Nacho Figueras Prefers Ponies to Fast Cars and Other Unsurprising Revelations

first_imgEven people not acquainted with the rarified sport that is polo are familiar with Nacho Figueras. The dashing Argentinian is an unofficial face of the elite game and official longtime face of Ralph Lauren clothing and fragrances. You’ve probably seen the ads in print and on television of the man cavorting on horseback, piloting a sailboat, and frolicking with his equally attractive wife and fellow face of Lauren’s fragrances, Delfina. To demonstrate the spirit of the latest scent Polo Red Intense, Figueras is trading horses for horsepower, speeding along in a flashy scarlet race car. The polo star discusses why he feels pressure to keep up appearances, his favorite fragrance, and why he’s more comfortable in the saddle.You’ve worked with Ralph Lauren for almost 15 years. How has the relationship developed over time?I am honored that Mr. Lauren has chosen me for so long. I respect him very much and he exemplifies how I like to live life.Has being the face of such a venerable brand influenced your grooming habits in anyway?It certainly has. Working with the Ralph Lauren Fragrances brand has really introduced me to a range of different colognes; I wear them for different occasions and seasons. As a polo player, I constantly need to be well groomed because the sport is followed by a very prestigious crowd.Of all the fragrances you’ve been the face of, which one is your favorite?Polo Red Intense by far is my favorite new go-to scent. It’s for the thrill-seeker who lives life to the extreme. It’s a bold scent that makes a lasting impression; when I wear it I always have people asking me what I’m wearing. I usually wear it at night whether I’m doing something casual or attending an event.Polo Red IntenseWhich one would you say most captures the spirit of polo?I would say Polo Blue because it embodies masculinity, athleticism and freedom, which are also all embodied by the sport.How would you describe Polo Red Intense?Polo Red Intense accelerates your senses—it’s powerful, spicy and stimulating. When I smell it, I immediately feel more energetic and lively. Polo Red Intense is an amped-up version of another favorite of mine Polo Red.Most of the fragrance ads involve you riding a horse, but for this new one you’re racing a car. What was that like?There’s nothing like riding my horses, but I also loved to get behind the wheel for this particular ad. There’s a thrill of having the power behind such a fast machine.Are you a car enthusiast? I like cars a lot but I am more interested in horses! In fact, I collect [cars]. I have quite a few!What is easier to handle: A horse or a race car?For me, definitely a horse. Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Keep Your Face Fresh and Protected Using the Best Face Moisturizers with SPF The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries California Burritos Just Might Be the Perfect Culinary Hybrid last_img read more

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Strong El Niño will test disaster resilience in hazardprone Pacific region UN

“These coming months have the potential to be the most testing period in the history of the Pacific Islands. The region’s vulnerability was exposed during the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March when Cyclone Pam inflicted heavy losses on Vanuatu. Warming waters and rising sea levels resulting from climate change threaten the viability of life in many places in the region,” said Margareta Wahlström, Head of UNISDR.Addressing the 2015 Pacific Regional Disaster Resilience Meeting she added that the event is the first in the region since the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and will provide a platform for discussions ranging from the measures still required to ensure that the general public are risk informed and have access to early warnings and cyclone shelters.Further, the event will include discussions on strengthening risk governance, investing in disaster resilient infrastructure and having plans in place to build back better after disaster strikes.In a press release, Timothy Wilcox, Head of the Pacific Office for UNISDR, also reiterated that the region is a challenging environment for disaster risk management as it is exposed to extreme weather events.“Parts of the region are now suffering drought and water shortages because of El Niño while others are preparing for the strong likelihood that they will be hit by high winds, storm surges and heavy rainfall in the months ahead,’ said Mr. Wilcox.He also noted that the event will provide an opportunity for the region to examine how to implement the Sendai Framework, which was adopted as a global blueprint for reducing disaster losses earlier this year.The event will be attended by representatives from government, local government, the private sector, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, UN agencies, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and several non-governmental organizations.“The Pacific region is well-placed to take a lead on showing the importance of being able to manage disaster risk as opposed to simply focusing on disaster response. A lot of good solutions will be shared this week,” said Mr. Wilcox.OCHA is also responding to the climatic threats of El Niño by hosting the annual Pacific Humanitarian Partnership Meeting between 28th and 29th October to strengthen relationships between actors working in disaster response, resilience and recovery, as well as make preparations for the season ahead.“Humanitarian needs are on the rise across the world. In the Pacific, countries are acutely vulnerable to a range of increasing natural hazards and the emerging impacts of climate change. It has never been more important for those working across development, humanitarian response and risk reduction to be synchronized,” Sune Gudnitz, Head of the OCHA, Regional Office for the Pacific said.According to OCHA, approximately 4.5 million people across 11 countries in the Pacific are under the threat of El Niño. The OCHA event aims to bring development and humanitarian actors together to commit to auctioning some of the outcomes from the World Humanitarian Summit regional consultations earlier this year. read more

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