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National Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15 and ends on October 15, a time dedicated to celebrating the positive influences of Hispanic and Latin American culture on our society. Many of those contributions would not have been possible without famous Hispanic people—and women in particular. Alongside those more established names are a slew of rising figures in the worlds of film, politics, and literature, telling important Latinx and Afro-Latino stories and championing diversity in gender, sexuality, and ethnicity.
Ahead, a look at just a few of the badass Latina and Hispanic women who are making a splash in But in addition to being a model and actor, they were featured on the Time list in for their work as a transgender activist and leading voice speaking in support of marginalized communities. And her accolades don't stop there: Inthe Puerto Rican actress also became the first Latinx performer to earn a Peabody Career Achievement Award. Where do we even begin with Jennifer Lopez? Her starring turn in Hustlersa crime comedy-drama based on a true story of a group of strippers who embezzled money from wealthy clients, earned rave reviews, albeit no Oscar nomination.
Up next, she has the romantic comedy Marry Meabout a pop star who marries a stranger in a stunt weddingand The Godmothera hard-edged biopic of drug lord Griselda Blanco. Carey, whose mother is Irish while her father was Black and Venezuelan, is the iconic diva who has long cemented herself as a musical legend. Inshe published her revealing memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.
When she isn't making impassioned dissents on issues of race, ethnic identity, gender, and much more on the country's highest court, she's writing children's books. In her book, Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be YouSotomayor introduces readers to children who face several "life challenges" as they work together to create a garden of different flowers and plants.
Soon, she'll be serving us some more much-needed nostalgia with Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3. She released her second studio album, Romancein December scoring hits like the platinum-certified "My Oh My. Cardi B became a household name after the release of her commercial debut single " Bodak Yellow.
She also became the first person of Dominican descent to reach one in the history of the Hot since it launched in Cardi made her film debut alongside Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu in Hustlersand had a brief role in the action blockbuster F9. It's been a busy few years for Eva Longoria. The mother of two-year-old Santiago stepped into the role of executive producer and cast member on the ABC series, Grand Hotel. Oh, and in her free time? Longoria—who has directed episodes of series like Black-ish and Jane the Virgin — says she has many more plans to work behind the camera, and is directing and starring in the upcoming film Rodriguez found success via Ryan Murphy's groundbreaking drama Posewhich just wrapped its third and final season.
The series also earned the star a platform as a passionate trans activist, with Advocate naming her one of their Women of the Year in Chilean actress Daniela Vega delivered a stunning performance in the Oscar-nominated A Fantastic Woman and though she has been relatively quiet since the film's release inher impact continues to ripple.
She was on Time's Most Influential People list and became the first transgender person to present at the Academy Awards. Vega is gearing up for a return to film with Un Domingo de Julio en Santiagowhich we have every reason to believe will be another show-stopping turn. Since being elected inthe Puerto Rican Bronx native has continued to make headlines thanks to her Green New Deal and outspoken commentary on social media. She handily won re-election in the Democratic primary, ensuring she'll remain a fixture in local and national politics.
Writer Carmen Marie Machado is one of the most acclaimed young names in sci-fi and horror fiction, with the collection Her Body and Other Parties winning numerous awards and rave reviews. With a penchant for subverting genre tropes and an ability to integrate heavy real-world subject matter—'s In the Dream House chronicles an abusive relationship she endured—Machado is sure to continue breaking boundaries for queer authors.
The role, along with a slew of endorsement and licensing deals, landed the Colombian actress at the top of the list of highest-paid TV actresses in —for the eighth year in a row. Though Modern Family ended its record-breaking run in after episodes, Vergara will be lending her unmistakable voice to the animated film Koati. As one of the world's best-selling music artists, Shakira is always looking for ways to stay connected to her fans. She is a champion for sex worker rights, immigration and criminal justice reform, and serves as Chair of New York's Committee on Women's Health.
Winning her last primary in Brooklyn's District 18 with nearly 84 percent of the voteSalazar may well become a figure on the national scene soon enough. Born to an Afro-Panamanian father and mother of Mexican ancestryTessa Thompson has become not just a bankable box office draw in films like Thor: Ragnarok and Creedbut a daring actress capable of incredibly moving, tender performances. Up next she has the romantic drama Sylvie's Love and the scintillating thriller Passingas well as a continued role on Westworld.
This year, Julia Alvarez returned to adult fiction after a year hiatus, penning the dazzling Afterlife. And if that gets you hooked, she has a vast bibliography of nonfiction, books for young readers, poetry, and picture books, as she is one of the most prolific authors of the last few decades. Your Best Life. Type keyword s to search. Bennett Raglin Getty Images. Indya Moore. Getty Images. Rita Moreno. Cindy Ord. Jennifer Lopez. Dia Dipasupil Getty Images. Mariah Carey. Sonia Sotomayor. Alexis Bledel. Camila Cabello.
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