Tamara Falcó has a title: “La marquesa de Griñón.” She has a castle: El Rincón. She has 1.3 million followers on Instagram, her own fashion line, and a pop-up restaurant, opening later this month. She also has a recent Netflix reality series, “Lady Tamara,” that documents her glamorous life.
Singer Julio Iglesias is a father figure to her, and his singer son, Enrique Iglesias, is her half-brother. She’s some of the photographed women in her native Spain, with greater than 50 covers of Hola magazine under her designer belt.
She’s as famous as Kim Kardashian in Spain but virtually unknown within the U.S.
Which is okay with Falcó. The 40-year-old Marquesa has never chased the limelight; it just kept getting thrust on her. She even tried to flee it just a few times — first to America as an adolescent, and later to a nunnery.
Falcó says growing up away from the highlight allowed her to search out her own personality.Getty Images
“My family never understood that,” Falcó told The Post of her religious turn in her late 20s. Faith “was not something that was a priority in our lives growing up.”
Each her parents went through multiple divorces, and her mother — the Spanish-Filipina socialite Isabel Preysler, considered essentially the most fashionable woman in Spain — specifically, “felt type of rejected by the [Catholic] church,” Falcó said.
Announcing that she was contemplating donning a habit was essentially the most shocking thing Falcó could do. “It was like, ‘You’ve gone too far,’” she recalled of her family’s response.
Julio Iglesias was wed to Falcó’s mother before Falcó was born, but she considers him an additional father figure.Bettmann Archive
Now, the Madrid-based chef-designer-influencer has accepted and even embraced, a superb fate — zooming about on the back of her investor boyfriend’s motorcycle and wearing Carolina Herrera and Chanel frocks on red carpets; posing for ad campaigns and attending splashy parties.
“I went to a few of convents and spoke with the sisters there, but I didn’t feel it was my place,” Falcó explained. Still, she does prefer to “stay at home and pray the rosary” quite than “exit and have seven drinks.”
Plus, she’s pretty good at navigating this fame thing and has used her popularity to launch several passion projects, from designing dresses to publishing a book of family recipes to opening her own restaurant on the castle she inherited from her father, who died in 2020 of COVID.
Iglesias (holding young Falcó) is the actual father of her half-siblings Julio Jr. (far left), Enrique, and Chabeli. Cover/Getty Images
“For me, my mother has all the time been a reference in that aspect,” Falcó said, adding that she watched Preysler elegantly weather slander, threats, and constant surveillance throughout her life “She was capable of teach all her kids to bear in mind, to all the time to have good friends, to handle [fame].”
Tamara Falcó was born in Madrid on Nov. 20, 1981. She posed for her first Hola magazine cover just hours after her birth, along with her smiling parents, socialite Preysler and aristocrat Carlos Falcó.
Preysler — a noted beauty and former journalist — had already achieved fame after marrying her first husband, singer Julio Iglesias, with whom she had three children. Marquess Falcó had two children from a previous marriage as well. Tamara could be their only child together; they split by the point she was 4. (Preysler later married socialist politician Miguel Boyer and had one other daughter with him; she’s been in a relationship with writer Mario Vargas Llosa since 2015.)
The Netflix series follows Falcó in an try and turn her father’s castle, El Rincón, right into a pop-up restaurant.Rubén Gray
Through the years, Hola chronicled that, and rather more, covering little Tamara’s baptism, vacations, birthdays, travels, holidays, illnesses, and, later, romances.
“After I was a child, I didn’t really mind it,” Falcó told The Post. “Being around my brothers and sisters [who were used to the press] made it easier, and I actually looked as much as my mom.”
Her life was a whirlwind of skiing in Saint Moritz, Paris Fashion Week shows, and hanging out with princes and princesses at palaces
Falcó says she’s in talks with Netflix for one more season to deal with different parts of her life.Netflix
Still, she couldn’t help but see the toll all that focus took on the family. Preysler’s children with Iglesias — Chabeli, Julio Jr., and Enrique — used to live with the Falcós, until a Basque terrorist group kidnapped their grandfather and asked the famous singer for a ransom.
“My mother was scared that [the children] were going to be kidnapped,” Falcó, who was around 3 on the time, recalled. “So it was decided to send them abroad,” to live with their father in Miami. “That was a very hard time for all of us because we were used to all the time being together.”
When she was 15, Falcó asked if she could go to boarding school in America. “Whenever you’re a youngster, you type of need to be like everyone else,” she said. For her, that meant living in a spot without paparazzi.
When Netflix approached to do the show Falcó said, “It took me some time to say yes, since it [required] exposing myself lots, and that’s all the time difficult.” Netflix
She enrolled in a highschool in Western Massachusetts and later studied communications at Lake Forest College in Illinois. “Nobody knew me, so I used to be really capable of develop my personality. … It really shocked me after I got here back to Spain, the number of individuals talking about me and the eye,” she said.
Falcó eventually landed an internship at Inditex, which owns Zara, and later got into fashion design. She had all the time loved clothes. “I remember my mother getting dresses made on this atelier [in Spain] that had all of the patterns from Valentino, and I loved going along with her,” Falcó recalled. “I used to go all the way down to where the seamstresses were and spend time with them. They might make dresses for my Barbies.”
Plus, she didn’t just need to be a socialite. “I used to be really uninterested in being exposed,” she said. So, she decided to make her name work for her. She launched a fashion company, TFP by Tamara Falcó, became an Instagram influencer, and competed on the TV show “MasterChef Celebrity España,” which led her to review cooking at Le Cordon Bleu.
Falcó competed on the TV show “MasterChef Celebrity España,” which led her to review cooking at Le Cordon Bleu. Getty Images
“I’ve been blessed because I even have control over my life and the way it’s presented,” Falcó said, comparing her opportunities with ones her mother didn’t have. “When she was brought up, it was more about getting married, being a very good wife.”
She said that Preysler was once approached to seem in a movie but she needed to turn it down. “Her husband on the time said, ‘No, you may’t try this,’ so she didn’t do it … I grew up in a special time for girls and that has allowed me lots more liberty.”
When Netflix approached Falcó in 2021 about starring in her own reality show, she was hesitant.
Falcó recently became engaged to investor Íñigo Onieva, who also appears on her Netflix show “Lady Tamara.”Iñigo Onieva Molas/Instagram
“It took me some time to say yes, since it [required] exposing myself lots, and that’s all the time difficult,” she said. When she does a photoshoot for a brand or magazine, she generally presents a public, more polished version of herself — she often has some say over the ultimate images.
“It’s very different,” she said of the show. “And it’s weird to have all these cameras around.”
But when Falcó felt self-conscious, she didn’t let it show — the series follows her in an try and turn her father’s castle, El Rincón, right into a pop-up restaurant, which opened for a weekend earlier this month, to great success — she said she’s in talks about launching one other one. It also shows her attending Latest York Fashion Week, celebrating her fortieth birthday, figuring out along with her boyfriend (now-fiancé investor Íñigo Onieva), and praying the rosary as she talks about faith, fame, and family while addressing rumors surrounding her love life.
Tamara Falco — “La marquesa de Griñón” — is the Kim Kardashian of Spain. She’s also the star of “Lady Tamara,” a reality show on Netflix.Rubén Gray
“Truthfully, considering that I used to be so afraid of being in a show like that, it got here out well,” she said. And, so long as she and the people she loves are comfortable with the show, that’s all that matters.
“That’s something I learned from my brother [singer Enrique Iglesias], who obviously has been super exposed,” Falcó said. “He said, ‘Why hassle about what other people think? because when you do you change into a bit of bit nuts.’”