Latin Instagram Models You’ll Wish You Had Noticed Sooner

Dolly Castro

Source 1

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

Source 2

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

Source 3

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

Source 4

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

Source 5

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

Source 6

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

Source 7

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

Source 8

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

Source 9

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.


Source 10

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

Source 11

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

Source 12

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

Source 13

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

Source 14

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

Source 15

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

Source 16

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

Source 17

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

Source 18

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

Source 19

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

Source 20

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

Source 21

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

Source 22

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

Source 23

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

Source 24

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

Source 25

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.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

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


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 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.” 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.

Read: We Finally Have A Spanish-Language Song As The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

Things That Matter

Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com