t have a Twitter or a personal Facebook account. If I need to speak with a friend, I call him. I prefer to converse, to be in direct contact with people. I love to listen to my readers.
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n her new novel, Spanish writer Julia Navarro delves into the world of a ruthless New York publicist and image consultant who will do anything to fulfill his ambitions. This psychological game of thrones is rife with intrigue, betrayals, and stratagems. And it couldn’t be further from the reality of its author. Married to journalist and writer Fermín Bocos, with whom she has a son, Alex, Navarro gives us an exclusive inside view at the woman behind the weaver of these intriguing tales.
Many of those readers ask themselves about the life of a writer of thrillers full of intrigue and psychological suspense. What can you reveal? I keep my family life and my professional life separate. This is something my son requested. I live in Madrid, in a regular house; it’s a house meant to be lived in, not a showcase. Everything in it is designed for our comfort. What is your favorite part of the house? I like all areas, but perhaps my favorite is the place where I write, where I create those worlds of fiction. It’s a place of calm, of reflection, where I can listen to the music
that I love, like Mozart. I am disciplined in my writing. I get up very early, and for me those early morning hours are the best because the house is still silent, there is no noise. It’s the time when I’m most focused, more centered. Later, life starts to seep in through the cracks in the door. In reality I have a very simple, very peaceful life. Is it almost a “Zen lifestyle”? Yes, because I believe that happiness is found in balance, which is what I am always looking for. That’s why I meditate, I practice yoga, and I like to take walks with my son and my dog, a German shepherd named Argos, like Ulysses’ dog. He is gorgeous! I also
enjoy gatherings with friends, who are the same friends I’ve always had, and go to their homes for dinner and conversation. Did your father, the respected journalist Felipe Navarro Yale, influence your career path? Absolutely not. Although now I have a true passion for writing, I originally wanted to be a classical ballet dancer. It’s what I studied until it was time for college. My mother always thought it was fine as an extracurricular activity, but she wanted me to have a different career. And I left the ballet because I was very obedient then. But I am no longer obedient. [Laughs] Q —GISELLE BALIDO
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Sarah Jessica Parker on the red carpet at an event in New York in 2015.
Makeup artist extraordinaire, Leslie López (left) with her good friend and client Sarah Jessica Parker on The Hollywood Reporter’s cover.
e asked Leslie López which stars have the most style when it comes to makeup, and she quickly answered: “My clients!” And we couldn’t agree more with the celebrity makeup artist. Leslie, who is used to the busy award season, lets us in on what it’s like to work with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow, and reveals some of the most common mistakes celebrities make while getting ready for these events. “Doing a last-minute fake tan. Sometimes it’s too orange and it doesn’t look good. I always tell my clients that if they’re going to do something, they should try it out a few weeks before to see how it looks.” She advises them to get a facial cleansing and to moisturize, as well as pay attention to the area around the eyes, the neck and the chest. Just as in fashion, makeup trends come and go, but what’s more important to Leslie is playing up the celebrity’s individuality on the red carpet. “We are all aware of trends, but you don’t necessarily need to follow them. You have to know what’s in style, but at the same time beauty is such an individual thing. There are some things that are in fashion that you may not like and that’s fine. You shouldn’t try to wear something that doesn’t
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Jennifer Aniston at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.
Kate Hudson is also a fan of the makeup artist. Here, on the red carpet at the People’s Choice Awards 2016.
Gwyneth Paltrow is another one of Leslie’s frequent clients. She did her makeup for a Stella McCartney fashion show in 2016.
go with your eyes, for example.” The artist has been working for many years with the fashion maven and style icon Sarah Jessica Parker. Because Leslie has created many of her looks, she knows her very well. “Sarah Jessica likes dramatic eye makeup, so that’s why her lip color is never too strong. But I also take into consideration the event that she’ll be attending. If it’s a charity event, the makeup is a lot softer. If it’s something more glamorous, then her makeup will make more of a statement.” But did she see any makeup trends on the red carpets this season? “It’s hard to say because it’s something very personal and there are a lot of makeup artists and each one has a look. What matters to me is that the person that I’m working with for an event looks radiant, fresh and
“I LIKE MY CLIENTS TO NOT ONLY WIN AN OSCAR FOR THEIR PERFORMANCE BUT ALSO AN OSCAR FOR THE MAKEUP THAT I DID FOR THEM”
Carrie Underwood was a vision on the 2016 CMA Awards’ red carpet, in Nashville.
beautiful. I like my clients to not only win an Oscar for their performance, but also an Oscar for the makeup that I did for them!” And without a doubt, Leslie could easily win one because: “These are the times when our work is recognized the most because it’s live on a screen. It really puts our work on display.” —MARIANA CORNEJO
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WHETHER IT'S A QUESTION OF CULTURE OR STYLE, I'VE ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT HISPANICS ARE HAPPY, WARM AND FUN. THAT'S SOMETHING YOU WANT TO INSTILL IN YOUR CHILDREN
CAROLYN MURPHY, AN ICONIC FACE • She was Versace and Calvin Klein’s muse, and the face of Estée Lauder. • During two consecutive years (1998 and 1999), she appeared in the legendary calendar Pirelli. • She has always been very discreet with her private life. She was in a relationship with the Dutch model Mark Vanderloo (who later married the model Esther Cañadas) and in 1999, she married the surfer Jake Schroeder. On December 28 of 2000, her only daughter, Dylan Blue, was born. • The late 90s marked the beginning of her acting career, with her role in Liberty Heights, by the director Barry Levinson. • In 2006, Forbes magazine ranked her the sixth highest-paid top model in the world.
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HER UNMISTAKABLE FACE AND HER DEFINITION OF SUCCESS SHE RECEIVED US IN THE ELEGANT OFFICE WHERE RE-NUTRIV WAS BORN, THE LEGENDARY PRODUCT CREATED BY ESTÉE LAUDER TWO DECADES AGO THAT KICK-STARTED HER MODELING CAREER Along with the beautiful supermodel, we were also received by none other than Aerin Lauder, who at the age of 46 is running the family business with Jane, her only sister. Aerin and Jane are some of the youngest multi-millionaires in the world. They’re two icons of beauty and business success. Sitting next to Aerin, we spoke with the stunning and sweet Carolyn Murphy, who has been the face of Estée Lauder for a decade. Carolyn, 42, was the sixth highestpaid top model in the world in 2006. And even though the pace of her work has slowed down, she’s still in high demand. Her 15-yearold daughter, Dylan Blue, fruit of her brief marriage with the surfer and entrepreneur Jake Shroeder, has inherited her beauty. However, Carolyn prefers to keep her far from the runways and out of the limelight. “She’s too young,” she always says when a company expresses an interest in Dylan Blue. On a sunny afternoon in the heart of New York City, Aerin —Style and Image Director for Estée Lauder Co.— and Carolyn talk to HOLA! USA, woman to woman. What does trust mean to you? A ER IN: Family, children, your spouse. Family is the best definition of trust. And there’s nothing more deserving of it than the love of your parents.
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CAROLYN: I agree. I think you first receive that love from your parents and then you pass that unconditional love down to your children. What are you grateful for in life? A: I would say the same thing: I’m thankful for my family. My grandparents were a great example. They passed down that tradition to my father, to my uncle and so on. C: Your family is wonderful, Aerin! That’s rare these days, when ever ything is so fleeting. Aerin, we can’t talk about your family without mentioning the brand that your grandparents founded, Estée Lauder. The company has a tremendous ability to reinvent itself in a constantly changing world. How do they do it? We live in a time when everything is changing. The brand evolves and adds new elements. But, as if it were a formula, we try to maintain a balance between these new elements and the same high quality because that’s where the trust is. This is a historic moment in American politics. What do you think about the power that women have during this time? A: I never discuss politics, but I think it’s wonderful. It’s proof that a woman can do it all! C: There are so many incredible women, regardless of political affiliation... Behind ever y great man, there’s an even better woman. We can do a lot. It’s part of our nature. This is a really exciting time for women in general. —CRISTY MARRERO Estée Lauder’s New York office opened its doors for HOLA! USA. The granddaughter of the founders, Aerin Lauder (left), and Carolyn Murphy—signature face of the brand for years—posed for us exclusively.
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In the wake of the industry’s hunger for change, a new wave of Latin design is taking our closets by storm. With a young and fresh perspective, this season’s rising stars are everywhere. From classic to bold fashion, HOLA! USA shows you the it-designers to go for this spring.
THE DESIGNER: Colombian born Juan Carlos Obando has rocked the runways with his flattering vision. Obando’s clean lines add an old Hollywood allure to his gowns that celebrities are currently obsessed with.
