Lourdes Valls

Lourdes loves to travel. The 26-year-old self-proclaimed epicurean goddess and graduate student oversees operations and quality control for her family’s successful Versailles restaurants.

She admits the job involves tasting lots of the Cuban staples she loves most, particularly vaca frita and fried plantains. A family girl to the core, “Luly”—as everybody calls her—insists that she’s happiest “at home on the sofa with my five sisters in PJs.”

She’s very moved by her family’s journey to the US from Cuba, adding, “I’d love to have seen the country in the early ’50s. It was a defining point in my family history and, I’m sure, a beautiful place to be.”

The Look: Dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim. Bracelet, vintage from her Cuban grandmother. Photographed at her parents’ home in Pinecrest.


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