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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


READ: The 20 Greatest Latina Supermodels

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This 26-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Has Big Dreams Of Making History For Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

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This 26-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Has Big Dreams Of Making History For Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

It’s not every day that history is made in the model industry.

Sure, the field is one that has seen quite a bit of change in terms of diversity and representation in recent years, but if the current look of runways has anything to prove it’s that doors still need to be opened. This is true for the representation of people of color other ethnicities as well as those with differing gender identities and disabilities.

Twenty-six-year-old Mikayla Holmgren knows this truth and is striving to be the change she wants to see in the fashion and model industry.

Holmgren is a woman with Down syndrome and used to making history and striving for change.

In 2017, she became the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in a Miss USA pageant. At the time she entered as a contestant in Minnesota’s competition. While she didn’t earn the crown for Miss Minnesota Holmgren did take home the Spirit of Miss USA award and the contest’s Director’s Award. It was the first time for a contestant with Down syndrome to take home any wins in the category.

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Holmgren recently talked to Gretchen Carlson in a recent episode of PEOPLE (the TV Show!) about her latest goals and dreams of making history.

“We tell all our people who have special needs or Down syndrome, go ahead and do it,” Holmgren, who recently submitted her audition tape to Sports Illustrated, explained. “Just follow your dreams and then do things.”

On whether or not she is nervous, Holmgren explained that she has no nerves. “I just wait and see,” she explained, “and fingers crossed.”

Holmgren went on to share that more important to her than winning is her desire to encourage inclusivity.

“Just bring awareness and be more inclusive,” she explained. “Just spread the world. And does inclusive matter? No matter what, it’s from inside out. It’s follow your dream to go do it.”

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Karen Vega Becomes The First Oaxacan Model To Grace Pages Of Vogue Mexico

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Karen Vega Becomes The First Oaxacan Model To Grace Pages Of Vogue Mexico

According to the National Commission for the Development of the Indigenous Peoples, Oaxaca has the greatest percentage of indigenous people in Mexico. Making up 48% of the population in Oaxaca, Mexico the indigenous group continues to flourish and influence Mexican culture to this day.one of them is the model Karen Vega. And yet, despite their prevalence and contributions, Oaxacans remain sorely underrepresented in Mexico and Latin America. Only recently, with the rising attention towards actress Yalitza Aparicio, have most mainstream outlets featured the indigenous people of Oaxaca on their screens and magazine pages.

Fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

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Just 18 years old, the model, Karen Vega graced the magazine’s pages and spoke out about the importance of seeing more diversity in the world of fashion. “It is time for new generations to have media that show them expressions of equality and educate them about the differences that make us all beautiful,” Karen Vega told the outlet. “My grain of sand would be to put the focus on the southern woman, our stories, where we come from so that more than just photo models, we can also be an inspiration of another kind.”

According to Vogue Mexico,vega’s journey began at the age of 14 when she helped her abuelo’s wife with her business as a seamstress.

At the time, Karen Vega helped her measure out the dresses that she made for a local fashion form. According to Vega, she quickly fell in love with the world of fashion and began to dream about modeling as a profession. Using social media sites as her instruction guide, she began to obtain an understanding of what fashion meant. She flipped through the pages of magazines and began connecting with models to understand how to break into the world of modeling. Soon enough, after receiving an invite from the designer Pompi García and the photographer Enrique Leyva to model for part of the production “Magical Realism” in the city of Oaxaca she found herself on the path to a professional career in modeling.

Karen Vega went on to join García and Leyva’s modeling agency, Talento Espina. The agency strives to represent Oaxacan models and ultimately helped Vega receive an invite to participate in an Autumn-Winter show in Mexico City.

“At first there was a lot of doubt about my participation, because although it was a very nice opportunity, the move and my parents’ confidence to leave was difficult, since it was the first time I was leaving Oaxaca,” Vega told Vogue. Fortunately, Vega’s agency was able to help her older brother come along with her.

Now she’s modeling for big brands like Vogue and says its thanks to her agency which taught her to never tolerate abuse from people who hired her and to speak up. According to Vega, working with her agency has taught her that while pursuing her dreams of modeling will come with its struggles because of her Indigenous origins it’s not at all impossible. 

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