RORY: I can’t believe I had a meeting at Yale today … And I can’t believe the only name that popped into my head when he asked for my role model was Gloria Estefan.
Gloria Estefan (born Gloria Garcia in 1957), Cuban-American singer, actress, and businesswoman. She began her career as lead singer of Miami Sound Machine, previously mentioned, and released her first solo album in 1989. She has 38 #1 hits, and her success has been credited with paving the way for other Latin musical artists.
Hailed as “the Queen of Latin Pop” by the media, Gloria Estefan has won seven Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, multiple Billboard awards, was BMI Songwriter of the Year, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient in 2017, and was honoured with an American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Las Vegas Walk of Fame.
She has been named one of the top artists of all time, is the second best selling female Latin artist in history, and one of the best-selling female singers of all time.