Creature Comforts

About Claudia

Claudia Sampedro may not have the instant name recognition of Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson or Kristen Stewart—but don’t tell that to her loyal social media following. The Cuban-born model and Miami resident (posing here with a ruffed lemur) has 1 million-plus Instagram followers, more than the top pages for any of the aforementioned Hollywood actresses. Having made her TV debut on E! network’s “WAGS Miami,” the girlfriend of NFL star Julius Peppers (and mother to their young son, Amare) looks to expand her brand with an active-wear line of clothing. Visit to learn more.

Left photo: Gown, from Splash, Miami. Animal: Albino Burmese Python • Right Photo: AQ/AQ gown, from Bloomingdale’s, Town Center at Boca Raton; Schutz shoes and earrings, from Elektrik Boutique, Fort Lauderdale. Animal: Hyacinth Macaw


Left Photo: For Love & Lemons dress, from Elektrik Boutique, Fort Lauderdale • Right Photo: Gown, from Style & Wine, Delray Beach. Animals: Macaws

Be a VIP at Jungle Island

Experience the wildlife at Jungle Island like a true insider with one of three VIP animal encounter packages. The 90-minute “Go Wild” walking tour ($299 per person) includes live interactions with red ruffed lemurs, Australian kangaroos and more. The three-hour “Go Wilder” safari experience ($499 per person) allows for up-close moments with even more animals (sloth, warthog and Andean Condor). And the four-hour “Ultimate Jungle Trek” ($699 per person) combines the best of the two other tours, as well as time with Jungle Island’s primates—plus, a chance to feed a baby tiger. Call 305.400.7220 or visit for more info.

Creative director: Melanie Geronemus Smit
Art director: Evelyn Robles
Wardrobe stylist: Jenna DeBrino, Hot Pink Style
Assistant stylist: Amanda Miller, Hot Pink Style
Hair/makeup: Robert Angel and Cesar A. Salazar
Special thanks to: Rebeccah Putz, Dwayne McLeod and Juliza Archaga with Jungle Island; and Rachel Pinzur and Suanny Garcia with Pinzur Communications
Fashion contacts: Style & Wine (; Splash (; Elektrik Boutique (; Joya (561.278.5545); Bloomingdale’s (561.394.2000)

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