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These Supermodels Are Showing The World What Latina Excellence Looks Like

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If there‘s a place in showbiz were Latinas have been able to shine through is the fashion world. So it comes as no surprise that Latinas have been dominating the catwalk since a few decades ago. Here‘s a list of some of the greatest Latina beauties that ever worked the runway!

1. Gisele Bündchen

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This Brazilian beauty is definitely a Supermodel of the World. She‘s not only one of the highest-paid models ever but she‘s also one of the richest women in showbiz… as if dating Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Brady was not enough. But I guess that‘s what you get when you‘re a signature Victoria‘s Secret Angel for 7 years and get to do 2,000 magazine covers, 800 fashion shows, and 550 ad campaigns.

2. Adriana Lima

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Adriana‘s beauty is no simple thing, she‘s a mix of Portuguese, Native Brazilian, Japanese, Swiss, African and West Indian. She‘s best known for being Victoria‘s Secret’s longest-running model and was also named MVP by the brand in 2017. Her success not only made her the second best-paid model after Gisele but she also got to date Rock Royalty Lenny Kravitz and actual Royalty Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein.

3. Alessandra Ambrosio

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On the 3rd spot, we have yet another Brazilian Victoria‘s Secrets Angel. Alessandra has been named one of the most beautiful women in the world by People Magazine and was an Angel for 17 years. She‘s the 6th highest-paid model. She also launched a swimwear line with Brazilian Brand Rosa Chá and her own brand, Ále by Alessandra. She has appeared in several movies and TV shows like Casino Royale and How I Met Your Mother.

4. Belén Rodríguez

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Belén is an Argentinean model, actress, TV personality, and singer. She has been the face of brands like Guess, Miss Sixty, and Swarovski. Not only is she successful in the entertainment industry but she‘s also a businesswoman, she launched 2 perfumes, created her own clothing brand, opened a restaurant with a Master Chef judge and opened several beauty salons… no doubt there are some people that were blessed with all the talents!!

5. Izabel Goulart

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This Brazilian star is best known for being a Victoria‘s Secret Angel for 11 years even though she had a rough start when she had a wardrobe malfunction on her 1st ever runway show, having her top fell open. Nothing to be worried, she bounced back when started to work with brands high-end brands and became the face of MAC Cosmetics. She has her own star on Hollywood‘s Walk of Fame. She‘s also an advocate for diabetes research.

6. Joan Smalls

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Joan is a boricua (Puerto Rican) beauty that became the 1st Latina to be the face of Estée Lauder Cosmetics and also the 8th highest-paid model. She was a Victoria‘s Secret Angel and has appeared on the cover of magazines in over 25 countries. She appeared on Beyoncé‘s Yonce video. Aside from being a model, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor‘s in Psychology and also launched her denim line Joan Smalls x True Religion.

7. Lais Ribeiro

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Lais is a Brazilian model who became a Victoria‘s Secret Angel in 2015. She has worked the runways for houses like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. Back in 2011, she was the most booked model during São Paulo‘s Fashion Week and Rio‘s Fashion Week. She has been on the cover of Vogue for several countries.

8. Isabeli Fontana

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Isabeli is a Brazilian model. She first appeared on Victoria‘s Secrets lingerie catalog when she was only 16, this caused controversy as the brand claimed they would not use any models under 18. She‘s the 11th highest-paid model and has been the face of brands like Viktor & Rolf and Bvlgari‘s perfumes. She appeared in several magazines including Vogue and Sports Illustrated. Back in 2011, she was a judge in the Miss Universe pageant.

9. Christy Turlington

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This American-Salvadoran was one of the greatest supermodels back in the 80s and 90s. She was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine. She‘s also a philanthropist, filmmaker an advocate for maternal health. She founded Every Mother Counts, a non-profit that supports health programs around the world and also filmed No Women, No Cry, a documentary that focuses on the status of maternal care in several countries. She‘s also been an activist for animals and participated in PETA‘s anti-fur campaign.

She has appeared in over 500 magazine covers and in a few music videos for artists like Duran Duran and George Michael. She also worked as a correspondent and interviewed the Dalai Lama for the Today Show and has collaborated as a writer for publications like Teen Vogue, HuffPost, and Marie Claire.

10. Ana Beatriz Barros

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Ana is a Brazilian model and wife of Karim El Chiaty, son of Egyptian billionaire Hamed El Chiaty. She‘s best known for appearing 7 times in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. She‘s worked with brands like Guess, Victoria‘s Secret, Versace, JLO, etc. She has also been on the cover of Vogue, Allure, Glamour and Marie Claire. Back in 2005 was named the face of Italian lingerie brand Intimissimi.

11. Caroline Trentini

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Caroline is a Brazilian model that first appeared on a Marc Jacobs‘ ad campaign. After her breakthrough, she has been on the cover of Vogue, Harper‘s Bazaar and ELLE. She has been the face of houses like Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana and has worked the Victoria‘s Secrets runway for 3 years. In 2007 she appeared on the cover of Vogue with 9 of her fellow models as the World‘s Next Top Models

12. Gracie Carvalho

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This Brazilian beauty is best known for being a lingerie, swimsuit and catalog model. She has worked for brands like H&M, Vivianne Westwood, and DKNY. She was the most booked model in Rio Fashion Week in 2008, working on 35 out of 39 fashion shows and in 2009 she walked the runways for New York and Paris Fashion Week.