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THE DESIGNER: Declared a true fan of feminity, with a perfect understanding for color, structure and contrast, Johanna Ortiz has placed herself as one of the designer’s to watch in 2017.
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THE DESIGNER: Born in Bogotá and raised in Miami, Esteban’s brilliant balance between shapes and shades have given him one of the top spots on the industry’s minimalist category.
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THE ARTIST BEHIND THE SONG ‘SHOWER’ IS AN EXPERT IN BEAUTY ROUTINES THE BEAUTIFUL SINGER BECAME AN IT-GIRL IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, AND NOW SHE’S REACHING EVEN HIGHER WITH HER FIRST SINGLE IN SPANISH
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ecky G has a lot to be proud of: she’s one of the most successful young performers, she has a leading role in the new movie Power Rangers and she was recently honored in California for the work she has done for the Hispanic communit y. A nd she’s only 19! Staying true to her Mexican roots, the singer says she wants to focus on producing music in Spanish after the release of her first single Sola. “I’m happy because in very little time the video has reached 30 million views. I’m also proud of my family, I consider myself a role model for my siblings and it’s very rewarding to know that I’m making their lives better,” she told us. With a style that’s daring and at the same very chic, Becky is the center of attention on the red carpet. Her glam team creates all of her looks so she’s always radiant for the cameras. “Keeping my hair healthy is a big priority for me. I try to brush it with cold water before getting into the shower. That helps it shine.” But her hair isn’t her only asset. She also has enviable skin. “I never go to sleep without first removing my makeup. I always let my skin rest at night. When I can, I use a face scrub that makes my skin really smooth.” The singer also revealed that she tries to eat healthy (especially now that she’s dating an athlete), and that she exercises on a regular basis. And of course Becky doesn’t forget about makeup. “I have to have a good mascara, eyeliner and moisturizing lipstick. I like to keep my lips well hydrated.” —MARIE CHALITA
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EARNING A TOP PLACE IN THE DIGITAL HALL OF FAME IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO ENOUGH FOR THIS DETERMINED NEW YORKER ALL FINGERS POINT TO BERNSTEIN AS ONE OF THE PIONEERS BEHIND THE SOCIAL MEDIA BOOM, BUT HER INFLUENCE FAR SURPASSES A GOOD PHOTO. TO THIS IT-GIRL, IT’S ALL ABOUT EXPANDING HER BUSINESS
he 24-year-old digital extraordinaire opened the doors of her home to HOLA! USA, gave us a sneak peek into her everyday life, and shared her career secrets and road to success, despite the blogosphere’s many controversies.
Let’s talk style. Do you think that this is something that you’re born with or that can be easily learned? I think I always had style inside of me somewhere, but for me it didn’t fully develop/come to the surface until I was about 18.
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What is a day in the life of Danielle Bernstein like? Each day is different from the next when it comes to running WeWoreWhat and being an international influencer. The most typical day starts off with coffee and morning emails with my team in my home office, followed by setting up a blog post for that day. Then, if we don’t have a photo shoot, there are press appointments and collaboration meetings to be had in every corner of NYC. Typically our lunch turns into a lunch meeting with a brand or PR company, followed by my usual 4 p.m. workout, a brand dinner and several nighttime events. I usually don’t end my “work day” until about midnight.
What’s a style mistake you usually see on the street? Someone who puts too many trends into one look #tryingtoohard. Considering your evolution and all of the experiences you have been through, what differentiates you from other fellow bloggers? I am a native New Yorker living out her early 20s in the eyes of millions. I have always remained completely authentic, and I think my followers can see that. You’re super careful when it comes to your image and like to have creative control over your team and the looks you choose. Did you have a bad experience that made you more careful? People choose to work with me, and follow me because of my personal style and creative control. I have never considered myself a model, and thus don’t like to take creative direction from others (although opinions are always welcomed) and that’s why I like to direct my own shoots. To many, your job is to inspire as well as share your fashion (and now business!) knowledge on a daily basis. In your words, why do you think this job is crucial to the industry? I, and others alike, represent a real-world point of view, and have captured the audience of a very specific demographic that brands target, and that’s why I have a job. How do you and your top colleagues
I HAVE NEVER CONSIDERED MYSELF A MODEL react to the opinion of some people that the blogging industry is quickly coming to an end? Do you see it evolving over the next five years? Those opinions are few and come from those who have an archaic mindset when it comes to advertising and media today. I have already expanded my blog to a lifestyle brand and have launched three brands because of it. I will continue to invest in other businesses while growing my own. You have successfully helped reshape social media boundaries and now you’re expanding into the design world. Let’s talk about Second Skin Overalls. How did this (genius) idea come about? Do you plan on adding to the collection? My tagline for the first three years of my blog was “Overalls Are My Second Skin.” As an avid lover of overalls, I was only ever able to find vintage pairs that I loved and saw a space in the market I knew I could fill. The first collection, The Basics, is our signature denim style, but we are expanding into leather, lace and silk with the second collection. We will continue to create new designs while keeping the consistency of an overalls look with all-in-one pieces. —CLAUDIA TORRES-RONDÓN
From left to right: Jennifer Nieman, Jennifer Gómes Vita, Rondiné Alcalá, Mayna Nevárez, Susan Stipcianos and Laura Mejía Cruz.
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THE PR QUEENS
MEET THESE SIX WONDER WOMEN–ALL BRILLIANT LATINA STRATEGISTS AND PROMOTERS–WHO USE THEIR CREATIVITY, INSTINCT, AND, MOST OF ALL, THEIR UNFAILING PASSION TO HELP THEIR CELEBRITIES SHINE THEIR BRIGHTEST BY GISELLE BALID O PH OTOS: K ATHY BO OS PRO D U C TI O N: JAVIER ROMERO + MIGUEL SIRGADO
RONDINÉ ALCALÁ That Personal Touch
DID YOU K NOW... AN ICON: “THOSE WHO PURSUE THEIR DREAMS EVEN WHEN OTHERS OPPOSE THEM. THOSE BRAVE SOULS HAVE MY TOTAL ADMIRATION.” A GUILTY PLEASURE: “JUST ONE? OK, CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM.” A CELEBRITY CRUSH: “RYAN GOSLING.” A PASSION: “MUSIC.” HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: “ENTERPRISING, DIRECT AND PASSIONATE.”
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Rondiné Alcalá always felt the irresistible pull of music and art. So when in 1999 Luis Miguel’s manager offered her a job, the young Venezuelan went on tour with el Sol de México… and never looked back. Today she looks into the future because, as the founder of Rondené PR, she believes that the digital era is transforming the relationship between artist and fans by quantic leaps and bounds. “I use social media more than it’s normally done because I think that a live Facebook session with an artist is worth more than a conference. The future is the personal connection between the star and his fans. The unreachable star doesn’t work anymore. I practice equality,” asserts the Marketing and Publicity graduate that counts Ricky Martin, Laura Pausini, Juan Luis Guerra and Fonseca among “her” artists (she says that she has come to see them as members of a great family). Of course, the need to be always connected and available to her clients takes its toll. “The work itself is very stressful, because you feel the pressure to see your artist succeed,” she says. But she has learned to find a delicate balance, “because when I exceed myself, my body reminds me.” That’s the reason that her “me time” is non-negotiable. These are the moments to cuddle in front of the TV with her husband to watch Game of Thrones or to escape on a road trip to Isla Morada. She also meditates to drop the stress from the job and tries to live focused on the present moment. At the same time, Rondiné has a dream for the future: to share all that she has learned through the years with the new generation of publicists and public relations managers. “I am still not sure if I’ll write a book or do it through classes or seminars,” she says. But if she’s sure of anything, it’s that she will do it. “Definitively, I want to reach them and teach them the protocols of this business, which has its rewards. I do work a lot, but when I get to the concert and see the audience singing, dancing, and enjoying the show, I feel it’s worth it.”
DID YOU K NOW... AN ICON: “OPRAH WINFREY. I SHARED A FEW MINUTES WITH HER WHEN ONE OF MY ARTISTS PERFORMED ON HER SHOW, BUT SHE WAS VERY WARM AND HUMAN.” A GUILTY PLEASURE: ”AROMATIC CANDLES. I BUY THEM A LOT AND EVEN TRAVEL WITH THEM.” A CELEBRITY CRUSH: “RYAN GOSLING.”
LAURA MEJIA AND SUSY, HAIR BY MARCO PEÑA AND MAKEUP CLAUDIA BETANCUR. JENNIFER GÓMEZ, RONDINÉ, JENNIFER NIEMAN AND MAYNA TOUCH UPS BY JAHN JEMEL MATIAS. SPECIAL THANKS TO ALFREDO GUZMAN FROM DOT FIFTYONE GALLERY.
