Turn off the Netflix, turn up Telemundo and get ready to scream AZUCAR! The series premiere of Celia — an 80-episode telenovela based on the life of singer and salsa legend Celia Cruz — is on Tuesday Oct. 13, but lucky for us, episode one is already available online.
First and foremost, this is not your abuela's telenovela. The series will cover Cruz’s life from birth to her time on the stage — and because it is such a long span of time, the role of Cruz be played by three different actresses: Isa Mosquera Lopez, Jeimy Osori and Aymee Nuviola. The series will touch upon major events in Cuban history, the hardships Cruz faced as a woman of color in the music industry and everything that came with following her dreams. Celia's story wouldn't be complete without highlighting her outstanding musical performances and eccentric costumes.
Based on her fearless fashion sense throughout her career, we can only imagine the amazing costumes that will be recreated for the series. After all, her fashion and its evolution was a big part of her performances. Throughout the years, Celia developed a signature style that was all her own. She never met bright tropical colors she didn't love and all of her outfits were sparkling with sequins and glitter from head to toe. Her personal style was just as bold as the music she created, and whether it was fluffy feathers or a fringed poncho, Cruz always made a statement — and owned it.
It's no surprise that even Cruz’s signature specs were covered in rhinestones! But the best part is, her styling didn’t stop at her clothes — Cruz knew how to commit to an outfit — so much so, that she was known for wearing wigs that matched the color of her ensemble. If her dress was blue, her hair was blue too.
What we love most about Cruz’s style is that it truly reflected who she was. Much like in her personal life and career, she was never afraid to take risks, or be herself. She was a woman doing what she loved and living her dream, and we can’t wait to relive those moments with her on Celia.
“La vida es un carnaval y es mas bello vivir cantando” -Celia Cruz