| July 1, 2010 | People
LISSETTE GONZALEZ, CBS4 weater anchor
Age: 33. Provenance: Miami.
Bright attitude: Gonzalez rises at 3 AM and is camera-ready at 5, delivering Miami’s daily highs and lows with her signature style and improvisational charm. While her cover-girl attributes make her updates appear effortless, she juggles a lot behind the scenes. “I prepare my own forecast. I don’t have a weather producer, so I have to do my own graphics and research,” says the early bird. A multitasking talent: “I’m often referred to as ‘the singing weatherwoman,’” says the former beauty-pageant winner, entertainment host and off-Broadway actress. “I’ve sung the national anthem at a Dolphins game and the Sony Ericsson Open.” Future mysteries: “I love what I do right now,” she says. “I always have a vision and a plan, but I don’t let it out; I let it unravel.” —Tish Johnson Cook
JUST THE FACTS
Whom would you love to interview? Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters
Perfect spot in Miami for a sunset cocktail: Smith & Wollensky in South Pointe Park
What’s your favorite way to de-stress after a long day? Zumba at The Sports Club/LA. We dance salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton and flamenco.
NATHAN LIEBERMAN, Hotelier
Age: 31. Provenance: Philadelphia.
Suite life: This seasoned hotel developer brings a passion for hospitality and a razorsharp, seemingly innate real estate acumen to his latest creation, the Hollywood Beach Suites, Hostel + Hotel. “We wanted to give people an affordable place where they could have fun,” he says. Lieberman also runs reality-TV-centric production company Beach Pictures, and recently added “restaurateur” to his résumé with the Tequila Beach Club, a taco gastropub conveniently located on the Hollywood Beach Suites property. Real vision: “I come up with my ideas when I’m sleeping, and wake up to take notes,” he says of his process. Two years ago, Lieberman envisioned the Hollywood hotel as a mixeduse resident ial property, but instead decided to create a playcation destination. Sideshow: “I went to NYU film school and was always looking for an opportunity to be in the business,” says Lieberman, who helped lure the producers of Jersey Shore to Miami Beach to tape season two. For the duration of filming, the cast and crew ended up residing at the Metropole Hotel, another of Lieberman’s properties. “Miami is a premier destination for TV production, which adds an incredibly dynamic element to my business.” —Tish Johnson Cook
JUST THE FACTS
What is your secret talent? My photographic memory
Where would you live if you weren’t in Miami? Venice Beach, California
Favorite place to people-watch: 17th and Collins, in front of The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
What film best describes your life? The Shining
JEANINNE AND NATHALIE AZOUBEL, Co-designers and -managing directors, Zingara
Age: 29 and 32, respectively. Provenance: Montevideo.
Bikini 2.0: This Miami- (Nathalie, right) and Mexico City- ( Jeaninne) based sister act is reinventing swimwear with fashion-driven outfits rather than sporty- or surf-inspired styles. “We’re about swim and all things related—from caftans to beach totes and towels, any time of the year, whatever your resort destination,” says Nathalie. We are family: Though the brand’s first US stores opened in Houston and Aventura last year, the girls’ parents launched it 30 years ago in Uruguay; they were inducted into the family business early on as models for Zingara’s kids’ line. “We grew up accompanying our mother to Europe for fabrics shows in our teens,” says Jeaninne. “Good thing for them we hadn’t been boys!” adds Nathalie. Saved by Skype: “We’re constantly on the computer or BlackBerry exchanging ideas, drawings and fabric swatches,” says Nathalie, who estimates that during the creative process they agree 97 percent of the time. “You lose the day-to-day interaction, but maybe it’s healthier to be apart. You value family time more,” says Jeaninne. Perfect fit: The pair are immersed in the company, from expanding the Zingara brand—there are plans to open approximately 20 stores in the US over the next few years, plus an online shop—to trying on the merchandise. “We test drive everything ourselves, so we know what works,” says Nathalie. —Rebecca Kleinman
JUST THE FACTS
NATHALIE: Miami splurge that’s worth the calories: Pisco sours and suspiro de limeña at Cvi.Che 105 or Adriana’s
Swimsuit tip: Less rear coverage actually makes you appear smaller back there.
Bikini-ready routine: Organic oatmeal, fruits, fish and veggies, and alternating weights with runs on the beach
JEANINNE: Favorite Miami spot to sun and swim: The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, where the beach is paradise and the food is amazing
Craziest place you’ve donned a swimsuit: In El Calafate, in southern Argentina. It was super cold!
Favorite all-time swimsuit model: Alessandra Ambrosio for her natural beauty
DAVID BROMSTAD, Host, HGTV’s Color Splash
Age: 36. Provenance: Cokato, Minnesota.
He knows hues: “I don’t mind being known as ‘the color guy’—it’s fun,” confesses Bromstad, the host of HGTV’s Color Splash, which shot its latest—and fourth—season in Miami. “I really do have colors of the moment: This year they’re magenta and purple, but acid yellow has stuck with me for more than just a few years.” A colorful past: The Ringling College of Art and Design graduate worked as an artist for Disney before moving to Miami to design children’s rooms. Four years ago, he landed a spot on the debut season of HGTV’s Design Star, which he won and parlayed into his own show. Surrounded by style: “I’m inspired by what’s around me, which is why I wanted the show to tape in Miami,” says Bromstad, who has plans to launch his own line of furniture and home accessories. “From its architecture, people and culture to how international and young it is, this city is so much fun.” The reality of reality TV: “Sure, it gets a little invasive at times, but the more invasive, the more people watch. And the more people watch, the longer I’ll have a job.” —Bobby Killgore
JUST THE FACTS
Your aesthetic: Eclectically fantastic
Dream client: Lady Gaga—she’s out of control, beyond crazy
Biggest design mistake to avoid: Oversize furniture in a small room
Favorite South Beach hangout: The Palace, especially on Sundays
I never leave home without: My iPhone
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARC RICHARDS TOUSIGNANT
WARDROBE COURTESY OF BCBG MAX AZRIA; MAKEUP BY MARIELA BAGNATO FOR MAC; HAIR BY GUSTAVO TUNDELA FOR ROCCO DONNA HAIR AND BEAUTY ART (gonzalez)
PHOTOGRAPH BY SETH BROWARNIK/RED EYE PRODUCTIONS (lieberman)
PHOTOGRAPH BY ELLIOT AND ERICK JIMENEZ (azoubel)
PHOTOGRAPH BY KATE BENSON (bromstad)