Latin Instagram Models You’ll Wish You Had Noticed Sooner

Dolly Castro

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Dolly Castro has created her own empire of sportswear and web-based fitness out of her 5.9 million Instagram followers. Standing at 5’5”, this Nicaraguan model is curvy and proud. Backed by the unwavering support of her family, she moved to Miami, Florida to pursue her modeling career and hasn’t looked back ever since.

Yovanna Ventura

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Born in Miami, Florida, Yovanna is a 21-year-old Instagram fitness model with 5.2 million followers and a bit of a scandalous romantic history with none other than pop sensation Justin Bieber. She is also a lover of animals, and has worked with the Black Jaguar White Tiger foundation to protect big cats. Many of the photos on her Instagram page show her with tiger or lion cubs, along with other grown up wild animals.

Arianny Celeste

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Best known for being a UFC ring girl, Arianny Celeste is a wildly successful model and celebrity personality. She is the co-host on the TV show Overhaulin’, and has modeled for such big-name brands as Playboymagazine, Maxim, and Sports Illustrated. She has her own website and sells everything from T-shirts to personalized video messages, climbing a little higher on the ladder of success every day.

Erika Canela

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Brazilian model Erika Canela holds the title of Miss BumBum 2016. The Brazil pageant’s winnings included about $14,900 in prize money and a lucrative modeling contract, thus beginning her career in the business of being photographed. She now has around 305k Instagram followers and is on her way to the badonkadonk hall of fame!

Paula Fernandes

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Paula Fernandes is a famous Brazilian singer and songwriter, and her Instagram account follows her life on the road with over 1,000 posts. You’ll find nothing but respectable photos on her page, but they definitely won’t disappoint. She has done duets with such big names as Shania Twain and Taylor Swift.

Winifer Fernández

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You may recognize Winifer Fernández from the 2016 Olympics, as one of the star players on the Dominican Republic volleyball team. She is an inspirational athlete in addition to having multiple (possibly fake) accounts on Instagram dedicated to her many “good sides.”

Lais Ribeiro

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Victoria’s Secret Angel and Brazilian model Lais Ribeiro has strolled the catwalk for heavyweight designers such as Chanel, Shiatzy Chen, Versace, and appeared in Brazilian Vogue numerous times, even gracing the cover. When she’s not traveling from country to country, the 6’1” Angel gets her kick in with MMA training.

Carmen Ortega

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Carmen Ortega proves that big things can come in fun-sized wrappers. This 5’2” Illinois-born Colombian-American is the full package. When she’s not modeling, Ortega is working on her singing career or working on fashion design.

Gracie Carvalho

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When fitness model Gracie Carvalho isn’t going on shoots, she’s known to pull out the gloves. Marshawn Lynch just signed the Brazilian powerhouse for a Muay Thai kickboxing collaboration with his label Beast Mode. When she’s not training, Carvalho enjoys taking dance workshops and spending time with her family.


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Known for being the Cuban Kim Kardashian, Kathy Ferreiro’s Miami life is all but boring. Her Instagram page is brimming with fitness photos and puppy love.

Tatiana Duran

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Motivational model Tatiana Duran won over the hearts of her followers after documenting her 130-pound weight loss journey. She’s known for spreading body positivity and training tips to help others discover the best version of themselves.

Beatriz Fernández

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Wilhelmina model Beatriz Fernández has dipped her pedicured toes in everything from acting to music. She even studied podiatry before transitioning to modeling full time. The Spain-born, Miami-living brunette usually follows her workouts with a bit of karaoke.

Lisa Morales

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Lisa Morales has a solid 2.6 million followers on Instagram, and it’s not hard to see why! She is a TV personality in addition to a successful model who has graced the pages of Maxim and Sports Illustrated. She is recently married and has a Cuban background, and is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Thássia Naves

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Globetrotting Brazilian fashionista Thássia Naves is known for her flawless fashion and beauty blogging. Her highbrow page is the picture of sophistication. Her travelogues and tutorials have earned her over 160,000 YouTube subscribers alone.

Jimena Sanchez

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The host of Lo Mejor de Fox Sports in Mexico is often referred to as the Mexican Kim Kardashian, thanks to her shocking resemblance to the celebrity. There’s no faking the funk either. You can’t scroll through Sanchez’s page without stumbling on a sports related photo.

Christina Milian

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Singer, actress, and mommy are all titles Christina Milian wears well. Maybe that’s how she earned her 4.2 million Instagram followers. The Cuban-American made her claim to fame when she signed to Def Jam in 2000. When she’s not getting glammed up, Milian enjoys spending her downtime with her family, especially with Violet, daughter to her and singer The-Dream.

