Here’s What These ’90s Latino Stars Looked Like Then And Now
The ’90s are back. Some Latino celebs have embraced this new trend and others are leaving their ’90s looks far, far in the past. While there are differences politically, we can all agree that these stars made out ’90s the decade to remember. Here are just a few Latino celebs that rocked it in the ’90s and are killing the game today.
Then: Jennifer Lopez
Playing the starring role in “Selena” really made her career and seemed to fitting at the same time. She’s beauty and she’s grace. We all remember not once questioning the rumor that she had her signature booty insured for $1 billion.
Now: Jennifer Lopez
She is more than just an entertainer now. The singer, actor, and businesswoman has created an empire that is something to behold. That Puerto Rican booty hasn’t quit for 20 years. ?
Then: Tatyana M. Ali
Tatyana M. Ali is half Panamanian and half Trinidadian and was all over our TV screens as Ashley Banks in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. What’s more 90’s than that product placement, am I right?
Now: Tatyana M. Ali
Since “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, Ali has stayed in front of the camera, even working on “Young and the Restless” from 2007 to 2013.
Then: John Leguizamo
Who can forget Leguizamo as Tybalt on “William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet”? You couldn’t make it through high school English class without seeing this movie and secretly l o v i n g it. Tybalt was the fierce fire to Romeo’s weepy teen angst and you loved/hated him.
Now: John Leguizamo
Leguizamo uses his platform on Instagram to lend his voice to the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, to Dreamers and his still-standing fiery sense of humor. He has even created his own broadway show “Latin History for Morons” and he is on a mission to teach people.
Then: Stacey Dash
The Afro-Latina actor captured our hearts as Dionne in “Clueless”. She was all of us and everything we aspired to be in the ’90s. Yes, she was terrified to drive on the highway at 15 years old, which is relatable af, and held her boyfriend Murray to a gold standard.
Now: Stacey Dash
Dash has become a big voice among conservative media and politics. The “Clueless” star was a regular contributor for Fox News but was fired early last year. She is currently running for Congress to represent California’s 44th district.
Then: Guillermo Diaz
We remember Guillermo Diaz as the tie-dye clad stoner pal Scarface in “Half Baked”. He kept us laughing as he went on an epic journey with Dave Chappelle in the stoner comedy classic.
Now: Guillermo Diaz
Now, Diaz plays a somehow endearing killer, traumatized by the government’s secret assassination team on the hit show, “Scandal”. In real life, he’s a stand up guy that is a big advocate for this LGBTQ community and women’s rights.
Then: Mario Lopez
Lopez played one of the only Latinos on mainstream TV and even had a “coming out” moment as Chicano. As A.C. Slater in “Saved By the Bell”, he loved sports and dance and gave us all an identity we could relate to.
Now: Mario Lopez
Lopez is one of the most high-profile hosts of Extra. Not only does he get to frame the narrative, Lopez brings celebrities to a sense of comfort to make for some really fun interviews.
Then: Zoe Saldana
I remember watching Zoe Saldana as Eva in “Center Stage” struggle to be accepted by her superiors at the ballet academy. Her New Yorican/Dominican sass didn’t fit with *cough* white *cough* etiquette. Watching her take the main stage at the end of “Center Stage” made us all want to become gum-chewing, sailor’s mouth ballerinas.
Now: Zoe Saldana
Saldana has made me go from wishing I was a ballerina to a Nav’i person. Who doesn’t want to live in that beautiful world with nature and fun at every turn?
Lil’ Baby Shakira circa 1991 is giving me life right now. Everything about her is just screaming ’90s from her hair to her gloves to her skirt. She was super fashionable and we all wanted to dress just like her.
The Colombian pop star is truly living her best life. She is married to a professional soccer player, has children, and continues to win awards for her incredible music. She couldn’t be more perfect.
Then: Mike Vitar
Vitar played Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez on “The Sandlot” and was one of the few brown kids on the team. It was an icon role for all of us wanting to make it to the big leagues…and outrun the neighborhood mastiff.
Now: Mike Vitar
Vitar ended up becoming a firefighter after leaving acting behind in the ’90s. Vitar did make headlines as a firefighter in 2017 after a grad student filed a lawsuit against him and four other men after a near fatal attack on Halloween 2015 that left the grad student with permanent brain damage. Vitar took a six-month unpaid leave when the lawsuit was filed.
Then: Lauren Vélez
Lauren Vélez masterfully portrayed the insightful Detective Nina Moreno on the police drama “New York Undercover”.
Now: Lauren Vélez
She’s now widely known as the driven police lieutenant Maria LaGuerta on Showtime’s “Dexter”. Oh, and in her day to day, she looks flawless as ever performing her civic duties as a juror.
Then: Wilson Cruz
Cruz played Ricky Velasquez on “My So-Called Life” and gave gay Latinos representation like never before. The role was filled with all the angst and confusion one would expect from a Latino coming to terms with their sexuality.
Now: Wilson Cruz
Cruz has used his fame to really push for his political ideals. The actor was a vocal part of the 2016 campaign year. Professionally, Cruz has made some major waves lately when cast in “Star Trek: Discovery”.
Then: Ricky Martin
Martin was breaking all of our hearts when he was fresh to the English-language music scene. The singer was the man all women wanted and all men wanted to be.
Now: Ricky Martin
The singer who was once living la vida loca is now a proud father and husband. Long gone are the days of partying and dancing the night away infavor of nights in with the familia.