On December 11th from 6-8 pm, at Libreria Martinez de Chapman University we will be hosting a special book signing with Puerto Rican celebrity author, Giselle Blondet, who wrote her new book entitled, “Tengo 50, y qué?” (I’m 50, So What?). This book challenges the negative stereotypes of women becoming 50 and older by promoting a new way of enjoying this special time in a woman’s life. For too long, women entering their 50th year has been viewed as the tragic end of youth and the start of “old age” or the “third stage” of life, and this is looked upon with terror. In our culture, as in many others, there is a history of disparaging aging women while venerating aging men.  This book redirects the image of women so that they can embrace this key period of their lives with grace and self-respect. With the anecdotes and advice in Giselle’s second book, women can see the opportunities that come with growing wiser, while still maintaining an active lifestyle filled with joy, beauty and love. This book tells women that they should love themselves no matter what age they happen to be.

Woman on phone covered in sticky notes.

Giselle Blondet

The day that Giselle Blondet became 50, she vowed that she would not only confess her age, but that she would share the secrets that allowed her to assert the following: 50 is the new 30. In this book, Blondet, one of the most beloved women in the Hispanic world, takes us through the highlights of her life and the lives of powerful Latinas age 50 and older who have not only achieved success but have enjoyed the luxury of finding true love in mid-life. Fun, human, inspiring and full of anecdotes, “Tengo 50 ¿y qué?” is a shot of energy for young women also, and it is especially a support for women who, at a midpoint of their lives, can realize that they too can start anew, if they so choose. A few years ago, Giselle also wrote her autobiography entitled, “Con Los Pies Sobre La Tierra” (With Your Feet on Earth), which became a bestseller.

As a popular on-air personality, Giselle Blondet co-hosted “DESPIERTA AMERICA” (Wake up, America) a Spanish language morning news and entertainment program for the Univision Network for many years. She later hosted a show called
Our Latin Beauty
, or
Nuestra Belleza Latina
, which focuses on guiding young Latina women to follow and realize their dreams.

She has been co-host to Univision’s special events for the Latin GRAMMY® Awards and “Premio Lo Nuestro®”, the Latin Music Awards. Giselle also participated in “Historias Para Contar” (Stores to Tell), a 60-minute program where she conducted exclusive interviews with big Latino celebrities. Prior to working with Univision, she was an actress in many television programs, movies, radio programs and theatrical productions. These won her much acclaim in her native Puerto Rico.

Since the early start of her career, Blondet “has played the lead, co-starred or guest-starred in more than
22 well-known Spanish-language dramas
series such as “Morelia,” “Pasión de Vivir” (Passion to Live) and “Pacto de Amor” (Pact of Love), among others. Blondet has also taken part in several miniseries, and in 2010, made her triumphal return to acting as part of the stellar cast of the third season of the highly acclaimed miniseries, “Mujeres Asesinas” (Killer Women).

“In addition to her dramatic roles, Blondet has been at the helm of several programs, including talk shows, children’s’ programs and game shows as well as theatrical productions. Blondet has been honored numerous times throughout her career, including Premios Inte Award as Best Television Host, as well as the Premio Ace Award as Best Television Host and Best Actress. Giselle also appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan, Vanidades, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Buenhogar, Caras, Selecta, and People en Español. Most recently, Blondet was among the Latin celebrities invited to the White House to speak with congressmen and was the host of the Hispanic Heritage Awards in Washington, D.C.

“Giselle Blondet is active in many charitable endeavors including serving on the committees of the American Red Cross and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She also volunteers for the America Developing Smiles Organization and the NAAR, an organization dedicated to helping autistic children and their families. She is also the godmother of the San Jorge Hospital in Puerto Rico*”

We hope that you will be able to join our
College of Educational Studies
faculty, staff and community for this special event, which is free to the public, with book purchase.

*Excerpts in this piece are taken from Univision’s website: