Magie, (birth name, Magdalena De La Cruz Cook-Garcia) was born in an orphanage in Mexico. She grew up in poverty along with 68 brothers and sisters.
She missed her opportunity to play basketball for the Mexican National Team because she broke her collarbone. Shortly after, she immigrated to the U.S. on a basketball scholarship at the University of Charleston.
After obtaining her college degree, and not being able to find a job, Cook became homeless and lived on the streets during a particularly snowy winter. When someone recognized her on the street, she was given a place to stay.
A few weeks later, she entered a Fresh Salsa competition for the State of West Virginia and won unanimously. At this event, a man gave her $800 to start her business. Not knowing anything about business but filled with perseverance, she created Maggie’s All-Natural Fresh Salsa’s & Dips, a company that grew into a multi-million-dollar business within four years and distributed products across 38 states to major supermarkets such as Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Whole Foods, and many more. At the height of its success in 2015, Maggie’s Salsa sold to Campbell’s Soup.
After launching a successful business career, Cook returned to Mexico and rescued 31 orphaned children from a drug cartel. She started a movement with her mission to solve the generational problem of human trafficking. In 2019, she began working with the Hollywood Dreams International Film Festival to make a feature film about her story.