Today all leading Hollywood actresses, music performers and singers in the world cannot discount the presence of Mexican successful women among them. Their native sharp features and skin colour has attracted the people worldwide. Today Women Fitness presents the list of Top 10 Hottest Mexican women on the planet in no order of preference. We are also unable to include ‘n’ number of Mexican women who deserve to be there but due to the list size constraint could not be included but are the Mexican beauty to recon with.
1) Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek Jiménez was born on 2nd September 1966. She is a Mexican and American film actress, director and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and went on to star in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley) for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as Desperado, Dogma, and Wild Wild West.
Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 film Frida as Frida Kahlo which she received an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress. The movie received widespread attention and was a critical and commercial success. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special in 2004 for The Maldonado Miracle and received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2007 after guest-starring in the ABC television series Ugly Betty. She also guest-starred on the NBC comedy series 30 Rock from 2009 to 2013.
Hayek’s recent films include Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, acting alongside Adam Sandler, and Puss in Boots, which also features former collaborator Antonio Banderas, wherein she is the voice of the character ‘Kitty Softpaws’.
Hayek was born Salma Hayek Jiménez in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Her younger brother Sami (born 1972) is a furniture designer. She is the daughter of Diana Jiménez Medina, an opera singer and talent scout. Her father Sami Hayek Dominguez—who once ran for mayor of Coatzacoalcos—was either an oil company executive, or the owner of an industrial-equipment firm.
Hayek’s father is of Lebanese descent, and she also has Spanish ancestry. Her first given name, Salma, is Arabic for “safe”. Raised in a wealthy, devout Roman Catholic family, she was sent to the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana USA, at the age of twelve. While there, she was diagnosed with dyslexia. She attended university in Mexico City, where she studied International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana.
At the age of 23, Hayek landed the title role in Teresa (1989), a successful Mexican telenovela that made her a star in Mexico. In 1994, Hayek starred in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley), which has won more awards than any other movie in the history of Mexican cinema. For her performance, Hayek was nominated for an Ariel Award.
Hayek moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1991 to study acting under Stella Adler. Due to dyslexia, she had limited fluency in English. Robert Rodriguez and his producer and then wife Elizabeth Avellan soon gave Hayek a starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in 1995’s Desperado. She followed her role in Desperado with a brief role as a vampire queen in From Dusk Till Dawn, in which she performed a table-top snake dance.
Hayek had a starring role opposite Matthew Perry in the 1997 romantic comedy Fools Rush In. In 1999, she co-starred in Will Smith’s big-budget Wild Wild West, and played a supporting role in Kevin Smith’s Dogma. In 2000, Hayek had an uncredited acting part opposite Benicio del Toro in Traffic. In 2003, she reprised her role from Desperado by appearing in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the final film of the Mariachi Trilogy.
Around 2000, Hayek founded film production company Ventanarosa, through which she produces film and television projects. Her first feature as a producer was 1999’s El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba, Mexico’s official selection for submission for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars. Frida, co-produced by Hayek, was released in 2002. Starring Hayek as Frida Kahlo, and Alfred Molina as her unfaithful husband, Diego Rivera, the film was directed by Julie Taymor and featured an entourage of stars in supporting and minor roles (Valeria Golino, Ashley Judd, Edward Norton, Geoffrey Rush) and cameos (Antonio Banderas). She earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her performance.
In the Time of the Butterflies is a 2001 feature film based on the Julia Álvarez book of the same name, covering the lives of the Mirabal sisters. In the movie, Salma Hayek plays one of the sisters, Minerva, and Edward James Olmos plays the Dominican dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo whom the sisters opposed. In 2003, Hayek produced and directed The Maldonado Miracle, a Showtime movie based on the book of the same name, winning her a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special. In December 2005, she directed a music video for Prince, titled “Te Amo Corazon” (“I love you, sweetheart”) that featured Mía Maestro.
Hayek was an executive producer of Ugly Betty, a television series that aired around the world from 2006 to 2010. Hayek adapted the series for American television with Ben Silverman, who acquired the rights and scripts from the Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty La Fea in 2001. Originally intended as a half hour sitcom for NBC in 2004, the project would later be picked up by ABC for the 2006–2007 season with Silvio Horta also producing. Hayek guest-starred on Ugly Betty as Sofia Reyes, a magazine editor. She also had a cameo playing an actress in the telenovela within the show. The show won a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series in 2007. Hayek’s performance as Sofia resulted in a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards.
In April 2007, Hayek finalized negotiations with MGM to become the CEO of her own Latin themed film production company, Ventanarosa. The following month, she signed a two-year deal with ABC for Ventanarosa to develop projects for the network. Hayek played the wife of Adam Sandler’s character in Grown Ups, which also co-starred Chris Rock and Kevin James. At his insistence, Hayek co-starred with Antonio Banderas in the Shrek spin-off film Puss in Boots as the voice of the character Kitty Softpaws, who serves as Puss’s female counterpart and love interest. She reprised her role in Grown Ups 2, which was released in July 2013.
Hayek has been credited as a song performer in three movies. The first was Desperado for the song Quedate Aquí. In Frida she performed the Mexican folk song La Bruja with the band Los Vega. She also recorded Siente mi amor, which played during the end credits of Once Upon a Time in Mexico.Hayek along with actor Joe Anderson sing together a cover of The Beatles song “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” on “Across the Universe” motion picture soundtrack.
Hayek has been a spokesperson for Avon cosmetics since February 2004. She formerly was a spokesperson for Revlon in 1998. In 2001, she modeled for Chopard and was featured in 2006 Campari adverts, photographed by Mario Testino. On April 3, 2009, she helped introduce La Doña, a watch by Cartier inspired by fellow Mexican actress María Félix.
Hayek has worked with the Procter & Gamble Company and UNICEF to promote the funding (through disposable diaper sales) of vaccines against maternal and neonatal tetanus. She is a global spokesperson for the Pampers/UNICEF “partnership” 1 Pack = 1 Vaccine to help raise awareness of the program. This “partnership” involves Procter & Gamble donating the cost of one tetanus vaccination (approximately 24 cents) for every pack of Pampers sold. (Pampers diapers cost approximately 25 cents each, or about US $1,000 per child per year in the US market).
In 2011, Hayek launched her own line of cosmetics, skincare and haircare products called Nuance by Salma Hayek, to be sold at CVS stores in North America. She was inspired to create a cosmetic line from her grandmother, who used to make her own facial care products. Hayek was also featured in a series of Spanish language commercials for Lincoln cars. In spring 2006, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio, Texas displayed 16 portrait paintings by muralist George Yepes and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez of Hayek as Aztec goddess Itzpapalotl.
Hayek is a naturalized United States citizen. She studied at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, and is a practitioner of yoga. Hayek, who was raised Catholic, said she is not very devout anymore and does not believe in the institution Church, but still believes in Jesus Christ and God.On March 9, 2007, Hayek confirmed her engagement to French billionaire and PPR CEO François-Henri Pinault as well as her pregnancy. On September 21, 2007, she gave birth to daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. On July 18, 2008, Hayek and Pinault announced the end of their engagement. They later reconciled and were married on Valentine’s Day, 2009 in Paris. On April 25, 2009, they were married a second time in Venice.
In July 2011, Hayek’s husband was named in a paternity case. According to reports, Pinault is the father of supermodel Linda Evangelista’s four-year-old son, Augustin James. He denied all allegations, although the reports were later substantiated.
Hayek’s charitable work includes increasing awareness on violence against women and discrimination against immigrants. On July 19, 2005, Hayek testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary supporting reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. In February 2006, she donated $25,000 to a Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, shelter for battered women and another $50,000 to Monterrey based anti-domestic violence groups. Hayek is a board member of V-Day, the charity founded by playwright Eve Ensler.
Hayek also advocates breastfeeding. During a UNICEF fact-finding trip to Sierra Leone, she breastfed a hungry week-old baby whose mother could not produce milk. She said she did it to reduce the stigma associated with breastfeeding and to encourage infant nutrition.
In 2010, Hayek’s humanitarian work earned her a nomination for the VH1 Do Something Awards. In 2013, Hayek launched with Beyoncé Knowles and Frida Giannini a Gucci campaign, “Chime For Change”, that aims to spread female empowerment.
Honors and awards
- Recipient of Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award in October 2001.
- Recipient of Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award in 2003.
- Recipient of Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award in February 2006.
- Recipient of Time magazine 25 Most Influential Hispanics in 2005.
- Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (France, December 30, 2011)
In July 2007, The Hollywood Reporter ranked Hayek fourth in their inaugural Latino Power 50, a list of the most powerful members of the Hollywood Latino community. That same month, a poll found Hayek to be the “sexiest celebrity” out of a field of 3,000 celebrities (male and female); according to the poll, “65 percent of the U.S. population would use the term ‘sexy’ to describe her”. In 2008, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television. In December of that year, Entertainment Weekly ranked Hayek number 17 in their list of the “25 Smartest People in TV.”
Was a member of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival jury. Co-hosted the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert with Julianne Moore in Oslo, Norway on December 11, 2005.
2) Jessica Alba
Jessica Marie Alba was born on 28th April 1981. She is an American television and film actress and model. She began her television and movie appearances at age 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack . Alba rose to prominence as the lead actress in the television series Dark Angel (2000–2002). Alba later appeared in various films, including Honey, Sin City, Fantastic Four, Into the Blue, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Good Luck Chuck both in 2007.
Alba has been called a sex symbol. She appears on the “Hot 100” section of Maxim and was voted number one on AskMen.com’s list of “99 Most Desirable Women” in 2006, as well as “Sexiest Woman in the World” by FHM in 2007. In 2005, TV Guide ranked her # 45 on its “50 Sexiest Stars of All Time” list. The use of her image on the cover of the March 2006 Playboy sparked a lawsuit by her, which was later dropped. She has also won various awards for her acting, including the Choice Actress Teen Choice Award and Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television, and a Golden Globe nomination for her lead role in the television series Dark Angel.
Alba was born in Pomona, California, to Catherine (née Jensen) and Mark Alba. Her mother is of Danish and French Canadian descent and her father is of Mexican ancestry. She has a younger brother, Joshua. Her father’s Air Force career took the family to Biloxi, Mississippi and Del Rio, Texas, before settling back in Claremont, California, when she was nine years old. Alba described her family as being a “very conservative family – a traditional, Catholic, Latin American family” and herself as very liberal; she says she had identified herself as a “feminist” as early as age five.
Alba’s early life was marked by a multitude of physical maladies. During childhood, she suffered from partially collapsed lungs twice, had pneumonia four to five times a year, as well as a ruptured appendix and a tonsillar cyst. Alba became isolated from other children at school, because she was in the hospital so often due to her illnesses that no one knew her well enough to befriend her. Alba has also had asthma since she was a child. Alba has said that her family’s frequent moving also contributed to her isolation from her peers. She has acknowledged that she has suffered from obsessive–compulsive disorder during her childhood. Alba graduated from Claremont High School at age 16, and she subsequently attended the Atlantic Theater Company.
Alba expressed interest in acting since the age of five. In 1992, the 11-year-old Alba persuaded her mother to take her to an acting competition in Beverly Hills, whose grand prize was free acting classes. Alba won the grand prize, and took her first acting lessons. An agent signed Alba nine months later. Her first appearance on film was a small role in the 1994 feature Camp Nowhere as Gail. She was originally hired for two weeks but her role turned into a two-month job when one of the prominent actresses dropped out.
