|Born||Anahí Giovanna Puente Portilla
May 14, 1983
Mexico City, Mexico
|Years active||1985–2012; 2015–present|
|Net worth||$10 million (2015)|
She was a member of Latin-teen pop group RBD, who were twice-nominated for a Latin Grammy and sold over 20 million albums. In 2009, she released the album Mi Delirio, which sold a million copies worldwide. She has sold 3 million albums in her career as a solo artist. Her sixth studio album Inesperado (2016) was preceded by the hit singles "Rumba", "Boom Cha", "Eres" and "Amnésia".
Anahí Giovanna Puente Portilla was born on May 14, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico to a Spanish father, Enrique Puente, and a Mexican mother Marichelo Portilla. She has two older sisters: Diana Puente, from her father's previous marriage, and actress and television personality Marichelo Puente (born 1978).
At the age of two, Anahí began her career on a Mexican television program called Chiquilladas. She then starred in numerous films, including Nacidos para Morir and Había Una Vez Una Estrella, with the latter earning her an Ariel Award for Best Child Actress in 1989. She then went on to star in several telenovelas, including Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real, Hora Marcada, Vivo por Elena, La Telaraña and El diario de Daniela.
In 2001, Anahí was cast as the fourteen-year-old Jovanna Luna in Primer Amor, alongside Kuno Becker, Ana Layevska, and Mauricio Islas. The teen-oriented soap opera was one of the highest-rated in its time-slot during its run.
She starred in Rebelde in 2004, a Mexican remake of the hit Argentine telenovela, Rebelde Way. Before Rebelde, Anahí had coincidentally starred in Ángeles Sin Paraíso with Felipe Colombo, star of the original Rebelde Way. On Rebelde, Anahí portrayed Mia Colucci, a popular girl from a wealthy family. Rebelde was an international hit and had over 400 episodes, airing from 2004 to 2006.
Following the success of Rebelde, in 2007, Televisa released RBD: La Familia, which starred the members of RBD. The sitcom was based on the fictional lives of the members of RBD. The characters of the sitcom were not based on the band's characters in Rebelde, but were instead intended to be similar to the actors' real personalities. RBD: La Familia was the first Mexican show shot entirely in High Definition. The show ran from March 14, 2007 to June 13, 2007, lasting 13 episodes.
In February 2011, four years after her last appearance in a TV series, Anahí was chosen to play the lead role in Dos Hogares, a telenovela written and produced by Emilio Larrosa. After prolonged negotiations, Anahí accepted the role. Filming began on April 25, 2011 and ended on January 14, 2012. The TV series premiered on June 27, 2011 and aired its final episode on January 20, 2012.
In 1993, at the age of 10, she released her debut album, Anahí. She later released a second album, ¿Hoy Es Mañana?, which featured the singles "Corazón de Bombón", "Por Volverte a Ver", and "Descontrolándote". She went on to record two additional albums titled Anclado En Mi Corazón and Baby Blue.
The success of Rebelde launched RBD. To date, RBD has released 9 studio albums, including albums in Spanish, Portuguese and English. They have sold over 66 million albums worldwide, 17 million digital downloads, and have toured across South America, North America, Central America and Europe.
In 2006, following the success of RBD, Anahí re-released her solo album, Baby Blue, under the name Una Rebelde en Solitario. The following year, a compilation album was released, Antes de Ser Rebelde.
On August 15, 2008, RBD released a statement, stating that they had decided to split up. They went on one final tour, Gira Del Adios World Tour, which ended in late 2008. On November 2008, Anahi and Dulce María collaborated with Tiziano Ferro on a song called "El Regalo Màs Grande".
In April 2009, Anahí launched an official website and Twitter page announcing her first solo album since RBD's split. She debuted her first solo single since RBD, "Mi Delirio", at the 2009 Premios Juventud in Miami, Florida. It was released for digital download on August 18, 2009. Mi Delirio was released on November 24, 2009. The album has been certified Gold in Brazil, Anahí becoming the second Mexican artist — after Thalía — who was certified Gold in that country.
