Brazilians Aren’t The Only Latinas That Are Showing The Modeling World The Beauty Of Curves
Latinas have been strutting around the house since we learned to walk in our mother’s stilettos. We can’t help it. We’ve served as our mothers’ Barbie dolls to perm, don in denim and sequins, and tie dye socks since the 80’s. Obviously, everything our mothers do for us, we’ll thank them for later.
These Latinas are hella thanking their mami’s for their wildly successful modeling careers that prove Latinas got the confidence to make millions on their undeniable beauty.
1. Gisele Bündchen
This list does not exist if Gisele isn’t on it. She was the pioneer to bring Brazilian beauty and to end the “heroin chic” era. Today, she’s married to Tom Brady and also works as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations’ Environmental Program.
2. Bruna Tenorio
Tenorio has been bringing her European / native Brasileño beauty to millions on social media and ad campaigns . She started her career walking the runway for Chanel, Christian Dior and Dolce & Gabana back in 2006, and has continued to slay into her twenties.
3. Adriana Lima
Yeah, there’s going to be a lot of Brazilians on this list. Lima joins Bündchen’s legacy as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. In fact, she’s been an Angel since 1999, making her the longest-running model and “most valuable Victoria’s Secret Angel”.
4. Cintia Dicker
Born in Rio Grande, Dicker has appeared on the covers of French Marie Claire, Elle, Madam Figaro and Teen Vogue. Dicker’s known for her swimwear aesthetic and has even appeared in every swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated since 2009.
5. Daniela de Jesus Cosio
Cosio started out as a Mexican beauty pageant contestant before she was signed with a modeling agency. Since then, she’s gone on to walk for Marchesa, Betsey Johnson, and appear in ads for Abercrombie & Fitch, Guess? and Victoria’s Secret.
6. Alessandra Ambrosio
We know Ambrosio as the face of Victoria’s Secret’s PINK line, and was the first to model for the line. Forbes ranked her as number six on its list of highest-paid models, earning $6.6 million in one year.
7. Carmen Carrera
Puerto Rican beauty, Carmen Carrera, has become a face of transgender beauty in the modeling industry. Her career started out in “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” After she transitioned, she made a name for herself on the runway. We see you, boo.
8. Helena Christensen
Christensen’s mother was Peruvian and her father, Danish, and she has been modeling for decades. She recently posed for a shoot where she somehow slipped into the very same ensemble she wore back in 1991. Don’t ask me how.
9. Christy Turlington
Half-Salvadoran Turlington is known for being the face of Calvin Klein and appearing on more than 500 magazine covers. She works hard to improve birthing conditions for mothers around the world, which aims to save women’s lives in her campaign, “Every Mother Counts.”
10. Joan Smalls
This young boricua is already hosting the MTV’s fashion series revamp of “House of Style,” while simultaneously booking catwalks and commercial prints for Gucci, Gap, Chanel and more. ¡Wepa!
11. Caroline Trentini
Brasileño Trentini was discovered just walking around Brazil by the same scout who discovered Bündchen. Eventually she moved to New York City and started working for Oscar de la Renta, DKNY, and Marc Jacobs.
12. Gracie Carvalho
Brazilian Carvalho walked 29 of the 35 shows during Rio Fashion Week and is still one of the most requested models. Her fame is on the rise, that’s for sure.
13. Arlenis Sosa
Ayyy, finally, una Dominicana! For the first two and half years of her career, she worked in her homeland where she faced colorism. When she moved to New York, she was signed on the spot, and has walked for Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Vera Wang, and so many more.
14. Ana Beatríz Barros
Barros was discovered when she was just 13 years old while vacationing in Rio de Janeiro. She eventually was signed and has since become a favorite of Sports Illustrated.
15. Sessilee Lopez
Lopez is a Dominican-Portuguese super star, seen posing with Oscar de la Renta (and Oscar the grouch). She’s also appeared on the cover of Vogue multiple times.
16. Belén Rodriguez
Rodriguez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to an Italian mother and Argentinian father. She now lives in Italy where she hosts “Italia’s Got Talent,” while continuing to walk the runway. You win.
17. Isabeli Fontana
Born in Brazil, she’s been modeling since she was just 13 years old. She caused a bit of an uproar when she posed for a Victoria’s Secret lingerie photoshoot when she was just 16 years old, after Victoria Secret promised they would not use models under 18. Immediately after, she was signed by Versace, Ralph Lauren and Valentino.
18. Jaslene Gonzalez
This Puerto Rican beauty knows how to win. Specifically, she won Cycle 8 of “America’s Next Top Model.” Since then she’s walked for New York Fashion Week, Miami Swim Week, and on the cover of Seventeen.
19. Lais Ribeiro
A year after she gave birth to her son, she caved to her friend’s advice to model. Not long after, she’s walked for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Marc Jacobs. Today, she is a Victoria’s Secret Angel.
20. Omahyra Mota
This Dominican brought the Latina androgynous look to the States when she moved to Queens and was signed to Boss Models. Since then, she’s actually starred in movies. You might recognize her from “X-Men 3: The Last Stand.”
Way to slay in all industries.