María Estévez romances the life of Adriana Abascal «a woman without borders and a bit of a witch» marked by uprooting and magic
“The idea of living without roots has always fascinated me. And Adriana Abascal is a nomadic woman, used to reinventing herself in every city she inhabits and to do so without losing her identity». For example, María Estévez (Madrid, 1966) refers to the character who inspired her second novel, Wishes are not just words (Rocaeditorial), and presents her as “a woman without borders and a bit of a witch”.
Julia Terán is the fictional transcript of Abascal, one of the most beautiful women in the world, linked to billionaires three times, married twice and divorced twice. Estévez met the one who is his “boyfriend” twenty years ago in Los Angeles, when he interviewed her for “Vogue.” Today, Abascal succeeds as a businesswoman and designer of luxury shoes and leads a magical life. “For most Mexicans, magic is a constant in their lives,” Estévez says.
He has preferred to write a novel rather than create a biography to use because it fit his project “to create a trilogy about brave women, ahead of their time and living between fantasy and reality.” “One of them is Adriana, but there are other women I’ve met outside of Spain,” explains the COLPISA correspondent in Los Angeles, chronicler of the Hollywood dream factory and interviewer of almost all the greats of cinema in recent years.
Born to a wealthy family from Veracruz (Mexico), Abascal was crowned the most beautiful woman in her country at the age of 18. She then placed fifth in the Miss Universe pageant. She lived without marrying Emilio Azcárraga, the all-powerful “tiger” president of Televisa, 40 years her senior and from whom she inherited a fortune. She later married Spanish Juan Villalonga, former president of Telefónica, with whom she had her only three children. “I’m finally getting married for love,” he said when he remarried French businessman Emmanuel Schreder, whom he broke up with last February.
Did Abascal know how to turn his beauty into strength? “What turns Adriana into power is her intelligence,” Estévez says. “It is a mistake to minimize the intelligence of beautiful women,” warns the author, who in the novel reveals the esoteric profile of her boyfriend, and how uprooting is the most important thing in her life. “She was born on October 30, on Halloween, which is why she knows herself as a witch, and uprooting is the premise of the story I’m telling,” she explains. “Magic is what allows you to take root and have identity security,” he adds.
He assures Abascal’s best virtues “are his generosity and intelligence” and refuses to point out his flaws “because the failures we see in others are the product of our own projection.”
Abascal has not expressly authorized this fictional biography, but he has not expressed any objections or obstacles. “He always knew he was writing it,” Estévez says. “Of course I’m inspired by her and our conversations,” he repeats. “Achieving happiness is an art,” says Estévez, who believes Abascal achieved this through enjoying her children and her activities as a designer and art collector. “As a successful businesswoman you can be proud. When you make free decisions, you have the opportunity to try to be happy. And I hope she is.”
Source: La Verdad
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