Alba appeared in two national television commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penney as a child. She was later featured in several independent films. She branched out into television in 1994 with a recurring role as the vain Jessica in three episodes of the Nickelodeon comedy series The Secret World of Alex Mack. She then performed the role of Maya in the first two seasons of the television series Flipper. Under the tutelage of her lifeguard mother, Alba learned to swim before she could walk, and she was a PADI-certified scuba diver, skills which were put to use on the show, which was filmed in Australia.
In 1998, she appeared as Melissa Hauer in a first-season episode of the Steven Bochco crime-drama Brooklyn South, as Leanne in two episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210, and as Layla in an episode of The Love Boat: The Next Wave. In 1999, she appeared in the Randy Quaid comedy feature P.U.N.K.S. After Alba graduated from high school, she studied acting with William H. Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, at the Atlantic Theater Company, which was developed by Macy and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and film director, David Mamet.
Alba rose to greater prominence in Hollywood in 1999 after appearing as a member of a snobby high school clique in the Drew Barrymore romantic comedy Never Been Kissed, and as the female lead in the 1999 comedy-horror film Idle Hands, opposite Devon Sawa.Her big break came when writer/director James Cameron picked Alba from a pool of 1,200 candidates for the role of the genetically engineered super-soldier, Max Guevara, on the Fox sci-fi television series Dark Angel. Co-created by Cameron, the series starred Alba, and ran for two seasons until 2002, earning her critical acclaim as well as a Golden Globe nomination. Alba later admitted to suffering from anorexia while in preparation for Dark Angel.
Alba has been well received in popular culture. She received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress and Saturn Award for Best Actress for her role in Dark Angel. In 2006, Alba received an MTV Movie Award for “Sexiest Performance” for Sin City. Her acting has also drawn criticism, however, as she was nominated for a 2007 Razzie Award for Worst Actress for her performances in Awake, Good Luck Chuck, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. She was also nominated for the same award in 2005 for her performances in Fantastic Four and Into the Blue.
Alba’s most notable film roles have included an aspiring dancer-choreographer in Honey, exotic dancer Nancy Callahan in Sin City, and as the Marvel Comics character Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman in Fantastic Four. She then appeared in its sequel, in Into the Blue later that year, and Good Luck Chuck a few years later. Alba hosted the 2006 MTV Movie Awards and performed sketches spoofing the movies King Kong, Mission: Impossible 3, and The Da Vinci Code. In February 2008, she hosted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Science and Technical Awards. Alba has been represented by talent agents Patrick Whitesell and Brad Cafarelli.
In 2008, Alba made her acting transition to the horror-film genre in The Eye, a remake of the Hong Kong original. The film was released on February 1, 2008. Though the film was not well received by critics, Alba’s performance itself received mixed reviews. Alba won a Teen Choice for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller and a Razzie Award for Worst Actress-nomination. Also in 2008, Alba starred alongside Mike Myers and Justin Timberlake in “box office bomb” The Love Guru. Alba was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress.
In late 2008, Alba signed on to star as the lead role in An Invisible Sign of My Own. The movie finished filming in November 2008. It premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival and was released to theaters in May 2011.
In 2010, Alba starred in five films. She played Joyce Lakeland, a prostitute in The Killer Inside Me, film adaption of the book of the same name which co-starred Kate Hudson and Casey Affleck. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her second film of the year was the hit romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, directed by Garry Marshall. She portrayed Ashton Kutcher’s girlfriend, Morley Clarkson, in the ensemble film that included Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Garner, among others. It was released on February 12, 2010.Later in the year, she appeared in action film Machete, in An Invisible Sign of My Own and in Little Fockers, reuniting with Robert De Niro who was also in Machete.
In August 2010, it was announced that Alba would appear in Spy Kids 4. The film was released a year later. In January 2012, Alba and business partner Chris Gavigan launched The Honest Company, a collection of toxin-free household goods, diapers, and body care products. In March 2012, Alba announced that she will be releasing a book, The Honest Life, based on her experiences creating a natural, non-toxic life for her family. The book, slated for release in early 2013, will be published by Rodale.
Her next projects include comedy A.C.O.D. and animated film Escape from Planet Earth. Alba will also reprise her role as Santana in Machete’s sequel Machete Kills and as Nancy Callahan in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, sequel to 2005’s Sin City. Filming for Sin City started in October 2012 with a release date set for August 2014.
In 2001, Alba was ranked No. 1 on Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 list. She said that “I have to go to certain lengths to use sexuality to my advantage, while guiding people to thinking the way I want them to.” In 2005, Alba was named one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People, and also appeared in the magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful list in 2007. In 2002, Alba was voted as the fifth Sexiest Female Star for 2002 in a Hollywood.com poll, No.4 in the Top 10 Sci-Fi Babes, No.6 in FHM’s Sexiest Girls for their poll, and ranked at No.12 in Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women in the World” 2002 edition. In 2005, Alba was ranked at No.5 on the Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 list.
On the cover of the March 2006 issue, Playboy magazine named Alba among its 25 Sexiest Celebrities, and the Sex Star of the Year. Alba was involved in litigation against Playboy for its use of her image (from a promotional shot for Into the Blue) without her consent, which she contends gave the appearance that she was featured in the issue in a “nude pictorial”. However, she later dropped the lawsuit after receiving a personal apology from Playboy owner Hugh Hefner, who agreed to make donations to two charities that Alba has supported.
When reports surfaced that a 21-year-old Chinese girl was seeking plastic surgery to resemble Alba in order to win back an ex-boyfriend, the star spoke out against the perceived need to change one’s appearance for love.
In 2006, Alba ranked No.3 on E! Television’s 101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies. In 2006 readers of AskMen.com voted Alba No. 1 on 99 Most Desirable Women, while in 2007, Maxim Magazine placed Alba on the number 2 spot of their “Top 100”. Both GQ and In Style had Alba on their June 2008 covers, and in May, after eight million votes, FHM (UK and USA editions) named Alba the winner as “2007’s Sexiest Woman in the World”. Alba has been regarded as one of the world’s most attractive women, being named to Maxim’s Hot 100 in 2008. In 2007, Alba was ranked in at No.1 in FHM’s Sexiest Girls of 2007 poll, in the magazine’s Latvian edition. Alba was ranked No.4 on Empire Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in 2007. In 2006 and 2007, Alba was voted No.1 as the most sexy woman in the world by the Norwegian FHM.
Alba appeared in the 2009 Campari calendar. Campari printed 9,999 copies of the calendar featuring photos of Alba posing sexually in swimsuits, and high heels. In 2008, Alba was ranked No.34 on Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 list, was ranked No.2 on Wizard magazine’s “Sexiest Women of TV” list, and was named in GQ Magazine one of the 25 Sexiest Women in film of all time. Alba is the only woman who has made the Maxim Magazine Hot 100 list in all the years it was published; from 2000 to 2013. She appeared on Maxim’s 2013 Hot 100 list, finishing 17. She was named one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time” by Men’s Health. People named her one of 2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age.
Alba fears being typecast as a sex kitten based on the bulk of parts offered to her, commenting, “Somehow, I don’t think this is happening to Natalie Portman.” In the interview, Alba said she wants to be taken seriously as an actress but believes she needs to do movies that she would otherwise not be interested in to build her career, stating that eventually she hopes to be more selective in her film projects. Alba also maintains a strict no-nudity clause in her contract.
She was given the option to appear nude in Sin City by the film’s directors, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, but declined the offer, saying, “I don’t do nudity. I just don’t. Maybe that makes me a bad actress. Maybe I won’t get hired in some things. But I have too much anxiety”. She remarked of a GQ shoot in which she was scantily clad, “They didn’t want me to wear the granny panties, but I said, ‘If I’m gonna be topless I need to wear granny panties.” In March 2010, she reasserted her position to Scarlet magazine, saying, “I can act sexy and wear sexy clothes but I can’t go naked.” For the shower scene in Machete, she was wearing underwear, which was digitally removed afterwards.
Alba was raised as a Catholic throughout her teenage years, but left the church after four years because she felt she was being judged for her appearance, explaining: “Older men would hit on me, and my youth pastor said it was because I was wearing provocative clothing, when I wasn’t. It just made me feel like if I was in any way desirable to the opposite sex that it was my fault, and it made me ashamed of my body and being a woman”.
Alba also had objections to the church’s condemnations of premarital sex and homosexuality, and what she saw as a lack of strong female role models in the Bible, explaining “I thought it was a nice guide, but it certainly wasn’t how I was going to live my life.” Her “religious devotion began to wane” at the age of 15 when she guest-starred as a teenager with gonorrhea in the throat in a 1996 episode of the television series Chicago Hope. Her friends at church reacted negatively to her role, making her lose faith in the church. However, she has stated that she still holds her belief in God despite leaving the church.
While filming Dark Angel in January 2000, Alba began a three-year relationship with her co-star Michael Weatherly, which caused controversy due to their 12-year age difference.Weatherly proposed to Alba on her twentieth birthday, which she accepted. In August 2003, Alba and Weatherly announced that they’d ended their relationship. In July 2007, Alba spoke out about the breakup, saying “I don’t know why I got engaged. I was a virgin. He was 12 years older than me. I thought he knew better. My parents weren’t happy. They’re really religious. They believe God wouldn’t allow the Bible to be written if it wasn’t what they are supposed to believe. I’m completely different.” Alba had at one time said she envisioned a much older man as her ideal partner, making references to Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Robert Redford, and Michael Caine. She said, “I have this thing for older men. They’ve been around and know so much.”
Alba met Cash Warren, son of actor Michael Warren, while filming Fantastic Four in 2004. Alba married Warren in Los Angeles in May 2008. They have two daughters: Honor Marie Warren (born 2008) and Haven Garner Warren (born 2011). The first pictures of Honor Marie appeared in the July 2008 issue of OK! magazine, which reportedly paid $1.5 million.
In 2005, Alba offered her acting talents for free, to raise money for AIDS charity Amfar at the Cannes Film Festival. The Industry had held a benefit for the US research foundation. Alba had caused “the greatest stir” by promising to star as an unpaid actress in one of The Lord of the Rings producer Bob Weinstein’s movies, if Weinstein agreed to bid $100,000 for tennis lessons with sports stars Monica Seles and Boris Becker.
Alba’s charity work includes participation with Clothes Off Our Back, Habitat for Humanity, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Project HOME, RADD, Revlon Run/Walk for Women, SOS Children Villages, Soles4Souls, and Step up. Alba openly endorsed and supported Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama during the 2008 primary season. Alba is an ambassador for the 1Goal movement to provide education to children in Africa.
Alba posed for a bondage-themed print advertising campaign by Declare Yourself, a campaign encouraging voter registration among youth for the 2008 United States presidential election. The ads photographed by Mark Liddell, which feature Alba wrapped in and gagged with black tape, drew national media attention. The ads were described by some as being “Shocking”. Alba said of doing the advertisements that “it didn’t freak me out at all.” Alba also said “I think it is important for young people to be aware of the need we have in this country to get them more active politically,” and “People respond to things that are shocking.”
In June 2009, while filming The Killer Inside Me in Oklahoma City, Alba was involved in a controversy with residents when she pasted posters of sharks around town. Alba said that she was trying to bring attention to the diminishing population of great white sharks. Media outlets speculated that Alba would be pursued and charged with vandalism. On June 16, 2009, Oklahoma City police said that they would not pursue criminal charges against Alba, because none of the property owners wanted to pursue it. Alba apologized in a statement to People magazine and said that she regretted her actions. She later donated an undisclosed amount of money (over $500) to the United Way, whose billboard she had obscured with one of the shark posters.
