The latest ad for the Ralph Lauren fragrance “Romance” is featuring Ralph Lauren Model/ successful polo player Nacho Figueras and his wife Delfina. I have known them for a while working together for Ralph, and I was interested to know about their family life, for the latest issue of Organice Your Life® magazine “Family First.” So I spoke to Delfina and Nacho about their lives in Argentina and the USA, their gorgeous kids and Nachos favorite food! Also just in time for Valentine’s Day!- By Valentina Zelyaeva.
Let’s start from the beginning: Delfina, how did you two meet?
Delfina: In November 1997, I met Nacho when we were both watching a polo match (the Argentine open) in buenos aires. I was going up the stairs towards my seat and when I looked up he was looking down at me, standing, about to take his seat. he was a little further than where I was, and I felt that silence you get in an empty room. Later that day, we were introduced by my cousin whom I saw chatting with him, so I went and asked her who he was and she told me “his name is Nacho Figueras, and he asked me the same about you!” After that, we went on vacation separately as it was the end of the year and Summer holidays. Coincidentally, we met again that following March.
Nacho, you are a professional polo player, where did the love for horses come from? Was your family a big influence on your choice of profession?
Nacho: “My father loved the sport. he always wanted me to play. I started riding when I was 9 years old. Then, my father bought a farm close to the farm of his best friend, whose son Lucas also played polo and that’s how we became best friends.”
Delfina, tell us about your passion of photographer. What kind of photos do you like to take? Have you had any exhibitions already?
Delfina: “I’ve always loved art and photography. In 2003, Nacho’s grandfather gave me a 1963 Polaroid camera (which I still have and use when I can find film for it). I started taking portraits of Nacho’s horses, and then I got into a more creative mood so I began working on a fragmental image. That allowed me to speak with my eyes and show what I thought the beauty was in them. after that, I started portraying women in that same way. I approached things in a very simple manner, almost from the minimalist side, which again allowed me to portray the beautiful soul. and then I thought I would like to do the same with architecture. After that, I met Aldo Bressi, the great Italian photographer who moved to Buenos Aires and who later became my mentor. With him, I had showings in Buenos Aires Photo, in galleries, and at the Museum Centro Cultural Recoleta. Last September, an exhibition opened at Vered gallery in East Hampton, New York.”
You two have 3 beautiful kids. How do you entertain them? What are their favorite things to do? Are they into horses as well?
D: “We do lots of riding, including our baby who loves riding with Nacho or me! Aurora rides a pony, and Hilario is already playing polo! I think my children inherited our passion for horses. We love to spend a lot of time together. Hilario is 11, Aurora is 6, and Artemio is 2 years old. As you can see their ages are varied, and their interests are as well. But the kids play a lot together and enjoy themselves, and I like that.”
What do you find the most important things to teach your kids?
D: “For the boys I think that manners and to respect women are the most important things. Then I say to them ‘ Always look someone in the eyes when talking or listening to them!” That’s something that seems to be very difficult nowadays with so much going on. There’s too much information everywhere in this “multitasking” era we live in! I think that it is very important to keep true to yourself, so no matter what you are doing or who you are with you should never forget where you come from and who you are inside. and the key is to keep family together as much as you possibly can.”
Do you have family traditions? Perhaps a sit- down dinner every evening? Or a family holiday getaway?
D: “Yes, we spend Christmas and the end of the year together. We have dinner at home with the kids every night, and I have lunch with Nacho every day since we live very close to the stables and polo grounds, that is, in the suburbs of buenos aires where all the polo is. so for us it is quite easy to stay together.”
What is your favorite family summer vacation destionation and why?
D: “We love going to the coast in uruguay, or to our Farm. We like to stay home or around home a lot as we don’t get to do as much of that as we’d like to, due to all the traveling during the year.”
Delfina, share with us your secret family recipe that is Nacho’s favorite meal, and what is your kids favorite meal?
D: Every time we have rotelle with tomato and basil, i can see it in his eyes! he could have this meal every day and be the happiest man on earth.
- •Cook pasta following instructions. (it can be any pasta, but semolina based is better)
- •Cut cherry tomatoes in half. (organic or from a farm stand tastes so much better! it’s my son’s favorite!)
- •Grate parmesan cheese using a thick grater.
- Use olive oil and balsamic vinegar as dressing and pepper makes it so much better!
- •If you like, you can add salt but i prefer not to as the parmesan has a lot in it already.
- •Get the basil leaves, wash, dry, and cut them.
- Serve one bowl with the hot pasta and use a separate bowl for the tomatoes with parmesan and dressing.
Your romance fragrance ads look incredible! Tell us about the experience of making it. Where did it take place and how was it shooting together? And why do you think Ralph Lauren chose you to be the next “Romance” Couple?
D: Thank you! it was shot in Argentina at my father’s estancia “La Concepcion”. That was where he and his siblings (he has 7 sisters and 1 brother) grew up– some of them got married there. it was also where all of their children (my cousins and I) grew up, too. so it means a lot to all of us. We even got married there as well… I think Ralph Lauren falls in love with real things and real people. He saw a real family in us and “Romance” for me goes beyond a romantic dinner or getaway with your boyfriend/husband. Once you have children you experience this whole new love–this whole new “romance”. you share so many things together so you find romance in small things, like in a conversation, or making future plans while lying by the fire together…or just finding time to spend alone… which is hard nowadays due to the speed of the world.
Watch here the Ralph Lauren Romance video. ARVE Error: no video ID set
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What does “Home” mean to you?
D: Home is home. It is where we find each other at ease. We make the world our home, and sometimes we are lucky to be in Buenos Aires where our family is and our house and horses too. but as I said before, home can be anywhere as long as we feel safe and together.
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