Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda (born August 26, 1971), known simply by the mononym Thalía, is a Mexican singer and actress. She has sold over 40 million albums worldwide.
She has sung songs in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Filipino. As well as singing in those languages she speaks Spanish, English, and French.
Thalía achieved worldwide success in music with her 1997 album Amor a la Mexicana, which is her best-selling up to date.
Thalía's first studio album to be released globally was En éxtasis and the album included her first international hit, "Piel morena".
Thalía's number-one hits also include "I Want You", "Entre el mar y una estrella", "No me enseñaste", "¿A quién le importa?", "Tú y Yo", "Cerca de ti", "Amar sin ser amada", "Amor a la Mexicana", "Arrasando" and "Equivocada".
Thalía was born in Mexico City on August 26, 1971. She is the daughter of Ernesto Sodi Pallares, a scientist, doctor of pathology, criminologist and writer, and Yolanda Miranda Mange, a painter and Thalía's manager from 1980 to 1999.
She is the youngest of four sisters: Laura Zapata, Federica, Gabriela and Ernestina Sodi. When she was five years old, her father died and this loss had a devastating effect on her.
As a youth, Thalia was a good student throughout her school years and studied at the prestigious Lycée Franco-Mexicain whose French-Spanish curriculum made her bilingual at an early age. Thalia said that if she were not in show business, she would become a biologist or psychologist.
In 2003 launched a successful clothing line, exclusively available in Kmart, under the name "Thalía Sodi Collection". With huge success, her clothing line went from 300 Kmart stores to 1,500. On August 13, 2003, a fashion show, "La Gran Noche de Thalía", marked the launch of the new Latin flavored collection at Capitale restaurant in New York City. The Thalía Sodi Collection was a success from the start, and her success was such that newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The New York Post and Fortune Magazine positively compared her to brand powerhouses Oprah and Martha Stewart.
In addition, magazines such as Bazaar en español, Cosmopolitan en español, Shape en español and Latina, amongst others, adorned their covers with the beautiful singer, while People en Español chose her as the most beautiful Latin person for 2003. Her success as well as her beauty turned Thalía into a fashion icon around the world.
Thalía and Kmart also released a successful eyewear collection "Thalía eyewear". Kenmark group is thrilled to have sold over 1 million units in its Thalía Eyewear collection, said John Justice, VP of International Sales ("Designing an eyewear collection with Thalía has been amazing. Only Thalía could bring such fun and unique styles to eyewear with her festive Latina flair and passion for life"). Building on the success of Thalía Eyewear, Kenmark launched an extension of the collection named "Thalía Girls" in March 2004. Thalía Girls features trendy shapes, colorful accents and sparkling rhinestone frames for girls ages 7–14 who love fashion and fun. Both collections have achieved phenomenal success in the optical industry by filling a void for the Hispanic market in women's eyewear.
In 2004, Thalía later signed a contract with the American chocolate company, Hershey's. She appears in the company's Spanish-language advertisements and sells her own branch of Hershey's products called "La Dulcería Thalía" (The Thalía Candy Shop).Hershey is also sponsored Thalía's "High Voltage" concert tour. The variety of sweets inspired by Thalía for the Latin community has been so well-received by the public, that Hershey's sales in the United States have notably gone up, especially in relation to the products promoted by Thalía.
In November 2004, Thalía Signed on as the First Face of Jeweler Jacob & Co.
In 2006, Thalía was the Face of "Carol's Daughter" Beauty Products. She and her husband Tommy Mottola are partners and investors at the natural beauty products company Carol's Daughter. Thalía and her husband Tommy Mottola, along with personalities such as Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Steve Stoute, presented natural beauty products "Carol's Daughter – Beauty by Nature" at a press conference in New York City.