Ocean Drive editor with various Miami personalities
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Celebrating at Hyde Beach after the Donna Karan New York Spring 2014 collection fashion show at SLS Hotel with Saks Fifth Avenue’s Deborah Slack and Donna Karan; With fashion blogger Kelly Saks, Trump Model search winner Maddie Roberts, Trump Model’s Hannah Ferguson, Corinne Nicolas, and Duane Gazi at the Trump Model search at the WGC-Cadillac Championship; With celebrity photographer Seth Browarnik, who was honored by Johnnie Walker for its “House of Walker” series at the Ice Palace in Miami; Catching up with our March cover star, Eva Longoria, who spent the day waterskiing and celebrating her birthday weekend with friends, dinner, and dancing, at Cavalli Miami.

April showers bring May flowers—that’s how the saying goes. But lucky for us, the flowers are always blooming here in South Florida, whether it’s May or December. We’re a town perpetually in bloom—beautiful, strong, and vibrant 12 months a year.

But this month in particular we are focusing on the beautiful, strong, and vibrant women of Miami. Our May/June double issue is devoted to women of influence—women who not only run this town but who infuse it with style, creativity, energy, success, and their presence. From University of Miami President Donna Shalala to South Florida native Jackie Soffer, there are powerful women making a difference in the day-to-day lives of our entire community. Our annual “Real Beauties” feature hones in on the women who are gorgeous both inside and out, and their special importance to the community, philanthropy, and overall well-being of Miami. And last but certainly not least, our part-time resident Shakira not only owns the radio waves but now, as a judge on TV’s The Voice, owns the airwaves, too. As a mother, performer, and philanthropist, she’s also the founder of the Barefoot Foundation, a US-based nonprofit whose mission is to make education universally available to every child.

May and June are special months in Miami. It’s the calm after the storm, and the calm before the storm, a time where things tend to slow down a bit. Visitors don’t feel the need to come here for sun—they’re getting their own wherever they live. Our figurative showers—the hard work we put into entertaining the rest of the world all year long—leads to figurative flowers; we get to enjoy the heat and the air and the warm waters all to ourselves, a subtle reminder of why everyone is always rushing down here. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen people hashtag “We live where you vacation” on social media in the past year. I can’t help but smile every time I read that saying. I’ll never post that online—it’s just rubbing it in and bragging, but I certainly don’t mind actually living where other people vacation. Oops, I just said it.

Enjoy the sun….

JARED SHAPIRO

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRETT HUFZIGER (KARAN); WORLDREDEYE.COM (BROWARNIK, LONGORIA)

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