Miami native Denise Bidot is going places.
After working on major spreads for Macy’s, Nordstrom and Lane Bryant, the plus-sized model is turning heads on nuvoTV’s Curvy Girls, which puts the spotlight on full-figured beauties and is currently shooting its second season.
Named as one of the “Faces to Watch” by Cosmopolitan Latina, Bidot can be seen on HBO Latino’s docuseries Habla Women premiering 8 p.m. Thursday. “I tell my personal experiences,” says Bidot, who grew up in Kendall. “Being part of such a wonderful project, where Latina women get to share their unique stories to the world, was a dream come true.”
As a teen, Bidot says she looked up to shapely women like Salma Hayek, Drew Barrymore, Kate Winslet and “of course, the phenomenal” Jennifer Lopez.
Even supermodels don’t have to be stick thin.
“Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer really proved to me that curves and fashion can work in beautiful harmony,” says Bidot, who currently lives in NYC. “I still think some of the early ’90s images are the best.”
Being plus sized doesn’t mean she is consuming cupcakes all day.
“I try to eat healthy and stay active,” she says. “I do travel quite and bit and so going to the gym can get tricky at times. I have tried gluten free, but I don’t think dieting is for me.”
Chef gets cooking
Sip, taste and toast at VeritageMiami (formerly known as the UnitedWay Food & Wine event) through Saturday. A big highlight is an interactive dinner Friday with Daniel Boulud at JW Marriott Marquis, where his DB Moderne Bistro is located.
Bummer for foodophiles — the event is sold out.
But we did get in touch with the famed chef, who dished on his favorite ingredient lately: jumbo white asparagus from Provence. “We feature it every time they are in season or available,” he says. As for the next hot food trend? Hay. Yes. Hay-smoked foods have been around, but look for more in the coming months. “I’m waiting to see it appear on menus more frequently,” says the 58-year-old culinary king.
Though he’s known all over the world, Boulud is pleased to be feeding South Floridians.
“In Miami what’s wonderful is that the clientele really enjoys dining out, to have fun and have a sensorial experience. They are inherently influenced by so many culinary cultures that they are very open-minded diners.”
All that jazz
Didn’t catch Molly Ringwald when she was here for the Miami book fair? Now’s your chance. The Brat Packer turned novelist won’t be here to chat when she attends the grand opening of JAZZIZ Nightlife venue at Mizner Park next month. Ringwald, 45, will be wearing her jazz-singer hat for four shows.
This will be the Sixteen Candles star’s only South Florida stop as part of her tour debuting her first CD, Expect Sometimes. It’s an homage to the Great American Songbook which features a cover of the Simple Minds hit, Don’t You Forget About Me. Fans may recall it was played during the opening and closing credits of the 1985 John Hughes’ film The Breakfast Club, in which Ringwald played Claire the snob.
In a release, the native Californian says she “grew up in a home filled with music and had an early appreciation of jazz” thanks to her father, blind pianist Bob Ringwald. “I like to say jazz music is my musical equivalent of comfort food. It’s always where I go back to when I want to feel grounded.”
Info: Shows May 1 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and May 2 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets $55-$85 at www.jazziznightlife.com or 561-300-0732.