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 21 Latino Beauty and Fashion Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow ASAP

Instagram has become the place to go for beauty, hair and fashion. It is packed with inspiration, tutorials and brands.  We could easily spend hours mindlessly browsing everything the social media platform has to offer.

We say now is time to update your newsfeed with some fresh Latino fashion and beauty. Most of our influencer picks use it as a tool to complement their blogs. Others have made snapping photos for IG a career.

Before you spend hours searching for the best IG accounts to follow read this, because we have done the hard work for you! Here are 21 of the most stylish Latino accounts you NEED to follow ASAP:

#1 Pam Hetlinger

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Pam Hetlinger (@pamhetlinger) is originally from Panama and now resides in Los Angeles. On her Instagram account she shows her dedicated following how to always be glam, and it is clear that when it comes to fashion she likes her neutral shades with the occasional burst of color. In her wardrobe a good blazer is a staple as is crisp whites and sleek blacks. We have serious hair envy as her lob (long bob) is pure perfection. With almost 200K followers, Ms Hetlinger is doing something right.

#2 Jenny Lopez

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Follow Jenny Lopez (@lopezjennylopez) on Instagram and you will be met with a regular dose of inspiration from a Mom, model and beauty and style icon. Currently living in Miami, she is a fashionista who doesn’t mind experimenting with color, fabrics and unusual designs. Jenny Lopez has the confidence and the bod to pull off any look and she is a fan of a good accessory.

#3 Dulce Candy

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What does it take to hit over a million Instagram followers? Ask Dulce Candy (@dulcecandy) as she has made a name for herself on the social media platform. As a wife, mama, Iraq War Veteran, author and designer, Dulce Candy is Instafamous and we love her for her makeup looks, pretty dresses and hair which suits any shade of the rainbow. With dark brown eyes, she knows how to make them stand out with the right makeup. And, her eyebrows are perfection.

#4 Grasie Mercedes

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Grasie Mercedes (@grasiemercedes) is an actress, writer, director and content creator. She certainly has her hands full! On Instagram she inspires with her cool casual clothing but we can’t get enough of her curly locks. Grasie shows girls who may be otherwise self conscious of their hair that they can rock it…just like she does. Originally a Dominican from New York, Grasie currently resides in LA.

#5 Melissa Flores

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Next we have the Dominican Melissa Flores (@melissaflores) who runs a blog and is known for her vlogs (video blogs). Her theme is lifestyle and beauty but there is a fashion element as Melissa knows how to style her feminine curves. Her taste in clothing is fitted and flattering, and she is one to sport a pair of skinny jeans. There is even the odd cute puppy dog photo thrown into the mix. With over 40K followers and growing, Ms Flores is one to watch.

#6 Anny Vela

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Based in Mexico City, Mexico, Anny Vela (@annyradarfashion) is a mama with excellent taste in fashion for both herself and her little one. Some of the backgrounds will make you dream of travel, and her long locks will make you want to change your hairstyle the next time you visit your hairdresser. Anny will teach you how to style a pregnant belly, and how to get the casual mom cool look.

#7 Gaby Gómez

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Gaby Gómez (@modacapital) uses her Instagram account to share fashion, travel and lifestyle shots. This busy little Latina lady is always being snapped on a new adventure as she lives a life most of us can only dream of. She nails her summer-friendly outfits every time. This “it girl” isn’t ashamed to wear a budget buy and is often captured in a pretty dress.

#8 Mila Plaza

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Another Instagrammer influencer worth following is Mila Plaza (@styleinlima). As a blogger and mom, Mila’s looks are often wearable with a touch of the unique. She lives in Lima, Peru and has travelled extensively. It is not uncommon for Mila to be wearing a pair of denim jeans and a singlet – yet somehow she makes even this basic pairing look classy.

#9 Amparo Zepeda

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Guatemala’s Amparo Zepeda (@fashionfromaz) is a fashion designer and content creator. With almost 70K followers, her IG page gives you regular photos and inspo. She doesn’t mind those soft, candy shades and statement pieces. With her blonde ends she often experiments with her hair and on occasion even color matches it to her clothing. We love Amparo’s style, hair and makeup.