Following the success of Mi Delirio, on November 23, 2010, Anahí released Mi Delirio - Edición Deluxe. The album includes all the songs released with the first album, plus four bonus songs: "Alérgico", "Pobre Tu Alma", "Ni Una Palabra" and "Aleph". The first two were released as singles. The album also contains a letter from Brazilian author Paulo Coelho to Anahí, a photo gallery, and a written message from Anahí to her fans. The album contains a song inspired by Coelho's book Aleph, which follows the third single Alérgico. There are three known versions of the song: the album version with Anahí only; the Portuguese version featuring Brazilian singer Renee Fernandes, included in the Mi Delirio - Edición Deluxe Brazilian; and a duet version featuring Noel Schajris, included in the Mi Delirio - Edición Deluxe Colombian. (In the U.S., this version is instead being on a special edition, Alérgico (Fan Edition) - EP.)
In 2010, Anahí presented the Kids Choice Awards Mexico and was nominated in three categories, winning for Favorite Artist and Favorite Look. She performed as well, introducing her single, Alérgico. The album debuted at #14 in Mexico, spending seven consecutive weeks in the Top 100. "Alérgico" became the second most played song in Mexico for eleven weeks, and was number one on iTunes.
In 2011, Anahí and Christian Chávez worked together for the first time since the dissolution of RBD. They recorded a song, "Libertad", which was released on iTunes on April 12, 2011. The song was included on Christian Chávez's album. In May 2011, Anahí and the Latin pop stars Bryan Amadeus and Ale Sergi were invited by MTV Latin America to perform the opening theme for the TV series Popland!. The song, entitled "Click", was released on iTunes on September 13, 2011. On July 5, 2011, Anahí released a new single, "Dividida", which is also the opening theme of the TV series she starred in, Dos Hogares. She also recorded the ending theme with Carlos Ponce, "Rendirme En Tu Amor", which was released on July 24, 2011. In December 2011, Anahí was invited by prodigious Mexican singer Juan Gabriel to be featured on a song with him on his album of duets, entitled Con Tu Amor.
Anahí released a song called "Absurda" in late 2012, and its lyric video was released on YouTube on January 30. On February 4, 2013, the single was released for digital download. A new album was announced with a 2013 release date, but was later cancelled.
Anahí released a song, "Están Ahí", without any previous promotion, on May 25, 2015. The song's lyrics are a homage to her fans. A month later, she announced the return of her musical career and released a comeback single "Rumba" featuring singer Wisin on July 17, 2015 in support of a new album coming out in 2016. She performed the song on 2015 Premios Juventud along with Wisin, and the song's official music video was released on August 28. A second single, "Boom Cha", featuring Brazilian singer Zuzuka Poderosa, was released on December 11, 2015, along with a music video, and a third one, "Eres", featuring Julión Álvarez, was released on February 12, 2016.
On April 24, 2016, during a listening party, Anahí asked the fans about their opinion on which song should be the album's fourth single, and the song picked was "Amnesia". On the same day, Anahí announced via Instagram that the album is named Inesperado. The album was released on June 3, 2016.
During the filming of Primer Amor, Anahí battled a serious eating disorder, anorexia. She weighed approximately 75 pounds at her lowest weight. She spent time in five different treatment centers, and visited doctors and psychologists across the country. One day after returning from a family vacation, she began to feel faint, and was rushed to a hospital, where her heart stopped for eight seconds. She has since recovered and become a vocal spokesperson against eating disorders in Mexico. In 2008, with the support of Televisa, Anahí launched a campaign against anorexia and bulimia.
In 2006, Anahí opened her own clothing store in Mexico City, called "Anahí World". Just months after its opening, Anahí World was closed. That same year, the tax administration of Mexico froze four of Anahí's bank accounts as a preventive measure because she was under investigation for tax fraud. In 2008, after taking the issue to court, Anahí was granted her accounts back, two with Banamex and two at Scotiabank.
In 2007, a Barbie doll version of Anahí, Dulce Maria, and Maite Perroni were released, based on their characters in Rebelde.
On March 11, 2011, doctors discovered that Anahí's brain was being deprived of a large percentage of oxygen due to a deviated septum. It was determined that this was the main cause of several ailments that had plagued Anahí, including a heart attack. She underwent a successful operation. On May 17, 2011, Anahí released an iPhone app on iTunes, called "Anahí Lite".
