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21 Times Latina Celebrities Gave Some Serious Life Advice

No matter who you are, we all need life advice sometimes. And no matter who you are, we all need to hear more from Latina celebrities. These women have worked hard and overcome a lot to get to the top of their field — whether that’s music, film, or running the country. They have life experience and they know what they’re doing, so of course, they have some serious life advice. Here are 21 pieces of advice from Latina celebrities about everything from following your dreams to believing in yourself, to knowing when to ask for help, to knowing when to have fun!

Sonia Sotomayor

Source: Politico Magazine


As the first Latinx person to ever sit on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has had to overcome a lot of obstacles. She did this by not letting others get her down: “I do know one thing about me: I don’t measure myself by others’ expectations or let others define my worth.”

Selena Gomez

Instagram @SelenaGomez


The actor and singer was actually named after the first person on this list. She has this to say about mental health and when things get tough: “If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken”

Selena

YouTube @Selena Quintanilla


The Queen of Tejano music died tragically young, but she still achieved a ton and had a lot of advice to give, like this: “If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away.”

Gina Rodriguez

Instagram @hereisgina


Gina Rodriguez was catapulted into stardom by her role in Jane the Virgin. She has this advice: “Enjoy [life], appreciate it, and be grateful throughout it all. It’s not a race, it’s a marathon.”

America Ferrara

Instagram @AmericaFerrera


Actor and activist America Ferrera wants young girls to know this: “To me, the tragedy about this whole image-obsessed society is that young girls get so caught up in just achieving that they forget to realize that they have so much more to offer the world.”

Salma Hayek

Instagram @SalmaHayek


Actress Salma Hayek wants you to know why you’re doing the things you do. “Before you do anything, think. If you do something to try and impress someone, to be loved, accepted or even to get someone’s attention, stop and think. So many people are busy trying to create an image, they die in the process.”

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Source: Wall Street Journal


Catherine Cortez Masto was the first Latina senator in U.S. history, so she knows a thing or two about fighting to get your voice heard. “I say this to women all the time: If you’ve got the passion, you believe in making change, and you’ve got an issue or policy or something that you want to do, believe in it. Have confidence in yourself. You can do it.”

Rita Moreno

Instagram @theritamoreno


Legendary Latina actress Rita Moreno has this wonderful life advice: “Smell the roses. Smell the coffee. Whatever it is that makes you happy.”

 Jennifer Lopez

Instagram @jlo


J-Lo needs no introduction. Is it any wonder she has some great life advice? “It’s the messy parts that make us human, so we should embrace them too — pat ourselves on the back for getting through them rather than being angry for having gotten into them in the first place.”

Selena

Source: Biography.com


Selena was an active philanthropist and often visited schools in Latino areas to talk about the importance of education: “Music is not a very stable business. You know it comes and it goes, and so does money. But your education stays with you for the rest of your life.”

 Sofia Vergara

Instagram @SofiaVergara

Despite her acting abilities and her comedy chops, actress and model Sofia Vergara is often known for her beauty, but she says that people often get the wrong idea about beauty: “To me, beauty is really all about confidence. If you feel beautiful, then you are beautiful. Of course, I love to wear makeup and nice clothes, but at the end of the day, you have to feel good on the inside.”

Demi Lovato

Instagram @ddlovato


Singer, songwriter, and actress Demi Lovato says this about recovery: “The best advice I can give to anyone going through a rough patch is to never be afraid to ask for help.” 

Salma Hayek

Instagram @SalmaHayek


Salma Hayek has more to say about figuring out your path: “This the one thing I learned: How do you recognize what’s your true dream and what is the dream that you are dreaming for other people to love you? … The difference is very easy to understand. If you enjoy the process, it’s your dream. … If you are enduring the process, just desperate for the result, it’s somebody else’s dream.”

Rosie Perez

Instagram @rosieperezbrooklyn

Actress Rosie Perez has said this about self-reflection:”If we can’t look at the good, bad and ugly of who we are, we are never going to progress as people–ever.”

Soledad O’Brien

Source: The Wrap


Broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien says this about fear and believing in yourself: “I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that?”

Gloria Estefan

Instagram @GloriaEstefan

Gloria Estefan started as a singer but has become so much more than that. So her advice isn’t exactly surprising: “Whatever it is your heart desires, please go for it, it’s yours to have.”