A PASSION: ““MY FAMILY.” HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: “PROFESSIONAL, PASSIONATE, AND STRONG.”
JENNIFER NIEMAN The Troubleshooter
To Jennifer Nieman the most fascinating part of her job is the adrenaline. “If something happens with one of my clients, I don’t care if it’s one in the morning or if I’m in Paris. I have to solve it! I love crisis managemente. That’s when I’m at my best, because I get totally focused,” says the founder of The Nieman Group, the boutique agency that has among its clients Prince Royce, and Maluma, both of whom she calls “my pampered boys.” “I put my heart and my passion in my job because I don’t represent anyone I don’t love”, says Jennifer, who was born in Miami, grew up in Puerto Rico, and studied Broadcast
Journalism at Boston University. What attracts her to her profession is the challenge of positioning an artist and helping him or her have a solid career in a notoriously fickle industry. But what inspires her is to see the healing power of music firsthand. “The song Corazón sin cara, written by Prince Royce, has helped a lot of girls with bulimia and has been used in hospitals with children who have suffered facial burns,” she says, visibly moved. “That makes all this work worth it.” At the same time, she keeps a small client roster so that she can devote time to her husband and to Tatiana,
11, her daughter from a previous relationship. “My clients understand that I have a family. The most important thing in my life, ever since I was a little girl, was to be a mom. That’s why it’s very important for me to keep my family and my work life balanced. Maybe in a few years Tatiana will no longer want to play with me. I want to be present in her life now, and enjoy every moment with her.” During her free time she goes to the gym to destress with a good workout and enjoys dining out with her family. And music of course. “What inspires me is to see through my artists the incredible power of music.”
M AY N A N E V A R E Z Tireless Innovator
DID YOU K NOW... AN ICON: “JOHN PAUL THE II.” A GUILTY PLEASURE: ”SPAS!” A CELEBRITY CRUSH: “BON JOVI.” A DREAM TO FULFILL: “TO TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH MY HUSBAND ON A SAILBOAT. BUT I HAVE TO LOSE THE FEAR OF CROSSING THE ATLANTIC.” HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: “OPTIMISTIC, TIRELESS, FIGHTER.”
The thing that Mayna Nevarez enjoys the most about the circus maximus that is a public relations firm that represents celebrities, is the creative process of coming up with unique campaigns. And in an area that is overflowing with brilliant ideas, this is not an easy task. But the CEO and president of Nevarez Communications, the company she founded in 2004, is always looking for inspiration. “What I enjoy the most is brainstorming with my team to create something fresh and new,” says Mayna, who left her international politics studies for journalism and public relations. “Today this business is more challenging because in the digital era you have to learn and always be ahead of the ever changing technology. I try to be like a sponge, absorbing and learning from everything.” Her agency has among her clients Carlos Vives, Daddy Yankee, Gente de Zona and Alexis & Fido. But if you think it’s all about the glamour, forget it. She assures us that the job is so intense, that “sometimes you feel you have to clone yourself,” she laughs. “During awards season, for example, the work is 24/7.” In the midst of this chaos, Mayna finds the time to give speeches and offer the new generation of publicists and representatives an internship focused on idea, execution and results. But though she is the first to admit that she is passionate about her work, family is her number one priority. “In time, I have learned to create a balance and I know when to disconnect. First, I have a great team, so I can delegate, and second, my clients believe in family and understand when it’s my children’s birthday,” says the mother of René, 12, and Avril, 10, her children with entrepreneur René Rodríguez. In her “me time”, which is sacred, Mayna “recharges” by doing the things she loves the most, like getting up early in the morning to play tennis before going to the office, or letting herself be pampered in a spa. “I love spas,” says the tireless innovator. “But without a doubt, the best therapy for me is watching my kids play tennis.”
JENNIFER G Ó M E Z V I TA ÿþþ 4EWWMSR What Jennifer Gómez Vita enjoys the most about her work, which she calls her passion, is connecting with the person behind the public image. It’s not about the glamour of dealing with a celebrity, but the work of building a career. “Working on a television show, seeing an idea take shape and being part of its development, and then later see it turn into reality, is… spectacular!” says the dynamo from Lima, Perú, who began her career in television production and journalism with Univision. She later moved on to Telemundo as Director of Talent and Public Relations. “Now imagine when you do the same with a celebrity, a human being with whom you work ‘mano a mano’ and, as team leader, you help develop their overall image and career.” The publicist and manager at the helm of Gómez Vita Entertainment, the agency she founded in 2013 and that counts among its clients actresses Gaby Espino and Elizabeth Gutiérrez, as well as TV presenter Pamela Silva Conde, admits that her work is not your typical nine to five office job. But she is adamant that “only those who love this career know what it feels like and don´t care what sacrifices they have to make, because this is something they feel passionate about. I always give 100% to each project.” Jennifer has other dreams and future goals. The first is a project that is very close to her heart: to found an organization to help orphan children in her native Perú. The second is to live magical experiences while traveling all over the world. “I love to travel and every year I go on a dream trip,” she says. “Traveling to Turkey is in my bucket list, especially to go on a balloon ride in the city of Cappadocia.” And knowing Jennifer, no one doubts that, as always, she will go after her passion.
DID YOU K NOW... AN ICON: “JESUS CHRIST.” A GUILTY PLEASURE: “CHOCOLATE.” A CELEBRITY CRUSH: “IT FLUCTUATES, BUT THE FLAVOR OF THIS MONTH IS MIGUEL ANGEL SILVESTRE FROM THE SHOW VELVET.” THE PERSON WHO HAS IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST: “I ADMIRE WOMEN WHO DO IMPECCABLE WORK IN JOBS THAT HAVE NORMALLY BEEN MALE DOMINATED.” HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: “LOYAL, PROTECTIVE, DREAMER.”
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DID YOU K NOW... AN ICON: “SARAH JESSICA PARKER, BECAUSE ALL HER LOOKS ARE CREATIVE, UNIQUE, AND VERY MUCH HER OWN.” A GUILTY PLEASURE: “THE BACHELOR AND THE BACHELORETTE TV SHOWS.” A CELEBRITY CRUSH: ”HARRY STYLES FROM ONE DIRECTION.” WHAT SHE DOES IN HER ‘ME TIME’: “GOING TO THE BEAUTY SALON RELAXERS ME, AND HANGING OUT WITH MY FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE IS THE BEST THERAPY.” HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: “INDUSTRIOUS, HONEST AND HAPPY.”
LAURA MEJÍA CRUZ 'SRRIGXIHĀĂą When you ask what attracted her to the world of publicity and public relations, Laura Mejía Cruz will tell you that it all began with her fascination with music. “I was attracted to that world ever since I was a child, but I can’t sing a note!” says the charming Colombian who represents, among others, Spanish singer Natalia Jiménez and Peruvian singer-composer Gianmarco. But she would not be stopped by such a minor detail. “But anyway, I always loved to speak with people, to learn their stories and communicate what an artist is trying to express. That’s why I knew that I had to work in the entertainment industry.” In 2009 she and her business partner, Susan Stipcianos, founded The Dream Team Agency, one of the first Latin agencies to work with American companies looking to connect with Hispanic consumers. Today they are at the forefront of the industry in
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promoting hot and relevant influencers and beauty and fashion bloggers like Adriana Castro and Daniela Ramírez. Laura enjoys her job, but she readily admits that behind the glamour of the premieres and the red carpets, there’s a lot of leg work and elbow grease. “When you work in public relations you have to roll up your sleeves and do everything. People see the glamorous event, but we do the work behind the scenes: provide information to the media and assist the artist in the chaos that is a red carpet… It is never a 9 to 5 job! You work all the time, including weekends,” says Laura, who has a de gree in So cial Communication and Journalism from the University of Colombia, and studied Radio and TV Production in Miami, where she currently resides. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say, where she “lands” between business trips. “This job requires constant travelling. Sometimes you are away for two
weeks, return home for three days, and hop on a plane again.” How does she manage her 24/7 career and her personal life? It helps that her boyfriend, photographer Omar Cruz, has an equally packed agenda. “If my boyfriend worked in a bank, he would feel abandoned, because he could not understand the constant turmoil we live in. Omar travels as much as I do, and we always try to meet up in some city. There we do the tourist thing: we go out to dinner and enjoy films and photo exhibits.” Sunday is the designated couple’s day to stay at home, dine in and simply chillax in front of the TV with Cuchi Cuchi, the adorable dachshund that Laura calls “the baby of the house.” But even in the midst of her super packed schedule, Laura still has a dream she’d like to fulfill. “I would love to go on tour for several months and travel the world with someone like Beyonce, U2 or Metalica It would be fantastic!”