On March 23, 2011, Anahí became the spokeswoman for Snickers in Latin America. The advertising campaign that was launched sparked controversy, with National Council to Prevent Discrimination and the National Institute of Women deeming the commercial sexist and filing complaints. Anahí defended the campaign, saying that the commercial wasn't intended to offend anyone. Effem Mexico, the company behind Snickers, disagreed with the sexism complaints. However, before the advertisement aired, they conducted a survey among women, asking their opinions on the content. According to Effem, the majority of the women surveyed did not feel the advertisement was discriminatory.
On September 18, 2011, National Geographic aired the original production of "Obsession: Bodies That Scream", filmed in Latin America, which featured the testimonies of people who suffer from body dysmorphia and eating disorders. Anahí spoke about the five-year period in which she suffered from anorexia, and her recovery.
On October 12, 2011, Anahí joined the Non-Violence Project's campaign, "Imagine One Billion Faces For Peace", as a Global Ambassador. The campaign's ambassadors include public figures such as Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, and Ringo Starr. The campaign aims to honor the legacy of the late John Lennon by calling for peace and non-violence worldwide.
In November 2011, Anahi joined the group "Aviesta" as a fashion director. She created an online quiz about the type of shoes that suit a person the best, which boosted sales. In August 2012, Aviesta launched in the United States.
During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Anahí, alongside other Global Ambassadors, performed in an event for The Non-Violence Project presented by Yoko Ono. Maxim named her as one of the Maxim Hot 100 of 2012, calling her a "Mexican beauty" who represents "a true triple threat: she sings, she acts, and writes hilarious tweets".
On July 16, 2013, a nail polish line by Anahí titled "BE by Anahí" was released. The line is a collection of 25 different colors, with names relating to her music like "rebelde", "delirio", "absurda", "click", "hipnótico" and "Sálvame".
To date, she is the most followed Mexican celebrity on Twitter, with more than 8 million followers.
In April 2012, Anahí began dating the governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco Coello. They became engaged in October 2014 and married on April 25, 2015 in a private religious ceremony held in San Cristóbal de las Casas.
First Lady of Chiapas
As the wife of Manuel Velasco Coello, who was elected Governor of Chiapas in December 2012, Anahi Puente Portilla is the First Lady of Chiapas.
She is not the head of Desarrollo Integral de la Familia for the State of Chiapas. This position, traditionally held by the spouse of a State Governor and held nationally by the First Lady of Mexico, was given to the mother of the Governor, Leticia Coello.
Puente Portilla was widely criticized on social media for wearing a MXN$120,000 dress during the 2015 celebrations of the Grito de Dolores in Chiapas. Many of the criticisms were centered on Chiapas being the poorest State in the Union.
Velasco and Puente have been criticized by the media, who accuse them of being together solely to promote Velasco's career. Journalists and people who live in Chiapas claim that the two don't live together, and that Puente is only ever seen in the state to perform her labor as first lady, and then returns to Mexico City.
- Anahí (1993)
- ¿Hoy Es Mañana? (1996)
- Anclado En Mi Corazón (1997)
- Baby Blue (2000)
- Mi Delirio (2009)
- Inesperado (2016)
|1991||Madres Egoístas||Gabriela "Gaby" Cantú|
|1992||Ángeles Sin Paraiso||Claudia Cifuentes|
|1996–1997||Tú y Yo||Melissa Álvarez|
|1997–1998||Mi Pequeña Traviessa||Samantha|
|1998||Vivo Por Elena||Natalia "Talita" Carvajal|
|El Diario de Daniela||Adela Monroy|
|1999–2000||Mujeres Engañadas||Jéssica Duarte|
|2000–2001||Primer Amor - A Mil Por Hora||Jovanna Luna Guerra|
|2002–2003||Clase 406||Jéssica Riquelme Drech|
|2004–2006||Rebelde||Mía Colucci Cáceres|
|2007||Lola, Érase Una Vez||Herself (Special guest)|
|2011||Dos Hogares||Angélica Estrada|
|La Hora Marcada||Victoria|
|1996||Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real||Ana|
|1998||Una Pura y Dos Con Sal||Britany Tylor|
|2007||RBD: La Familia||Annie|
|2015||Lucky Ladies||Herself (Special guest)|
|1989||Asesinato A Sangre Fría||Vitoria|
|Había Una Vez Una Estrella||María Juana|
|1991||Nacidos Para Morir||Júlieta|
|El Ganador||Mariana Sant|
|1996||No Me Defiendas Compadre||Estephania|
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