Key Biscayne's 2015 Most Beautiful People

From reader-submitted and social media nominations to the selections of an independent panel of beauty experts and our editorial board picks, we hope you agree that this year’s finalists all represent want makes the residents of Key Biscayne truly beautiful — from the inside out. Photography: Nick Garcia for BlindLight Studio Fashion Editor: Jhon Jairo Santos Interviews: Jorge Arauz Hair & Makeup: Teresa Miranda; Location: BlindLight Studio; 4747 SW 75th Ave., Featuring: Claudia Succar Ferré, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, Kira Grossman Gil, Alvarez Carbonell Feltman & Da Silva, PL, Julie Dick, Everglades Law Center, Michael Myles, Prime Players Golf @ Crandon Golf Academy, Brett Moss, Moss Architecture & Design Group, Ruben Gil, and Moss & Associates.

Physical Crush

Beach-ready looks that exude confidence under the indulging rays of summer sunlight. Photographer: Nick Garcia for BlindLight Studio Photographer: Nick Garcia for BlindLight Studio Styling & Creative Direction: Jhon Jairo Santos Styling Assistant: Angeles Almuna Weil Hair: Cassy @ Blo Blow Dry Bar, Midtown Miami Make-up: Joshua M. Ribadeo @ M.A.C Cosmetics Models: Milana Makeeva & David Richard for Wilhelmina Models Photography Assistant: Alvaro Peralta for BlindLight Studio Production: Angela Bonilla for BlindLight Studio. Featuring: Herve Leger, Annelise Michelson, The Webster, Miami Beach, Arme De L’amour, Parke And Ronen, Spray Tan Nation, Dolores Cortés, American Apparel, Etnia Barcelona, Intermix, Lanvin, Saint Laurent, Capretto Shoes, Paula Mendoza, Brother Vellies, ERES, Céline and The Webster Miami Beach.

Mirror, Mirror

If you’ve been striving to be the fairest of them all, look no further than these professionals of perfection who are dedicated to helping you yield the best version of yourself possible. Text by Sandy Lindsey and Photos by Antonio Eli. Featuring: John J. Martin, Jr., M.D., T.J. Giuffrida, M.D., Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, Dr. Jaime J. Vergara, D.S.S., Family Dentistry, and Jeffrey J. Gibson, M.D.,.

The Beauty Vault

From treatments you can find right around the corner to out-of-this-world products you can add to your beauty arsenal, this round-up will have you looking like a million bucks without breaking the bank. Text by Estrellita S. Sibila. Featuring: Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Moisture Velvet Nourishing Treatment Mask, Orogold Cosmetic’s 24K Nano Night Recovery, RxGenesys Complete Beauty System, Forest Essential’s India Soundarya Beauty Body Oil, Azature’s Black Diamond Nail Lacquer, Gee Salon, Lab Series’ PRO LS All- In-One Face Treatment, ghd Gold Series Professional Styler, Beardbrand Beard Oil, blendSMART for Doll 10 Beauty Rotating Makeup Brush System, Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask, Pillows For Your Feet Stiletto RX Foot Spray, GrandeLASH MD, Tom Ford Beauty Brow Sculptor, Smashbox’s Step-By-Step Contour Kit, BeautyDNA, Philip B’s Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF 50+, Foreo’s LUNA, and Sisleÿa Global Anti-Age Hand Care.

Valley Of The Dolls

Clothes that connote the style transition between the ’60s and ’70s, including the daring mood of the girls who wear them. Photographer: Nick Garcia for BlindLight Studio Styling & Creative Direction: Jhon Jairo Santos Styling Assistant: Angeles Almuna Weil Hair: Cassy @ Blo Blow Dry Bar, Midtown Miami Make-up: Joshua M. Ribadeo @ M.A.C Cosmetics Model: Rachel Cantin for Wilhelmina Models Photography Assistant: Alvaro Peralta for BlindLight Studio Production: Angela Bonilla for BlindLight Studio Featuring:

Coast Of Dreams

A trip to Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list, whether you arrive in search of a world-class historic experience, an action-packed itinerary or pure relaxation. Text by Jorge Arauz. Featuring: Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, Dubrovnik Airport, Hotel Excelsior, Hotel Bellevue, Dubrovnik Palace, Grand Villa Argentina, Hotel Kompas, Villa Orsula, Villa Glavic, Dubrovnik, UNESCO, Mount Srd, Revelin Culture Club, Dingac, Postup, Plavac, Korta Katarina, Saints Hill, and Skaramuca.


Cheryl Plotkin De López of Fundacion Armando El Futuro has dedicated most of her life to helping others achieve their dreams. Today, she’s looking forward to expanding the reach of the organization to benefit as many families as possible. Text by Estrellita S. Sibila. Featuring: Cheryl Plotkin De López, Beatriz Quintero, Plotkin De López, Fundacion Armando El Futuro, and The Instuticion Ramon Mesa Londoño.

Power Sip

Refresh and detox with this sweet blend of pineapple, cilantro and lemonade that’s sure to quench your thirst and awaken your spirits. Drink by Estrellita S. Sibila. Featuring: Nutri Ninja Blender.

