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ISSUE # 32 | 08.09.18 TOP TRAX: JENNIFER LOPEZ MTV'S VIDEO VANGUARD OF THE YEAR AWARD ARTS NEWSIE PICKS: ยกFUรCATA!, ELVIS AND PRINCE DESTINATIONS: NAPLES GRANDE BEACH RESORT

MODEL

JAYSON ROSERO

FASHION & STYLE WITH A PURPOSE


8. TOP TRAX: JENNIFER LOPEZ, MTV'S VIDEO VANGUARD OF THE YEAR AWARD

The upcoming MTV Video Music Awards will honor Jennifer Lopez as this year's recipient of the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

12. ARTS NEWSIE PICKS: ยกFUรCATA!, MEMORIES OF ELVIS

& PURPLE REIGN

Whether you like comedy, the music of the King of Rock and Roll or Prince, we have you covered this week.

14. COVER STORY: FASHION & STYLE WITH A PURPOSE

If you set your mind to it, you can make a difference in other people's lives, and this is what Jayson Rosero is doing with his fashionable ponchos made by indigenous people in South America

20. DESTINATIONS: NAPLES GRANDE BEACH RESORT

Florida has many appealing destinations to enjoy a relaxing vacation, and one of them is the Naples Grande Beach Resort.

GO TO WIREMAG.COM: GOING OUT

Visit wiremag.com/goingout for this week's rundown of nightlife, dining and cultural events to plan your outings and have fun!

PHOTO BY JORGE FREIRE & ABEL CRUZ. PHOTOSTUDIOMIAMI.COM

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Many of us are very fortunate and live wonderful lives, sheltered from the hardships that so many other people in the world have to deal with on a daily basis. We often forget how many of our fellow world citizens have a very tough daily existence, including enjoying the most basic things we take for granted every day. That is where model Jayson Rosero comes in. He has chosen to improve the lives of other people in his own unique way. This week, Wire Magazine celebrates making a difference by telling the story of Jayson in our Fashion & Style cover story.

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After witnessing first hand the difficult lives of many people Jayson met traveling in rural parts of Colombia, this self-described "supreme hustler 5000" decided to launch a new business selling the ponchos – or ponchis as he calls them – made by some of the South American indigenous people he became close with. His initiative helps them make money to improve their lives and purchase basic necessities such as clean water. Check out our cover story to learn more about Jayson, the ponchos he imports from South America and how a simple idea can actually help change people's lives.

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TOP TRAX By DJ FR8-O

MTV'S VIDEO VANGUARD OF THE YEAR:

JENNIFER LOPEZ MTV made the announcement about this year's recipient on July 31, via livestream with the stunned and stunning-as-ever JLo saying, "To be the recipient this year is like… I can't even believe it, I'm so excited." This year's award is extra special because the Puerto Rican pop princess will also be the first Latin artist to receive the honor. "That's always an amazing thing," she explained. "Because you want everybody to know that they have a fair shot at anything in this life. And if I can be the first to do anything, that just… is not about me. It's about everybody else. It's about them." It was nearly two decades ago that the 49-yearold first appeared on the VMAs as a nominee for Best New Artist; and in that time, she has given us some of the most iconic dance songs (and videos) of our generation. Not only has she conquered the music world, she's made a separate career as an actress, a producer and, of course, a mother. Starting out as a Fly Girl on the hit '90s TV show In Living Color, Jennifer Lynn Lopez was just a pretty face dancing in

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n just a couple of weeks, the world will be glued to their TVs as our favorite acts take the stage for the 35th installment of the MTV Video Music Awards. Besides featuring the inevitable and highly-anticipated moments of shock-and-awe by nominees and attendees alike, the show will also be honoring Jennifer Lopez as this year's recipient of the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The Video Vanguard made its debut in 1984 at the inaugural VMAs, where it was awarded to David Bowie, The Beatles, and film director Richard Lester. The iconic award recognizes the accomplishments of artists in music and film, and is also given to music video directors who have created some of the most acclaimed music videos aired by the network. In 1991, it was renamed in honor of Michael Jackson, the original video vanguard himself.


