Thalia is the quintessential jack of all trades: singer, actress, published author, entrepreneur, designer, radio host, mother and wife. And now, the Latin Pop Queen can finally add Cosmo girl to her resume!
The gorgeous Mexicana sparkles on the cover of this month’s Cosmopolitan for Latinas (on newsstands Feb. 17) and the magazines Editor-in-Chief Michelle Herrera Mulligan tells us exclusively why she chose Thalia to grace the cover of her annual Fashion Week issue!
“We love Thalia because she’s fun, fearless, and always speaks her mind! Herrera Mulligan tells us. Shes reinvented herself so many times as an icon and role model, that we honestly take daily inspiration from herI also love how real she is in the interview about what her experience has been like being a Mexicana in the U.S.– from stereotypes, struggling with English, to finding her way, to a new fashion line and a rock-solid marriage. She’s a true role model we can all look up to and be inspired by.”
“Fashion week is the perfect time to debut Thalia’s issue – she’s wearing some super glam Thalia Sodi for Macy’s pieces in her photo shoot – naturally, she looks amazing in them!”
Adds Herrera Mulligan: “Thalia’s passion for designing her own line is clear – we love that she’s incorporating elements of her culture into the clothes, like bright colors and prints. Plus, weve all been obsessed with her style for ages! I’m glad to see a major retailer like Macy’s making an effort to connect to the Latin community – hopefully this is the start of more fabulous things to come!”
In addition to giving the mag a sneak peek at her new Macys fashion line (set to debut in over 300 stores!), Thalia also opens up to the mag about her personal life, including how Emilio Estefan knew she and her husband Tommy Mottola were meant to be (before even she did!); her romantic life at home, overcoming stereotypes in the entertainment industry and learning how to say no.
Check out some of her quotes below:
On her new fashion line at Macy’s:
“I’m excited because we’re launching my Thalia collection in 300 Macy’s stores. That’s major. We approached Macy’s because they didn’t have a designated brand for one of the biggest sectors of the population. Imagine—the biggest consumer is the Latin woman! So we are targeting my market with elements that we love, like animal prints and certain colors. It captures my passion for life, my personal style, how proud I feel of my culture and roots.”
On being introduced to her husband, Tommy Mottola:
“[Emilio Estefan] mentioned he had someone he wanted me to meet and said, ‘He just got divorced and has two kids.’ I said, ‘I don’t need that headache.’ When he tried to tell Tommy about me, Tommy asked, ‘What does she do?’ Emilio said, ‘Well, she’s a singer—‘ And Tommy said, ‘Stop! I don’t need that headache either.’ But over a year and a half, Emilio kept insisting, ‘You guys are the same, you need to be together.’ We finally let him arrange a plan, but both of us said, ‘Just drinks—I don’t want to be stuck with someone for a whole boring dinner.’ We said the same thing without even knowing!”
On barriers she has faced as a mexicana in the U.S.:
“Dealing with Latina stereotypes… someone will say, ‘Thalia, we want you for a TV ad’ and present an idea that is totally stereotypical. And I’ll have to say, ‘Guys, if you want to reach the Latin community, you don’t have to have a Chihuahua, or a mariachi band, or a mariachi hat.’ It’s almost like they expect you to be biting a red flower in your teeth and saying ‘cha-cha-chá!’ But it’s a beautiful country and culture and I love it.”
On learning to say no:
“For so many years, I was taught to say ‘yes, yes, yes,’ so now, I just love to say ‘no.’ When I’m making work decisions, or talking to someone who has approached me to propose a commercial or idea, I love to say ‘I’m not going to do that; thank you, but no,’ looking straight into their eyes with a beautiful smile on my face. It’s about respecting yourself and makes you feel so strong and empowered. It’s almost orgasmic to say no!”
Click below to see more gorgeous photos from Thalias cover shoot and for more on Thalia’s Cosmo for Latinas cover interview, head on over to CosmoForLatinas.com!
Photos courtesy of Stephanie Pfriender Stylander