Forbes just released its “30 Under 30” list, which highlights 600 young people across 20 industries who are already making an impact in their respective fields. From music and entertainment to law and tech, the Forbes list features an impressive collection of innovators, including several Latinos, proving that you don’t have to be an abuelo to be influential. Here are some of the standouts:
Makeup artist Manuel Gutierrez, a beauty influencer with a large following on social media, made it onto two lists: “Celebrities” and “Art & Style.”
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Gutierrez, who goes by Manny Mua on social media, took to Instagram to announce his excitement at being included on the list: “I can’t even breathe! This is so nuts! Such an honor!” Gutierrez is clearly both talented and humble.
After an amazing couple of years, Brazilian MMA fighter Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes made it to the “Sports” list.
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After defeating UFC champion Ronda Rousey in under a minute — 48 seconds to be exact — late last year, Nunes established herself as a force to be reckoned with in MMA. Nunes, who is undefeated in her last six bouts, is also MMA’s first openly gay champion.
On the “Hollywood and Entertainment” list is Juan Pablo Martinez Zurita.
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Zurita is a social media influencer from Mexico — he has nearly 31 million followers — has gone from making comedy videos to using his voice for humanitarian efforts. And he’s only just getting started. At 21, he’s one of the youngest on the list and has been making digital content for the last four years. He’s also a model and has his own clothing line. Busy boy, huh?
In “Education,” Jonathan García is following in his parents’ footsteps, helping others reach for their dreams.
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The son of undocumented Mexican immigrants, García has led efforts to raise over twenty-one million dollars from private investors to help students reach their educational dreams in San Francisco. He now leads similar efforts for Portland’s public school system.
Brooklyn-based rapper Young M.A. made it to the “Music” list after releasing the triple-platinum hit “OOOUU.”
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After releasing an EP titled “Herstory,” she’s looking to drop her debut album, “Herstory In the Making,” in 2018. In an industry dominated by tough guys, M.A. proves she can thug as hard as any of them. Her raw style screams New York and her lyrics will make any grandma blush. But she pushes the envelope by moving into rap territory and topics normally utilized by men.
Rounding out the music list is Cardi B, rap queen of 2017.
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Her song “Bodak Yellow” topped the Billboard charts at number one and set the record for weeks atop the list by a solo female rap artist. The only time another solo female rap artist topped the list was Lauryn Hill, some 20 years prior. Cardi B’s unapologetic style, music, and persona show that she’s here to stay and doesn’t give a shit what anyone has to say about her.
Mexican boxing sensation Canelo Alvarez made it to the “Sports” list. As a three-time champion, it’s no surprise.
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Canelo’s only loss came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather, who is currently retired. After his blockbuster bout with Gennady Golovkin, Canelo is poised to become the most important fighter in boxing.
Houston Astros player Jose Altuve may not be the biggest guy on the baseball field, but he’s definitely got a huge heart.
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Altuve was an essential part of the team that won the 2017 World Series trophy for Houston. After nearly being eliminated by the New York Yankees, Altuve and the Astros bounced back and won the first championship Houston has ever seen.
What Latinos would you have chosen for this 30 under 30 list? Do you feel like anyone was left? Mention them in the comments below.
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