MEXICO CITY, MEXICO-born Singer/Actress/Producer/Entrepreneur ARIADNA THALIA SODI MIRANDA a.k.a. THALIA has a new album, a new fashion line with MACY'S, and she covers the SPRING 2015: STEP UP Your SPRING Issue of COSMO For LATINAS!!!
Here are some interview highlights:
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
On overcoming barriers she's 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!"
On meeting 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
On handling domestic life when she and her husband are both working:
"My work comes in waves. If I have an