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between commercial breaks. That all changed after her first breakout role in the film Selena (1997) for which she received a Golden Globe nomination and became the first Latin actress to earn over $1 million for a film. She went on to star in a string of other films, eventually establishing herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood. In 1999, JLo launched her music career and dominated the top of the Billboard charts with her very first single, "If You Had My Love." As her fame grew, her music videos became a culmination of her dancing, acting and singing all rolled into every 3 1/2-minute masterpiece. Despite the critics slashing away at her every move and endless controversy surrounding her love life, she continued to thrive; proving time after time that she was more than just a pretty face. On August 20, that face will be gracing the stage at Radio City Music Hall, where the VMAs will air live from the venue for the 12th time, the most of any previous venue in its history. JLo will perform live before accepting her award and joining the likes of Madonna, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Beyoncé, P!nk – all the other incredible women in music who have accepted this award before her. As if that wasn't enough excitement for one night, she's also in the running for two more awards, Best Collaboration and Best Latin Song for her single, "Dinero."

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When asked during an interview who she thought should get the award next year, Lopez cast her vote for Missy Elliot or Lady Gaga. Will JLo be adding "psychic" to her resume next? I guess we'll just have to wait till next year to find out. Speaking of predictions, check out next week's Wire Magazine issue for a list of this year's VMA nominees and my picks for which ones will be adding a moonman (or two, or three) to their mantle.

If you're a recording artist, producer or musician and would like your work featured in TOP TRAX, hit me up at abarrios@wiremag.com. 10 WIREMAG.COM #32 2018


ARTS NEWSIE PICKS By Michael Bustamante

¡FUÁCATA!, ELVIS & PRINCE

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FASHION & STYLE WITH A PURPOSE JAYSON ROSERO BY PHOTO STUDIO MIAMI By Rafa Carvajal | Photos by Jorge Freire & Abel Cruz. photostudiomiami.com

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f you set your mind to it, you can make a difference in other people's lives. This is what Jayson Rosero is doing with his fashionable ponchos made by indigenous people in South America – members of tribes that extend from Peru to Colombia. We met Jayson thanks to our friends from Photo Studio Miami. This week, Wire Magazine brings you a Fashion & Style cover story about him and his project to sell these beautiful ponchos in the U.S. to help indigenous people who cannot even get clean water, something most of us take for granted every day. We sat down with Jayson to learn more about him and his stylish one of a kind ponchos. Rafa Carvajal: Where are you originally from and where do you live? Jayson Rosero: My parents were both born in Cali, Colombia, but I was born in the U.S. and live in Miami. RC: Tell us about the ponchos you sell, how are they made, and who makes them. JR: They are one of a kind! We like to call them "ponchis." They're each uniquely handmade to fit people who want to wear something traditional, fashion forward, and only for the trendsetters! They're made by indigenous people in South America, by tribes that extend from Peru to Colombia. First, the camels are shaved from Peru, then they distribute them through tribes who stitch them together per unique design, for the most soft quality ponchis. After that, we ship them to the U.S. and distribute them. You can find our stuff on instagram (@USPonchi). We also have a whole new website coming soon. RC: Why do you think these ponchos are so beautiful? JR: They are a true design of vibrance, creativity and culture. If you look closely, you can see things that you would see in everyday life, if you lived in a more rural area. Not only that, but everywhere I wear my ponchi, I get a million questions like "where did you get that?", or "it looks so nice!" People adore them and it makes me stick out from the crowd. Something I always strive to be is different!

"YOUR MIND IS AN UNDISCOVERED GOLD MINE AND AN INFINITE SOURCE OF DATA, SO PUSH YOURSELF BEYOND YOUR LIMITS EVERYDAY, AND LOVE EVERYTHING IN THE PROCESS!" - JAYSON ROSERO