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DID YOU K NOW... AN ICON: “WOMEN LIKE LUZ MARÍA DORIA, FRIENDS LIKE ANA FLORES AND BOSSES LIKE MARÍA CRISTINA MARRERO WHO INSPIRE US TO FIGHT A LITTLE MORE EVERY DAY AS FEMALE LEADERS.” A GUILTY PLEASURE: “BARGAIN SHOPPING! IN MY BLOG I REVEAL HOW TO GET MEGA DISCOUNTS.” A CELEBRITY CRUSH: “MY HUSBAND GIVES ME A FREE PASS WITH BRAD PITT, LOL!” A TALENTO: “I AM VERY ORGANIZED.” HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE
Susan Stipcianos always dreamed of being a TV news reporter like her role model Ilia Calderón. As a matter of fact, she studied journalism in Los Angeles. Yet she jumped headlong into the world of public relations. Why the switch? “I was too hyper for the news! Besides, I’d have to cut my hair”, laughs the Colombian at the helm of the Beauty and Fashion division of The Dream Team Agency, the company she founded with business partner Laura Mejía Cruz, and which counts Clarins, Tommy Hilfiger and Estée Lauder among its clients. She is also the author of a fashion blog, My Daily Café, and is a special fashion correspondent for CNN en Español and RCN, which she calls “just plain fun.” At the same time, Susan is the first to admit that her job is insanely stressful. Luckily, she says, “I am passionate for every aspect of my job –the clients, the products, the events– everything. When a new product arrives, I get super excited and I am the first one who wants to try it!,” admits Susan. For her, the job is a constant source of inspiration. “Being lucky enough to see the real person behind a star like Pitbull, or Adriana Lima, and to know their real stories, is inspiring,” she says. That is why her dedication knows no bounds. “This job requires you to be always connected. Sometimes I wake up at one in the morning to jot down my ideas. Other times I try not to work on a Sunday, just to maintain a balance. Luckily, my husband understands,” she says of businessman Héctor Gallegos, whom she married two years ago. In the little free time she has (“What is that?”), Susan practices yoga and goes to the beach to destress. But what relaxes her the most is to take her dog, Maya, for a walk. And during those walks, she dreams… “I’d love to have babies and a house with 20 dogs… but if the babies don’t come, I’m happy with the 20 dogs,” she laughs. Another one of her dreams is to create something to help her community. For that purpose she works with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital as co-chair of the hospital’s committee for its annual Miami gala. It’s her way of giving back to life for the gift of being able to live her passion every day.
WORDS: “HONEST, ENTERPRISING AND TENACIOUS.”
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IN THE COMFORT OF THEIR HOME, SURROUNDED BY FAMILY AND AN ENDLESS AMOUNT OF SCRUMPTIOUS DESSERT, THE BEST-PAID TV ACTRESS AND THE MOST LOVED AND SOUGHT-AFTER HEARTTHROB OF THE MOMENT SAT DOWN WITH HOLA! USA. TAKE A PEEK INTO THEIR MARVELOUS HOLLYWOOD WORLD BY CRISTY MARRERO PHOTOS: JOHN RUSSO
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o write a book about f Sofía Vergara with aniello, the English be: How to Have Your n Spanish, we might call it something like: Dios se los dio y San Pedro se los bendice (which loosely translated means: “If you’ve got it, f launt it.”). Without a doubt, both sayings perfectly summarize the success story of our amazing hosts on this very special occasion: their first wedding anniversary and the recently finished remodeling of their first family home. We spent the entire afternoon with Sofía and Joe, in elegant but casual attire (picked by Sofía herself), and had many good laughs as well as plenty of cake, the type that’s so good you can’t get enough, just like this couple of lovebirds.
“THERE IS ALWAYS FOOD IN MY HOUSE. EVERYWHERE. I WANT EVERYONE TO FEEL COMFORTABLE HERE. JOE EVEN HAS COFFEE WITH THE GARDENERS” Sofía: I always have food, drinks and a lot of cake at home. They [her son Manolo and Joe] laugh at me because they say that I make our house seem like a hotel. I put little bottles of water on their bedside tables every night. I’ve been known to fold the toilet paper in the bathroom too [she says laughing], but I spent nearly half of my career in hotels [when she did the Univision show Fuera de serie] and that’s what I got used to. Are you the type that folds towels into swans? S: I’ve done that before, but that’s not one of my obsessions [she laughs]. I’m not a perfectionist. I don’t have to have everyt h i ng picked up, but I a m ver y detail-oriented.
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“When I saw these stairs, I knew this would be my house. We went with lighter colors for the ceiling and walls to let more natural light in and for a more modern look.”
“I LIVE 15 MINUTES AWAY FROM WORK. THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IS IDEAL BECAUSE I’M ALWAYS RUNNING LATE. THAT’S WHY I LOVE MY MEDITERRANEAN HOUSE. SOMETIMES I’M A LITTLE TOO MONOCHROMATIC, BUT JOE’S ART AND MY FLOWERS ADD THE TOUCH OF COLOR IT NEEDS” It’s obvious that a stranger didn’t decorate your house. You can feel that personal touch that you’re talking about... S: Yes, I really did buy everything. The decorator showed me things, but I knew I wanted a house that we could all enjoy because my son Manolo and my niece live here. Joe has a brother, a sister-in-law and a niece [who always visit]... So there are always people here. I wanted it to be a house that people use.
In fact, we saw that you let Joe put his feet up on the white sofa in the living room. S: Yeah, well Joe sleeps there, eats there, watches all his [soccer] games there on weekends. It’s his favorite place. Plus, we open the windows and let fresh air in. He loves it. My favorite room is the bathroom [she laughs]. Well that and my closet. It’s not as big as I thought I wanted it to be, but I made some adjustments. I took over the man’s side [she
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“I LOVE DESSERTS. ESPECIALLY CAKES. THEY MAKE ME HAPPY. I LIKE TO LOOK AT THEM. I EAT THEM TOO. BUT JUST LOOKING AT THEM MAKES ME HAPPY. I VOLUNTEER FOR AN ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES BIRTHDAY CAKES FOR CHILDREN IN NEED” laughs out loud]. I said, “Joe, you don’t need a big closet.” And he said, “Yes, love. Just take it.” Joe, you’re a very accommodating man. Were you involved in the decoration of any of the rooms? Joe: Yes, she left me with two rooms: the gym and my office. I have always made it a habit of going to art galleries and openings. Some of my best friends are some of the biggest artists working today and others have made careers of collecting and dealing art. So when it came time to decorating the new house, along with the works I had collected over the years, I had new paintings/ work s comm is sioned by Ret na, Skullphone and my good friends Shepard Fairey and Rolland Berry. Rolland and I worked together to come up with the ideas that he turned into the Andy Warhol and Sophia Loren paintings you photographed in our living room. S: He’s so easy-going with everything. He helped me decorate. I’ve been cutting out pictures of every detail I want
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in my dream house for two years. I would show them to him and he would say yes or no. For example, I let him decorate his office. He decorated it all by himself. J: I was pleased to find that Sofía’s decorating style and my taste in paintings were absolutely compatible. So one could say you’re as happy as clams —or should we say cake? S: We’re happy here. We love our house. My hobby is buying stuff and hosting parties. Any excuse to say, “I’ll throw a party!” Joe has a lot of work meetings at home because he has a production company with his brother. I love it. Everyone is comfortable in my house. There’s always food, like at Gloria’s house [her character in Modern Family, ABC].
