He is 36 years old. She paraded around the world, fell in love with Argentina, married Miguel “Mike” Reynal and assures: “Everything I love is here”

He is 36 years old. She paraded around the world, fell in love with Argentina, married Miguel “Mike” Reynal and assures: “Everything I love is here”
He is 36 years old. She paraded around the world, fell in love with Argentina, married Miguel “Mike” Reynal and assures: “Everything I love is here”

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After going back and forth to Argentina for work, the Brazilian model Mauara Mariussi (36) fell in love. After several seasons walking on the catwalks of São Paulo, Tokyo, Miami and New York, she landed in Buenos Aires. First she was conquered by language and geography and, after falling in love with our customs, she met who would become her husband, the financier Miguel “Mike” Reynal, and, together with him, they chose these lands to make their base: “So much “He and I traveled a lot for work, but, little by little, we tried to make our agendas coincide,” says the dancer, social communicator and businesswoman who was born in the south of Brazil. [su nombre, de hecho, es de origen indígena]. Since then, she divides her schedule between Buenos Aires, San Pablo, Punta del Este, Palm Beach, Europe and New York, where her husband and her first cousin Ginette Reynal works.

Born in the province of Paraná, southern Brazil, Mauara was signed by a scout from a modeling agency when she was 12 years old. At 13, she moved with her family to San Pablo, one of the most important fashion places in that country. photo: Soledad Rubio

–How did you meet Mike?

–It was on one of my many trips for work. [en el país, Mauara, que forma parte de la agencia Elite, hizo campañas para marcas como Kosiuko, De la Ostia, Peruggia, entre otras], at the opening of a restaurant. Mike is different from all the men he has ever known. He has a good heart; He respects me, understands me and doesn’t think that his work is more important than mine.

–Did anyone in your family say anything when you said you had an Argentine boyfriend?

–Well… but he is half Argentine and half North American. Some people call him Mike; others, Miguel. He is the son of the first marriage of Miguel “Mike” Reynal, the creator of Fundación Vida Silvestre, and his first wife, Alexandra. Although Mike and his sister Alix were born here, they lived much of their lives in the United States, where my mother-in-law, Alexandra, returned after separating from Mike’s father.

At the age of 15 and after leaving her mark in campaigns and in several editions of São Paulo Fashion Week, she was hired to work in Japan. “When I look back, I say ‘How bold’; however, at that moment, I felt huge,” she says, amused.

photo: Soledad Rubio

–And how do you get along with the Reynals?

–They are an incredible family. They are very enterprising, creative, intelligent and fun. When we got married, in 2011, my family came from Brazil, our friends, of course all the Reynals who are scattered around the world. There was Shalimar [Reynal, hija del hermano de Mike, Billy, el fundador de Austral Líneas Aéreas]his daughter Victoire [al igual que su madre, es representante de jugadores de fútbol]Ginette and their children… and there were Mike’s three children: Michael and Sofía [hijos del primer matrimonio de Mike]and Emilia [es artista y fruto de su segundo matrimonio].

–Sofía is a model like you. Has she asked you for advice?

–That’s incredible: I lived through that whole process! When I met Mike, Sofía was 13 years old and she was just beginning to take her first steps. She is beautiful inside and out. We get along really good. Luckily, Mike’s three children have been very loving to me.

At the age of 21, when she finished her degree in Social Communication and Journalism – it was the condition that her father, who is a soybean producer in the state of Mato Grosso, set for her to dedicate herself to modeling – her agency began to send her with each more frequently to New York, Miami and, finally, Buenos Aires. photo: Soledad Rubio

–What led you to create We Ballet Fitness?

–I have been working since I was 13 years old and, some time ago, I began to dream of entrepreneurship. The answer came through ballet, which I have practiced since I was a girl: I don’t go to the gym and I don’t like any other physical activity. In 2017, together with Natalí Santiago, my partner, we created a method that fuses dance and fitness and that works in many ways: just as many women get hooked on the classes (online and in person), others can do the instructor training, that allows a job opportunity.

In 2017, she created We Ballet Fitness, a method that fuses dance and fitness: “I wanted to start a business and, in addition, I was looking for a formula that made work and motherhood compatible. For women who are mothers, working can be an immense challenge. From my point of view point of view, work gives us freedom and takes us out of vulnerability. photo: Soledad Rubio

–When your first child was born, you and Mike chose a very special name for him.

–I always wanted to be a mother, but I felt that, before, I had to work and travel. When I was ready, we started looking for a name that could not only be pronounced in Portuguese, Spanish and English, but that would generate light, love and nature for us. Alexis (5) is named in honor of Alix, Mike’s sister, who died at the age of 16, in 1976, and who inspired the creation of Fundación Vida Silvestre. Alexis is a tennis fan, she loves to travel like we do and, above all, she loves Argentina: he tells me funny: “You are Brazilian; I won the World Cup.” I answer that I also won: because, although inside I am Brazilian, I speak “Argentine” and I wear boots and ponchos. In this country, there is everything I love.

“Although inside I am Brazilian, I speak “Argentine” and I wear boots and ponchos. In this country, there is everything I love,” she says, in her home in Nordelta. photo: Soledad Rubio

A postcard from one of her happiest days: her marriage to Mike Reynal, in 2011. They organized three parties to receive friends who came from all over the world: one at their house; another at the San Isidro Jockey Club; and another in the Duhau Palace. Fini Reynal Duggan was in charge of making her dress. “Mike was different from all the men he had ever known. He has a big heart; he respects me, understands me and doesn’t think his job is more important than mine,” she says of her husband.

Mauara with Sofía Reynal, daughter from her husband’s first marriage: “She was 13 years old when I met her and she was just beginning to take her first steps in the world of fashion. Sofía is beautiful inside and out. We get along very well” , account.

With his son Alexis (5), who is named in honor of Alix, Mike’s sister, who died at the age of 16, in 1976, and who inspired the creation of Fundación Vida Silvestre. He says of him: “Alexis changed my life for the better.” After five years of dedicating herself fully to motherhood, she returned to work.

Production and styling: Malena Gandolfi

Make up and hairstyle: Natali Flor for Sebastian Correa Studio.

Thanks: Blumm Flower Co.

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