In 2011, Alba participated in a two-day lobbying effort in Washington D.C. in support of the Safe Chemicals Act, a revision of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.
- 2001 ALMA Award Breakthrough Actress of the Year
- 2005 Young Hollywood Awards Superstar of Tomorrow
- 2007 Spike TV Guys’ Choice Awards Hottest Jessica
- 2008 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Female Movie Star
3) Dulce María
Dulce María was born as Dulce María Espinosa Saviñón on 6th December 1985. She is a Mexican actress, singer, and songwriter. In October 2009 she signed a contract with Universal Music and recorded a solo album Extranjera, with its first part released in November 2010, and the second part in the summer of 2011.
Dulce María was born on December 6, 1985 in Mexico City, Federal District. She has two sisters, Blanca and Claudia. As a child, Dulce María began doing television commercials. In 1993, at the age of 9, she was cast on Plaza Sesamo, Mexico’s equivalent to Sesame Street. She also appeared in various Mexican commercials during her young age, including the Mexican furniture store Viana, during mother’s day. She was later cast in El Club de Gaby and participated in several specials on the Mexican Discovery Kids channel. She began to work in soap operas in Televisa but she discovered her real passion when she was given the opportunity to participate in a music project Rebelde.
In 1996 Dulce joined the Mexican music group K.I.D.S.. They were very popular among children in Mexico and released two hit singles, La mejor de tus sonrisas and Prende el switch. In 1999, Dulce decided to leave the group due to personal reasons. After her departure from K.I.D.S., Dulce and her then boyfriend, Daniel Habif, also an ex-member of K.I.D.S., decided to start their own group called D&D. They recorded five songs, but for unknown reasons, split up. In early 2000, Dulce replaced Angie in Jeans, a female Latin pop group. She left after two years to film Clase 406.
Dulce began acting in telenovelas and was eventually cast as one of the main characters in Rebelde. The success of Rebelde, launched RBD. To date RBD has made 9 studio albums, including albums in Spanish, Portuguese and English. They have sold over 20 million albums worldwide, and have toured across Mexico, South America, Serbia, Romania, the United States, and Spain. On August 15, 2008, RBD released a message telling fans that they had decided to split up. They went on one final tour, Gira Del Adios World Tour which ended in 2008. On November 25, 2008, Dulce collaborated with Tiziano Ferro and Anahí on a song called El Regalo Màs Grande. Following the breakup of RBD, Dulce signed with Universal Music and announced that she will begin recording in 2009 as a solo artist.
In 2009 she recorded two new songs for the novela, Verano de Amor, called Verano and Déjame Ser, a song she co-wrote along with Carlos Lara. Dulce also collaborated with Akon, to remix his song Beautiful. They performed the song together at the 2009 radio concert, El Evento 40. Dulce is also acting as llyena Faustin in Grand Theft Auto IV
Dulce María released her first solo single on May 17, 2010, Inevitable. The music video was released on May 24 and was directed by Argentinean director Francisco d’Amorim Lima. Dulce María’s solo album “Extranjera” was originally set to be released September 7, but the release date was changed due to recording of some new tracks. The album was then set to be released November 9, 2010 with her stating on Twitter “We have more surprises for you guys so be patient!”. The surprise was that the album was going to be divided in two: Extranjera Primera Parte, with 7 tracks, including the hit Inevitable, released on November 9, 2010 and Extranjera Segunda Parte with 7 more tracks plus a DVD with extras. On November 9, 2010, Dulce María presented her album with a showcase at the Lunario and announced her second single Ya No, which will be featured on the second part of the album set to be released in the summer of 2011. The song is a cover of the late singer Selena from the album Amor Prohibido. The song began playing on radios on November 16, 2010.
On January 14 a Preview Clip was released for Dulce’s New Single Ya No showing her in 3 different outfits, and in the last scene arguing with her love interest. Dulce Maria’s New Music Video Ya No was released on February 10 on her personal YouTube channel, DulceMariaLive, earlier than planned due to it being leaked. Dulce Maria announced on her Official YouTube account, Extranjera Segunda Parte will be released on June 14, 2011
Following her success as a child star, Dulce began to star in teen-oriented telenovelas such as El Juego de la Vida and Clase 406. In Clase 406, she worked alongside Alfonso Herrera, Anahí, and Christian Chávez, who later became her bandmates in RBD. In 2004, she was cast as one of the main characters in Rebelde, a Mexican remake of the hit Argentinian telenovela, Rebelde Way. Dulce played Roberta Pardo, the strong-willed daughter of a famous Mexican singer. Rebelde was a hit worldwide and had over 400 episodes, airing from 2004 until 2006. In 2006, the actress received the TV Y Novelas award for Best Young Telenovela Actress for her work in Rebelde.
Following the success of Rebelde in 2007, Televisa released RBD: La Familia, which starred the members of RBD. The sitcom was based on the fictional lives of the members of RBD. The characters of the sitcom were not based on the band’s characters in Rebelde, but intended to be similar to the actors’ real personalities. RBD: La Familia was the first Mexican series shot entirely in High Definition. The show ran from March 14, 2007 – June 13, 2007 and only had 13 episodes.
In 2009, Dulce starred in the telenovela Verano de Amor, alongside Gonzalo Garcia Vivanco and Ari Borovoy, also produced by Pedro Damián, where she interpreted the theme songs of the telenovela, Verano and Déjame Ser; Dulce was cast as Miranda. The telenovela premiered on February 9, 2009, replacing the series Juro Que Te Amo. Verano de Amor incorporated messages into the novela promoting environmental responsibility, an extension of Televisa’s “Televisa Verde” initiative focused on the environment. In 2010 she received the prize of People En Español as Best Young Actress for the telenovela Verano de Amor.
In April 2010 Dulce Maria was cast as a Lupita in a new independent film project, directed by Gonzalo Justiniano, “Alguien Ha Visto A Lupita?” (Has Anyone Seen Lupita?) starring alongside Chilean actor Cristian de la Fuente. The film was released in March 2011. Dulce Maria was in fashion line Cklass with her ex colleague Maite Perroni. It is interesting to note that Dulce was in TV show Clase 406 with actors Anahi, Alfonso Herrera, and Christian Chavez. The two latter of the three were also in a group with Dulce which was also named Clase 406.
Dulce’s great aunt was the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Dulce’s grandmother is Frida’s sister. In 2007 Dulce María released Dulce Amargo, a book of poems and stories based on her life and her experiences in RBD. Dulce Maria reportedly dated Daniel Habif, ex-member of K.I.D.S. In 2002 Dulce and her fellow RBD band mate, Alfonso Herrera, had an on-again off-again relationship that lasted until late 2005. In 2006, Dulce dated Mexican footballer Guillermo Ochoa. The pair split after a year.
That year she was also chosen by the magazine Quién of Mexico, as one of the most beautiful 2006. In 2007, as well as in 2010 the magazine People En Español named her one of “50 Most Beautiful.” In 2009 Dulce and her Verano de Amor castmate, Pablo Lyle, dated. The relationship lasted 10 months. In the social support in 2009, Dulce Maria created the Foundation Dulce Amanecer to support communities of indigenous women and their children, as well as environmental protection. Also, in September 2009, the singer was chosen by Google, Save the Children and Chicos.net as representative of the Technology Yes campaign aimed at promoting the appropriate use of technology and the Internet among children and youth. In 2010 the magazine People En Español named her one of “50 Most Beautiful”.
Her official website is located at http://www.dulcemariamusic.com
4) Ana de la Reguera
Anabell Gardoqui “Ana” de la Reguera was born on 8th April 1977. She is a Mexican actress who has starred in telenovelas, films, and the HBO television series Eastbound & Down.
Reguera was born in Veracruz, Mexico. Her mother was a Miss Veracruz who became a journalist and TV personality. She began her performance arts studies in the Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura and was the host of Pasarela on Televisa Veracruz. She left the Televisa’s CEA, and then studied with Rosa María Bianchi, Patricia Reyes Spíndola and Rafael Miranau. She also studied at the Centro de Formación Actoral de TV Azteca (CEFAC).
Her acting career began with her role in the telenovela Azul (1996) followed by Pueblo chico, infierno grande (1997), with Verónica Castro, for which she received the Heraldo award for best female acting, and Desencuentro which was her third telenovela under the direction of Ernesto Alonso. Tentaciones (1998) marked her beginning with the production company Argos Comunicación. She was immediately offered a role in Destino and Todo por amor, for which she received the Palmas de oro award.
Cara o Cruz was the first telenovela co-production between Argos Comunicación and Telemundo, that was made exclusively for the Hispanic audience living in the United States. It was later rebroadcast in Mexico, by independent channel CNI. She was also seen playing María in the telenovela Por tí for TV Azteca and the mini-series that followed up on Pedro El Escamoso, Como Pedro por su casa which was a co-production between Caracol from Colombia and Telemundo.
Reguera has been in many commercials and television shows in Mexico, such as: Mujer, casos de la vida real, Al derecho y al Derbez, Íntimamente Shanik, Chiquitos pero picosos, La venta increíble, Llévatelo and Cómplices en familia. In theatre she has participated in El cartero directed by Raúl Quintanilla, for which she received two awards from the Mexican Association of Theatre Journalists.
In 2010, she began appearing in commercials for Kahlúa liqueur. She signed a multimillion-dollar contract with CoverGirl to be one of the official faces, along with Drew Barrymore and Queen Latifah, of its ad campaign.
Her introduction to film began in Por la libre, under the direction of Juan Carlos de Llaca. Later she acted in the film Un Secreto de Esperanza and in 2003 Ladies Night, alongside Ana Claudia Talancón. In 2005 she played the starring role in Gitanas which aired on Telemundo in the United States. She is perhaps best known for her role as Sister Encarnación in Nacho Libre, a film by Jared Hess, director of Napoleon Dynamite. She also played a small role in the movie, Cowboys & Aliens. In 2010, she played the historical Josefa Quintana, a mistress of Father Miguel Hidalgo, hero of the Mexican War of Independence.
In 2006, Reguera hosted the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America along with Mexican alternative rock group Molotov. She is currently working with Argos Comunicación on the HBO Latin American series “Capadocia” along with Rebecca Jones and also serves as a spokesperson for CoverGirl cosmetics. Reguera appeared as Kenny Powers’ love interest in Season 2 of HBO’s hit series Eastbound & Down.