13. Fernanda Motta

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Fernanda is a Brazilian model, actress, and TV personality. In 2007 she became the host of Brazil‘s Next Top Model. She has appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Vogue in several countries. She has also done ad campaigns for brands like Rolex, Moët & Chandon, and Gucci.

14. Helena Christensen

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Helena is a Danish-Peruvian supermodel from the 80‘s and 90s. She‘s was a Victoria‘s Secret Angel and the face of Revlon. Back in 1986, she represented Denmark in the Miss Universe pageant. Aside from being one of the most influential models, she was a photographer whose work got published by magazines like ELLE and Marie Claire. She also launched 2 clothing lines and was creative director of Nylon magazine at its inception. Helena is an advocate for climate change and breast cancer. In 1999 she gave birth to his son that she had with Norman Reedus… who you might know as Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead.

15. Cintia Dicker

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She‘s a Brazilian model. She has worked with brands like L‘Oreal, H&M, and Tom Ford and been on the cover of Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, and Sports Illustrated, where she has been featured 5 times. She‘s also a swimwear designer and an advocate for children‘s welfare in Brazil.

16. Raquel Zimmermann

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Raquel is a Brazilian model who has been featured on the cover of Vogue in over 9 countries. One of those time she was featured as one of the World‘s Next Top Models alongside other 9 models, including Caroline Trentini. She appeared on the first ever Gucci TV commercial and Lady Gaga‘s music video Born This Way. She also has worked with brands like Hugo Boss, Prada and Victoria‘s Secret… where she worked the runway on 3 occasions.

17. Arlenis Sosa

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Arlenis is a Dominican model. When she started modeling she had to face color prejudice with Dominican designers. After signing her New York contract she was asked by Anna Wintour to attend the Met Ball, in her first week. On her 2nd she booked her 1st two editorials for Vogue and Vogue Italy. Her runway debut was with Banana Republic. That same year she walked the Victoria‘s Secret Fashion Show. Today she‘s the face of Lancôme.

18. Daniela Cosío

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Daniela is a Mexican model and former beauty pageant contestant. She‘s been on the covers of Vogue and Maxim in international editions, she has also worked the runway for brands like Marchesa, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean Paul Gaultier. She took part in ad campaigns like Clarins, Victoria‘s Secret and Pantene.

19. Jaslene González

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Jaslene is a Puerto Rican model and winner of cycle 8 of America‘s Next Top Model. Before modeling, she was a college admissions advisor. She appeared on the cover of Seventeen, Time Out and Latina and also has appeared a total of four times on billboards in Time Square. She took part in the season 6 finale of Project Runway as one of the models. She‘s also an advocate against Domestic Violence and has participated in the “Love Is No Abuse“ campaign.

20. Sessilee Lopez

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Sessilee is an American-Dominican mode. She appeared on the cover of magazines like Vogue, Harper‘s Bazaar, and Allure. On one of her Vogue covers was the “All Black“ issue for Italian Vogue. She has done ad campaigns for Carolina Herrera, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs amongst others. In 2008 and 2009 she walked the runway for the Victoria‘s Secret Fashion show.

Here’s The Story Of One Undocumented Family Torn Apart During The Devastating Attack On 9/11

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Here’s The Story Of One Undocumented Family Torn Apart During The Devastating Attack On 9/11

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Luis Alfonso Chimbo and Ana Soria had come a long way since they met as children in Cuenca, Ecuador. They were married, living in Brooklyn with their son, and 34-year-old Chimbo was working for the Windows of the World restaurant–the very top floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Chimbo had been promoted to a management position in the receiving department that takes inventory and stocks supplies. They were living the American dream as undocumented immigrants in New York City. In August, Ana Soria suffered a miscarriage. He took nearly a month off to be with her and care for the family. 

He was due to return to work on September 11, 2001. 

The morning of 9/11, Chimbo got up at 5 a.m. and left for work.

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The night before, he set his clothes out for his first day back and prepared a bag. He was always prepared. Chimbo would usually kiss Soria as he got out of bed. That morning, he didn’t. Soria went to their window and said, “Goodbye, my love” as he drove away.

Hours later, while working at the restaurant, Chimbo was trapped on the top floor of the North Tower after a plane was flown into the tower.

The Windows of the World staff included immigrants from over 24 countries.

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The 9/11 attack killed 170 people in Windows alone. Chimbo was one of 73 employees who perished. Arguably, those employees were some of the least-paid victims of the attack, which presented a moral challenge for Special Master Kenneth Feinberg, who had to allocate the $7 billion in the Victims Compensation Fund. Five thousand five hundred and sixty people applied as injured or dependents of the deceased. Feinberg’s initial formula was based on “economic loss”–meaning families of stockbrokers would receive more money than Chimbo’s family. The formula also rested on the presumption that lower-income workers would remain in their earning class for the rest of their lives–the antithesis of “The American Dream.”