Aesthetically Savvy

The masters of aesthetic beauty you’re about to meet from some of the city’s top salons & spas are sure to keep you looking good no matter what season you pay them a visit. Text by Sandy Lindsey and Photos by Ximena Etchart. Featuring: Cecilia Ramos, Ceci Spa and Ceci's Hair Spa, Martha Fernandez, Martha's Beauty Salon, Bobby Barros and Ecstasy Salon.

Compass Health

With summer in full swing, ZICO Coconut Water is rocking the market with their brand new Watermelon Raspberry Flavored Coconut drink. Nothing says summer loving like a deliciously fresh sip sans the seeds. Text by Ros Prado. Featuring: ZICO Coconut Water, ZICO Watermelon-Raspberry-Coconut.

Compass Wellness

Miami Spa Month — which is actually two months running from July 1-Aug. 31 — was created as a time to de-stress and rejuvenate. With that in mind, we asked Carillon Hotel & Spa Medical Director Dr. Karen Koffler, M.D., for her favorite options. Also check out some great skin care tips for the summer! Text by: Sandy Lindsey Featuring: Miami Spa Month, Carillon Hotel, and Spa Medical Director Dr. Karen Koffler, M.D. Featuring: Green Goddess juice, Carillon Hotel & Spa, Medical Director at The Carillon Hotel & Spa Dr. Karen Coffer, M.D.

Compass Real Estate

Brickell Connect by Habitat group is coming to Key Biscayne! A wonderful place for a great company, read more about the island in the new jam-packed 128-page Key Biscayne. Also check out this month's prime properties! Text by: Sandy Lindsey and Stacy Wynn. Featuring: Brickell Connect by Habitat Group, Key Biscayne, Arcadia Publishing, Kari Madera, Doug Kinsley & Cristian Gonzalez and Ana Somarriba.

Compass Travel

Key West packs plenty of punch and pizzazz in a quirky island paradise that’s known for welcoming visitors who seek one unforgettable adventure after another. Text & Photos by: Estrellita S. Sibila. Featuring: Key West, The Gates Hotel Key West, The Blind Pig, Key West Legal Rum Distillery, Paul Menta, Commotion On The Ocean, and Fury Catamaran.

Compass FYI

Anyone who has ever dreamed of looking like a movie star understands the importance of these incredibly revolutionary big-screen looks, after all, these characters inspired fashion, costumes, haircuts and even lifestyles. Here are the 8 looks that rocked the movie industry in the past century. Text by: Ros Prado. Featuring: Star Wars Episode VI, Grease, Clueless, Cleopatra, Pretty Woman, The Seven Year Itch, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, 10, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Bo Derek.

Compass The Arts

Clara Valente adds funk fused with flair and femininity to her already sexy Brazilian sound for your listening pleasure. Text by Estrellita S. Sibila. Featuring: Clara Valente.

Compass Home

The grand piano craze amongst China’s wealthy elite has made international headlines in recent years, but grand pianos have been a top home décor status symbol in the U.S. for over 200 years. Text by Sandy Lindsey. Featuring: Goldfinch, Lauren Baker, Crystal Piano, Based Upon and Goldfinch’s Chinoiser IE Piano.

Compass Fashion

Extending over two floors and designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, Miu Miu continues to expand its reign over fashion by arriving to Miami & The Design District with a summer collection hotter than the Florida sun. Text by Francesca Cruz. Featuring: Miuccia Prada, Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Busby Berkeley, Steven Meisel’s, Madonna and Miu Miu.

Compass Entertainment

A few summers back, Daft Punk and Pharrell asked us to lose ourselves to dance, but they didn’t advise us where…Rhythm Foundation answered with Dance Band Night. Text by Rony Mo. Featuring: Rhythm Foundation, Heineken Transatlantic Festival, Hollywood ArtsPark Experience, King Dance Studio, Conjunto Impact, Anita Mason, Cornbread, and North Beach Bandshell.

Compass Balance

It’s not easy finding balance between being a dazzling lady and a businesswoman. That’s why having access to products and services that make life glamorous, but easy to maneuver, should be right up every gal’s bewitching alley. Also see tips from a successful blogger on how to manage family and work! Text by Francesca Cruz. Featuring: GlamSquad, Zeel app, Lunchology, and Missy Weekly.

Compass Beauty

Be the belle of the ball by bringing forth dewy, youthful skin this summer with a repair cream that will drench your face in radiance while eliminating lines and pesky wrinkles so that your true beauty is exalted. Text by Francesca Cruz. Featuring: The Senté Dermal Repair Cream, and Sente Labs.

Compass Development

Privacy is a standout amenity at the Villas at Oceana Key Biscayne. These modern, spacious, light-filled, twostory residences are an oasis within an oasis on private manicured landscaped lots with heated pools. Text by Sandy Lindsey. Featuring: Oceana Key Biscayne, Eduardo Costantino, and Oceana Residences.

Compass Finance

Put valuable sources of fiscal info in your pocket (or briefcase) with these handy smartphone/tablet mobile apps that will appeal to both the sophisticated investor and the newbie looking to shorten the learning curve. Also check out some Tax tips from an expert! Text by Stacy Wynn. Featuring: Manager at Lancaster & Reed in Key Biscayne, Jennifer Wanner, FRED, The Heat Map app, and ChartIQ.

