Hawaiian tap water must be laced with enchanted musical pixie dust. How else would you explain the Hernandez siblings—singing sisters Jaime, Tiara, Tahiti, Presley…oh, and their brother, Grammy Award–winning virtuoso Bruno Mars?
Yet the Puerto Rican and Filipina hermanas, better known as pop group the Lylas (short for Love You Like a Sister), aren’t banking on Bruno’s magic wand to help their burgeoning careers. Instead, they're stepping outside their brother's shadow and into the limelight of pop stardom with their self-titled WE reality-TV show. The Lylas, follows the stylish, beautiful quartet as their experience the ups and downs of recording a debut album–all while dealing with sibling rivalries.
Here's your primer on the beautiful sisters, and don't forget to tun in Fridays at 12/11 c on WE.
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Jaime, Mid- 30s:
As the oldest of the group, Jaime takes on the role of the nurturer. She cites their mother, Bernadette Hernandez, who passed away from a brain aneurysm in June, as their artistic inspiration. “Our family did a show called The Love Notes about doo-wop music, and our mom would always make us harmonize,” says Jaime, who is the mother of two boys, ages 14 and 7. “Our mom would say, ‘We’re going to sing ‘Going to the Chapel.’ She would give us each parts and we would sing along.”
With four strong personalities, decisions are never easy to come by, but with Tiara around, there’s definitely no room for slackers. With her edgy rock chick estilo, Tiara makes sure everyone is on task. “We get loud. That’s how it works,” explains Tiara. “The loudest annoying person [always] wins.” And that person is usually Tiara, adds Jaime.
The outspoken one of the group, Tahiti doesn’t let being a mother of two boys (ages 3 and 4) tone her down on or off camera. Sporting a tomboy/video vixen look, Tahiti even jokes that she’s ready for her own spin-off show. “Some of the things captured on camera…some family members might shake their heads,” says Tahiti. “But they’ll eventually laugh.” Fingers crossed!
Just like the King of Rock ’n’ Roll she’s named after, Presley’s fashion sense is both glitzy and sexy. But her splashy style hides a real introvert. “She’s definitely the observant one of the group,” explains Jaime. “She’s listening, but people tend to underestimate that. She might be quiet at first but when she finally talks, you’re going to listen.”