Cristina Saralegui is a seasoned journalist who is recognized as one of the most influential role models for today’s Hispanic woman. She is strong-willed, successful, savvy and committed to making a difference. Time Magazine named her one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanics in America.” CRISTINA sees her #1 role in media and in life as a motivator for women and a champion of a healthy, gracious and self-empowered lifestyle.
In 1989, CRISTINA made her television debut as host and executive producer of “The Cristina Show“ on the Univision Network. The program broke barriers and for 21 years, Cristina and “The Cristina Show“ entertained, uplifted, and educated the Hispanic community in the U.S. and throughout the world. The Cuban-born media mogul is the first Spanish-language television personality to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is the first Latina to be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, where she joins such television legends as Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters and Johnny Carson.
She began her career at the Spanish-language magazine, Vanidades and quickly moved up the ranks to become Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan en Español, sister publication to Hearst’s Cosmopolitan. CRISTINA and her husband Marcos Avila founded the “Arriba la Vida/Up with Life” in 1996, a private foundation dedicated to AIDS awareness and education among Hispanics, as well as other AIDS related causes that touch the lives of Hispanics everywhere.
In November of 2014 CRISTINA published her second book, Rise up and Shine! My Secrets for Success in Career, Relationships, and Life under Celebra Books for the Penguin Group, becoming an instant best-seller.
Her husband, Marcos Avila, a former musician and founding member of the highly successful musical group, Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, manages CRISTINA. The couple, who has three children and three grandchildren, resides in Miami.