Isabel Preysler

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Isabel Preysler in her youth

Isabel Preysler, born 18th February 1951 in Manila, Philippines. Supermodel in Spain and Europe, journalist for Hola! Magazine, TV show host, and fashion designer in Madrid, Spain.

The third of six children to a wealthy conservative Spanish-mestizo family, during her youth the stunningly beautiful Isabel modeled at charity fashion shows and was crowned queen of a Manila beauty pageant. She is known in the Spanish Press as "La Reina del Glamour" (the Queen of Glamour) and is the mother of international pop superstar Enrique Iglesias, Julio Iglesias Jr., Chábeli Iglesias, and Ana and Tamara Boyer.

At the age of 18, she was sent to study at Mary Ward College, a prestigious Irish university in Spain, and it was at a Madrid party in 1970 that she was introduced to a family friend by the name of Julio Iglesias, who at the time was not famous yet and was still a young man dreaming of becoming a singer. They were just two young teenagers in love. The couple announced their engagement just seven months later and were married for seven years, during which time they had three children, Chabeli, Julio Jr and Enrique. In accordance with their rising careers, Julio as a singer, and Isabel as a supermodel in Spain and Europe, they exploded onto the scene in 1971 and became overnight superstars in the Spanish-language media, the exotic, gorgeous Jewish-Arabian-Spanish crooner, Julio, and the exotic, gorgeous supermodel that he held in his arms, Isabel.

Following their divorce in 1978, Isabel launched her own career as a journalist for Spanish magazine Hola! and her first interviewee was Julio himself. She married the Marquis de Grignon, Carlos Falco, on 23rd March 1980, a short-lived marriage which blessed her with a second daughter, Tamara, and has since married Spanish finance minister, Miguel Boyer, with whom she has another daughter Ana.

Often dubbed "La Perla De Manila" by the Spanish media ("The Pearl of Manila"), readers at Hola magazine have voted Isabel as the most elegant and best-dressed women in Spain in 1991, 2002, and 2004, and she has consistently topped the best-dressed lists over the years in various Spanish magazines. In 1984, she hosted the Spanish lifestyle TV programme, "Hoy." She has been chosen by several companies to be an image sponsor for their products, including Ferrero Rocher, Suarez jewelery, and, most notably, the Spanish tile company, Porcelanosa. In May 2001, she was Prince Charles' guest of honour for the opening of his Spanish Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in England. Most recently she launched her official website,, at the suggestion of her son Enrique.

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