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RC: Why should Wire Magazine readers buy these ponchos? JR: When you buy one of our ponchis, not only are you going to be kept warm and look beautiful this festival season, you are also helping people who can't even get clean water – or any water as a matter of fact – pay for their water. You're helping them keep their traditions alive and sustain their families. Donations are never enough, but if we can consistently make a fair trade, then all the merrier! RC: How did the idea of selling the ponchos to help native people come about? JR: One day, as I traveled with my girlfriend (the co-founder of Ponchi) in Colombia, we ventured out to the more rural part of town, where we could get in touch with our roots. On the way, I saw much of the "third world" part of the country. I saw dogs with no home, with cancer, people sleeping on the streets begging for money, or making little bags and bracelets trying to sell them to outsiders. Amongst all this, we met one lady who had a couple of ponchos. Immediately, the colors caught my eye and I said, "I want this!" I bought them all and felt so good in doing so because not only was I buying a piece of cloth that I couldn't get anywhere else (meaning no one would have the same garment as me, ha-ha), but I was helping her out. She was so happy that she gave me some free earrings which she made as well. (Spoiler alert!). RC: How do you buy the ponchos? Do you travel and buy them in person? JR: Yes! That's the biggest process. We have to travel very far outside the city, to a place where there's no internet and barely any electricity, to let people know what we need, such as the colors. We then pay them, come back one or two weeks later, pick them up, and then ship them back to the U.S.! No internet here, ha-ha. RC: What do you do besides your business selling ponchos made by native people in South America? JR: I own an Internet marketing agency called Think Expansion, trade forex with my girlfriend, and go to school for pre-med! Life is an adventure and you gotta be all that you can be, in my opinion. I love this process.

"WHEN YOU BUY ONE OF OUR PONCHIS, NOT ONLY ARE YOU GOING TO BE KEPT WARM AND LOOK BEAUTIFUL THIS FESTIVAL SEASON, YOU ARE ALSO HELPING PEOPLE WHO CAN'T EVEN GET CLEAN WATER." - JAYSON ROSERO

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RC: Describe yourself in three words. JR: Supreme hustler 5000. RC: Tell us about your experience shooting with Photo Studio Miami, and how it came about. JR: Photo Studio Miami are the best photographers I've worked with. Jorge is truly an artist, and a perfectionist! He makes sure that every shot he gets is immaculate and made me feel so comfortable as a model. He's so professional and fun to work with. It's a funny story how it came about actually. We got in contact through Instagram, and when we found how close we were, we just decided to meet at the studio and we just hit it off. Jorge is so laid back and funny. All of the sudden, I fell in love with modeling again. Something I fell out of love with because of bad experiences with other photographers in the past. RC: Who is your greatest source of inspiration and why? JR: Leonardo da Vinci. He was the ultimate Renaissance man. A doctor, an engineer and artist. If there's anyone that I would like to have lunch with, it would be him! RC: How do you stay in such great shape? JR: I go to the gym six times a week, for at least an hour and a half at a time of just heavy lifting. I'm very meticulous with my meals and with my calories. For me, the gym is like brushing my teeth, so I never skip it. RC: What do you enjoy the most about modeling for photography? JR: The creativity! I love the energy of working with a photographer and their vision. It's cool how I get to take a picture of myself and how I look now, so that I can one day show my grandkids like, "Look here, son. Your grand flappy was powerful." RC: Boxers or briefs? JR: Briefs. Boxers are so uncomfortable. RC: What is your favorite pastime? JR: Reading. I love to read books. RC: Where would you travel if you could go anywhere, and why? JR: I would travel to Brazil because I love the food, the language, the culture, it looks so exotic and it would be such an adventure. RC: What is your current struggle? JR: Fitting time for everything in my day. A struggle that I strive to overcome, ha-ha. RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? JR: Go and be whoever you want to be! You don't need an army to be all that you can be. Your mind is an undiscovered gold mine and an infinite source of data, so push yourself beyond your limits everyday, and love everything in the process! 18 WIREMAG.COM #32 2018


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DESTINATIONS By Rafa Carvajal

ll of us should take a vacation or staycation every once in a while to rest, relax and take a break from the stress of work and everyday life. Taking time off can improve our physical and mental well-being, reduce stress, and prevent burnout and exhaustion. On the other hand, working too much without rest can negatively impact us and lead to potential health issues such as high blood pressure and even heart disease. Florida has many appealing destinations that we can drive to and enjoy a nice vacation. One of them is the Naples Grande Beach Resort – which I visited for a relaxing weekend vacation. This beautiful resort has 474 guestrooms, including 29 gulf view suites and 50 Garden Villas. Each room has a private balcony with direct views of the Gulf. Guests can enjoy six on-site restaurants and bars, three heated outdoor pools, a full-service luxury spa, an 8,000-square-foot fitness center, business center and an award-winning tennis facility with 15 courts. Naples Grande is also enveloped by a 200 acres protected mangrove estuary with a system of bridges and elevated walking paths that provide you with access to three miles of beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico.