Films she acted
Film Character Director Production
- Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Maria Jon Favreau Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, and Reliance Entertainment
- Di Di Hollywood (2010) Rita Marlow Bigas Luna Canal+Espana Hidalgo-La historia jamas Josefa Quintana Antonio Serrano Astillero Films contada (2010)
- Cop Out (2010) Gabriela Kevin Smith Warner Bros. Pictures
- Backyard (2009) Blanca Carlos Carrera Tardan/Berman
- Paraiso Travel (2008) Milagros Simon Brand De La Mancha Productions
- Sultanes Del Sur (2007) Mónica Silvari Alejandro Lozano Lemon Films
- Nacho Libre (2006) Sister Encarnacion Jared Hess Paramount Pictures
- At The Edge (2006) Lucía Teresa Suárez Agárrate del Barandal
- The Thief (2004) Woman Yibrán Asuad Miguel Musalem
- Ladies’ Night (2003) Ana Gabriela Tagliavini Buenavista/Argos
- A Beautiful Secret (2003) Lety Leopoldo Laborde Benito Salermo
- Dust to Dust (2001) Maria Juan Carlos de Llaca Altavista Films
- Eastbound & Down, Vida Jody Hill / David G. Green Home Box Offie (HBO) (6 episodes, 2010)
- Royal Pains, Carmen Mathew Penn Universal Cable Prod., Prospect Park, (2 episodes, 2010) and USA Network
- Capadocia 2 Lorena Guerra Carlos Carrera, Javier Patrón HBO Latinoamérica / Argos (13 episodes, 2010) y Pedro Pablo Ibarra
- Empire State Ellen Cochrane Jeremy Podeswa ABC Studios/Mark Gordon Company (TV Movie, 2009)Capadocia Lorena Guerra Carlos Carrera, Javier Patrón HBO Latinoamérica / Argos (12 episodes, 2008) y Pedro Pablo Ibarra
- MTV Latin America Host MTV
- Music Awards (2006)
- Gypses (2005) María Salome Jorge Fons Argos/Telemundo
- MTV Latin America Presenter MTV
- Music Awards (2004)
- Luciana and Nicolás (2004) Luciana Jimmy Arteaga Alomi Producciones
- Peter at Home (2004) Astrid Juan Carlos Villa Caracol Televisión
- Movie Awards (2004) Winner/Presenter MTV
- For You (2003) María Carlos Guerra TV Azteca
- Face or Cross (2002) Lorena/Aída Jorge Fons Argos/Telemundo
- All for Love (1998-2000) Lucía Javier Patrón Argos
- Tempations (1998) Fernanda Segovia Alberto Cortés Argos
- Desencuentro (1997) Beatriz Claudio Reyes Televisa
- Small Town, Big Hell (1997) Priscila Benjamín Cann Televisa
- Woman: Real Life Cases Arturo Ripstein Televisa(4 episodes, 1997)
- Blue (1996) Cecilia Raúl Araiza Televisa
Othelo (2009) Desdémona Claudio Rios UNAM Il Postino (1998) Beatriz Raúl Quintanilla Fela Fábregas
- Canacine/Movie Industry 2011 Best Actress for Hidalgo: La historia jamas contada Chamber’s Award
- Canacine/Movie Industry 2010 Best Actress for BackyardChamber’s Award
- Imagen Award 2010 Best Actress Film: Backyard
- Association of Theatre 2010 Best Actress of the Year for Othelo Journalists in Mexico
- Association of Theatre 2010 Best Actress for Othelo Critics & Journalists
- Top Glamour 2010 Best National Actress
- GQ Magazine 2007 Woman of the Year
- Silver Goddess 2007 Critic’s Choice Best Actress for On the Edge (Así del Precipicio)
- Silver Goddess 2004 Critic’s Choice Best Supporting Actress for Ladies’ Night
- Canacine/Movie Industry 2004 Best Actress for Ladies’ Night
- Chamber’s Award
- MTV Movie Award 2004 Favorite Actress for Ladies’ Night
- Golden Palm Award 2002 Critic’s Choice for All for Love
- Association of Theatre 1998 Best Actress of the Year for Il Postino
- Journalists in Mexico
- Association of Theatre 1998 Best Promising Actress for Il Postino
- Critics & Journalists
- El Heraldo 1997 Best New Actress for Small Town, Big Hell
- Kahlúa – International Campaign (2011)
- Lipton Ice Tea – International Campaign (2010)
- Cover Girl – Image- International Campaign (2008-2010)
- Pantene – National Campaign – México & Latin America (2008-2010)
- Special K – National Campaign – México (2009)
- Montblanc – National Campaign (2007) Ciel (Coca Cola Company’s Sparkling Water) National Campaign – México (2006-2008)
- Caress -National Campaign – United States (2006)
- Macy’s – Fall’s Promotional Campaign – United States (2006)
- Telefónica – National Campaign – México (2004)
- BeLight (Pepsi Co’s Flavored Natural Water) National Campaign – México (2004)
- Blockbuster – Internal Campaign – México (2003)
- Secret – Print National Campaign – México (2002)
- Head and Shoulders – National Campaign – México (1997)
Ana de la Reguera is also heavily involved with charity work. Most recently, she uploaded a video to YouTube in order to help raise awareness for Veracruz, her home state, affected by heavy rains and a devastating Hurricane Karl. In the video, de la Reguera advises on the various options to support, and offers methods to make donations. The viral campaign went all over Twitter and other online sites, raising much needed money for the victims of the hurricane. De la Reguera also founded the organization VeracruzANA AC which is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to raise funds and finally build a touristic boulevard of Antigua- something that has been promised by political organizations for years. Antigua is one of the most important and historical communities in Veracruz, and the most damaged by the hurricane. This June marked the culmination of her hard work and the Grand Opening ceremony for the touristic boulevard.
Whether she is volunteering during a natural disaster, fundraising for those in desperate need of relief, engaging voters, or spending time with her family, de la Reguera proves that ambition can be applied to philanthropic ventures, as well as a successful career that knows no boundaries, both in the United States and around the world.
Her official website is located at http://www.anadelareguera.net
5) Elsa Benítez
Elsa Benítez was born on 8th December 1977 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. She is a Mexican model and television host, perhaps best known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, including appearing on the cover in 2001.
Elsa Benítez began to parade after winning a modeling contest in Costa Rica in 1995. Linda Evangelista was a role model for her. Her early opportunities were soon marching to local firms in Mexico and later in the United States where she earned more recognition and with it, her move to Europe. In 1996 she obtained one of her best chances when chosen to appear in one of the major fashion magazines of all time and one of the most desired for beginner models: Vogue Italia, once accepted, she was on the cover of the Journal for three consecutive months.
After being hired by Elite agency, she began appearing on the cover of many magazines like Vogue, ELLE, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire. But after appearing on the cover of Vogue from various countries such as Mexico, Greece, Germany, and Marie Claire in several numbers, Elsa received the offer that would launch success and worldwide recognition to any model: U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated.
After arriving to Europe, specifically France and Italy, participating in fashion, presenting collections of top designers; starts on runways Prêt-à-porter becoming the muse of Dolce & Gabbana Italian house for which she starred in their shows and marketing campaigns.
She also paraded on runways and / or campaigns for Chanel, Valentino, Christian Lacroix, Versace, Fendi, Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Gianfranco Ferre, Valentino, MaxMara, Salvatore Ferragamo, Chloe, Escada, Emanuel Ungaro, Massimo Dutti and in U.S. for Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta, Anna Sui, and CoverGirl.
Elsa is perhaps the only model that has marched in Latin Couture during her stay in Paris. She marched for some of the most important fashion houses presenting Haute Couture, which have always been a few of the significant work involved in this fraction fashion, so Elsa walked for Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Pierre Balmain, Emanuel Ungaro and Versace . She has worked for the houses: Macy’s, Episode, INC, J.Crew, Rena Lange, Nine West and Jones New York.
Elsa has also modeled for Victoria’s Secret. Benítez appeared in the 1999 Pirelli calendar showing women through the decades. She was photographed as representative of the “groovy” in the 1970s. In 2002 appeared in the video Love to see you cry Enrique Iglesias.
She divorced after years of marriage to basketball player Rony Seikaly Lebanese, with whom she had a daughter named Mila. Later had a romantic relationship for several months with Mexican businessman Roberto Slim. From 2009 to 2013, Benítez was the host of Mexico’s Next Top Model.
Elsa Benitez once said ” I really enjoy doing the fashion shows because they’re so emotionally demanding!”
She was also in the AskMen.com Top 50 Beautiful Women for 2000. Elsa has appeared on various magazine covers from Vogue Italia to Elle and Marie Claire. Elsa Benitez’s exotic looks don’t go unnoticed. Whether it is her penetrating eyes, her incredible figure, or even her soft lips, our voting panel (and we) are mesmerized by Elsa’s incredible sexiness. We are not so sure that her husband, 6’11” basketball player Rony Seikaly, would be raving about our admiration however.
Elsa appeared in the 1999 Pirelli Calendar that featured “Women Through the Decades”. She was photographed as representative of the groovy ’70s in the exclusive issue. Elsa may not be as recognized as fellow models Cindy Crawford and Elle MacPherson as of yet, but she is bound to become the next Latin supermodel of the millennium, especially after being selected to grace the cover of the 2001 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
Although Elsa’s star is definitely on the rise, she plans to enter the world of film. With acting lessons under her belt and beauty that is sure to melt the screen, Elsa hopes to work in both Spanish and English films. Elsa is currently married to former NBA player Rony Seikaly, so we’ll all just have to admire her from afar — or at least from her pictures.
6) Paulina Rubio
Paulina Susana Rubio Dosamantes was born on 17th June 1971, She generally known as Paulina Rubio, is a Mexican singer, actress, television music competition judge, hostess, model and businesswoman. She is known in Mexico and Ibero-America as an original member of the pop group Timbiriche from 1981 through 1991. Rubio has sold over 20 million records worldwide as a solo artist and is considered one of the most influential Latin celebrities in the world.
Her debut album, La Chica Dorada was released under EMI Music, followed by 24 Kilates. Her follow-up albums, El tiempo es oro and Planeta Paulina helped Rubio become better known in Latin America. Rubio’s departure from EMI Music happened in the same year due to personal conflicts with the label.
With her new label, Universal Music, she released her sixth studio album Paulina and her crossover album Border Girl, both had commercial success in Latin America and Europe; the first of these was nominated and won many awards. According to Billboard, Paulina was the best selling Latin album in the United States in 2001, selling over 1 million copies in the US alone. Paulina has sold over 5 million copies. Her follow-up albums, Pau-Latina and Ananda consolidated Rubio internationally as one of the most successful Mexican super stars in the world. Her ninth album, Gran City Pop had a fresh and original concept, and focused in vision, to reflect Paulina’s life and musical experiences she had while traveling the world. Her latest album Brava! focuses in electronic genres. In 2012, Rubio served as a coach on the second season of La Voz… Mexico. In 2013, Rubio became a coach on La Voz Kids, and also became a judge on the American version of The X Factor.
According to E! Entertainment, the singer reached number twelve on the 25 Sexiest Pop Divas.
As Rubio says “I have been famous since I was born”, as she is the daughter of Mexican actress Susana Dosamantes and Enrique Rubio, a lawyer. Rubio was born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. Rubio has a younger brother named Enrique. From the age of 5, Rubio was taking singing, acting, jazz, painting, and dance lessons while enrolled at what is now the Centro de Educación Artística (CEA) in Mexico. After two years there, Rubio’s parents were contacted by Julisa and Guillermo del Bosque for approval of Rubio’s joining a band that would be formed by children from the center.
On 30 April 1982, she began her singing career when she was ten years old under the guidance of Miguel Bosé, debuting in the popular children’s pop group Timbiriche. The original band had seven members: Alix Bauer, Benny Ibarra, Diego Schoening, Mariana Garza, Paulina Rubio, Sasha Sökol, and Erik Rubin (who joined a year later). Other members, who joined later, of the band were Eduardo Capetillo, and Edith Márquez. Rubio recorded 11 albums as part of Timbiriche. In 1985, Timbiriche participated in the musical Vaselina (Spanish adaptation of the American musical Grease). Having gained popularity in Timbiriche, Rubio turned to acting in telenovelas with Televisa. She landed her first role in 1988 as the villain Paulina Montenegro in Pasión y Poder (Passion and Power). In 1992 she starred in Baila Conmigo (Dance With Me), one of the biggest telenovelas of that year, as Andrea. Two soundtracks, Baila Conmigo and Recuerdos de Baila Conmigo, were released. Members of the soap opera performed on Siempre en Domingo (Always on Sunday), among other TV programs.
