Salma Hayek, Andy Garcia, David Blaine, Juanes Constance Marie, Adam Rodriguez, Gina Torres & Miss USA Susie Castillo Among the Hottest Latin Entertainers of 2003 Featured in the “25 Most Beautiful” Issue


New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 15, 2003–Latin singing sensations Thalia, Juanes, Patricia Manterola, Alex Pires and Rosario performed last night at People en Español second annual “25 Most Beautiful” celebrity gala at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The best selling U.S. Hispanic magazine converted its most anticipated issue, the “25 Most Beautiful,” into a musical celebration featuring some of today’s most beautiful and successful Hispanic entertainers. With red carpet arrivals, top musical performances and exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews, the evening will be transformed into a two-hour TV special scheduled to air on the Telemundo Network on Sunday, May 18 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Since the launch of the magazine in 1998, the “25 Most Beautiful” issue has always been a “must-have” for our readers,” says Lisa Quiroz, Publisher of People en Español. “This year, we partnered with Telemundo to offer the Hispanic community an exclusive, behind-the-scenes TV special that captures the true essence of our magazine—celebrity and entertainment.”

The evening benefited the Hispanic Scholarship Fund — the nation’s leading Hispanic educational organization – which received a $25,000 donation on behalf of People en Español and the evening’s platinum sponsor Honda. Additional event sponsors included Maybelline, Johnny Walker, Hispanic Broadcasting Company, Continental Airlines and the Bryant Park Hotel. Renowned restaurateur, Jimmy Rodriguez, catered the evening’s array of Latin-infused delicacies.

“The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is fortunate to have People en Espanol’s “25 Most Beautiful” as ambassadors to spread our message about the importance of a college education for Latinos,” said Sara Martinez Tucker, president and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. “With their shared commitment to inspiring young Latinos to strive for a college education, we can continue creating a college-going expectation in our community and fulfill our mission of doubling the rate of Latinos earning their college degrees.”

The “25 Most Beautiful” issue hit newsstands Monday, May 12, and revealed the magazine’s most anticipated list of winning Latino actors, musicians and athletes who are not only known for their captivating good looks but also for their extraordinary talent and success.

Gracing this year’s cover is Mexican singing sensation and EMI international talent Thalia who will debut her first English-language self-titled album early this summer.

“Thalia’s combined talents are a winning formula,” says Angelo Figueroa, former Managing Editor of People en Español. “Hispanic audiences have always loved her and I’m certain that the rest of the world will too.”

This year’s complete “25 Most Beautiful” list includes:

Adam Rodriguez –CBS, “CSI: Miami”

Adolfo Angel – Mexican singer/composer

America Ferrara –Honduran actress HBO’s “Real Women Have Curves”

Ana Claudia Talancon – Mexican actress, El crimen del Padre Amado (The Crime of Father Amado)

Andy Garcia – Cuban actor, Confidence

Bernie Williams – New York Yankees outfielder

Carmen Dominicci – Puerto Rican anchor, Univision, “Primer Impacto: Fin de semana”

Cesar Evora – Cuban actor, Univision, “Entre el amor y el Odio”

Charytin – Dominican TV host, Telefutura, “El Escandalo TV”

David Blaine –Magician and star of ABC’s “David Blaine” TV specials

Diego Luna – Mexican actor, Y Tu Mama Tambien and star of upcoming Dirty Dancing sequel Havana Nights

Eva Longoria – CBS, “Young & the Restless”

Gabriel Soto – Mexican actor, Univision, “La Vias del Amor”

Gina Torres – “The Matrix Reloaded”

Jennifer Pena – Mexican singer

Juanes – Latin Grammy winner / Colombian singer/ rocker

Marian de la Fuente – Spaniard TV host, Telemundo, “De Mañanitas”

Susie Castillo –Miss USA

Mille Corretjer – Puerto Rican singer

Pablo Montero – Mexican singer

Patricia Manterola – Mexican pop singer/actress

Reynaldo Gianecchini – Brazilian actor, Telemundo, “Terra Esperanza”

Thalia – EMI international singing sensation

Salma Hayek — Oscar nominated Mexican actress

Yancy Arias –NBC, “Kingpin”

About Honda

Honda is one of the world’s leading producers of automobiles, motorcycles and ATVs, power products, marine engines and personal watercraft. Honda began operations in North America in 1959 as American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and, using domestic and globally sourced parts, began manufacturing automobiles in America in 1982. Honda was one of the first automotive companies to launch Hispanic marketing in 1989, and today, the Honda Civic and the Honda Accord rank 1st and 2nd in passenger car sales to Hispanics.

About Maybelline

Maybelline is the number one mass-market cosmetic line in the US and is available in more than 90 countries worldwide. For more information, please log on to www.maybelline.com for the latest news on product introductions, seasonal trends and advice from Maybelline’s online beauty advisor.

About Johnny Walker

In 1820, John Walker began his passionate quest for the perfect whisky. It was his son, Alexander who, inspired by his father’s pursuit, succeeded in finding the perfect blend and named the whisky in his honor. Johnnie Walker® Black Label® became the number one deluxe scotch whisky in the United States and the world in 2000. Johnnie Walker® Scotch Whiskies® are part of the Diageo portfolio and are imported and marketed in the United States by Schieffelin & Somerset Co.

About Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines, the second-largest U.S. airline to Latin America and the Caribbean in passengers and destinations, operates daily nonstop flights for approximately 600 departures a week to 50 cities in 22 countries in those regions*. Continental operates flights to 21* destinations in Mexico – more than any other U.S. airline. “Latinization,” Continental’s specialized service to Latin American and U.S. Spanish-speaking passengers, includes Spanish – and Portuguese -speaking flight attendants, regional Latin cuisine, and Spanish-language entertainment on board flights to Latin America; as well as bilingual customer service representatives and Spanish-language airport signage, flight information, and eTicket machines in major U.S. airports. For more company information, visit continental.com. *as of June 2003

About Bryant Park Hotel

The Bryant Park is a 129-room luxury boutique hotel situated in Manhattan’s landmark American Radiator Building, which has recently been transformed by British architect David Chipperfield. Launched in early 2001 by the Philips Hotel Group with Philip Pilevsky at the helm, The Bryant Park is their flagship property and is joined by The Shore Club of Miami, Florida.

About People en Español

People en Español was launched in 1998 and today is the best-selling Hispanic magazine in the United States. Each month, the publication reaches more than four million readers with an exciting editorial mix of Hispanic and mainstream entertainment coverage, fashion and beauty service and compelling human-interest stories. Distinguishing itself from its English-language counterpart, PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL delivers original editorial content that captures the values, contributions and impact of Hispanics in the United States.



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