Daisy Fuentes: "Frijoles Negros Meets Apple Pie"

In the August issue of Latina, covergirl Daisy Fuentes—the 42-year-old former MTV VJ and current founder of a multimillion-dollar fashion and beauty empire—dishes about how she got started in retail, her take on motherhood and her perky boobs, of course. Read on for some of Fuentes's choice quotes.

Why She Doesn’t Mind Being Called a Hard-Ass on Occasion:
“Listen, it’s taken me 20 years to build a name that is recognizable and respected. I’m not just going to stamp it on something and hope that it does well. I’m going to take care of it. If my involvement is not welcome, then I don’t need to have anything to do with it.”

On Her Desire to Start a Family:

“It’s just never been at the top of my list. I know that I probably have like two minutes to do it, and if it happens, great. If not, that’s okay.”

One Reason Why She's Excited About Daisy Fuentes Pilates for the Wii Fit and Balance Board from Nintendo:
“I’m hot as an avatar,” she jokes. “When I lie down, my boobs stay up.”

Recalling Her First Job in Retail:
“I felt like I ran that store [Mandee in New Jersey]. I loved helping people look better and telling them, ‘Try this for your figure,’ or ‘This is really hot right now and it’s going to be in all the magazines.’ Looking back that’s where my love for retail started.”

The Reason for Her Mass Appeal Early on in Her Career:
It was based on what the Havana-born, New Jersey-bred beauty calls her “frijoles negros meets apple pie” recipe and not so much a premeditated crossover strategy. “I always thought of it as, I have a whole other language I can do this in, a whole other culture I can bring to the table. It would make no sense for me to choose one over the other.”

Be sure to pick up the August issue of Latina, on newsstands right now!