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New Book Tells Story of Mexican First Lady's Journey from Heroine to Villain

Agencia EFE
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December 19, 2016

Soy la Dueña (Spanish Edition)
by Sanjuana Martínez
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In her new book, journalist Sanjuana Martinez tells the story of Mexican first lady Angelica Rivera, who has gone from being a woman “loved by the people” to getting booed when she goes by and slammed on social media.

Rivera’s descent from “heroine to villain” is examined in “Soy la Dueña,” and Martinez told EFE in an interview that in the 2012 presidential campaign, President Enrique Peña Nieto’s wife evidently secured “millions of votes” for him but once she became first lady “she began to become ostentatious with wealth, accumulating real estate, jewelry (and) clothing.”

The book divides River’s life into three parts: the first focusing on the beginning of her singing, modeling and acting career, which she started at age 14 with Televisa; the second discussing her professional life and the third delving into the change she underwent after marrying Peña Nieto.

The first lady, known for her Mexican soap opera roles such as in “Destilando amor,” where she earned the nickname by which she is still known – “la Gaviota” (the seagull) – “was the heroine and later she became a villain,” the journalist said.

One of the main points on which Rivera does not fit the mold of previous first ladies is in her social work. She has not involved herself with the Consultative Council of the National System of Comprehensive Development of the Family, of which she is honorary president.

The public quickly took note of the fact that “she didn’t do the social work for the most disadvantaged or vulnerable groups,” all the while publicly displaying the trappings of wealth, including costly dresses, shoes and jewelry.

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