In 1991, Rubio left Timbiriche to focus on a solo career. She moved to Spain to begin work on her first album with Arely García. In 1992, she released her debut album, La Chica Dorada under the EMI label; La Chica Dorada became her trademark nickname. La Chica Dorada was certified Diamond in 1997, and she was presented with an award during her promotion of Planeta Paulina on Verónica Castro’s defunct music show, La Tocada. The first single, “Mío”, is Rubio’s signature song and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks while reaching No. 2 in Mexico and No. 1 in Spain; Amor de Mujer, Sabor a Miel, and Abriendo las Puertas al Amor were released as the following singles reaching No. 22, #8, and No. 9 respectively on the Hot Latin Tracks. Sabor a miel peaked at No. 2 while Abriendo las puertas al amor peaked at No. 3 on the Mexican charts.
In 1993, she released her sophomore effort, 24 Kilates, which sold 150,000 copies in two weeks of its release. The album peaked at No. 1 in Mexico. “Nieva, Nieva” was released as the first single which reached No. 27 on the Hot Latin Tracks and became Paulina’s first No. 1 single in Mexico. “El Me Engañó” and “Asunto de Dos” were released in Mexico which peaked at No. 1 and No. 5 respectively. The same year, Rubio received two nominations for the Lo Nuestro Awards: Female Artist and New Artist of the Year. In 1995, El Tiempo Es Oro was released. It includes the hits “Te Daría Mi Vida” and “Nada de Ti” which peaked at No. 1 in Mexico while “Hoy Te Deje De Amar” peaked at #9. The theme song and title to the 1994 Mexican film Bésame En La Boca, was included on the album, in which she also starred as the lead role.
In 1996, she released her last album under the EMI Latin label, Planeta Paulina, which included the hit single “Enamorada” which peaked at No. 2 in Mexico. “Pobre Niña Rica” was featured as the theme song of the 1995 telenovela in which she also starred as Alma, Pobre Niña Rica. Rubio also recorded English versions of several songs which did not appear on the album. Some of these songs were released years later on a hits compilation. The first single off the album “Simpre Tuya Desde La Raiz” peaked at No. 1 in Mexico while Solo Por Ti peaked at #7.
EMI declined to release Paulina’s first English crossover album, which was supposed to be the English version of Planeta Paulina album, because of that, Rubio got in a legal battle against EMI for not fulfilling the plans they had already planned. She had to pay them money so they can let her leave the record company. After Planeta Paulina, Rubio took the longest break of her career. She left the music scene and moved to Spain where she dealt in a little bit of everything. Except for her participation in 1998’s successful Reencuentro Tour with Timbiriche, Rubio was absent from the music scene for nearly four long years.
Paulina’s return to the music scene began in the summer of 1999 when she recorded Richard Daniel Roman’s Vive El Verano, the theme song to a summer TV show where she was the host of in Spain. Vive El Verano was the first single under her new record contract with Universal.
On 23 May 2000 Rubio released her fifth and most successful studio album to date, Paulina. Paulina. was nominated three times at the second annual Latin Grammy Awards for “Album of the Year”, “Song of the Year”, and “Best Female Pop Vocal Album.” She became the winner of multiple prestigues awards. It became Rubio’s first number 1 album on Billboard’s “Top Latin Albums” chart, as well as the biggest selling Latin album of all 2001. The album Paulina has been certified 4× Platinum in Mexico for shipping 600,000 albums, while being certified 8× Platinum (Latin field) in the U.S. for shipments of 800,000 units. The album peaked at No. 156 on the Billboard 200 and was on the charts for more than 2-years. “Paulina” was the No. 1 album for the entire year of 2001 on The Billboard Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums.
The albums singles include the first single Lo Haré Por Ti, the ranchera/hip-hop “El Ultimo Adios”, the infectious Y Yo Sigo Aquí, and the female empowerment anthem Yo No Soy Esa Mujer peaking at No. 13, 18, 3 and 7 respectively. Other releases include Sexi Dance and Tal Vez, Quizá which peaked at No. 34 and No. 42 on the Hot Latin Songs. All singles have peaked inside the top seven in Mexico proving that Rubio is one of Mexico’s most famous and talented female singers of all time. The success of the album Paulina was so enormous that Universal Music decided it was time for Rubio to begin work on her first English-language album.
Later in 2009, Paulina was listed among the Top 10 best selling albums in the history of Mexico. Paulina Rubio’s presence in the English-language market came in 2002. On 18 June 2002, Border Girl, Rubio’s first foray into English-language-Pop, was released. The album peaked at number 5 in Mexico and 14 Spain, and at number 9 in Canada. In the US, the album debuted at No. 11 on the “Billboard Top 200 Album” Chart and was certified Gold selling 500,000 copies. Her debut English album gave Paulina the international recognition she had sought after for years.
The hit single “Don’t Say Goodbye” peaked at the 41st position on the U.S. “Billboard Hot 100” Chart, while the Spanish version reached No. 5 on the Hot Latin Tracks. The music video became a regular on MTV’s Total Request Live. The One You Love (Todo Mi Amor) was released as the second single reaching No. 98 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 on the Hot Latin Tracks becoming her second top five hit from the album. The Spanish version of Casanova reached No. 37 on the Hot Latin Tracks.
Rubio appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, and CD:UK, among others. She performed at international festivals, including Wango Tango, Festivalbar, and Festival di Sanremo in Italy, her first performance ALMA awards. With the success of the album Border Girl, Rubio appeared in magazines including Rolling Stone, Stuff, and Blender. On 21 June 2002 the Houston, Texas radio station 104.1 KRBE declared 21 June as “Paulina Day” in Houston.
In the fall of 2002, Rubio toured and performed material from Border Girl as the opening act for fellow Latin pop star Enrique Iglesias.
In early August 2010, Paulina talked on her Twitcam about her upcoming projects including her next studio album. She said that her new album will be Spanglish and will include songs in Spanish and English. She also hoped that the first single of the new material would be released in the middle or the end of 2011. Paulina has also stated that she is writing songs with Nelly Furtado and Cobra Starship. In May 2011, Paulina announced on Twitter that she and Moroccan/Swedish producer/songwriter RedOne are working together on new music in Madrid. Billboard.com reports that, “She’s been working with RedOne and writing with Julio Reyes Copello, Casadiego, Espinoza Paz, Chino y Nacho and Claudia Brant.”
Paulina announced on Twitter that the first single off her new album will be released on 13 September 2011. “I want to be the first one to let you know my NEW single hits radio Sept 13th!!!!! Are you ready to dance?” stated Paulina on her Twitter. The announcement comes only a few days after she tweeted a picture from the recording studio stating she had just finished recording the single. On August, 30th Paulina announced also via Twitter that the first single for her new album is named “Me Gustas Tanto” (I like you so much).According to LALATE, a celebrity news site narrowing on Rubio’s career, the single, “Me Gustas Tanto” made its debut 2 September 2011 on the same site. The single is available for purchase on Amazon.com starting on 6 September 2011, about a week before it will be released as a digital single worldwide. The single has been described as a fresh song with simple lyrics and a catchy beat. More than 30.000 viewers listened to the song on the first day of its premiere through Paulina Rubio’s VEVO channel on YouTube. Paulina confirmed she’ll be working on the official music video for the single on 15 September.
The album was recorded between New York, Los Angeles, Jamaica and Madrid. Paulina said that the reason she wanted to do a Spanglish album is that she wanted to mix the language of her home Mexico and the United States; “I grew up in Mexico, but I’ve always been between the United States and my country. This is all done with a wink and a nod to ‘Spanglish’ culture, which continues to grow and has a foot in both worlds”, the singer said. She stated on a radio interview that this album would be different from all her other albums because being a mother and the death of her father have inspired her a tremendously. She also said that 70% of the album’s songs are in Spanish, while only 30% are in English. She also confirmed that RedOne is producing most of the 10 tracks on the standard edition, with some arrangements “between techno and rock band instruments like bass, drums and acoustic guitar.”
Universal Music confirmed that Brava! is the title of Paulina’s new album. The production has 10 tracks, seven of which are in Spanish, while only 3 are in English. It was released on 15 November. Paulina posted via Twitter the official cover of the new album, Brava!. Me voy was released as the album’s second official single in Latin America on 14 February 2012, with a re-worked version featuring the Mexican singer-songwriter Espinoza Paz. A new English song titled “Boys Will Be Boys” was released in Europe on 24 March 2012. The song was released as the first single from Brava! Reload, an EP which includes 8 songs in English produced by RedOne. The song is also produced by RedOne, who also produced the music video of the single. The video was filmed in London.
In 2012, two editions of this album were released and they included all the songs Paulina worked on with RedOne. Europe’s edition was titled Brava! Reload and it was released on 24 July 2012, while the Latin American edition is called Bravísima! was released on 18 September 2012 and the US edition on October 22. Both editions include Paulina’s hit songs, Boys Will Be Boys” and Me Gustas Tanto.
Rubio participated as a coach on the second season of La Voz… México along with Jenni Rivera, Miguel Bosè and Beto Cuevas. The second season premiered in Mexico on 9 September 2012.
Rubio has signed on as the first of three musician coaches for La Voz Kids, the singing competition for kids 7-14 on Telemundo. La Voz Kids will be the first Spanish-language version of The Voice, which has already been a success in Mexico, Argentina and Colombia. “Having Paulina Rubio as a coach in this first-of-a-kind show is a true honor for us,” said Juniel Cubillo, VP of content development at Telemundo Media. In May 2013, Rubio was confirmed to join the judging panel for the third season of the American version of The X Factor as L.A. Reid’s replacement, joining returning new judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato and fellow new hire Kelly Rowland, who replaced Britney Spears.
In 2007, Paulina launched her own lipstick in partnership with M.A.C. titled “Rubia”. Paulina stated, “I love wearing make-up and use MAC products on stage and off, it’s suitable for all occasions. I was thrilled when M.A.C approached me to create a new shade of lipstick and I instantly thought it should be a bold, vibrant matte lipstick that will look sexy on all women.”
In 2008, Paulina launched her own fragrance titled “ORO”. The fragrance was released and created in conjunction with “Oracle Beauty Brands”. It is an elegant floral oriental array of sparkling citrus that is awakened by hints of espresso bean and peppered florals, while being sweetened by a touch of vanilla. “This fragrance is for women like me who believe in themselves; are strong, fun and unpredictable, yet tender and loving. I put so much creativity and love into this fragrance, I feel as if a drop of me is in each and every bottle to be shared with my fans and all women”, said Rubio. Paulina has a restaurant in Miami Beach called L’Entrecote de Paris.
Rubio is dressed by the most prestigious and recognized designers which include her longtime friend Roberto Cavalli, Ina Soltani, Prada, Gucci, “Dolce & Gabbana”, Alexander McQueen, etc. Paulina has also ventured out into modeling. She has walked on runways of events from designer’s such as “Alvin Valley”, “Gaudí”, Robero Cavalli, “Kiff-Kiff”, etc. Paulina is also signed under “Elite Model Management” a prestigious modeling agency. Paulina was the “face” of the opening campaign for the French fashion house “Louis Vuitton” in Latin America. Paulina has also long been the “face” for the Mexican “Andrea” shoes company.
