What are you waiting for Dos Equis??? call him now!!!!!
Never let it be said that your old Talia does not have her finger on the pulse of the Next Big Thing in Popular Culture. Remember I introduced you to Prince Hubertus Von Hohenlohe, aka The Bandido Prince, aka The Mexican Apple Strudel etc. of these Winter Olympcs?? Well, he is exploding all over the blogosphere and many have drawn the same conclusions as I : he is in fact, The Most Interesting Man in the World, a reference to those hilarious Dos Equis beer ads. There have been a few detractors - there always are these Debbie Downers who can't off their high horses for a minute. Haters that say his presence at Whistler cheapens the game and makes a mockery of those that train their entire lives for one fleeting moment. To those wet blankets I offer a collective bitchslap. Get over yourselves. I personally detest the sport=life or death drama of these things. And I hate all the agony of defeat moments - unless we're talking about the Italian National Soccer Team in which case I salivate and rub my hands together in evil glee. But back to these games, Hello? someone did die on that track and people keep crashing on it so those medals already seem hollow and cheap in retrospect . Sorry but to me, life trumps sport every time. These are games after all. Prince Hubertus may not win any medals but we are the true winners for being exposed to his mere existence. My life feels richer already! : ) Thank you your highness!!!
His charm is so contagious a vaccine has been created for it.
He lives vicariously....through himself.
'Polaroid prince' a true original
Andy Warhol used to call him his Polaroid prince, because he looked good in Polaroid pictures. Plus, he really was a prince, a German prince. His official title is Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe, though nobody refers to him that way unless another prince he knows, Prince Charles, invites him to dinner at
WHISTLER, B.C. -- Andy Warhol used to call him his "Polaroid prince," because he looked good in Polaroid pictures. Plus, he really was a prince, a German prince. His official title is Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe, though nobody refers to him that way unless another prince he knows, Prince Charles, invites him to dinner at
"You see your whole name on the table card because they have the protocol completely right, and then when you get presented to Camilla the guy beside her will call your name," von Hohenlohe says.
"Prince Charles, he's cool. Every time I see him he says to me, very proper [imitating Prince Charles' voice], 'Don't ski again. Believe me, it's too dangerous. I stopped polo, you should stop skiing, you're mother is very concerned.'"
Princess Ira von Furstenberg should be concerned about her son, the Polaroid prince. Whistler has been chewing up ski racers for almost two weeks now. The courses are steep, icy, and fast, and von Hohenlohe is old enough to be Lindsey Vonn's father.
"Another racer told me he wasn't born when I skied in
Von Hohenlohe's English is perfect. He is also fluent in German, Italian, French and Spanish, which is crucial for his current purposes. The German prince is representing
"When you are young you think you are indestructible, that nothing can happen to you, and you go out there like a young Alexander the Great," he says. "It's completely different now. I used to think, 'Cool: I can do this.' Now I am thinking: 'How can I come down this course?'"
To even get on the course, the prince had to use his Mexican passport. His grandmother is from a distinguished Mexican family and his father, Prince Alfonso, was a racecar driver who established the first Volkswagen plant in
"I don't feel 100% Mexican because I lived always in
Gold, silver, 78th place, none of it matters much to the 51-year-old prince. Life is for living, and looking good definitely counts as good living. The prince's skintight racing suit was the fashion statement of the men's GS, decorated as it was by bandoliers, six guns and Aztec motifs.
"The inspiration was to be like a Mexican desperado who had all the ammunition, all the guns, all the dynamite to kill the hill," he says.
It did not exactly work out that way. But like Warhol, the Polaroid prince is an artist, a photographer and a sometime pop star on the Austrian music scene. He has had three top 20 hits, including Andy, a song honouring the late American artist he views as his mentor. He also recently shot a nude calendar featuring ski instructors striking seductively artistic poses, alongside some cleverly placed skis.
Kicking back at a coffee shop in Whistler's athletes' village, von Hohenlohe, with his shaggy brown hair, high top sneakers and multi-coloured socks, looks like a hipster Euro-dad.
He is 51, but imagines himself as being more like 39, or maybe even 37, although he was several years younger than that when he was hanging out at Warhol's place in
"It was very
It was a damn good place for a young prince to party. The older version of the same prince was on the prowl after Tuesday's race, popping by a few hotspots in
Von Hohenlohe was racing in
"He says to me, 'Can you help me? Are you the son of the famous Hubertus von Hohenlohe who raced in the '80s? " says the Polaroid prince, cackling with glee. "I said, 'No, I am not the son. I am Hubertus von Hohenlohe.