Stephanie Rao

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Fitness model Stephanie Rao is a Puerto Rican-Italian from Miami, Florida with a host of titles under her belt. The 25-year-old brand ambassador has built her fame on maintaining a firm figure and now assists others in tightening their physique through her training and nutrition plans.

Patricia De Leon

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At 39 years old, the former Miss Panama has worked every job from weather woman to Hollywood actress. The never-aging model has her vegetarian lifestyle to thank for her youthful skin. Most recently the philanthropist has assisted with campaigns for PETA in the Hispanic community.

Daisy Marie

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Daisy Marie is a model, dancer, actress and spokeswoman for brands such as Flat Tummy Tea. She currently has only 257K followers, but is working on expanding her following.

Anllela Sagra

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This fitness model has reached almost 10 million followers and it’s not hard to see why. She has crafted the perfect fitness regime to sculpt and tone your body and even created an app so that you can do it too!

Stephanie Del Valle

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Stephanie Del Valle has won a title that most women could only dream of. She was the 2016 Miss World champion. These days, you’ll find her traveling the world, documenting her journey and work as a humanitarian.

Jessica Burciaga

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This California born and raised model may only come in at 5’2”, but she is a force to be reckoned with. Her resume boasts working for well-known names such as StuffMaxim, and Glamour. She was also a Playboy Playmate and blackjack dealer in The Playboy Club.

Natalia Velez

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An aspiring actress and model, Natalia Velez has starred in campaigns for GoDaddy, Pepsi, Samsung, Coca Cola, and Avon. Her love for the environment and qualification as a product designer inspires her to create eco-friendly products as well.

Angelica Hernandez

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Angelica is all about health and fitness and is a ProSupps official athlete. She balances her workout regime with her love for music, DJing, and raising her two beautiful children.

Rosa Acosta

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Rosa Acosta is a Latin model, ballet dancer, personal trainer, and entrepreneur. She created her own fragrance line and proudly promotes her signature scent “ROSA” by Rosa Acosta with her 1.4 million followers.

El Paso Widower Who Invited Everyone To His Wife’s Funeral Donates Thousands Of Flowers To Honor All 22 Victims Of The El Paso Massacre

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El Paso Widower Who Invited Everyone To His Wife’s Funeral Donates Thousands Of Flowers To Honor All 22 Victims Of The El Paso Massacre

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It’s been a little over two weeks since a terrorist upended lives when he attacked an El Paso Walmart, killing 22 people. Since then, there has been an outpouring of grief and pain but along with it a community banding together amid an outpouring of support. 

Over the weekend, that cycle of grief and support continued as many of the remaining victims were finally laid to rest. 

One El Paso funeral home director put together the ultimate send off for all 22 victims, organizing a caravan of hearses that convened at the makeshift memorial. 

Twenty-two hearses carried flowers to the makeshift memorial outside Walmart.

Perches, who organized the funeral for an El Paso widower who made headlines when he invited the entire city to his wife’s service, reached out to other area funeral homes to organize 22 hearses — one for each person killed — to deliver flowers to the makeshift memorial at Walmart, which has become a place to mourn and remember. One final procession.

On Sunday, the hearses left La Paz and followed a police escort for the five mile procession to the memorial.

There were so many flowers at La Paz that it took nearly an hour for about 100 volunteers to load the hearses.

The flowers were donated from the El Paso widower made famous when he invited the entire city to his wife’s funeral.

There were 22 hearses, representing the 22 victims of the shooting, that carried more than 1,000 floral arrangements sent by people around the world for Margie Reckard’s funeral service and burial — which were held on Friday night and Saturday.

Salvador Perches told local ABC affiliate KVIA, “I spoke with (Reckard’s) husband about the idea, and he felt this would be a fitting tribute to his wife and to the other victims,” Perches said. “Contact was then made to all of the other participating funeral homes and all of them agreed that this can serve as a gesture of unity and a sense of closure for all of the funerals that happened from this tragedy.”

People who saw the caravan pass by took to social media to share their emotions.

Cars stopped in both directions as the 22 hearses passed. People captured the moment on cell phones. Some held small American flags and removed their hats.

“I just got chills,” Sunset Funeral Homes Director Christopher Lujan told CNN in an interview. “Seeing 22 hearses is just unbelievable.”

The hearses unloaded the flowers at the makeshift memorial site outside the Walmart where the attack took place.

The makeshift memorial at Walmart sprang up a day after the shooting. People have gathered to pray and sing amid the candles, rosaries and white crosses with handwritten names of the dead.

