EXCLUSIVE: Daisy Fuentes on Her Favorite Charity & Her Clothing Line

Fashionista Daisy Fuentes has a heart of gold. Honored at the St. Jude’s Angels & Stars Gala for her tireless efforts in helping the children of St. Jude’s, we caught up with Fuentes to talk family, vacation plans, her clothing line, and what life is all about.

So how did you get involved with St. Jude’s?

“I got involved with them many, many years ago. It was probably over 15 years ago.  I got invited to an event much like this in Beverly Hills, and got to talking to some of the people, and got to understanding what it was all about. I chatted with Marlo Thomas for a little bit and she invited me to the hospital. Once you go there, you realize that there is no other place in the world like St. Jude’s. And at that point I just said I‘m going to use my celebrity [status] to tell as many people as I can about this.Because at the end of the day everybody wants to help in some way – to find a cause that they can support. I think the biggest challenge is finding one you can really believe in.”

What’s your favorite thing about doing charity?

“It’s not that there’s a favorite thing about doing charity, I think we all have to help one another in some way. And this is the one thing I’ve chosen to do publicly, there are a lot of things I do privately. I think that we all owe it to each other, helping each other in whatever way you can.”

Was there any type of family influence, did you grow up doing charity

“I grew up in a household where helping each other was just a part of life. Of course it just starts with the family, it’s the example you have. Family always helped each other out. If somebody was going through a hard time you took them in, when you were going through a hard time you went to a family member’s house.  We just help each other. So growing up it was the only example that I had. So when you have a chance to do things a little publicly, you continue to do what you do, you just do it on a larger scale.”

It’s nice that you had that foundation growing up.

“I think it’s really important, especially in today’s society and with the younger generation. You know, when you get surrounded by so much fabulousness and a lot of superficial things on television being thrown at you when you’re young, I think it’s important to realize that’s all fun, but there s a mega-dose of reality that young children need to learn.”

What inspires you from each season to the next for your clothing line?

“I have a great team of designers. They understand my sense of style and I really trust what they do. So we get together and we shop and we get inspired, and from there a theme comes. For example, for the summer collection in chatting we came up with a fabulous dream holiday in South of France, St. Tropez. So we’ve based the entire summer collection on that. And we came to the conclusion that whether you’re sitting by the beach in Jersey or on a yacht in St. Tropez, you should look great, and you can, and you don’t have to pay a lot for it. So that’s where that inspiration comes from, you can see it and you can run with it. It’s a lot of fun.”

Well, thank you for bringing fabulous clothing at an affordable price!

“I’m really happy that a lot of us are doing that these days. It’s become a bit of a trend. I remember when I first started, it was a bit taboo, and that was one of my biggest fears when I first started almost nine years ago now. I thought ‘I want to do this, I just don’t know if it can be done, and if it can’t be done and I can’t make a quality product something that looks hip and stylish, then I don’t think I want to do this. I don’t want to make frumpy clothes’. Fit is everything!”

With summer right around the corner, what’s your favorite vacation getaway?

“You know I don’t know, I’m really a spontaneous person, I don’t make plans ahead of time. No matter how big the trip is. Usually the best plans are no plans.”

To get involved with St. Jude Hospital, go to  www.StJude.org. For more information on the clothing line go to www.kohls.com