It’s a sad day for Jennifer Lopez. On her Instagram account, the bomba latina announced a terrible news: she just lost a close friend, a person she had known for many years. Oribe Canales, the famous celebrities’ hairdresser, who died at the age of 62. The Cuban hair stylist worked with many celebrities, who massively paid him a tribute to him on social networks. Among them, Emily Ratajkowski, Adriana Lima and Jennifer Lopez.
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When I was 16 I was fascinated with Vogue magazine I would ride on the train and look at all the images of the supermodels and I was obsessed with the hair!! When I saw an image I loved I would check who did it and it was always someone named Oribe… Wow… he’s amazing I would think!! Cut to years later I was making my first album. I started working with Benny Medina and he said to me we have to do an album cover shoot who do you want for hair and makeup… honestly I was so new to the industry I knew no one and remembered my time flipping thru those magazines on the 6 and said ummm Oribe and Kevin Aucoin… Benny laughed and said oh OK! The next 10 years I would spend with Oribe by my side in every waking and working moment. We fell in love with each other. We traveled the world together. And along with Scott Barnes they helped me blossom into JLO. It was a magical and exhausting time…And when I was tired he would say to me… “You are gonna get up and go out there and be beautiful and fabulous bc that your job!!” We’d laugh bc that sounded crazy and then we would get to the business of doing our “job” !! He made me love the glam part of things. Bc he loved it so much and saw it as a powerful tool to empower women. He loved beauty and wanted women to feel beautiful and sexy. He loved the messiness and the imperfection and saw how interesting that was. He was a true artist. He made me feel special and beautiful for so long. I could go on and on but I will just say with a heavy heart… Thank you sweet, beautiful man… I will miss you. I love you Oribe… so much… 💔#latinolegend #artistextraordinaire #hairgod #familia
Jennifer Lopez begins by telling how she discovered Oribe Canales and how they came together for the very first time: “When I was 16, I was fascinated by Vogue magazine, I took the train to watch all these pictures of mannequins and I was obsessed with their hair. When I saw a photo that I liked a lot, I looked at who had taken it and it was always a certain Oribe (…). A few years later, I made my first album with Benny Medina. He told me that we had to make a jacket and asked who I wanted to be wearing. Honestly, I was so new in the business that I did not know anyone and I remembered the magazines I watched and I immediately thought about Oribe. “
A first meeting which then led to a real and long collaboration, but especially to a beautiful friendship. “The next 10 years, I spent with Oribe. We fell in love with each other. We traveled the world together. And with Scott Barnes, they helped me flourish as J-Lo. It was a magical time. And when I was tired, he always said to me, “You’ll get up, go out there and be beautiful, fabulous, because it’s your job,” she recalls.
“He loved beauty and wanted women to feel beautiful and sexy. He loved disorder and imperfection. He was a real artist. He made me feel special and beautiful for so many years. I could go on and on, but I would just say, with a heavy heart, thank you to this beautiful man, “she continues, before concluding with a nice statement:” I’ll miss you, I love you Oribe …”
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