Thalia: !Belleza! Lessons in Lipgloss and Happiness

What’s Thalia really like? That’s easy. She’s just how you would imagine—absolutely gorgeous.

By the time I met Thalia in person, I had been hard at work on the book for a few months. I’d talked to her on the phone several times, and of course I’d seen her music videos and photos. So when I finally met her face to face, I couldn’t believe the person standing before me was the same glamorous superstar I’d come to know.

She walked into the photo shoot wearing not a lick of makeup. She had her hair tied back in a ponytail and sported a baseball cap and sweatshirt. And she looked incredible—without even trying! She greeted me with a big hug and kiss on the cheek. She was so gracious and welcoming. We chatted for a bit before she was whisked away to the makeup chair.

Thalia posing with a lollipop

 An hour later she stood in front of the camera and turned on her star power. With a shake of her hair and a tilt of her chin, she transformed into a megawatt megastar. That’s what I love about Thalia—she can go from completely down-to-earth to out-of-this-stratosphere fabulous in no time at all.

Thalia posing with flowers

 Best of all, she’s not afraid of showing her true self—even going so far as including photos in Thalia: !Belleza!: Lessons in Lipgloss and Happiness of some of her less-than-flattering moments. How many stars would dare feature a photo of herself with bad skin when she was a teen? Or a shot of her goofy bleached bangs in the 80s? Not many. And how many would speak frankly about her beauty mistakes? Thalia does.

Thalia in a glamorous dress

Every step of the way, Thalia intimately involved herself in the making of the book. From writing the text to thoroughly vetting the Spanish translation to even fixing the models’ hair and makeup at the photo shoot, her personal touch is stamped on every page of the book.

Jodi Warshaw, Senior Editor

While Thalia: !Belleza!: Lessons in Lipgloss and Happiness is now out of print, you can find Thalia: Radiante! here.

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