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With this interview and exclusive photographs, the hottest couple decided to show us their finished home, while celebrating their first wedding anniversary, which
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“IF ACTING DIDN’T PAY THE BILLS, I WOULD DO SOMETHING ELSE. BOTTOM LINE IS BEING A MAN AND PROVIDER ALWAYS CAME FIRST FOR ME” they kept private, except for a couple of pictures they recently put on social media. S: [The wedding] was such a beautiful time. We wanted to show our fans what they wanted to see. That’s why it’s so special for us to do this cover and that’s why I convinced Joe. Because this is a really special time for us in our relationship and we enjoy our privacy, but we have the best fans in the world and we know it makes them happy to see us happy and in love. And also, the house turned out so nice and we picked HOLA! USA to show it to them as well. #LoveIsInTheAir, without a doubt… J: From the first moments of our relationship we spent hours just laughing our heads off together. We could talk for hours at it was very evident that we both shared the same sense of humor and core values. S: He is so funny and every since we met, that has been really important. We even talk to each other all the time in this little voice that we made up, like a couple of dorks. Whoever heard us, would say, “What is their problem?” Joe is very light-hearted. He’s never in a bad mood, never. And we get along really well. I think I’m also like that. I try to stay calm throughout the day and not worry about things I can’t change, and when the time comes that I have to deal with a problem, that’s when I deal with it. He’s like that too. You could say that it was love at first sight. Or shall we say at first laugh? J: We realized very early on that we each had to put the other person’s happiness and wellbeing ahead of our own. Once you realize that kind of trust has manifested, you hang on for dear life. Or in my case, you go and buy a ring. S: My heart was melting and I simply said, “But of course!” [She laughs]. He laughs because women tend to react more than respond. Joe is very spiritual and deals with everything very well. I call him my Hindu monk [she jokes]. I’m all: Aaaaaahhhhh! And he’s like nothing. One day he was lying down next to me and he suddenly put his head in his hands and said,
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“Oh my god!” I didn’t see his face or his smile and just said, “Ayyyy! What happened? Who died? Who killed himself?” It was terrible. I don’t know what got into me, but I had never seen him with his head in his hands like that ... “Nothing, nothing. Sorry. It’s just that I got the part in the movie!” he said. [Joe laughs out loud.] He laughs and I was going crazy. It was his dream role. Thank goodness he showed me how to meditate... Finding Joe has brought me a lot of peace. A very profound calm. You got married six months after meeting… S: And we didn’t hesitate for one second. We had a wedding with 400 guests and [the process] was just like decorating our home: we didn’t have one fight. The most beautiful thing was seeing how my son Manolo cried that day. He’s never seen me married because I’ve been single ever since he was 1-year old. I didn’t live with anyone until Manolo went to college. Partly because I hadn’t found the right person and I knew that if I moved in with someone, it would have a psychological effect on my son. I wasn’t going to bring a man into my son’s home. I think that’s why I always wanted long-distance relationships, with men in other countries.
As an actor, we’ve seen you play vampires [True Blood, 2014], strippers [Magic Mike, 2012 & 2015] and coming soon, superheroes [ Justice League, 2018] and smurfs [Smurfs: The Lost Village, 2017]. How do you like your role as a family man? J: If acting didn’t pay the bills, I would do something else. Bottom line is that being a man and provider always came first for me. I wasn’t someone who was going to waste their life chasing an unrequited dream because I needed to be seen and heard by other people. I’ve always believed in myself from the beginning and I’ve been tested in ways you can’t imagine when it comes to my career but I stayed the course because I made a better living at this than anything else I could think of doing. S: See why I say he’s my Hindu monk?
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This career is hard. I’ve been working toward that dream for more than 20 years. I think you can’t be a victim in life. That attracts negative things. With men, with family, with work. You know what I mean? A thousand things can happen, but that’s life. Your character in Modern Family changed your life. Does it bother you that some people think that Gloria is a stereotype of Latin women? According to Forbes,
In 2017 we’ll see the True Blood actor in Smurfs: The Lost Village and Justice League. In 2018 he’ll be part of the Batman cast, directed by Ben Affleck.
you were the best-paid TV actress in 2016. S: That’s what they say! [She laughs.] We’re on our eighth season now and I think we have at least another two years. I hope to god because this job is perfect. I know that I’m never going to have another job as perfect as this one, so I try to get the most out of it. I go to work happy every day. It’s a pleasure playing this character. I don’t have to be crying, running or raped in a scene. It’s nice being on set because everything is a joke, everyone is laughing and we get along really well. I try to be present and live in the moment because sometimes everything goes by so quickly and then you realize that ten years have gone by. Financially, I’ve taken advantage of it because as an actress you might have work for ten years and then nothing for the next ten years. I haven’t stopped working
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She plays Gloria in Modern Family; she’s a spokesperson for CoverGirl, Head & Shoulders and Rooms To Go and she has her own fragrance, Tempting (Parlux). Sofía is a businesswoman.
for one minute with Luis [Balaguer, her manager and partner in Latin We, the talent agency they both manage]. But still there are people who insist that Gloria doesn’t represent the reality of Latina women in the U.S. S: What’s wrong with being a stereotype? Gloria’s character is inspired by my mom and my aunt. They are both Latina women who grew up in Colombia, like me. They love color, prints and shoes. I’m like that too. A voluptuous, intense, happy woman, who wants to get involved in everything with her partner to help. She’s married to a millionaire and she loves him. She’s not a gold digger. She takes care of him. She makes him empanadas.
In 2015, Toti, as her close friends call her, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an honor that she shares with fellow Colombian and Barranquilla native, Shakira.
It upsets me when Latinos complain about Gloria. I am grateful for the opportunity and because the gringos have let me in with this strong accent that I have. Eight years ago nobody had an accent like this on television. So what do I have to complain about? I want to be more like Gloria. She was always there for her family. She showcases the beauty of Latinas. When I watch M.F., and I’m not being biased, I see that Gloria is the most complete and happiest character. She always wants everyone to be okay and for no one to fight. She’s not neurotic. The other characters have selfish fights. But not her. Her fights with Jason are to defend Manny. Her character is beautiful and I wouldn’t change anything about her. I owe my
success to M.F. and it’s what has opened the doors for me to the entire world. I was in Japan and people were stopping me on the street. I don’t take anything for granted. I enjoy every second. And Gloria eats cake without remorse… S: I love cakes. They make me happy. I like to look at them. I eat them too. But just looking at them makes me happy. I volunteer for an organization [The Birthday Cake Project] that provides birthday cakes for children in need. Joe, do you also eat cake all day? J: I’m not a cake eater, but to answer your question, no one likes cake more than my wife. Q
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Cristián, shirt by Giorgio Armani and suit by Penguin. Angélica, dress by Rolando Bracho. Rings by Patricia Robalino
CRISTIÁN DE LA FUENTE AND ANGÉLICA CASTRO—TODAY’S HOTTEST COUPLE—POSED EXCLUSIVELY FOR HOLA! USA FOR A HEART-STOPPING, PULSE-POUNDING DISPLAY OF FASHION, SEDUCTION AND GLAMOUR
BY GISELLLE BALIDO PHOTOS: HUGO ARTURI FASHION EDITOR: CLAUDIA TORRES-RONDÓN
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ome couples can only be described with one word: spectacular. Such as the two sexiest Chileans this side of the galaxy: actor and producer Cristián de La Fuente and ex model, actress, entrepreneur and radio and TV hostess Angélica Castro. Married since 2002, the couple has a daughter, Laura, 12. But even after 15 years of marriage, the chemistry between them is palpable and can be felt not only through the lens of the camera, but also in the sexy banter, the sense of humor and the complicity they share when they are together. After 15 years of marriage, how do you keep things spicy? Angélica: It’s a combination of many things: communication, friendship, always wanting what’s best for the other… Cristián: She has a lot of patience with me! A: We are both patient with each other. You both also have a very definitive fashion style. How would you describe it? A: I would call my style hippie-chic, comfortable, with a personal stamp. In reality I don’t have a role model or follow fashion trends. Fashion is a form of expression. That’s why it depends on where I’m going and how I feel. C: She has a very cool fashion style. She mixes things, cuts them up and makes alterations. That’s why she has her own fashion line and a lot of followers on social media. Besides, I have to say she has very good taste because she married me [Laughs]. Angélica, do you like to deconstruct a garment to make it your own? A: I’m like that ever since I was little, since I was five. If my mother gave me a pair of pants, I would cut off one of the legs and sew another one on, cut out a shirt sleeve or stain it with bleach. People would ask me where I had gotten it. Did Laura inherit that sui generis fashion sense from her mom?
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A: My daughter has a spectacular style! She is daring, she likes to experiment. My mother was like that. All of a sudden she would wear an elegant coat with low heel slippers, things you would not wear together. Our fashion sense is generational [Laughs]. Cristián, and how would you describe your style? C: I dress very sporty, but Angélica buys all my clothes. She does a complete job: she dresses and undresses me. A: I like to create his look. If he goes to an interview or an event, I create the look for that occasion. A lot of celebrity friends ask me to put together their looks. As a couple, do you coordinate your looks when you go out together, or do you dress independently? A: We do take the general look into account, so that the style or the colors don’t clash. When it comes to fashion, what is sexy to each of you? C: I believe in the rule ‘Don’t try too hard’. A: Less is more. For women, I like something simple, sensual, maybe a backless dress. For men, I like a sporty, natural man who looks as if he hasn’t put a lot of effort on his look. I myself have gotten ready for a red carpet in ten minutes. C: Of course, then she puts on her make up in the car, but yes, it’s only ten minutes [Laughs]. What are your must-have pieces? A: For me, jeans and tank tops. C: For me, underwear. In this fashion spread you are going for a very Mr. & Mrs. Smith vibe. Which of the two would be the most effective, lethal spy? A: We make a great team. C: Angélica would be more dangerous, because she looks so sweet and sexy that nobody would know what’s coming! [Laughs].