In 2007, Paulina joined the Latino Commission on AIDS, an organization in the fight against the spread HIV/AIDS in the Latino community. Paulina became the first “Mexican Madrina” to partner with the organization. Paulina stated, “It is important to make our voice heard and try to bring back some of the care that the community shares each day”. Rubio has been part of several videos in which she asks viewers to promote “safe sex” relationships to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. On 17 May 2008, Paulina performed at the ALAS concert (América Latina en Acción Solidaria). The organization’s mission is to strengthen and expand public and private sector support for Early Childhood Development in Latin America.
In 2009, Paulina received a recognition from the “American Heart Association” for her association with the organization. Rubio also performed at the event to raise funds. On 3 December 2009, Paulina held a press conference announcing the creation of an organization in partnership with the “Lili Claire Foundation” to provide assistance to children living with neurological disorders and their families. “Fundación Paulina Rubio” is a project inspired by children in anguish as a result of homelessness, birth defects, and lack of education among other pernicious plights that many face today. By directing funds through other pre-existing organizations, such as The Lili Claire Foundation, children will receive a unique and comprehensive blend of support services including medical and behavioral genetics clinics, psychosocial counseling, advocacy services, information libraries, and community outreach that will ultimately help improve the lives of families and children living with neurogenetic disorders.
The Paulina & Friends exclusive benefit concert for The Lili Claire Foundation showcased some of today’s leading music stars, such as Luis Fonsi, Aleks Syntek, Noel Schajris, Reik and Fanny Lú, who joined Paulina on Saturday, 19 June. Paulina hosted the star studded fundraiser which took place at the Fillmore in the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Florida. The purpose of the event was to raise funds to build a family resource center. “My friends mean everything to me and I am happy to have the opportunity to share the stage with them to support this great cause” says Paulina.
“All of them are excellent musicians and I know that as always, they’ll do their best to make this an unforgettable night.” For his part, Jeff Simmons, community relations manager for The Lili Claire Foundation said, “I’m really surprised to see the number of artists who continue to join in on this great event, it’s truly a blessing. Their contribution to the Paulina & Friends concert is spectacular and the Lili Claire Foundation will be forever grateful”. Paulina & Friends will continue the celebration of musical performances where fans can join and live an unforgettable night to benefit The Lili Claire Foundation.
On 30 April 2007, she married public relations executive Nicolás “Colate” Vallejo Nájera in Xcaret, a park on the Mayan Riviera in Cancún, Quintana Roo. On 5 May 2010, Paulina announced through Twitter that she is expecting her first child. Her brother, Enrique Rubio, has corrected the statement that she is supposedly expecting twins, which is not true. Paulina has stated that if the child is a boy, he shall be named after his father, Nicolás. If it is a girl, she will be named after Rubio’s great-grandmother, Micaela. On 15 September 2010 Paulina announced on her Twitter page that she is expecting a boy. On Sunday, 14 November 2010, Paulina and her husband Nicolás Vallejo-Nájera welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Andrea Nicolás Vallejo-Nájera Rubio in Miami, Florida. Prior to the birth Paulina had planned on having a water birth at home, but was rushed to the hospital and spent the weekend with doctors working to stabilize the health of the baby. Hospital staff tried to send Rubio home so that she could realize her dream of a natural home birth, but the complications lead her medical team to schedule a c-section.
On 11 January 2011, her father, Enrique Rubio González, died at the age of 67 in a Mexico City hospital. A consensus of various news sources have attributed his death to kidney failure. In March 2012, Paulina’s husband, Colate, told Hola! that he and Paulina are separating after nearly five years of marriage. “It has been a decision by both of us, though it’s possible that I have been more firm when it came to carrying it out,” he said in an interview with the Spanish publication.”I have the feeling there is no going back,” Vallejo-Nagera said, disclosing that he and Rubio have been living apart since November and that their only communication with each other is about their son, Andrea Nicolas, born in November 2010. Colate said that while he will always be “grateful to Paulina” for their time together.
Her official website is located at http://www.paulinarubio.com
7) Ana Claudia Talancón
Ana Claudia Talancón was born on 1st May 1980. She is a Mexican actress and model. She first started acting in her home town, Cancún, Quintana Roo.
Talancón first started studying acting in Cancún with the Cuban professor Albio Paz. She later went to Mexico City to continue her studies at the Acting Workshop of Héctor Mendoza and Raúl Quintanilla. Since then, she has starred in various soap operas such as Al norte del Corazón, Señora, Romántica obsesión (for which she won the Sol de Oro award in 1999 for Best New Actress) and Amor Latino.
Her big screen acting debut was with the movie El Cometa by Marisa Sistach, playing the character Valentina, for which she was nominated for the Ariel award for Best New Actress. Her biggest role was alongside Gael García Bernal in El Crimen del Padre Amaro (2002) in the role of Amelia, a girl who is impregnated by a Catholic priest and then dies after a backyard abortion.
In 2006, she appeared in Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation as Coco, a Mexican immigrant forced to work in a meatpacking plant. In the same year, she starred in the big-screen movie Alone with Her as the main character. She appeared in other movies such as The Virgin of Juarez, in which she received the award for the Best Supporting Actress at the BendFilm Festival, and Mujer Albastrina.
In 2007, Talancón mostly spent time filming big screen movies such as Love in the Time of Cholera and El Ultimo Justo, rather than Latin soap operas. In 2008, she starred in the big-screen movies One Missed Call, which was nominated at the Teen Choice Awards, Arrancame la Vida, and Days of Wrath, plus a Mexican TV series, Terminales.
Talancón has also posed for various lingerie and swimsuit ads such as Intimissimi.
Films she acted
- El juego sin reglas 1999
- El cometa 1999
- El crimen del padre Amaro 2002
- El umbral 2003
- Ladies’ Night 2003
- Matando Cabos 2004
- Después de la muerte 2005
- Sueño 2005
- The Virgin of Juarez 2006
- Contracorriente 2006
- Alone with Her 2006
- Fast Food Nation 2006
- Love in the Time of Cholera 2007
- El último justo 2007
- One Missed Call 2008
- Arráncame la Vida 2008
- Days of Wrath 2008
- The Dry Land 2010
Television serials she acted
- Al norte del corazón 1997
- Señora 1998
- Romántica Obsesión1999
- Amor Latino 2000
- Lo que callamos las mujeres 2001
- Vale todo 2002
- Tiempo Final 2004
- Terminales 2008
- Dollhouse 2009
- Soy tu fan 2010
- Covert Affairs 2012
Ariadna Thalia Sodi Miranda was born on 26th August 1971. She known mononymously as Thalía, she is a Mexican singer, songwriter, published author, actress and entrepreneur, who has sung in various languages including Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Tagalog.
She is recognized as the most successful female solo Mexican artist internationally by media conglomerates such as Univision, Televisa and TV Azteca, while she is often referred to as the “Queen of Latin Pop” by the media internationally, mainly because of her legacy within the Latin pop music scene of the last 25 years. As a solo artist, she has sold over 40 million records worldwide, being considered one of the best selling Latin musicians of all time. She has had 28 Top 10 singles, 15 of which went to No.1 and she has received numerous accolades including two Latin Billboard awards, several Premios Juventud awards and various Latin Grammy nominations.
Apart from her success as a recording artist, Thalía has also had an acclaimed career in acting, as she starred in a variety of soap operas (known as telenovelas) that have aired in over 180 countries with a viewership of more than two billion people, marking history in television ratings and beating various rating records. During the decade of the 1990s, she was converted into a global television icon and was publicly referred to as the reigning “Queen of telenovelas” by the mass media around the world. She was also reported to be the most successful and best-paid telenovela actress in history, as stated by Televisa, the largest mass media company in the Spanish-speaking world.
In 2008, the British tabloid The Sun named her one of “the 50 female singers who will never be forgotten” and in 2011, Terra Networks included her in their list of “the most powerful and iconic women in music”. She is also an occasional fashion designer and has her own nationally syndicated radio show, while she is an accomplished author having released four books, one of them being her personal memoir. On December 5, 2013 she will be honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as a recognition for her successful career in music and entertainment.
Thalía was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She is the daughter of Ernesto Sodi Pallares, who was a scientist, doctor of pathology, criminologist and writer, and Yolanda Miranda Mange, who was a painter and Thalía’s manager from 1980 to 1999. Thalía is the youngest of five daughters. She has four sisters, Laura Zapata (daughter of Guillermo Zapata Pérez de Utrera), Federica, Gabriela and Ernestina Sodi.
When she turned one year old, Thalía appeared in her first TV commercial in Mexico . When she turned Four, she began taking ballet and piano classes at the National Conservatory of Music of Mexico. Thalía’s father suffered from diabetes when Thalía was only six years old. He died in 1977. Years later, Thalia realized that her father’s death traumatized her drastically, since she couldn’t talk to anyone for a whole year. This lead her to CDH, childhood disintegrative disorder, which belongs to a series of developmental disorders caused by autism spectrum. Her mother brought her to many psychologists at an early age.
Thalía went to Liceo Franco Mexicano elementary school, where she learned to speak French and Spanish fluently at a very young age. In 1976, a year before her father’s death, she appeared in a Mexican movie La guerra de los pasteles (“War of Cakes”), although her name doesn’t appear in the film credits. As Thalía was also practicing various sports during her infancy, she was inspired by Romanian record-setting athlete Nadia Comaneci. Nadia’s record influenced Thalía to have the desire to follow a career in entertainment. Her older sister, Laura Zapata, was also a singer and she used to take Thalía with her at the theatre, when she was a child. This motivated her to passionately embrace and connect with acting at a very young age.
In 1981, when Thalía was nine years old, she was incorporated as a vocalist in a children’s group named Pac Man, which was formed in order to participate in a popular music festival known as Juguemos a cantar (“Let’s play while singing”), a TV program by Televisa. Later, Pac Man changed their band name to “Din-Din”. Thalía performed various times along with Din-Din in occasional events and parties, touring all over Mexico. The band recorded a total of 4 studio albums between 1982 and 1983 (En acción, Recordando el Rock and Roll, Somos alguien muy especial and Pitubailando), and later it was disbanded.
After the break-up of Din-Din in 1984, Thalía participated as a solo artist in two annual music festivals of Juguemos a cantar. In 1984, she placed second in the festival with the interpretation of the song «Moderna niña del rock» (“Modern rock girl”), and that brought her the opportunity to participate in the chorus of the popular musical Vaselina, a child version of the successful musical Grease, in which the band Timbiriche was acting and singing. The line-up of the band consisted of Sasha Sökol, Benny Ibarra, Erik Rubín, Diego Schoening, Mariana Garza and Paulina Rubio. Timbiriche was highly promoted at the time by Televisa, one of the most massive media enterprises globally and the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. Some time later, Thalía obtained the protagonist role of Sandy Dee in the musical, and she performed in 500 theater presentations of Vaselina along with Timbiriche.
In 1986, after the departure of Sasha Sökol from Timbiriche, Thalía became a member of the band. By that time, Timbiriche had already recorded five albums. In the following year, Thalía was offered to participate in the telenovela Pobre señorita Limantour; this production was actually Thalía’s debut as a TV actress. However, she appeared in only one episode. In the same year, she recorded with Timbiriche the principal theme of the juvenile telenovela Quinceañera (“Fifteen-year-old”), in which Thalía was the co-protagonist with the role of Beatriz. The TV series was awarded as the «Best telenovela» by “Premios TVyNovelas” in 1988 and Thalía was awarded as “the best new actress of 1988”.
