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Latina Legends

Latina Legends

Activists

Rigoberta Menchu

Rigoberta Menchu

(Guatemala, 1969– )
The youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Rigoberta Menchú Foundation, an aid organization for indigenous people, Menchú served as spokesperson for the United Nations International Decade of Indigenous People.
Dr. Antonia Pantoja

Dr. Antonia Pantoja

(Puerto Rico, 1922– )
The first Latina recipient of the prestigious U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom Award, Antonia Pantoja founded the Puerto Rican Forum and ASPIRA, as well as numerous other organizations dedicated to the education and empowerment of disadvantaged youths.
Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta

(United States, 1930– )
Co-founder and first vice president of the United Farm Workers Union, Dolores Huerta was the first Latina inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Felisa Rincon de Gautier

Felisa Rincon de Gautier

(Puerto Rico, 1897-1994 )
The first woman elected mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a pioneer in the fight for women’s rights, Felisa Rincón de Gautier served as goodwill ambassador under four United States presidents and received numerous prestigious awards from countries around the world for her efforts.

Artists

Amalia Hernandez

Amalia Hernandez

(Mexico, 1917–2000 )
A pioneer of folk revival and founder of one of the world’s preeminent ethnic dance companies, the Ballet Folklórico de México.
Suzanna Guzman

Suzanna Guzman

(United States, 1971– )
World-renowned opera singer of stage, film, and television, and recipient of the Placido Domingo Award for contributions to the Latino community.
Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

(Mexico, 1907–1954 )
The most famous Mexican female artist of all time, Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits are unsurpassed and her work continues to gain in popularity as time passes
Judith Baca

Judith Baca

United States, 1946– )
Artist Judith Baca has devoted her life to bringing together different cultures and inspiring appreciation of diversity through community mural projects like the highly acclaimed Great Wall of Los Angeles.
Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

Venezuela, 1939– )
A top international fashion designer and wildly successful businesswoman, Carolina Herrera is an icon of class, elegance, and sophistication in the fashion world. In 1987 she became the third recipient of the MODA Award for Top Hispanic Designer.

Entertainers

Charo

Charo

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are featuring extraordinary Latinas who have enriched our communities and influenced the world. This week, get to know singer, dancer, actress, comedienne, and award-winning classical guitarist of worldwide fame, Charo.

Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are featuring extraordinary Latinas who have enriched our communities and influenced the world. This week the spotlight is on international superstar, singer Gloria Estefan, who has sold more than 50 million records and has twenty Top Ten hits.

Selena

Selena

(United States, 1971–1995 )
The first female Tejano artist to earn a gold record and the first singer to have five Spanish-language singles simultaneously on the Billboard 200, Selena received a Grammy Award for best Mexican-American album and at one time was the number one Latina singer in the United States and Mexico.
Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz

(Cuba, 1924–2003 )
A five-time Grammy winner with twenty gold albums to her credit, singer Celia Cruz is the first Latino pop singer to earn a presidential National Medal for the Arts.
Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno

(Puerto Rico, 1931– )
The only performer ever to win an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy, and an Emmy.
Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

(Mexico, 1966– )
Producer, director, and actress Salma Hayek is honored as the first Mexican Latina to obtain leading roles in Hollywood since Dolores del Río. She has received numerous awards for her work, including a best actress Oscar nomination.
Joan Baez

Joan Baez

(United States, 1941– )
Singer Joan Baez, known as “the Queen of Folk Music,” earned eight gold records. A dedicated activist, she received the American Civil Liberties Union’s Earl Warren Award for her work in human rights, among other honors.
Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

(United States, 1970– )
Entertainer, entrepreneur and philanthropist who in 1997 became the highest-paid Latina actress ever, Jennifer Lopez was nominated for a Golden Globe and was awarded best actress from the American Latino Media Arts Awards (ALMAs). Her debut album sold 8 million copies.

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