RELAXING Bathrobe by Ralph Lauren
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Shirt by Tom Ford and bow tie by Penguin
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Dress by Tonight Miami, earrings by Boho Hunter and shoes by Jimmy Choo
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Dress by Narciso RodrÃguez
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Cristián, shirt by Giorgio Armani and suit by Hugo Boss. Angélica, shirt and blazer by Zara. Choker by Bissuteriee
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Cristián, t-shirt by Uniqlo. Blazer by Zara. Angélica, jumpsuit by Alice + Olivia Stylist: Gaby Rouge Stylist Assistant: Stephany Arévalo Make up: Claudia Forka Hair: Marco Peña
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La única preocupación para la mamá de Camila debe ser ayudarla a vivir. En St. Jude, las familias nunca reciben una factura por tratamiento, transporte, hospedaje o alimentación – porque la única preocupación de una familia debe ser ayudar a sus hijos a vivir. La generosidad de personas como usted hacen esto posible.
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Below: Emerald frog ring, black and white diamond panther bangle, rings and pendant, Effy. Diamond snake earrings and ring, Faraone Mennella. Mammoth tooth, brown diamond and pink gold snake ring, De Grisogono. Opposite page: Quartz, diamond and ruby rings, Alex Soldier.
PHOTOS: HUGO ARTURI STYLING: CLAUDIA TORRES-RONDON FLOWER DESIGN: OSCAR MORA
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Above: Multi sapphire and diamond necklace, Effy. Diamond engagement rings, Tacori. Spiral diamond earrings and stacked diamond rings, De Grisogono. White gold and diamond ring, Faraone Mennella.
Below: Emerald and pink sapphire ring; blue sapphire, emerald and diamond ring, De Grisogono. Gold, diamond and emerald necklace; diamond and quartz rings, Tous. Gold, emerald and diamond bracelet, Faraone Mennella.
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DO YOU ALSO READ THE NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION OF THE PRODUCTS AT THE SUPERMARKET? ALMOST 70% OF PEOPLE DO IT! YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT, AND THIS SHOWS IN YOUR SKIN, THE LARGEST ORGAN OF YOUR BODY. SURELY YOU ARE A PRO DECODING THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, BUT NOW WE WANT YOU TO ALSO BE ONE WITH YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS AND THEIR INGREDIENTS. YOUR SKIN WILL LOOK EVEN MORE SPECTACULAR, WE PROMISE. BEAUTY EDITOR: MARIANA CORNEJO PHOTOS: LAURA ROSE
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he privilege of growing up in a city famous for being the home to countless celebrities and for its multicultural scene, where every neighborhood has a distinct personality, is something that Dahlia Narváez is very aware of. “I’m an L.A. girl and I feel really fortunate to
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live in a city that’s known around the world. I love to travel and I love to come home to L.A.,” she says. She has taken her work as an executive pastry chef for the prize-winning Pizzeria Mozza L.A. from San Diego to Singapore. Her travels, which always include visits to markets that sell local produce, inspire her. Her road trips relax her. She feels connected in both heart and soul to her work. “My pastry department is my work, but it’s also my home. I helped build this place,” she says happily. She also loves bookstores with great cookbook sections, and although they’ve been slowing disappearing, she still visits the cookbook section of Barnes & Noble at the The Grove at the Farmers Market. On Sundays, this market and the one in Hollywood are some of her favorite places to people watch. She also loves Bangkok on Melrose for vegetables and seafood. Her most memorable celebrity experience was baking for Michelle Obama. “We’ve seen a lot of celebrities in the restaurant but having the Secret Service in the kitchen was really out of the ordinary,” she says. Important figures in the gourmet world, such as Nancy Silverton and Suzanne Tracht, have been key to her success. “The role of women in the kitchen has changed a lot. When I started there were a few, but not a lot. And in pastry, it was all women. One of my favorite chefs is a man and it’s good to keep a balance,” she says. “Women were always put to the test and had to work very hard. It didn’t seem easy and it wasn’t easy. Times have changed and now we’re not struggling to prove anything. Now we just need equal pay,” she adds. Dahlia grew up in a Mexican family in Highland Park, a historic neighborhood in the northwest part of the city, where families and working-class people live next door to gang members. After living in West Hollywood for eight years, three years ago she moved to Sherman Oaks, in search of a slower pace and tranquility. “My favorite neighborhood to live and work in is West Hollywood. You can walk everywhere. It has
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L.A.’S SWEETHEART AND WINNER OF THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF AWARD, DAHLIA SHARES WITH US SOME OF THE MOST EXQUISITE DESTINATIONS IN HER CITY
I’m an L.A. girl and I’m very fortunate to live in a city that is known around the world
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“Take the red line to Downtown LA (DTLA) and get off at Grand Central Market. Get a coffee at G&B and breakfast sandwiches at DTLA Cheese, then walk to one of the local museums: The Broad, Disney Concert Hall, MOCA or the Japanese American Museum. After walking a little, have lunch at Little Sister, Bar Amá, KazuNori Sushi or RiceBar. To walk off lunch, you could visit Barnes & Noble bookstore in DTLA, it has one of the biggest cooking sections I’ve ever seen. For dinner, you could start with some drinks at The Varnish. Then, when you get hungry, take a Uber back to Hollywood, and enjoy an epic feast at chi SPACCA.”
My favorite neighborhood to live and work in is West Hollywood. You can walk everywhere. It has a young and vibrant energy
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Gabriel; and Singaporean, which is simply delicious, in Cassia in Santa Monica.” As a supporter of local produce markets, she believes that the trend of wanting to know where food comes from and how it’s grown will be on rise. “Traditional cereals are gaining ground. And it’s not only organic and local, but also the relationship with the producer, where flour comes from and the eggs we use.” To satisfy her sweet cravings there’s nothing better for Dahlia than fresh fruit from the local farmers market. Pavlova and every type of meringue are her favorite desserts. Single origin coffee, like what they serve at G&B Coffee, is her ritual. Her favorite bakeries are The Sycamore Kitchen in La Brea,
a young and vibrant energy. You park and you can go eat, see a film, enjoy a drink at Chateau Marmont or see a band at The Whisky. I loved living there. My husband and I walked to work. Now we share a car and use Uber. We also take the subway a lot.” Her culinary taste is as eclectic as the city, but the common dominator is her love for traditions, especially Mexican and Italian, as well as any other cuisine with a great history behind it. “I can name my favorite restaurants by cuisine. For seafood, Connie & Ted’s in West Hollywood; for Thai, it’s a tie between Night + Market and Jitlada; for Vietnamese, Little Sister in DTLA; for Szechuan, Chengdu Taste in San
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Cake Monkey on Beverly Boulevard, and Cofax on Fairfax. After developing a gluten allergy, she realized that this is a common problem and celebrates innovation. “Gluten intolerance has opened a door to experimentation, and not just with ingredients. For example, by putting gluten-free bread on the tables at restaurants, people like me can have a great experience.” Dahlia enjoys morning walks at her local park, but considers Griffith Park a must-see for visitors. She loves the museum shops for gifts, especially the one at The Broad. And also Ok The Store for novelties and any of the Silverlake Wine shops for a good vintage. And for chefs, Charlie’s Fixtures. She describes her career as a chef as a very different line of work that’s not necessarily easy and that early on requires a lot of sacrifice, including important events such as weddings and birthdays. For those interested in a career as a chef, she gives this advice: “It’s a big time investment. Take advantage of every opportunity that arises, even if that means staying longer or working on your days off. For example, donate your time when a visiting chef comes.” Although she had been nominated various times, winning the James Beard Award took her by surprise. “Normally they make us wait and pastry awards are announced at the end of the ceremony. They announced them at the beginning and I didn’t have time to put on lipstick. I threw my purse to the stranger sitting next to me and ran up to receive it.” ¿Her next project? A cookbook that we are sure will be a bestseller. —ANGELA LANG
SONIA ‘TITA’ PUOPOLO
SHE IS THE UNSTOPPABLE FORCE THAT WORKS TO SUPPORT THE ARTS WHILE SHARING THE INSPIRING PERSONAL STORY THAT SHE HOPES WILL TRANSFORM THE WORLD BY GISELLE BALIDO PHOTOS: SANDY POIRIER
hen it comes to the arts, Sonia “Tita” Puopolo is always center stage. The renowned motivational speaker, entrepreneur and brand, image and communications specialist carries out an important philanthropic work raising funds to support diverse artistic organizations, from the Miami City Ballet and Boston’s Landmarks Orchestra to Citizens Interested in the Arts, which made her the recipient of the Champion of the Arts Award in 2012. Sonia is also the author of Sonia’s Ring: 11 Ways to Heal Your Heart, the inspiring true story of what happened when her mother, the Puerto Rico born and raised philanthropist and patron of the arts Sonia Mercedes Morales Puopolo, died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. This was a devastating blow to her husband and children. But a year after the tragedy something miraculous took place: among the 1.6 million tons of debris, Ground Zero workers found the wedding ring that her husband had given her 40 years before and returned it to her grateful family. Photographed on the stage of Boston’s landmark Paramount Theater, where her parents had their first date, Sonia talked to us about her passion for art in all its forms, the book she wrote to bring a message of hope to the world and her dreams for the future.