#10 Martina Ritter

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Blogger and digital influencer Martina Ritter (@martinaritter) has gained a following on Instagram with her bold fashion choices. She isn’t afraid to try something new and has an eye for high fashion finds. With her sleek blonde hair, the Brasil based Ms Ritter is a trendsetter. We really love the mixture of candid and styled shots on her IG account.

#11 Andrea Desde el Trópico

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Costa Rican Andrea Desde el Trópico (@desdeetropico) is a blogger who prefers natural beauty products. Her lips are often the statement and we are obsessed with her positive vibe. Browsing through her Instagram feed you will find outfit inspiration. But, even more interesting is the earthy backgrounds she selects for her photo shoots. The whole look and feel is refreshingly natural.

#12 Naomi Giannopoulos

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Naomi Giannopoulos (@vegas_nay) has a whopping 7.3 million Instagram followers. This one is all about the makeup. Packed with shots of sultry eyes and pouty lips, you will learn a few tricks of the trade. Naomi knows cosmetics, and has even teamed with Eylure to create a range of Vegas Nay eyelashes. Just gorgeous!

#13 Pam Allier

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Introducing Pamela Allier (@pamallier). If you aren’t already following her on Instagram, you should be. As a blogger and Vblogger residing in Mexico, she is fashion forward and shows fans how to style a variety of looks. It is little wonder she is always smiling with beaches, hot air balloons and yachts snapped in her pics. We love that she can be comfortable in any outfit and makes fashion fun.

#14 Ely Marino

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As a busy mama, YouTuber Elizabeth (@elymarino) hasn’t posted much recently. However, her IG feed is full of makeup tutorials. Learn how to master eyes, lips and perfectly shaped brows. If you love cosmetics and like to work with color this is a good starting point. We hope to see more work from this talented lady soon.

#15 Lou Flores

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Based in LA, Latino Lou Flores (@lou_flores) is a male makeup artist with over 1 million Instagram followers. What makes this page different is that he masters the looks on himself. Check out those cheekbones! Bold eyes and plump lips are his specialty and it is all about being glam. Every now and then Lou will post a makeup free selfie but his work is incredible.

#16 Camila Coelho

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Is Camila Coelho (@camilacoelho) the number one beauty blogger in Brazil? She is certainly a hit on Instagram with her 7.5 million followers. Camila has gained popularity for her ability to put together those must have beauty and fashion looks and her pouty lips are her signature. Now she even has her very own range of lipsticks which has taken her to the next level of makeup royalty.

#17 Jacky Castro

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Jacky Castro (@slbrunette) is a Latina in Salt Lake City. While still fairly new to the scene, as a style expressionist and mom her looks are refreshing. This is fashion inspiration you can wear anytime, anywhere with denim jeans a wardrobe staple. Jacky effortlessly styles her outfits with simple yet effective backgrounds.

#18 Erika Batista

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Youtuber, Blogger and Mom Erika Batista (@byerikabatista) is another face you need to follow on Instagram. Living in New Jersey, Erika shows off her outfit styling. Plus, there is the odd photo of her equally fashionable kidlets. She is proud of her curves and her photos are mostly candid as she lives her best life. And, that long flowing hair is leaving us feeling a little jealous.

#19 Loreana von Plocki

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Loreana von Plocki is behind The Daily Bella (@thedailybella) and this Columbian lives in Miami. She is into fashion and fitness and is a proud mom. Her style includes a range of understated whites and she generally chooses a muted, neutral clothing palette. Simple yet glam, Loreana looks pretty in anything she chooses. We love the beachy themes!

#20 Daniela Ramirez

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Next on the list we have Daniela Ramirez (@nany) who is a popular blogger living in Miami. This is a girl who loves her fashion and she doesn’t mind showing us her cutest accessories…her family. With fashion and travel inspiration, Daniela has a taste for quirky clothing. After all, fashion is meant to be fun! Follow her, you won’t regret it.

#21 Dylana Lim Suarez

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When it comes to Dylana Lim Suarez’s (@dylanasuarez) Instagram account, we are following her for the photography.  This blogger has an eye for the bohemian things in life. Browsing her feed reminds us of a high fashion mag. Bliss. Her sister Natalie is also a blogger and model and sometimes the pair are snapped together. Travel and fashion go hand in hand, and that is what you will find here.

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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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Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

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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