Funeral directors invited mourners at the memorial site to unload the arrangements. They took the flowers and arranged them around the crosses. “Everybody wanted to participate in one way or another,” said Gomez, who runs the social services non-profit Operation H.O.P.E., in an interview with CNN.

Victims Of The El Paso Massacre Received Visits From Edward James Olmos And George López And Their Reactions Are Everything


Victims Of The El Paso Massacre Received Visits From Edward James Olmos And George López And Their Reactions Are Everything

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It’s been two weeks to the day since a white supremacist traveled 10 hours to target Latino shoppers at an El Paso Walmart, leaving 22 dead and injured another 25 people. One patient remains in critical condition while another four are stable, but still hospitalized at El Paso’s University Medical Center. A surprise visit from Stand and Deliver star Edward James Olmos and comedian George Lopez certainly caused a positive flurry of emotion in hospital staff and survivors.

El Paso Times reports that there was no live media coverage of their visit, as it was not publicized and took everyone by surprise. The two spent hours just talking to survivors, families of those who did not survive and hospital staff.

“It was a real emotional experience all around,” UMC spokesman Ryan Mielke told El Paso Times. “They just wanted to meet with patients and staff.”

Olmos posted a photo to his Twitter with one of the survivors and her family.

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“Celebrating life with the survivors of El Paso,” tweeted Mexicano actor Edward J Olmos. “Find a way of helping and uniting with the families of those that lost family members and survivors and their families of Dayton and El Paso.  Find ways of helping!”

Olmos and Lopez were gifted surgical caps signed by all the hospital staff that treated victims that fateful August 3rd.

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“The surgery caps worn by Lopez and Olmos were signed by all the members of UMC’s Emergency Department who were on hand August 3rd after a mass causality shooting in El Paso,” tweeted UMC El Paso. “Their visit today brought smiles and relief to recovering victims and their families.”

Mielke said the Hollywood stars pulled up a chair next to the survivors and listened to them for hours.

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UMC hospital nurse Priscilla Fraire smiled big to get a selfie in with Lopez and Olmos. Her mom even tweeted out her thanks to the actors, saying, “Thanks George and Edward for caring about our community. #ElPasoStrong #ThankYou”

“Thank you for all you do for our Raza,” tweets a fan named Debbie Lopez Contreras. “I truly appreciate you and all your hard work to make this world a better place. Much  to you and yours”

The El Paso Pride is certainly stronger than ever.

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“Put a firmeza en El Chuco Tejas love my town 915 por vida,” one fan responds to Olmos’ tweet. “Let’s hear it for the good guys,” tweets Liz Perez in response to a comment that wonders why “hospitalized victims of the racist GOP terrorist mass murderer welcomed their visits and adamantly refused to see trump and the missus.”

“Thank you for going to my beloved hometown, Mr. Olmos!” tweets another El Pasoan. “A beautiful, compassionate and wonderful city with people on both sides of the border with our Sister City Ciudad Juarez! You are amazing, as always <3” El Paso is strong because of its Latinos, holding up other Latinos, por siempre.

This hospital staffer expressed gratitude for Olmos’ empathy for El Paso.

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“Greatly appreciate you for taking the time to come visit my city #ElPaso,” tweeted Cynthia Martinez. “It was a real pleasure to meet you. Thank you for making time to come and support our city. A community that is grieving, that is hurting.” 

“There were lines of nurses and it was chaotic.”

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“They were really friendly,” 23-year-old nursing student Oseleonoleme told El Paso Times. “There were lines of nurses and it was chaotic.”

That chaos led to some staffers missing out on the photo op, and others delighting their daughters who later tweeted the above photo with the caption, “My dad works at UMC El Paso and he sent me this picture today!”

Forever, we honor the victims from the El Paso shooting. 

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  • Jordan Anchondo
  • Andre Anchondo
  • Arturo Benavides
  • Javier Rodriguez
  • Sara Esther Regalado Moriel
  • Adolfo Cerros Hernández 
  • Gloria Irma Marquez
  • María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe
  • Ivan Manzano
  • Juan de Dios Velázquez Chairez
  • David Johnson
  • Leonardo Campos Jr. 
  • Maribel Campos (Loya)
  • Angelina Silva-Englisbee
  • Maria Flores
  • Raul Flores
  • Jorge Calvillo Garcia
  • Alexander Gerhard Hoffman
  • Teresa Sanchez
  • Margie Reckard
  • Elsa Libera Marquez
  • Luis Alfonzo Juarez

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