How did finding the ring transform your philosophy of life? I live very much in the moment –in the now– because every minute counts and is special for me. Every day I wake up full of gratitude and I thank God for everything. My day is is go, go, go, 24/7, but I always make time for yoga, for meditation and to give thanks. My mother always told me: “You were not born crying, you were born with a smile.”
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How would you describe the process of writing Sonia’s Ring? It took me 9 years. It was extremely difficult and challenging. Still, I’m very grateful that I could take an incredibly horrific and tragic world event, and a personal loss, and transform it into a story that offers love, light and hope for humanity. Some people who have read it tell me it’s like yoga for their mind. Art played a fundamental role in your mother’s life, who was a ballet dancer. How did this influence you? I grew up going to the ballet and the theatre, whether it was to see a musical on Broadway or at Harvard’s A.R.T. Music and theatre have always been a part of my life. What does philanthropy mean to you? It’s something that I have done forever, since I was a little girl, because I learned it at home with my parents’ example. Art is very important, especially programs that help inner city youth, because they allow them to channel their energy in positive ways. I always ask myself: “How can I help to make the world a better place?” Art is a way to share the love and the light. It has been and will always be very important to me. You say your life is go, go, go 24/7. What do you do to relax? I love to read books, crochet and watch movies. And as it relates to my favorite things to do, I’m very focused on achieving goals, writing stories, consulting on fashion and wellness projects, and public speaking. You are a tireless worker for the arts, but do you have personal dreams you’d like to fulfill? To be happily married and create a wonderful family. SOCIALITE
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n fact, the pinkish color of their feathers comes from their diet, which consists mostly of a red algae called Dunaliella. Not only is the lake a refuge, but it’s also the breeding grounds for many of these birds. For example, just last year approximately 21,000 chicks hatched here. Flamingos are perfectly adapted to the saline environment —the lake has 33% salinity— but in order to survive, they leave during abnormally long periods of drought.
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rather than wanting to heal emotionally after her rape, is pursuing a perverse re-encounter with her aggressor. “Honestly, I didn’t get any negative reactions that called the film immoral. In fact, it was a nice surprise to hear that the audience truly understood the story. It’s the type of movie that can’t be considered immoral because it also has some elements of fantasy. I think the film is clear and honest enough to understand that you are accessing those parts of the psyche that most people don’t wish to reveal,” Isabelle told me when asked about a moralistic interpretation of the film.
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EVERY YEAR HOLLYWOOD’S AWARDS SEASON BECOMES LONGER AND BUSIER, BUT THIS TIME FEMALE ROLES REALLY HELD EVERYBODY’S ATTENTION THROUGHOUT THE LONG ROUNDS OF AWARDS
NATALIE PORTMAN IN ‘JACKIE’ Before the release of Jackie, which narrates Jacqueline Kennedy’s days following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy in 1963, there was a long list of favorites that could potentially take home awards this season. However, after seeing only the first few minutes of this film directed with great precision by Pablo Larraín (Chile), I realized Natalie Portman would be a top contender. Natalie’s performance in Jackie is extraordinary, and even though we may not always retain a clear memory of the former First Lady, I recommend you search on YouTube for the documentary from 1962 in which she gives a tour of
AMY ADAMS IN ‘ARRIVAL’ Amy Adams, who has been nominated several times for an Oscar but has yet to win, proved with her most recent two projects her ability to accumulate accolades. But after seeing her performances in Nocturnal Animals and Arrival, it became clear to me that the latter would the White House for the network CBS. Part of this tour was reproduced in Larraín’s film and you’ll see how the fictional Jackie is the spitting image of the one that has been gone for over two decades.
ISABELLE HUPPERT IN ‘ELLE’ Director Paul Verhoeven’s films are a guilty pleasure or could simply be considered reprehensible. But the fact that his first film in French was invited to compete for the Palme d’Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and that Isabelle Huppert stars in it, makes it a must-see. Isabelle is considered one of the best actresses in the world, and her character,
J U A N C A R L O S A R C I N I E G A S is a correspondent and producer for CNN en Español in Hollywood, California. In addition to covering news, festivals and the most important awards in international film, Arciniegas is also a film critic and ambassador of the Platino awards, the first award created to recognize the best in cinematography from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
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be the film that would stand out during awards season. Arrival’s script offers her more opportunities to make use of her skill, the one that can involuntarily intimidate anyone. In this case it was her costar Jeremy Renner. In Arrival, the audience cheers for her −not him.
SONIA BRAGA IN ‘AQUARIUS’ The fact that Sonia Braga’s most recent film, Aquarius, wasn’t the one that Brazil picked to represent itself in its pursuit of an Oscar nomination, meant that it didn’t get a lot of attention during Hollywood’s awards season. That said, in other parts of the globe, like at the Festival Internacional de Cine Mar del Plata in Argentina and at the third Premios Fénix for Latin American film, Sonia was awarded and nominated, respectively, for her performance in director Kleber Mendonça Filho’s second feature film. Sonia reunites all the characteristics of the spectacular and memorable female film roles from the last few months. Like Sonia, her colleagues in this list chose to eschew vanity and artifice to interpret women of real substance. While we’re still far from achieving true gender equality in Holly wood, t his t ime we can say that women received a fair share of sig ni f ica nt parts, something that I a lso cele brate during t h i s aw a rd s season.
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mma Stone’s character in the musical La La Land lacks the dark overtones the majority of her colleagues in this list had to develop for their respective roles. Her role is that of a young actress trying to survive constant rejection in Hollywood’s ruthless movie industry. “What kept me going during the three years that it took me to get my first part in a movie was to treat every audition process as a one-day show. Having the opportunity to show off my work, no matter how brief, motivated me to keep going to auditions for the next six months, knowing that I had a special day and that something could come out of it,” Emma told me. La La Land, which may be the lightest and most optimistic of this grouping of big films that have come out in the last year, brought together for a third time Emma and the actor Ryan Gosling, reigniting that great chemistry between them but also adding some very coordinated dance steps and songs in this acclaimed musical.
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hat role do fear and shame play in relationships? What prevents us from feeling valued, loved, and deserving of a real connection? Oftentimes, when we want to improve aspects of our relationships, the first thing we do is point a blaming finger at others and ourselves. The mind, which sees problems more easily than solutions, fills with doubts and hypotheses, and fears come to the surface, unveiling personality flaws. We want to impress and at the same time hide what is perceived as a weakness or defect. We tend to avoid talking about them or use defense mechanisms to ensure that they remained hidden, and this generates false expectations, doubts, and disappointment. But there’s another way. Brené Brown, a best-selling researcher and sociologist from San Antonio, Texas, dared to question the theories on how shame and fear work in relationships. Her TED talk—which
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has over 27 million views—focuses on a key concept: vulnerability, the intention to do something that doesn’t come with any guarantees and that shows us who we really are, with our imperfections and worries. During her research, which spanned over six years, Brown came to various conclusions regarding the value of vulnerability and its ability to create coherence and a connection in society that puts a high emphasis on perfection and success. In her talk, the sociologist defines shame as a fear of disconnecting. The antidote isn’t to become strong, it’s vulnerability and the courage associated with showing your true self to the world, in good times and in bad. These are a few of her strategies to improve romantic relationships.