"And he said, 'Still the original?'"
Indeed, the one and only.
His reputation is expanding faster than the universe.......
Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe Is The Most Interesting Man In the World
German prince. Mexican Olympian. World-class photographer. Professional musician. Fluent in five languages. Heir to the Fiat fortune. As far as Riptide knows, he doesn't lead a double life as a mysterious diamond thief on the lam from Interpol. As far as we know.
As the Herald details this morning, the 51-year-old von Hohenlohe -- the oldest athlete in Vancouver -- flew down the Giant Slalom course yesterday in a tastefully outfitted Mexican uniform, complete with fake pistols and bandoleers.
At the bottom of the course, von Hohenlohe enthralled reporters with a ten-minute monologue on Nietzschean philosophy in Spanish and Portuguese, showed off his falconry technique, purchased a small island in the Black Sea and -- during a lull in conversation -- snuck into a little-used AV tent where he laid four members of the Norweigian women's ski-cross squad.
He also finished in 78th place. But why dwell on the negatives?
The police often question him just because they find him so interesting....
He didn't finish last, though, and he didn't get out-dressed. Von Hohenlohe crossed the line in 78th place out of 81 finishers, wearing an Aztec-theme bodysuit with painted-on bandoleers and guns.
"The main part was looking good," he said. "Having style. Don't look at the time, but have style and look good in the suit. I think I won for artistic impression. It's a pity we get no marks for that, like in figure skating."
Von Hohenlohe, for what it's worth, is Mexico's only representative at the Vancouver Games. Oh, he is also 51 years old and completed a GS that American star Bode Miller did not.
His occupation, as listed in his Olympic bio, is artist, businessperson, photographer. He rides Head skis, wears Lange boots, straps them into Tyrolia bindings and lists his idol as Andy Warhol.
Von Hohenlohe is quite a character, and he's not a joke -- at least he wasn't always one. This is his fifth Winter Olympics, and in 1984 he finished 38th in the downhill behind Bill Johnson.
Von Hohenlohe, aka "the Prince," is a descendant of German royalty but able to represent Mexico because he was born in Mexico City when his father was running a car plant. Von Hohenlohe's grandmother is also half-Mexican.
Von Hohenlohe lives in Vienna, and spends only two or three weeks a year in Mexico, but that's not really the point, is it?
On Tuesday, he finished the men's GS -- and he looked marvelous.
He has been known to cure narcolepsy just by walking into a room
Winter Olympics 2010: Royal command performance from oldest swinger in town
"I'm a Renaissance Prince in the snows of Canada, so please don't look at my time – just look at my styyyyyle!" implored Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, breaking into half a Barry White impression.
At 51 and dolled up in the maddest ski suit this side of Acapulco, garishly painted bandido-style with ammunition belts and guns, we were hardly going to miss the oldest swinger in town, the one-royal Mexico Olympic team, European pop star, art photographer and one-time muse of Andy Warhol.
"No, the main thing was looking good. I won. On artistic impression. Isn't this the coolest suit ever made? The design was my idea. I did it with an Italian designer in Turin; I call it Mexican Desperado."
There was no stopping him. There never has been. Torvill and Dean were still doing Bolero in Sarajevo the first time Prince Hubertus competed at a Winter Games. This is his record fifth and it would have been more had Mexico Olympic chiefs on occasion not taken a stand against being represented by someone who seemed about as Mexican as apple strudel.
He was born and did live in the country for four years when his daddy, Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, was running a Volkswagen plant there and mummy, Her Serene Highness Princess Virginia Carolina Theresa Pancrazia Galdina of Fürstenberg, the Fiat heiress, nipped off to become a B movie star in Europe.
But now jetting between his homes in Vienna, the Italian Alps, the Costa del Sol and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, Hubertus has really become a playboy citizen of the world.
Did I say playboy? Sorry, your highness. "If I were a playboy, I'd be in St Moritz right now, not on this tough little hill fighting it out with the world's best," he scolded.
Alternatively, he could be doing what he was a few weeks ago. "Yes, shooting a Playboy calendar in the Arlberg with pictures of naked ski teachers. These English guys on holiday there were watching and saying to their wives 'Oh darling, if you looked like that, I wouldn't be so tired in the evening'. The calendar's really cool. You should check it out." Er, we will, Hubertus, we will.