Zoe Saldana

Instagram @ZoeSaldana


Currently best known for her role in Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe Saldana wants people to know they shouldn’t be ashamed of who they are: “When somebody throws in a big word [that I don’t know] I just say, “I’m so sorry I don’t know what that means, can you please explain that?” I don’t care if I’m sitting at the President’s table having dinner, I have to be myself. I want to practice every day being myself. It’s not natural to me, it’s not natural to anybody – we’re human, we’re meant to worry about what the other person thinks, but you have to exercise it. So, I just practice it because I like this peace that comes from forcing yourself to not be anything else other than what comes with being yourself.”

Julia Alvarez

Source: NY Times


Latina writer Julia Alvarez says this about being true to yourself: “Each of us will have to make the choices that allow us to be the largest versions of ourselves.”

Jessica Alba

Instagram @JessicaAlba


Actor and businesswoman Jessica Alba has advice for all women: “No matter how different women are, we all seem to share the guilt that we’re not doing enough. If anything, I would say that as long as you’re doing your best, it’s more than enough.” –

Isabel Allende

Source: Modern Literature

Novelist Isabel Allende has been called the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author, but even she deals with doubts and fears: “Fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow it to paralyze me.” 

Michelle Rodriguez

Instagram @mrodofficial

Michelle Rodriguez has made an acting career out of defying expected roles: “I do what I want, when I want, how I want.”

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We Ranked Instagram's 17 Most Followed Latino Celebrities And Their Claims to Fame

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We Ranked Instagram’s 17 Most Followed Latino Celebrities And Their Claims to Fame

Everyone wants to know who’s who in the Instagram (IG) universe. Don’t you? It’s no secret that celebrities usually top the list. So, here’s the lowdown on Instagram’s 17 most followed Latino Celebrities. 

J. Balvin

Instagram @jbalvin

Capturing hearts and tickling our ears is Colombian Reggaeton singer and chart-topping recording artist, J. Balvin. What’s more, all four singles from his album “La Familia” charted in Colombia’s top 10 and he won Premios Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year Award in 2016. Signed onto EMI Colombia in 2009, he grabbed audiences early on with his first single, “Ella Me Cautivó.” He has a whopping 24.9 million followers.

Nicky Jam

Twitter@NickyJamPR

Jam to this Latin Grammy Award Winner’s Reggaeton music and join his 25.9 million followers on Instagram.  Born in Boston to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father, he has moved around quite a bit, first to Puerto Rico with his family at age 10 and is now living in Colombia. A great collaborator, if you’re a fan of Reggaeton, you have also heard him with other greats like Daddy Yankee (who also has an impressive 23.4 million IG followers).

Camila Cabello

Twitter@Camila_Cabello

“Havana” anyone? Camila Cabello, a Cuban-American singer with an enticing and exciting sound has 27.4 million followers. Bringing our hearts to Havana right along with her brought Cabello to her role in breaking barriers. In January of this year, she earned recognition for being the first woman in three years to make it to the No. 1 spot for her debut full-length album. She also reached Billboard’s top 100 in the same week.

Marina Ruy Barbosa

Twitter/Instagram@marinaruybarbosa


Multi-talented twenty-three-year-old Brazilian actress Marina Ruy Barbosa has 28.5 million followers. Known for her roles in “Total Dreamer,” “Seven Sins” and “Empire,”Barbosa was not ready to stop there. She adds author to her list of accomplishments. She has written a book: “Inspirações – uma seleção afetiva de reflexões e poemas” (Inspirations – an affective selection of reflection and poems). Her heritage is also one of renown. She is a descendant of the lawyer, poet and politician Ruy Barbosa.

Lele Pons

Twitter@lelepons

Do you remember Vine? If not, Lele Pons, a Venezuelan-American Internet Personality will bring you back.  She rose to fame on Vine but moved on to YouTube where she does comedy sketches. She also keeps people up-to-date with her goings-on through Instagram. She made the moves to these two social networks when Vine shut down. Continuing to garner attention for her acting, singing and dancing skills, she boasts 30.7 million followers.  Not done there, she hosts “La Voz…México.” She has also released her own music and co-authored a novel in 2016.

Luis Suarez

Twitter@LuisSuarez9

Playing for FC Barcelona and for the Uruguayan national team, Luis Suarez, an Uruguayan soccer player has 33.1 million followers. Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time leading goal-scorer. What an accomplishment! Not to overshadow his successes, but he is often considered a controversial player. He’s had several incidents landing him in hot water with the leagues. Despite that, it is evident that he wants to give back. Suarez is currently creating a football complex for recreational play in Uruguay. That way, aspiring soccer players can have ample access to playing space and equipment.