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SAY GOODBYE TO EXPECTATIONS Shame manifests itself differently in men than in women. “What we learn matters, but what we are is even more important,” she says. According to Brown’s book The Power of Vulnerability, men are expected to be the breadwinner, have control over their emotions, take risks, be violent, dominate, and make work a top priority. Meanwhile, the woman’s role is to be kind, slender, modest and not boast about achievements or talents, be a good homemaker, love children, be monogamous and spend money on her appear ance. —BRENÉ BROWN Feeling inadequate in these roles generates fear and disconnection. For Brown, connection is a consequence of authenticity, but it doesn’t happen overnight. In a relationship, we need to practice courage, compassion and understanding to support the process of freeing ourselves from expectations and recognizing who we really are.
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DOMINANT AND DORMANT EMOTIONS Brown defines vulnerability as risk, uncertainty and showing emotions. Suppressing these feelings causes pain because it’s not a selective mechanism. In hiding fear and worry, we also sacrifice happiness, gratitude and, deep down, our vital purpose. One of her suggestions is to identify which emotions you try to hide and how you do it. In relationships we often use mechanisms such as: “I want to feel your vulnerability without feeling vulnerable,” “Your vulnerability is courageous, mine is ineptitude,” “I’m attracted to your vulnerability, but repulsed by my own.” A first step is observing what you do and how you do it. “Truth and courage are not necessarily comfortable but they’re never a weakness,” she explains. THE ALCHEMY OF EXPERIENCES “Vulnerability is not about experiencing success or failure. It’s about knowing that they’re both necessary. It’s giving into them completely,” says Brown. One exercise she recommends to experience both and transform, feelings of failure and fear, is to replace one thought with another. Replace shame and shortcomings with “I’m enough”; feelings of superiority, inferiority and comparisons with “I have enough” and self-criticism for avoidance and a lack of commitment with “exposing myself, taking a risk and letting myself be is enough.” You have to wake up in the morning and think: “It doesn’t matter how much I’ve achieved or have yet to accomplish. I’m enough.” Q —ANGELA LANG
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Spice up your exercise routine with sports you can practice together our couple time is a great opportunity to develop an exercise routine together. Take advantage of the month of love to add some action to your “together time” and make the most of your day. As a first step you could find a class or instructor that you’re interested in and buy a gift certificate for both you and your partner. Remember, the point is to enjoy each other’s company and not to compete, so keep in mind both you and your partner’s physical limitations and preferences. It’s a golden opportunity in a neutral space to grow, celebrate each other’s achievements and take on new challenges. Here are a few options that range from the most traditional exercise to extreme adventure.
Running If you dream about getting a few miles in every morning before starting your day, your partner can help motivate you. You can be each other’s 124
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alarm clock. You’ll get out, converse, enjoy the scenery and touch base with each other early in the day. Meanwhile, you’re working your heart, legs and general resistance training.
Cycling If you’re looking to add some agility to your experience, cycling is your best bet. It involves ever ything from planning the route to selecting the r ight acce s sor ie s . O nce you st a r t
pedaling, you’ll burn fat, work your balance and coordination, and set out on a fast-paced adventure.
Acroyoga Acrobatic yoga is practiced with a partner because its nature promotes building trust and synchronizing your rhythm, including breathing. It takes some time to learn, but along the way you’ll discover more about your mind, body and spirit. It’s perfect if you need to balance giving and receiving in your relationship.
Skydiving Jumping out of a moving plane is an art that in recent years has become a popular way to renew self confidence. It’s fun and will help you overcome fears, relax, take a break from daily stressors and reboot the nervous system with a boost of adrenaline. With time, you’ll be able to jump and land together, enjoying the beautiful views along the way.
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appearance, but after overcoming the initial hesitation, it becomes evident that oysters are a universe of subtle aromas and complex flavors that are increasingly seducing the universal palate. “I grew up eating oysters on the beach. It was very basic, with lime and spicy Mexican sauce. In Mexico and in the United States, there are a lot of different types of oysters, and they’re all really good,” said Chef Julian Medina, the owner of several well-known restaurants including Toloache, Yerba Buena, Coppelia, and Tacuba Cantina Mexicana, in New York. “On a trip to Prince Edwards Island, in Canada, I learned that in order for oysters to grow, the seed has to be planted in a cold sea and the water has to be in constant movement. The temperature and movement of
the water determine whether they’re briny, juicy or plump, as well as their size.” Chef Medina has promoted excellence in Latin cuisine for over 15 years and one of the secrets of his restaurants is keeping his staff members for as long as possible and creating a sense of family. “Innovation is very difficult to achieve. Every day you learn something new and there’s a lot to learn,” he says. Paul McCartney, Sofía Vergara, Neil Patrick Harris, Tom Hanks, Daniel Boulud, and Bobby Flair, are among the celebrities who have savored his dishes. “Simplicity in cooking is of upmost importance today. A lot of chefs are returning to our roots, and to the ingredients and customs we grew up with. Products that are local, in season, fresh and that are not mass produced.” —ANGELA LANG
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with dulce de leche mole, cashews, shishito peppers (SERVES 4)
INGREDIENTS 12 fresh oysters (reserved juice) ½ cup water ½ cup cashews, roughly chopped ½ cup canola oil 8 shishito peppers, roasted, finely chopped 2 ½ cups of dulce de leche mole DULCE DE LECHE MOLE 3 pasilla peppers, dried 3 mulato peppers, dried
3 ancho peppers, dried 2 chipotle peppers, dried 3 chiles guajillo peppers, dried ¼ cup raisins 1 Mexican vanilla stick 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 whole Spanish onion, quartered 3 garlic cloves ¼ cup canola oil 2 cups canned dulce de leche 1 quart water
PREPARATION: DULCE DE LECHE MOLE 1. Heat half the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, Mexican vanilla stick, cumin, and garlic. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes. Add all chiles, and let ingredients cook down for 3-5 minutes. Add raisins, water, and salt to taste. After coming to a boil, turn heat to low heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. 2. Pour the cooled sauce into a blender or food processor and blend until sauce reaches a smooth consis-
tency. Pass through a strainer.
3. In a fresh skillet over medium heat, add the remaining oil and pour the strained sauce into the skillet. Bring to a boil again, then turn to low heat and let simmer. With a wooden spoon stir the sauce every 30 seconds for 15 minutes to prevent separation of the sauce. Add the dulce de leche to the sauce and cook for about 5 minutes on low heat. Remove from heat and set aside.
On a grill or in a medium skillet, cook peppers for 5-7 minutes turning them occasionally or until peppers are charred and blistered. Remove from grill. Cool, then finely chop. OYSTERS 1. Shuck the oysters. Pour juice from each oyster into a bowl and place the oyster aside on a plate. Clean the halved shells, set aside. 2. In a sauteuse over medium heat,
pour in the oyster juice and water. Add the shallots and bring to a low simmer. Place the raw oysters into the simmering liquid and poach for 15 seconds. ASSEMBLE AND SERVE On a plate, pour a generous bed of kosher salt and place each oyster half on top. Place one oyster on each halved shell. Lightly drizzle with the dulce de leche mole on top. Garnish with the roasted shishito peppers and cashews.
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CHOOSING OYSTERS. “Large oysters tend to be brinier, not as plump and have a lot of liquor. The smaller ones are creamier, plumper and are incredibly sweet. I like oysters somewhere in-between. Personally, I like oysters from the West Coast because they’re creamier, plumper and very delicious. The ones from Long Island and Massachusetts are too. When you buy them, they should be very fresh and completely closed. You should always try to ﬁnd out when they arrived and when they were caught. They all have an identiﬁcation tag that says when they were retrieved from the water. If you’re not sure about what you’re buying, you can ask the people at the ﬁsh counter for the tag.”
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With the launch of Yummy Spoonfuls for Target, the Brazilian model and Matthew McConaughey’s wife added another title to her list of talents: businesswoman What would constitute a “perfect” day for you? Going paddle boarding at the lake early in the morning, stopping for a cup of tea then spending the rest of the day in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes with my family. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else? To myself and my kids every morning. I love to wake up with music; it sets a positive mood for the day. Name three things you and your husband appear to have in common. Great timing, sense of humor and a love for food. For what in your life do you feel most grateful? My family. I’m all about keeping my family unit tight and keeping us together as much as we can. Since my husband travels a lot, we typically go with him as a whole family to make sure we’re spending the most amount of time together and being present for our kids. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be? I always tend to put everyone else in front of me and have a hard time making myself number one. I’d love to wake up and learn how to balance that. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know? Oh my! I’d want to know everything. I am a very curious creature!
Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? As long as I knew my family and animals, we have 11!, were safe, I’d be grateful. No material item can trump the safety of them. Describe yourself in 140 characters for Twitter. Impossible to do so! ;-) —MARIANA CORNEJO
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