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I sat down with Frank Cavella, director of sales and marketing at Naples Grande Beach Resort, to discuss what the resort has to offer. Rafa Carvajal: Why should our readers visit the Naples Grande Beach Resort for a vacation or staycation? Frank Cavella: For an unprecedented third year in a row, Naples has been ranked the healthiest and happiest community in the nation by the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, a testament to the vibrant local culture. A short drive from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Naples Grande Beach Resort offers an indulgent, coastal experience – an inclusive getaway full of leisure, activities and incredible nearby sights.

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RC: What hotel amenities do you think our readers will enjoy the most and why? FC: Offering a wide range of top-tier activities, from paddle boarding, tennis and golf to our adults-only pool and free-flowing #BubbleQ Veuve Clicquot happy hour, Naples Grande is a one-stop-shop for those looking for a unique and luxurious staycation. RC: Which local tours/adventures would you recommend they go on during their stay? FC: Serving as a home base (assuming they can tear away from the beautiful beach and idyllic pool!), guests can enjoy some amazing experiences in the area surrounding Naples Grande. The hotel concierge can arrange half or full day excursions to explore the Everglades, or guests can visit some of the area's other beautiful beaches, and even get a close encounter with an alligator, manatee or some of Florida's other fascinating wildlife.

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RC: What is the resort's beach like? What makes the beach special for guests? FC: Three miles of powdery, white-sand beach is easily accessible to guests of Naples Grande. Guests can stroll lazily along the sandy shore and take in the soothing breezes, floating lightly off the stunning Gulf of Mexico at Naples Grande Beach Resort. The beach offers the following: • Open air tram ride through a 200-acre protected mangrove estuary to our secluded beach. It is approximately a 5-minute tram ride or 15-minute stroll to the beach along the boardwalk. • Professionally managed with 5-star service, provided by the world-renowned Boucher Brothers. • Three miles of perfectly-manicured, sugar-sand beach along the Gulf of Mexico. • Al fresco lunch and refreshing drinks available from the Rhodes End Beach Bar. • Luxury chaise lounges, umbrella, cabana and daybed services. • Paddle boards and kayaks for rent. • A full array of other watersports including jet skiing, sailing, parasailing and deep sea fishing can be arranged through the concierge team. RC: For those guests who enjoy dining on property, what are their alternatives and type of cuisine? FC: Home to a wide variety of dining options, including the hotel's specialty restaurant, Catch of the Pelican – a celebration of the flavor of the Gulf Coast in a relaxed-yet-sophisticated setting – Rhode's End, Aura Restaurant, Gulf Coast Oasis (Pool Bar), in room dining, Spressi Coffee Bar, and the all-new inventive, panAsian inspired open kitchen and bar, Mantra, the dining options are endless, catering to all types of discerning palettes. RC: Tell our readers about your on property restaurant Mantra and its cuisine? FC: An inventive, pan-Asian inspired open kitchen and bar, Mantra draws inspiration from several Asian influences such as Korea and Japan, featuring treats like Banh Mi Sandwiches, Ramen noodles, rice bowls, sushi and sashimi. Mantra offers sake and Asian-influenced cocktails, handcrafted by its in-house mixologist, with unique flavor profiles using fresh, local ingredients, in a chic yet comfortable lounge setting.

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RC: What are the most popular dishes at Mantra? FC: The White Dragon Cocktail, Banh Mi Sandwiches, Korean BBQ Beef Tacos, and signature Build Your Own Ramen Bowl are a must-have! RC: What kind of special offers does the hotel have for Florida residents? FC: We're currently offering a delicious $39 summer prix fixe menu for The Catch of the Pelican and a Florida resident rate – perfect for Wire Magazine readers! Guests can save up to 20% off their Naples escape, just a short drive from home, that feels worlds away from the everyday.

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RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers about the Naples Grande Beach Resort? FC: Designed for couples looking for a romantic, secluded getaway, Naples Grande unveiled newly renovated Garden Villa Suites. Nestled among lush landscaping within the resort's 23 waterfront acres, these custom-designed villas, debuted as an additional phase of the resort's multi-million-dollar refresh, following the impact of Hurricane Irma. Each one-bedroom coastal-chic inspired villa, designed by award-winning design firm, Verve Collaborative, boasts 700 square feet of space, complete with a separate living area, two furnished terraces or private outdoor patios and stunning, panoramic views of the property's tropically manicured lawns, serene reflecting pools and picturesque gardens.

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