Tender kiss for Athina as her passion project takes off

Friday August 27, 2010

Exchanging a tender kiss in Rio de Janeiro, Athina Onassis de Miranda, 25, and husband Alvaro (Doda) de Miranda, 37, have plenty to celebrate.

In fact, Athina, the daughter of Greek shipping heiress Christina Onassis and Thierry Roussel, has never looked so content

Not only do the couple – who share an $8.6-million home overlooking Sao Paulo's exclusive Ibirapuera Park area – have nearly five years of marriage behind them.

They have also seen their cherished project - an equestrian competition established in her name - go from strength to strength.

Now in its third year, the Athina Onassis International Horse Show attracts the best riders from the Global Champions Tour - considered the Formula 1 of the circuit

This picture of a successful, fulfilled young woman is a far cry from the controversy created by the absence of her father at the pair's wedding and the public perception of her as a lonely heiress.

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