Mexican actress turn pop diva Thalia always steals the show at Latin Grammy and Premios lo Nuestro red carpets. She has an understated and timeless glamour amidst a sea of over-the-top sexpots. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Macy’s and Vanidades honored the singer as an Icon of Style last week at the Macy’s 34th Street location in New York City. On Saturday, Macy’s at Dadeland will host a shopping event at 2 p.m. where they will pay homage to her.
How does it feel to have Macy’s recognize you as a Latina style icon?
Wow. It’s such an honor, and it’s something I am going to treasure in a very special way because being recognized for that is incredible and especially during the month of Hispanic Heritage. I share this with all the fabulous and gorgeous Latina women that inspire me all year round.
How would you describe your personal style?
I want to be always comfortable but also want to respect my individuality and my moods. Some days you feel more romantic, some other days you feel wild, and other days you feel very sexy. I just respect my moods. Everything around me inspires. Living in New York City everything is beautiful. Also Latin culture is very festive, happy. I try to accomplish it all in one look.
Who is your biggest influence stylistically?
There are so many incredible women from Marlene Dietrich to Marilyn Monroe to Greta Garbo. Incredible, intense and wonderful women who are bigger than life and incredibly talented and gorgeous. Timeless style.
Has motherhood changed your approach to fashion?
Being a mother you have to survive. It’s a treasure, but it requires a lot of time and a lot of love and effort so sometimes you forget about yourself. So it’s important not to put yourself aside while trying to be the best mother. You have to pamper yourself and take care of yourself.
What are your go-to designers?
I love Valentino. I love Lacroix. I love so many good ones. It’s endless. Carolina Herrera when I feel classy. Cavalli is so sexy and feminine. And I love Alexander McQueen.
What would we going to find inside Thalia’s closet?
Everything! My tennis shoes that I bought when I was 10 years old. Cowboy boots I bought in a vintage store, the latest collection of you name it. I have a very organized closet, I am a Virgo so everything has to be neat. I have every single piece of wardrobe that I used from my first appearance on TV since today. I have storages of clothes.
Think back to all your red carpet looks, what was your biggest hit?
I think the one that fit like a glove was this Alexander McQueen that I wore for the last Premio lo Nuestro or Latin Grammys with red long sleeves. It was so beautiful.
Maybe that was in a Latin Grammys; it was a Cavalli. It was all greens and flowers, and it was gray but blue. It was like leather — oh my gosh! It was this crazy thing. But at the time there was all this hip-hop movement in fashion, and now that I look at it, that was one of the worst.