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Mexican models Are Showing The World What Excellence Looks Like

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 mexican models 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 LopezSeniors In Mexico City Turned Their Wait For The Vaccine Into A Disco Dance Off

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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.

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Luis Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Luis Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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