For the past three decades, Latina pop icon Thalía has been helping to put Mexican culture on the map. With every album release, she has reinvented herself and her sound. In August, Thalía reached the milestone birthday of 50 and she’s continuing to expand her brand beyond music and acting, building a namesake empire that spans across fashion, beauty, and home products.
A brief primer, for the uninitiated: In the ’80s, Thalía became a force in Mexico and Latin America as a member of the teen band Timbiriche. In 1990, she broke out with her first self-titled solo album. Throughout the decade, Thalía solidified herself as a global superstar with hits like “Piel Morena” and “Amor a La Mexicana” that celebrated her Mexican heritage. She also broadened her reach by starring in telenovelas — María Mercedes, Marimar, and María La Del Barrio, to name a few — that are broadcast in more than 180 countries.
These days, Thalía continues to break ground for Latinas in the entertainment industry. In 2013, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Thalía has sold more than 25 million records worldwide. Last year, she became the first Mexican woman artist to cross one billion views on YouTube with her music video “No Me Acuerdo” featuring Natti Natasha. On her latest album, desAMORfosis, she’s sharing her spotlight with more Latina artists like Sofía Reyes and Farina in the girl power anthem “Tick Tock.”
Thalía has found her groove in the digital era too, as a social media sensation with her candid posts on Instagram and TikTok that often go viral. She’s also in the middle of remastering her music videos in HD on YouTube as a gift to her fans. With Allure, Thalía looked back on her legacy and fierce looks and talked about what’s next.
Allure: Fifty is such a milestone birthday. How did you feel to be turning 50 this year?
Thalía: Like any other birthday. I’m happy. I’m blessed. I am healthy. I’m celebrating life, my family, and my extended family who are my fans. I’m creating new projects and new music is coming soon. I’m also creating new extensions of my brand, so everything is so exciting.