Glorious Broad #1: Isolda Peguero

Photography by Leah Runyon

Photography by Leah Runyon

GLORIOUS PROFESSION: TV Correspondent, Journalist, Actress

GLORIOUS PERSONA: Llena de energia!

GLORIOUS QUALITIES: Vivacious, Generous, Fiercely Independent, Positive, Spiritual

GLORIOUS FACT: She’s always said her life has been a soap opera. Now she’s starring in one.

GLORIOUS PHILOSOPHY:

Being young is an experiment to get us to this place...

GB: I love all things Latino. Always have. The warmth, the colors, the festivities – the worship of sun, dance, booze. I have much more of an affinity for that culture then my own Celtic roots. So… when I strolled into Isolda’s Harlem apartment, I was home – surrounded by paintings, music, LIFE…and of course… a feast was prepared of juicy tidbits with a delicious healthy green concoction created by her mother– all this for a first interview!

At 54, Isolda is in full bloom - newly married, a successful reporter and journalist now celebrating her first starring role as an actress. This GB and I had much more in common than I had earlier realized – I knew she was fiery and I knew she was accomplished but I didn’t know she was raised in a household of predominately women. Me too! When I asked her more about that background, her answer explained a lot about the Glorious Broad I got to know: “I was raised by a lot of women - it was a matriarchal household. Dominican Republic women are very strong and - although it is a very machista country - they are very influential in their worlds. I have in me a little bit of all the women that raised me. There was the bohemian, the hard worker, the reserved. There was also the conqueror of the world – and my mother was a very fearless, very festive, sassy go getter. Isolda’s mother - and all the broads who helped raise her - are the spark and soul of Isolda’s glorious átomo de vida.

 

GLORIOUS HINTS FROM A SELF PROCLAIMED LATE BLOOMER

“Oh, I am such a late bloomer. I am so happy because I can savor it better now. I got married for the first time in my life at 53. I honestly thought I was going to leave this world without ever getting married and that didn’t take away any sleep.”

“I always wanted to be an actress…before journalism, radio, televison. And in my 50s, I got my first acting job…from a director in the Dominican Republic.”

WISER, NOT OLDER
“Being young is an experiment to get us to this place. I’m now taking pole dancing, salsa lessons. I never dared send a drink to a table of a man who I thought looked interesting in my 20s. It all gives you a sense of power a sense of it’s okay.”

LIVE LIKE A BUTTERFLY
"Don't put limits – at any age – to the things you are ging to do in life. That makes no sense. The beauty of it the beauty of life is it expires only when you die. Why have an expiration? Why live like a slave when you can live like a butterfly?”

LET LOVE IN
“I was always busy in my career and as a single parent. Having a partner was not going to determine me or what or who I am. I let it happen in my 50s. And it’s been awesome.”

DON'T PLAY VICTIM
“My life is sort of a soap opera. Having a child out of wedlock and being a single mom was not going to be an excuse to not allow me to conquer and achieve. I never saw my daughter or my humble childhood as an obstacle for being a career person or going after what I wanted. Nonono. She motivated me even more because I had to provide her and myself a better life. I had to bring home the bacon.”

DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO THE LITTLE STUFF
“Nonononono.”

GIVE BACK
“I don’t feel threatened by a younger person coming to work next to me. On the contrary, I want to teach you.”

NEVER HAVE A PLAN B
“Your Plan A is your Plan B, C…’cause that is what you want. Persistence, faith, determination, positive thinking. Never say “what if.” If you want it, you can get it.”

AGE GLORIOUSLY
“Aging gloriously is an attitude. Self assurance and attitude. Aging gloriously is - the jeans can help you a little but you also have to work on it. Because if you don’t get your butt up and do some exercise – not only are you not going to age gloriously – you’re going to die – know what I am saying?”

Isolda received the award In June for Best Special Actress performing in the television series “Mortales” in the Dominican Republic. She played the main character. Why are we not surprised? We’re so not… in Isolda’s words, this broad’s some kinda “go getter.”