Stories like Chimbo’s made a “tremendous impact” on Feinberg’s new formula. 

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In fact, the owner of Windows of the World and the executive chef Michael Lomonaco testified to Feinberg on behalf of lower-paid employees with a high potential for further promotions. In the case of Chimbo, they gave Feinberg evidence that he started out as a stock boy and grew to become a manager in the receiving department. “The structure of the restaurant reflected the American Dream, which I don’t use as a cliché but as an actual possibility,” Debra Steinberg told Tom Roston, the author of “The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World.” 

Steinberg represented Soria along with thirty-seven other Windows of the World workers. “When you drill down into the stories of the immigrants who worked at Windows on the World, most of them said that it was the dream job. They walked with pride in their step. It was an astonishing place.” Feinberg told Roston that he used “discretion to bring up the lower end worker and reduce the stockbrokers and hedge fund managers,” granting higher payments to lower-paid victims of the attack.

A dozen of the Windows workers were undocumented.

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Feinberg looked to the congressional statute that allocated the funds and said it became clear. Documentation or nationality was not a factor into who becomes a legal victim and who does not in the eyes of the United States. The fund was for all victims of the attacks. 

As an undocumented person, Soria was terrified to ask for help in the days after the attack.

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“I was scared,” she says in Roston’s book. “[And] I was thinking that maybe I did not deserve it because this was not my country.” Finally, it was her son that prompted her to recall that at least he is deserving of medical care. Amidst the terror, her son needed asthma medication, so Soria went to Manhattan. Still, she doesn’t remember much about that day but remembers the help of fellow Americans to ensure her family got what they needed.

Would undocumented immigrants be met with the same courtesy today?

In the decades that have since passed, Soria has become a chef.

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She was taking culinary lessons at the time of the series of tragic life events –the miscarriage, the terrorist attack, the loss of her husband. Six years after 9/11, she returned to culinary school. Fifteen years after 9/11 tore her family apart, she received a green card. Her son has become a photographer and captured the above image of his mother.

She goes to the North reflecting pool every year on 9/11. Last year, she went on his birthday and left a flower and a birthday card which read: “To the love of my life, happy birthday to you. Surprise, you didn’t know I was coming.” 

READ: Three Years After Cancer Diagnoses, Luis Alvarez, A 9/11 First Responder, Dies At 53

Yalitza Aparicio’s Appearance Alongside Hollywood Veterans In Rodarte’s Spring 2020 Lookbook Proves She’s Still Rising

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Yalitza Aparicio’s Appearance Alongside Hollywood Veterans In Rodarte’s Spring 2020 Lookbook Proves She’s Still Rising

Back in February of this year, “Roma” actress Yalitza Aparicio dominated fashion headlines after her appearance on the red carpet of the Oscars. The actress made her first appearance at the 91st Academy Awards as a Best Actress nominee for her breakout role as Cleo a maid of Mixteco heritage working for a family in Mexico City during the early 1970s. Aparicio had already had a big night, not only had she nailed a coveted nominee slot, she’d done so for her first role ever in a movie. And while awe over her talent was much talked about, it was the mint-green and silver metallic tulle gown she wore by Rodarte that caught so much attention.

The fashion brand has long been an established designer on red carpets but there’s no denying the actress has helped raise interest in its designers. The red carpet match of the designers and the actress proved not only to be a success at the Oscars, but it also proved worthy of a lasting partnership.

For the fashion brand’s latest lookbook, Aparicio was selected as a model.

The rising star wowed in the brand’s dreamy fashion shoot.

Aparicio appeared in the Spring lookbook in a polka-dot belted black and white dress and a pair of sheer gloves studded with pearls which also speckle her hair. She modeled the dress in a magazine that featured Hollywood veterans such as Gabrielle Union and Kirsten Dunst.

Aparicio appeared in simple colors and extravagant gowns.

For her other appearance, the actress could be seen wearing a black and white plaid dress that featured a ruffle color and puff sleeves.

Of course, it didn’t take long for reactions to Aparcio’s appearance to set fire online.

Fans of the actress were quick to call her a “reina” and other celebrities including “Mad Men” actor January Jones, who also appeared in the shoot, commented “Love. ❤️”

Aparicio’s feature is another reminder, that the indigenous actress has her heels dug into Hollywood and the fashion industry and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Back in January of this year, Vogue México honored the actress with a feature and photoshoot that served as an ode to her culture and home state of Oaxaca. Not only was she featured on the magazine’s cover, but she was also thrown a party at the Patio del Huaje en el Jardín Etnobotanico in Oaxaca.

While the finicky nature of Hollywood and its attention to actresses of color has a strong pattern, Yalitza’s star does not seem to be dwindling. In fact, her appearance in the lookbook nearly seven months after her appearance at the Oscars, and without any announcements of new roles, proves she must have a lot coming up for herself.