Bruna Marquezine

Twitter@brumarquezine

Let’s head back to Brazil to find another well-known celebrity coming from its ranks. Brazilian model and actress, Bruna Marquezine, has 33 million followers. An interesting tidbit is that, in honor of her grandmother, she chose the last name Marquezine for her public persona. Her renown comes from her roles in  “Women in Love,” “America” and “Helena’s Shadow.”

Marcelo Vieira Jr.

Twitter@Marcelo12Lovers

Wow! Brazil brings us even more to celebrate. Marcelo Vieiera Jr. is another Brazilian soccer player with quite the IG following, 33.5 million. He is with Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team.

Maluma

Twitter/Instagram@maluma

A tender and sweet tenor, Colombian Reggaeton Singer, Maluma, has 36.8 million followers on Instagram.  His catchy tunes bring us his big hits “Obsesión” and “Miss Independent.” They brought him a coveted nomination for Latin Grammy in 2013.

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (Ronaldinho)

Twitter@10Ronaldhino

It’s all in the family. A key member of the 2002 team that won the World Cup, Ronaldhino carries on his family’s legacy of soccer players. In 2003, he joined FC Barcelona and won FIFA World Player of the Year awards in both 2004 and 2005.  With these great accomplishments behind him, he moved to AC Milan in 2008. Sadly, he has not had the same level of success as he did with Barcelona. Ronaldhino still has a great following. There are 39.2 million of them on Instagram.

Shakira

Twitter@shakira

“Hips Don’t Lie” and neither will we when we tell you that Colombian pop singer Shakira counts 55 million Instagram users as her followers. Along with the stand-out hit we mentioned above, she’s most famous for “Whenever, Wherever”. A powerhouse on the stage and off, she has received multiple Grammy, Latin Grammy and American Music Awards.  Not to mention that she has the highest number of album sales for Colombian artists, coming in at around 70 million.

Demi Lovato

Twitter@ddlovato

An impressive count, Demi Lovato has 70.6 million followers on Instagram.  That big purple dinosaur, Barney, helped many actors and singers get their start. Demi is one of them. Her acting career began during childhood on “Barney and Friends,” “Sonny with a Chance” and in the film “Camp Rock.” Moving on to the music industry, her debut album was “Don’t Forget” in 2008. Follow-up albums were “Unbroken,” “Confident” and “Tell Me You Love Me.” Her hit singles are “Skyscraper” and “Sorry Not Sorry.” She is a tireless advocate for LGBTQ associations like GLAAD.

Jennifer Lopez

Twitter @JLo

J.Lo has 82.6 million Instagram followers. People have been following her long before Instagram was around. She started  as a dancer on “In Living Color.” However, it was the film “Selena” that gave her her big break. Setting her sights on the music industry her voice and energy had us hooked. Most of her songs and albums reached the Top 200 charts was the recipient of numerous music awards.  She is now involved with television projects like American Idol, Shades of Blue and World of Dance.

Leo Messi

Twitter @WeAreMessi

We count another soccer player among our most followed celebrities, this time coming out of Argentina. Leo Messi has 102 million followers and plays for the  FC Barcelona club as well as the Argentine national team. His athleticism is highly appreciated as evidenced by the high pay he receives. Messi is the second highest paid soccer player and third-highest paid athlete in the world.  He uses that money for good by working as a children’s activist. His philanthropical foundation, the Leo Messi Foundation, provides opportunities to disadvantaged youth.

Enejota Neymar Jr.

Instagram/Twitter @Neymarjr

A star soccer player, Enejota Neymar Jr. has 106 million followers. Clearly, his popularity isn’t limited to the field. Hailing from Brazil, he joined Santos FC in 2009 at age 17, winning four Player of the Year Awards in a row while playing for them.  All before he turned 21. He plays for both Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain. He also has a 7-year old son.

Selena Gomez

Twitter @_selenagomezecu

We’ve finally arrived at the #1 most followed celebrity on Instagram. At 144 million followers is actress and pop singer Selena Gomez. From her role on “Barney and Friends” and her success with Disney shows to amazing musical accomplishments, it’s no wonder there’s so much interest in her. Gomez’s first breakout/starring role with Disney Channel was on “Wizards of Waverly Place.” She also acted in the film “Spring Breakers”. Her musical fame comes from her debut album 2009: Kiss and Tell and her follow-up album Revival. Ensuring people learn about and understand Lupus, she’s gone public with her own battle.