Q: The tagline of your fashion line is "Work what you got." How can we work what we’ve got?
A: Everybody has something. Somebody has a good pair of legs, even though her midsection is a little chunky. So then you can wear tights with miniskirts or you wear tight leggings. And if you have nice cleavage, wear things that enhance that.
Q: Was there a time you didn’tlove how you looked?
A: Oh, of course! Not everybody’s confident their whole life. For a long time, I thought that my boobs were too big and I was, like, 14 years old, and I already had these huge boobs. I was very skinny also. And now that I’m almost 40we always have our insecurities as women. We’re never happy!
Q: Can you remember the day you started realizing, "Wait a minute, I think I’ve got it going on!"
A: In Latin America we do learn to be more comfortable with our bodies. Women are not shy to be in a bathing suit, in a G-string. But I also did a TV commercial for Pepsi when I was 17 on the beach in a bathing suit. And after that, everybody was like, "Oh my god, that body." And you know, you start to feel a little bit more confident if you have people thinking that you’re so fabulous! [Laughs]
Q: I guess it helps to have a cheerleading squad.
Of course, of course! When I moved to America, I was more voluptuous, and I felt a little different. And one time, years ago, I remember my publicist [at the time] told me, "I think you should just reduce your boobs because nobody’s going to take you seriously here." My mother almost had a heart attack. She was like, "God is going to punish you! You can’t cut your boobs!" I don’t regret not doing it, because now it’s become a big part of Gloria.
Q: What made you realize, "I’m going to keep my body the way it is"?
A: My mother screaming at me that God was gonna punish mewhat else do you want! [Laughing]
Q: Oh, right, that would do it! Are you anti–plastic surgery in general?
A: I’m not against it at all. But I think that you should go into it more thinking that you want to look beautiful than trying to look young. Because I don’t really think that plastic surgery can make you look young. It can make you look prettier, but if you go with the mentality of being young, I think that’s where accidents can happen.