Many Latinos come to the United States on a daily basis looking for a better life. Wanting a better life is what ultimately drives must of us here. The most influential Latinas in entertainment who have worked hard and strive for excellence encompasses a list of many. These Latinas have broken barriers and have helped create opportunities for many Latina dreamers such as myself.
Among so many Latinas who are admirable because of their hard work and dedication is Bronx- born daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants Jennifer Lopez. She has had numerous businesses from her clothing line, to fragrances, to being one of the judges of American Idol, many films, albums and so many accomplishments since the beginning of her career. Currently, Lopez at age 45 still looks amazing and shines at all that she does. Her new hit “Booty” has been one of the most talked about, her partnership with Nuvo TV as Chief Creative Officer has been very successful. Lopez is still a force to be reckoned with according to Forbes magazine as she is in the list of one of the richest Latinas.
The Colombian singer Shakira is a true global superstar. She has sold more than 60 million in records worldwide. In 2011, Shakira was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She is also a UNICEF ambassador and founder of Barefoot Foundation, which she established when she was 18 years old to provide early education systems around the world. She is currently pregnant with her second baby and planning a new album once the baby is born. This woman is definitely an influential Latina in our generation.
Sofia Vergara reigns as the top earning actress on Television for the third year in a row. This talented actress also has superb business skills; Colombian beauty has endorsements contracts with Diet Pepsi, Cover Girl, Head and Shoulders, AT&T and others. She also has a new fragrance and a contract for 12 years with K-Mart. Vergara, takes home $325k per episode on Modern Family and off camera the talent management and entertainment marketing firm she co-founded, Latin World Entertainment, is launching a Spanish language tech news site. In addition, she now has a new jewelry collection line “So Sofia” with A Kay Jewelers.
One of Hollywood’s dazzling leading actresses Salma Hayek, a latina who arrived in the US in 1990 at age 23, was already a star in her homeland of Mexico. Her big break in her acting career in the US was when the director the movie “Desperado” saw her on TV and cast her. After that opportunity she began to gain roles in many films mainstream. Just 12 years after Hayek arrived, she produced and starred in her dram project, a biopic of fellow Mexican Frida Kahlo. Directing was the next step in her career and the jump start of that was Hayek’s Maldonado Miracle.