Along with the latest single from his band, who offer wondrously bland Europop in the Rock Me Amadeus vein. They used to be called Royal Disaster. "Now it's Polaroid P," he explained. "As in Polaroid Prince." The name is a tribute to Warhol, with whom he worked for two years in New York in the Seventies.
"He wanted me to model for him because he was into creating people who were glamorous. I was a prince in town and he said 'Ah, you have to come over. You look so cool and young'. It was one of the reasons why I became a photographer and artist." Only Hubertus wasn't famous for 15 minutes; it's more like 25 years now.
Even previous unimpressed Mexicans now think a 51 year-old in his fifth Games being able to beat Bode Miller – well, the American didn't finish, did he? – is someone worth being associated with.
"I'm Renaissance man. Am I wealthy? I do all right. I feel I'm wealthy in everything. And at 51, I can be a role model for people to do things at an age where they thought it wasn't possible."
But this is the last Games, surely? "My body is telling me to stop. And so is my girlfriend and my mother. I've broken my knee three times, my leg and bust my hand. As Michael Jackson says: 'This is it'."
What a shame.
His personality is so magnetic he is unable to carry credit cards
Buried on the ski leaderboard: The Most Interesting Man in The WorldWHISTLER, British Columbia - Hubertus Von Hohenlohe skidded to a stop at the bottom of the giant slalom run on Whistler Mountain, raised his arms, kissed his fingertips and waved to the crowd - even the hundreds of people who had headed to the ski lift before he started his race.The oldest competitor in Alpine events at the 2010 Winter Olympics then shook his rear end, which was encased in an Aztec-themed ski suit that bore the image of a bandolier replete with bullets and pistols.
"It's called, 'Mexican desperado who cannot kill the hill so he kills everybody else with his gun,'" Von Hohenlohe said. "And with his dynamite."
Technically, Von Hohenlohe who lives in Vienna but is the lone member of the Mexican Winter Olympics team, slew American star Bode Miller in the giant slalom on Tuesday. Miller didn't finish the first of two required runs and was disqualified, while Von Hohenlohe finished 78th, ahead of skiers from Pakistan, San Marino and India.
"The main part was looking good," he said. "Having style. Don't look at the time but have style and look good in the suit.
"I think I won, for artistic impression. It's a pity we get no marks for that, like in figure skating."
It is quite possible that Hohenlohe, who is a German prince and whose nickname is Prince, is ... The Most Interesting Man in the World.
Tuesday, Hohenlohe tied a Mexican record for most Olympic appearances, with five. Will he make it to a sixth, in Sochi, Russia in 2014?
"I will maybe do curling," he said. "Take a little thing and clean the ice instead of racing on the ice. That will be easier, I think.
"Mexican curling would be good, no?"
Hohenlohe was born in Mexico City. His father ran a Volkswagen factory there. He founded the Mexican Ski Federation in 1981.
He qualified for the 2006 Olympics in Turin but was not allowed to compete.
"The Mexicans had written in a whole team with 10 people and the last qualifications were in January and nobody made it except me," Hohenlohe said. "They said, 'We don't want to send just one guy with a German name there,' and they took me out."
Maybe they didn't realize who they were messing with. Hohenlohe knew Warhol long before he exceeded Warhol's prediction of 15 minutes of fame.
"I was there in New York one or two years and he always invited me over," Hohenlohe said. "But actually he took pictures of me. He wanted me to model for him, because he was into creating these people who are kind of glamorous, and he loved that sort of feeling, so it was like there's a prince in town and he said, 'Oh, you have to come over; you look so cool and look so young.'
"Then we talked about art and it was one of the reasons I became a photographer and an artist. If I had never seen Franz Klammer do the downhill, I would have maybe been an artist."
The Most Interesting Man in The World was asked for a synopsis of his interests.
"Ski racing," he said. "Then being a pop musician. I photographed Luke and Owen Wilson for Puma Golf. I just did a 'Playboy' calendar with naked ski teachers, which is very cool.
"I have a girlfriend and she has two kids, and maybe if we get lucky we'll have another."
He said the name of his band is Polaroid P. or Hubertus and the Royals Disasters, depending on the day.
After his conflict with Mexico in 2006, he feels his birth country supports his career.
"Now they like me because I'm kind of a legend, because I'm the one who has the most Olympic starts, with five," he said. "It could have been seven or eight. That's the way it is.
"I think I'm a role model"
Every time he goes for a swim dolphins appear
His blood smells like cologne