With Timbiriche, Thalía recorded four studio albums: Timbiriche VII, the double album Timbiriche VIII y IX and Los clásicos de Timbiriche. The last one is a compilation of the band’s greatest hits, recorded originally in 1987, with new symphonic arrangements as it included the participation of Mexico’s philharmonic orchestra. In 1989, Thalía departed from Timbiriche. In that year, she also starred in another TV series, Luz y sombra (“Light and shadow”), which was her first protagonist role. Some time later she visited Los Angeles in order to take English courses in the University of California. She also attended music, singing, acting and dancing classes before beginning her career as a solo artist.
On July 30, 2009, Thalía recorded her acoustic album, Primera fila, her first album after she signed with Sony Music Entertainment. In October, Thalía performed at the White House, along with other Latin singers, in an event organized by President Barack Obama that celebrated Hispanic heritage. Thalía’s performance was iconic and historic, as she was the first celebrity to publicly invite a United States President to dance.
In October of the same year, she released the first single from Primera fila, a song named Equivocada. In December Thalía released her album, which contained duets with Joan Sebastian and Pedro Capó and various other songs, that became huge radio hits in the following months. The production received critical accept and very positive reviews, while Jason Birchmeier stated that “Primera Fila” was one of the best albums Thalía has released in her whole career, and definitely the one with the most surprises. As for Thalía, she considered Primera Fila as “the most personal album” in her career.
Regarding to the album’s commercial performance, Primera fila received diamond and triple platinum sales certifications in Mexico, where it was announced by the end of 2011 that the album had sold over 500,000 copies according to AMPROFON. Primera fila was the best selling album in Mexico in 2010, where it topped the charts for 55 non-consecutive weeks, the most weeks ever in Mexico’s recorded music chart history.
In Greece and Spain, the album reached the positions No. 6 and No. 32, respectively, while it reached No. 4 in Billboard’s top Latin Albums and No. 2 in Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums charts. Initially, Primera Fila had reached No. 1 on both aforementioned charts, but sales of the standard edition and the Walmart edition were later divided, leading to a retraction and update to Billboard’s official peak positions for Primera Fila. After these changes, Primera fila went from a peak position of #167 to a peak position of #198 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Until the month of October 2012, Primera fila had sold over 1,5 million copies worldwide.
In September 2010, Thalía released a special anniversary edition of the album under the title Primera fila… Un año después, which included 8 songs from the original album, as well as 2 never-released before songs, 2 remixes and a DVD with a documentary of the recording process of the album. In October 2010, Michael Bublé invited her to record a song with him in his holiday album Christmas. Together they recorded the bilingual song «Feliz navidad (Mis deseos)» and their collaboration received very positive reviews.
Thalía had a collaboration with American music veteran Tony Bennett for his “Viva:Duets” album, which was released on October 22, 2012. Together they performed live the classic song “The way you look tonight” in Today’s show and the Katie Couric’s show.
During the past months, she had announced that she was recording her eleventh studio album, Habítame siempre. On September 21, 2012, Thalía gave a private concert in New York City at Hammerstein Ballroom as a preview of the upcoming album. The album’s lead single, “Manías”, was released on October 8, 2012. Habítame siempre was released in November 19, 2012 in the United States and Latin America under the label of Sony Music Latin, while in Europe it is set to be released in 2013 by BMG Music. The album contains collaborations with Robbie Williams, Michael Bublé, Prince Royce and Gilberto Santa Rosa, among others and immensely after its release, it received mostly positive reviews.
“Habitame Siempre” was certified triple platinum plus gold in Mexico for sales of more than 210,000 copies, gold in the United States for shipments exceeding 50,000 copies and platinum in Venezuela for over 10,000 copies shipped. In the meantime the second single of the album, “Te Perdiste Mi Amor”, was certified platinum in Mexico for digital sales of over 60,000 copies.
In March 24, 2013 Thalía launched her VIVA! Tour in support of Habítame Siempre. The VIVA! Tour marks Thalía’s first tour in a decade and consists of a series of intimate concerts in the United States and Latin America. Thalía stated in an interview that she also plans to expand the tour to Europe and Asia if it meets positive commercial reception.
In October 2013, Thalía released in the United States and Latin America her fourth book Chupie (The Binky That Returned Home) and in November 12, Thalía released in Mexico her second live album VIVA! Tour. This album was recorded in April 27, 2013 during her concert in Mexico City. In United States and Latin America, the album was released in December 01, 2013. It was certified gold in Mexico on its second week on the market for sales exceeding 30,000 copies.
Thalia was cast in a supporting role in the 1986 telenovela “Pobre señorita Limantour”, with which she began her collaboration with Televisa, the largest mass media company in the Spanish-speaking world. In 1987, she went on to star in her first major role for Televisa in the 1987 teenage drama series Quinceañera, along with Mexican actress Adela Noriega. “Quinceañera” won the “TV y Novelas” award for Best Telenovela of the Year 1988. In 1989, she got her first lead role in “Luz y Sombra”, which was less successful.
However, Thalía’s explosion in popularity came in 1992, when she starred in “María Mercedes” for which she won a “TV Y Novelas” award as Best Young Actress in 1993.
This series was the first of three telenovelas, named by the Mexican press as “Las Tres Marias” (“The Three Marías”), because the name of the heroine in all of these telenovelas was María. The second telenovela of the trilogy was “Marimar” in 1994, and the third and final was “Maria la del Barrio” in 1995. In 1999, Thalía starred in her latest telenovela, “Rosalinda”. All four telenovelas were basically based on the same rags to riches character. With these telenovelas, Thalía became famous worldwide and was consolidated as a television phenomenon, because of the extremely high ratings her TV series achieved in more than 180 countries (especially Philippines).
Although Thalía’s presence in television is legendary, her presence in cinema is less important. She appeared for the first time in a movie when she was still a child in the 1979 film “La Guerra De los Pasteles” (“The War of the Cakes”). Furthermore, in 1999, she starred in “Mambo Café”, a modest indie film production that had a poor reception from critics, as it was a low budget film.
Thalía has been labeled by various mass media companies as the “queen of soap operas”, because her presence in television during the decade of the 90s was phenomenal. She starred in Mexico’s highest-rated telenovelas ever that were exported in over 180 countries and viewed by more than 2 billion people. It is stated by media experts that at some point at the midst of the telenovela craze, Thalía’s name even became synonymous with her native country, Mexico.
According to the newspaper “Ivoir’Soir”: “At 7.30 sharp in the evening, when Marimar comes on, everything stops in Cote d’Ivoire”. It is also mentioned that “Marimar” could attract more local fans than the 1998 World Cup, and that the program arrived in Africa after being a phenomenal rating hit in Indonesia and the Philippines, where in 1997 she was received in Manila like a foreign head of state.
Thalía stated in her autobiography regarding to the impact of her telenovelas: “Soap operas made a lot of history; just look at the report by UNESCO, where it was noted that “in the Ivory Coast in Africa and in Paris (France), people stopped the daily course of their lives just to watch a soap opera. I never expected that kind of success. Whenever I arrived anywhere, I was treated like royalty; even the press in some of these countries referred to me as the Aztec Queen, the Mexican Queen, or the ambassador of Mexico, and like a proud peacock, I always brought my country’s flag with me wherever I went to represent my motherland. I was in the clouds at the pinnacle of my career. During my visit at the Philippines, the organizers informed me that the last time so many people gathered in the streets for a person was when Pope John Paul the Second came to visit on January fourteenth, 1995.
In the Philippines, the country that probably felt the greatest impact from Marimar, the show was more widely promoted than the 1998 World Cup and more highly rated than the Super Bowl or the Grammys. In fact while I was visiting the country, the people and the media were so enthralled to see Marimar in the flesh that a historic peace treaty between the government and the querillas and the centennial celebrations of the Philippine Revolutions that were happening at the same time were pushed aside in the midst of Marimar fever. As a result, the archipelago was temporarily dubbed “República de MariMar.”
The phenomenon of Thalía’s telenovelas also became visible in countries like Indonesia, Turkey, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Russia, Brazil, Lebanon, France, Egypt, Portugal and the majority of Spanish-speaking countries around the world.
In 2002, Thalía signed a deal with Kmart in order to release her own clothing collection for women, as well as accessories and home products. In the middle of 2003, the “Thalía Sodi” collection was officially available in the US market in over 2,000 stores. Thalía commented: «My collection is a dream that came through. I’m so happy to have created a clothe line inspired by my culture, trying to show the colors and the passion of our culture, that captures also a big part of my personal style». Thalía became the first Mexican woman to launch a clothing brand in the US.
Simultaneously, Thalía debuted her eyewear collection under the brand name “Thalía Eyewear Collection” in association with Kenmark Optical. In 2005, the line also became available in Mexico’s market as Thalía signed a deal with “Devlyn” company. Up to 2007 Thalía had generated 100 million $US from the sales of «Thalía Eyewear», with more than 1 million products sold. Precisely in 2007 Thalía presented a new eyewear collection in New York, and the brand was exported to over eighty countries around the world.
In April 2004, Thalía entered the editorial market by releasing her own magazine Thalía in US, produced by American Media and oriented to the female Latin youth. The magazine included consultation and reports about themes like health, fashion and beauty secrets. Some months later, in September, Thalía became the face of jewels’ company Jacob & Co.
In 2004, Thalía signed a contract with Hershey’s with which she released her chocolate and candy brand. In 2005 Thalía designed a summer clothe line, and in the following year, she was converted into the face of “Carol’s Daughter” company, specialized in beauty products, while in 2007 she launched her perfume, produced by “Fuller Cosmetics” company. In 2007, she joined ABC Radio and started her own radio show known as “The Conexión Thalía Radio Show”, in which she discusses music, fashion, news and political issues, and invites various people to talk with her on different issues. The program, that is weekly and lasts two hours premiered on March 17, 2007 and still goes on, while it has expanded to over 70 radio stations through the US.
In September 2007, she released “Thalía: ¡Belleza!-Lessons in Lipgloss and Happiness” while in June 2009, she released her second book entitled “Thalia: ¡Radiante!-Your Guide to a Fit and a Fabulous Pregnancy”. In May 2010, Thalía revealed new accessories and jewels available via her website, apart from a new clothing line in association with multinational company C&A. In February 2011, she became the new face of Head & Shoulders and in November, she released her third book, which is her autobiography and named “Growing Stronger”. Thalía has also been the public face of various advertisements, like Dr Pepper in 2001 or Victoria’s Secret in 2005. According to Mira! magazine, in 2008 it was estimated that Thalía was one of the most wealthy Mexican businesswomen with a net worth of over 100 million $US. In April 2012, she inaugurated her own yoga center in New York.
Thalía is married to music executive Tommy Mottola in New York City at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on December 2, 2000. Since then, she has been living in Connecticut with her husband and their two children, a daughter named Sabrina Sakae and a son named Matthew Alejandro. Thalía has stated in her autobiography and in various of her interviews, that she has a deep connection with religion, and believes profoundly in God. She also began studying Kabbalah in 2002, while she used many of its symbols in the artwork of her album El Sexto Sentido.