Compass Eco

Crystals have been catching everyone’s attention lately — because honestly, nothing can spice up an outfit like a beautiful Rose Quartz necklace or a Tiger Eye’s ring. But learning about these beauties and their healing and cleansing properties is complicated. This short guide is sure to clean things up for you, pun intended. Text by Ros Prado. Featuring: Fluorite, Carnelian, Rose Quartz and Amethyst.


Mirror, mirror on the wall…or on the vanity. How and where we get ready to face the world each day and night on the town is as much a statement on our person as it is on our taste in home style. Text by Yoshi Sanz. Featuring: Madeli Vanity, Corners Interior Design, Key Biscayne, Rivulet Mirror, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Savio Firmino Vanity Corner, Notte Fatata, Stratford Vanity, Downsview Kitchens, Hollywood Swank Vanity, El Dorado Furniture, ILBAGNOALESSI One, and LAUFEN Bathrooms N.A.

Bar Tab

Karen Reina lives a fast-paced life devoted to earning her nursing credentials, shooting zingers at goalies in her soccer league and park-hopping with her French bulldog appropriately named Negroni. Text by Rony Mo and Photos by Ximena Etchart. Featuring: Passion Restaurant Group, Love is Blind, Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita, Crazy About You, and the Love is Blind Martini.

The 411

Spotlighting news, launches, announcements, happenings, products & places in and around South Florida for the month of July! Featuring: Felio Siby, Miami Design District, Aziari, The Falls, Dadeland, Spa Month, The Carillon Hotel & Spa, Gary Fonseca at Bakehouse Art Complex, Monster Jam, Mariana Altamirano pays, Art Emporium Gallery, Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland, Lookingglass Alice, Adrienne Arsht Center, South Florida’s Taste Of The Nation for No Kid Hungry, 4th Of July Parade, Crandon Blvd, Miami Spice, Shorts Gone Wild 2, City Theatre, Ritz Carlton, The Key Biscayne Yacht Club’s 6th Annual Fishing & Spearfishing For Boating Safety Tournament, Monica Burguera Foundation, The 23rd Annual International Mango Festival, and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens.

Encounters w/ MISO

MISO hosted a “Big Hats & Bow Ties” fundraiser that took guests on a memorable musical journey as they experienced an unforgettable feast. 1. Eduardo & Athina Marturet 2. Tania Brillenbourg, Sandra Moreno Pardi 3. Belkis Nerey, Mario Vergel Bulgari, Gingi Beltran 4. Criselda Breene, Johnathan Breen, Iran Issa-Khan 5. Sallie Anne Rodriguez, Clemancia Gregory

Encounters w/ 101 Key Biscayne

101 Key Biscayne had their grand opening to showcase their 11 exclusive residences, located in the heart of Key Biscayne designed by world-renowned architects and developers. — Photos by Maritza Minor 1. Jorge Leman, Carlos Malagdni, Eric Soulavy, Oscar Segall 2. Jonathan & Criselda Breene, Cristina & Eric Soulavy, Sarah Perez 3. John & Savannah Shubin, Frank Caplan, Gina Coleman 4. Bianca & Samuel Vieira, Claudia Faria, Camila Saraiva, John Sosa, Priscilla Baldin 5. Bob & Cissy Adams, Thania Vernon, Gisela & Jeffrey Rodriguez

Encounters w/ Branches South Florida

Branches celebrated its 12th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans benefit dinner and auction at Trump National Doral, raising more than $350,000 for Branches’ programs which provide services and life-changing opportunities to lowincome children, youth and families for long-term success. 1. Nancy Batchelor, Bill Jones, Brent McLaughlin, Trish & Dan Bell, Jon Batchelor 2. Tony & Marielena Villamil, Christina Bonarrigo, TJ Villamil, Mark Trowbridge 3. Rev. Rodney B. James & Carla Aloria James, Brent McLaughlin, Duffy Matson 4. Rob & Sarah Bowlby, Abigail and Paul Steiner 5. Gary Marcelin, Mary Susan & Phil Ward, Martine Marcelin

Encounters w/ Yachtfit

Yachtfit held their grand opening at the Galleria Mall in Key Biscayne, introducing guests to the company’s personalized yacht outfitting options. — Photos by Maritza Minor 1. Marco Milanesi, Jimena Fernandez, Martha Poulat, Luz Maria, Jon Irure Tagoyena 2. Mari Vila, Ricardo & Gracier Barrera, Maribel Moren 3. Eloisa Ocejo, Michea Duffy, Daniela Montemayor, Eloisa Alonso 4. Ana Ramoski, Fernanda De La Sierra, Jimena Fernandez, Mari Carpizo 5. Roberta Cañedo, Eileen Perez 6. Carolina Saenz, Gonzalo Fernandez, Claudia Jackman 7. Karla Bueno, Michea Duffy, Claudia Jackman 8. Dea Birmberg, Sueli Roberts, Cecilia Vivacqua