Lili Estefan, also known as “La Flaca,” has won the hearts of millions of viewers with her spunky personality and signature smile as the co-host of Univision Network’s highly rated program, “El Gordo y la Flaca” (The Scoop and the Skinny).
Since its launch in 1998, “El Gordo y la Flaca” has enjoyed tremendous success, rapidly becoming the leading source of entertainment news for Hispanic America and propelled Estefan to superstar status. Since then, Estefan has interviewed countless high-profile guests with her trademark style, which continues to raise the bar for Spanish-language entertainment. With its recently revealed state-of-the-art set, the show continues delivering nonstop entertainment and celebrity gossip to millions of loyal viewers every weekday afternoon.
With over 34 successful years in the television industry, the Cuban-born Estefan began her broadcasting career in 1986 when she joined the cast of Univision Network’s “Sábado Gigante” (Giant Saturday), the world’s longest running variety show airing in more than 25 countries around the world and reaching more than 80 million viewers weekly. Soon after, Estefan starred in her own TV segment, “Lili, Cámara, Acción” (Lili, Camera, Action) presenting entertainment news and celebrity interviews on Univision’s local Miami newscast, “Noticias 23.”
In 2019, Lili was invited by Sony Pictures to play a cameo as herself in the much- anticipated sequel movie Zombieland 2 which became a box office hit. She not only played her role, but also dared to perform her own stunts and captured the attention of her cast and director for her contribution to the movie. Lili has also hosted numerous specials on Univision including “Mira Quien Baila”, “Nuestra Navidad” (Our Christmas), “Nuestra Belleza Internacional” (Our International Beauty), “Festival Calle Ocho” (Calle Ocho Festival), “Premio lo Nuestro” Latin Music Awards, “Siempre Selena” (Always Selena), “Luis Miguel en el Día de San Valentín” (Luis Miguel Valentine’s Special), “Cámara Indiscreta” (Candid Camera), “Festival Presidente en Santo Domingo” (Festival Presidente in Santo Domingo), “The 40th Anniversary of Sábado Gigante,” the Red Carpet preshow for “Premio Lo Nuestro,” and a New Year’s show titled “Feliz Año Nuevo,” among others. She has also had an extremely successful career in radio. She was radio host and reporter with Radio Martí (1990), later landing her own morning program, “Alegre Despertar” on 107.5 FM (1992) and finally joining Romance 106.7 FM (1995), where her show became one of the highest rated programs in Miami within three months.
Among much well deserved recognition, in 2018 Lili Estefan won her first Daytime Emmy after being nominated for several times for Outstanding Daytime Talent in Spanish language programming. During her historic 30th year career anniversary, she was awarded one of NY Moves Magazine’s 2016 Most Powerful Women in television, a first for an entertainment journalist in Spanish television.
Lili Estefan received her own star in Las Vegas’ “Walk of Stars” and in the famous “El Paseo de las Luminarias,” Mexico’s equivalent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
As an active philanthropist, Estefan is involved with many organizations such as St. Jude, Amigos for Kids, American Cancer Society, Latin Grammys in the Schools, The March of Dimes, Women’s Cancer League, National Alliance for Autism Research, Latina/Salud!, Lo Mejor Para Su Bebé (The Best for Your Baby), and Voices for Children. In 2010, she became a spokesperson for the nationwide campaign to promote influenza vaccinations in the Hispanic community. Most recently, President Barack Obama asked Estefan to participate in a movement for the support of immigration that involved some of the most influential Latino artists and actors, including Emilio Estefan, Eva Longoria and Rosario Dawson, among others.
She is the proud mother of two children, son Lorenzo 20 and daughter Lina Teresa Luaces 17.