In September 2002, Thalía’s sisters, Laura Zapata and Ernestina Sodi, were kidnapped in Mexico City. Zapata was released 18 days after her kidnapping, and her sister Ernestina was released on the 36th day. Thalía has had a series of familial conflicts, especially with her sister Laura Zapata. However, she has opted to keep her point of view regarding to her familial issues in privacy, despite the attacks she has received from her elder sister. In a press interview, Thalía stated that her familial problems with her sister are “just a dark cloud in a shiny sky”.
In 2008, Thalía was affected by Lyme disease, an emerging infectious disease caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus “Borrelia” and transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks belonging to a few species of the genus “Ixodes”. Thalía’s illness prevented her from promoting her album Lunada, while it functioned as a motivation for her to have a totally different perspective towards life. In reference to her illness, Thalia stated in her autobiography : “I would sweat profusely, soaking my pajamas, the sheets and even the mattress; everything hurt, even my hair, which, by the way, started to fall out. At times it felt as if my head were going to burst, as if there were lead inside of it; my eyes ached in their sockets….the hypersensitivity of my skin was so severe that sometimes I couldn’t even handle the bed sheets.”
Thalía has participated in various humanitarian campaigns. Since 2004, she has been an official celebrity ambassador and volunteer of March of Dimes, in order to support national fundraising and awareness campaigns. March of Dimes is a United States nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies. Through various public service campaigns and through her own media channels, Thalia has been a strong voice for March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign. She also is featured in March of Dimes Education and Health Promotion materials in English and Spanish, while she has helped to raise awareness and critical funds for the March of Dimes year-round. Furthermore, she supports March for Babies and works to find ongoing opportunities for March of Dimes strategic alliances and media promotions.
In 2006, Thalía along with her husband attended the event A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson’s with the aim to economically support the foundation The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research of Michael J. Fox.
In May 2009, Thalía and Tommy Mottola were recognized from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Miami for their support in children in need. In 2010, she reunited with other recording artists, performers and actors like Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony between others, in order to raise funds for the “Foundation of the New York’s police department”, which works for better urban security. In 2011, she attended a beneficial event in New York, organized by the Robin Hood Foundation with the aim to raise money for homeless youth. In the same year, she closed the Mexican Teleton by offering a live concert.
Thalía is also a member of “ALAS Foundation”, which is a non-profit organization that strives to launch a new social movement that will generate a collective commitment to comprehensive Early Childhood Development programs for the children in Latin America. In November 2012, Thalía took humanitarian aid and comfort to compatriots of her in New York that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. She stated : “When I started seeing the destruction of Sandy I thought it was incredible, but, when I saw my Mexican brothers and sisters I felt the need to try and do something for them” in front of a group of families gathered at the Staten Island Immigrant Information Center in one of the most devastated by the storm areas. She went on to say that in times like this an artist should use the reach of the media to collect aid for the victims, and at the same time she called on the public to deposit money in the account opened by the Mexican Consulate for that purpose.
In April 2013, Thalía was awarded with the “Your Voice Inspires Many” award by the Lyme Research Alliance.
According to Thalia herself, her major personal influence was her mother, who was a motivating manager for Thalia from the very beginning of her career until 2000. As for her artistic influences, Thalia’s work is mostly influenced by Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Sade, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, The Doors, Michael Jackson and Kylie Minogue, while she has stated that she always admired Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. Thalia’s first idol, according to her, was athlete Nadia Comaneci. She has even stated that her record-breaking performance was a huge motivation for her to follow a career in entertainment.
Thalia said “I don’t know what happens to me when I’m on stage. Now, I am like a little kiddie cat prrrr and when I’m on the stage, I am like a lion grrrr. Forget it.”
The following honors are among the recognition that Thalia has received:
As of 1997, Los Angeles declared April 25 “Thalia Day”.
She has been Queen of the Miami Carnival and Queen of the Broadway party in Los Angeles.
A wax figure of Thalia was unveiled in Mexico City.
Thalia had a role on another soap opera, Rosalinda and recently appeared in the feature film Mambo Caf. Her latest album Arrasondo has so far spawned a Billboard Top 10 Latin Track.
Her official website is located at http://www.thalia.com
9) Ninel Conde
Ninel Herrera Conde was born on 29th September 29, 1970. She is a Mexican singer, actress, and TV host known for her performances in Rebelde, Fuego En La Sangre and Mar De Amor.
Her first record production was titled Ninel Conde (2003), which contains the song “Callados”, played a duet with singer José Manuel Figueroa. This material was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2004 for “Mejor álbum grupero.”
In 2004, Conde participated in the third edition of the reality show Big Brother VIP and was voted-off after 43 days of confinement. In October 2004, she began acting on Rebelde, produced by Pedro Damián. Her most remarkable role so far has been this one. Her role as Alma Rey in Rebelde (2004–2006) expanded her career to Chile, Romania, Colombia, Brasil, Peru, España, Croacia. This show was nominated for the awards TVyNovelas 2006 as “Best Lead Actress.” Also involved in the film 7 mujeres, un homosexual y Carlosand Mujeres infieles 2.
In 2005 goes on sale their second album “La rebelde” from which emerge the songs Todo conmigo, Ingrato, Que no te asombre, y Tú. Conde began appearing on the American dramedy series Ugly Betty where she portrays an actress on a ‘faux’ telenovela that is seen by the main character’s family. She also participated in contest reality show titled El Show de los Sueños, alongside Pee Wee, Kalimba Marichal, Gloria Trevi, DJ Flex/Nigga, Mariana Seoane, and Priscila.
In 2008, she played the character Rosario Montes in Fuego En La Sangre alongside Adela Noriega and Eduardo Yañez, was nominated by the participating TVyNovelas Award as “Best actress co-star.”
In August 2009, Conde confirmed to appear in the Mexican telenovela Mar de amor as Coral (main-villain of the story), the telenovela was produced by Natalie Lartilleux. This show was nominated for “Best Actress antagonistic.” In 2012 participates in the soap opera Porque el amor manda as Discua Paz De La Soledad. In September 2013, she becomes a Judge on the 4th season of Univision’s dancing competition Mira Quien Baila.
Began her acting career around her mid-20s. She studied acting in workshops run by fellow actor Rene Pereira and actor/director Sergio Jimenez at the Centro de Arte y Teatro Emilia Carranza in Mexico.
Her first big break came in 1995 when she landed small roles in several Mexican telenovelas and television series. In addition to television roles, Ninel also appeared in movies, most notably in the film Mujeres Frente al Espejo which was directed by her former acting teacher Jimenez.
In 2003, Ninel moved away from acting gigs and on to a career in music. She released her first album, titled Ninel Conde. Her first single, “Callados,” was a collaboration with her boyfriend, Jose Manuel Figueroa.
Yet, despite her success as both an actress and a musician, Ninel’s popularity did not reach its height until 2004, when she appeared on Big Brother VIP, Mexico’s version of the worldwide reality TV smash. Using her sexy personality to her advantage, Ninel lasted 43 days in the Big Brother VIP house, earning many fans along the way.
In 2006, Ninel made her first appearance on American television as she was tapped to play a role on Ugly Betty.
Telenovelas she acted
- Bajo un Mismo Rostro
- La Antorcha Encendida
- Luz Clarita
Her official website is located at http://ninel-conde.com.mx
10) Maite Perroni
Maite Perroni Beorlegui was born on 9th March 1983)She is a Mexican actress and singer/songwriter, who is best known for starring in Rebelde, Cuidado con el Ángel, Mi Pecado with Triunfo del Amor and Cachito de Cielo. She gained international fame as a member of the Latin Grammy nominated pop group RBD. Univision named Maite Perroni as the new Queen of the Telenovelas in 2009.
Maite Perroni Beorlegui was born in Mexico City but she grew up in Guadalajara, until the age of 12,when her family moved back again in Mexico City. She has two siblings, Adolfo and Francisco, who are three and nine years younger than she is. Perroni studied acting at Televisa’s Centro de Educación Artistica (CEA) in the year 2000, completing two years of a three year course.
Perroni made her acting debut in Rebelde, a remake of the acclaimed Argentinean novela Rebelde Way. She portrayed Guadalupe “Lupita” Fernández, a teenage girl from a lower-class family who gets the opportunity to study at the fictitious Elite Way School. Rebelde ran from 2004 to 2006, filming 440 episodes. Following the success of Rebelde, in 2007, Televisa released RBD: La Familia, which starred the members of RBD. The characters of the sitcom were not based on the band’s characters in Rebelde, but intended to be similar to the actors’ real personalities. RBD: La Familia was the first Mexican show shot entirely in high definition and ran from March 14, 2007 to June 13, 2007, and only lasted 13 episodes.
In 2008, She starred as the lead character in Cuidado con el Ángel, opposite William Levy. The show had great success around the world. She starred in her second leading role in Mi Pecado opposite Eugenio Siller. She was part of the third season of Mujeres Asesinas in the sixth episode called Las Blanco, Viudas along with Diana Bracho, Luz Maria Aguilar, and Mark Tacher Estela Blanco.
In 2010, Mai was confirmed to star with her previous co-star, William Levy, in Triunfo del Amor, a remake of the Venezuelan classic Cristal. Maite was nominated for best actress in History. In 2012, Perroni was confirmed to star with Pedro Fernandez in Cachito de Cielo, her fifth lead role.
Perroni was a member of the popular band RBD, which was launched off of the success of the telenovela most seen for years Rebelde. To date, RBD has made 9 studio albums, including albums in Spanish, Portuguese and English. They have sold over 15 million albums worldwide, and have embarked on various international tours including shows throughout Latin America and Europe.
Mai composed “Tal Vez Mañana”, for RBD’s fourth Spanish language album, Empezar Desde Cero and sang solo on the title track for the album. On August 8, 2008, RBD released a message telling fans that they had decided to split up. They went on one final tour, Gira Del Adios World Tour, which ended in early 2009. Perroni was absent part of the tour, due to her filming of Cuidado con el Ángel.
For her role in Cuidado con el Ángel, Perroni recorded three songs for the show called “Esta Soledad”, “Separada De Ti”, and “Contigo”. She recorded a song with Reik, entitled “Mi Pecado”, which was used as the opening song for the telenovela, Mi Pecado. On July 17, 2010, Mai released her new single “No Vuelvas”, which was featured on an EP she released for her Brazilian Pocket Show performances, on her website MaiteMVP.com.
She recorded a song with Marco di Mauro called “A Partir De Hoy” which forms part of the musical soundtrack of the telenovela Triunfo del Amor, her third lead role. in late 2012, Maite announced that it will record his first album solo called Eclipse de Luna.
Perroni was engaged to Guido Laris, the musical director for RBD, but the pair split, in August 2008. On November 2010, she officially announced she was dating singer and composer Mane de la Parra. But split later on. Mai is the Spokemodel for NYX Cosmetics. In 2007, a Barbie doll version of Perroni was released, based on her character in Rebelde.
In June 2009, Perroni announced her support for the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico. She has starred in several commercials promoting the party. She started in commercials for Giraffas, Pepsi, Helato de Bonice, Asepxia, Teleton, Wal Mart, Ades Class, Hinds, Pantene.
- 2006 Musical Theme
- 2009 Best Young Lead Actress
- 2009 She’s Got Style
- 2010 The Girl of My Dreams
- 2011 The Girl of My Dreams
People en Español Award
- 2011 Best Couple (with William Levy)
- 2012 Queen of Twitter