Originally from Cuba, Saralegui came to the U.S. with her family when she was 12 years-old. Often referred to as the “Latina Oprah,” she became a household name with her Miami-based Spanish-language talk show, “El Show de Cristina,” where she hosted guests including Selena, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Gloria Trevi and other big names in the entertainment business.
Her empire includes her talk show, which has won 11 Emmys and an estimated 100 million viewers worldwide, a Miami television studio, Casa Cristina, a furniture line, an upcoming clothing line and her own magazine Cristina La Revista according to TIME magazine.
Saralegui was named one TIME Magazine’s “25 most influential Hispanics in America” in 2005.
This is Saralegui’s first presidential endorsement.
“I came to this country when I was 12 years old, because my parents wanted to give me new opportunities to succeed. With their support and a lot of hard work I was able to pursue my dreams,” said Saralegui in the video released by Obama for America.
“President Obama wants everyone to have the chances I had,” she continued.
The video has been distributed both in English and Spanish.
She is “one of the most trusted names in the Hispanic community and we’re honored to have Cristina be a spokesperson for the campaign, speaking directly to Hispanic voters about the President’s accomplishments,” said campaign spokesman Jim Messina, according to The Miami Herald.
by Laura Steiner