The world is full of boss babes in general, but these nine Latinas are totally killing the entrepreneurial game. We’re so inspired by their fierce determination, work ethic, and creativity that obviously we had to make a list out of it. Sit back and get ready to feel crazy-motivated to pursue your dreams!
Lora Arellano is incredible and there’s no other way to describe it. She went from working at Nordstrom, to doing Rihanna’s makeup, to launching her own cosmetics line. Did we mention she’s under 30?!
Lora’s big dreams and keen eye for makeup and beauty have made her an incredibly successful businesswoman. I mean, anyone who gets to touch Rihanna’s face is a winner in our book.
Rea Ann Silva invented the Beauty Blender, so we can all bow down now.
The little pink orb of wonder was invented in 1993 and has seriously revolutionized the beauty industry. Read Silva’ story here. Spoiler alert: she started as a makeup artist working with Rod Stewart. Say what?!
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Katia Beauchamp is one of the founders. She met her business partner at Harvard, where both ladies were sick of feeling overwhelmed when shopping for beauty products. They decided to streamline the process and create a single box that provided customers with several samples.
Katia’s beauty motto? “I’ll try anything twice.”
Bésame Cosmetics has been around since 2004, thanks to makeup/beauty/artist extraordinaire Gabriela Hernandez’s love for vintage beauty.
Hernandez immigrated to the U.S. from Argentina, and very early on became fascinated with her grandmother’s beauty routine. Hernandez launched the cosmetic line of her dreams with Bésame, a way to bring “romance” back to the beauty industry
Hernandez has created a magical beauty empire. She’s truly an inspirational lady.
Accessories & Goods
First of all, take a moment and check out her work: necklaces, earrings, and rings that are both delicate and attention-grabbing:
Keyla Torres is based out of San Juan, Puerto Rico and has over 3,000 followers on Etsy and 10,000 followers on Instagram. Her jewelry is seriously stunning! According to Torres’ Etsy page, creating jewelry was an “accidental love.” Ummm, we’re very glad it happened because homegirl can CREATE.
6. Jenny of Samsara Prints
If you’re a fan unique totes or T-shirt, Jenny is your girl:
Her shop has been around since 2011, and her designs are super funky and unique. We’re all about dope new artists, and Jenny is definitely one to keep an eye on.
These Washington DC-based sisters, Nicole and Alejandra, are slaying the dessert game!
Our mouth is watering just looking through their Instagram. Seriously, we’ve turned into drooling/heart eye emojis. The pastries are also healthy, so we’re very into it. Plus, we love that these ladies are sisters pursuing their dreams together. YAS!
Art & Activism
— Noemi Martinez (@hermanaresist) June 16, 2016
This badass feminist is an alt media lover, activist, blogger, and “zinester.”
— Noemi Martinez (@hermanaresist) February 8, 2016
The founder of two community groups, CAFE Revolución and Voice Against Violence, as well as co-founding Gloria Anzaldua Legacy Project. Homegirl is the definition of a superhero, creating spaces and online outlets for women of color.
We can’t express how important the work Noemi is doing – providing platforms for women of color to voice their thoughts, opinions, and experiences.
Meet one woman who is changing the game for STEMinistas everywhere! (STEMinistas, btw, is a term that related to kickass, activism-focused Latinas in science, technology, engineering and math.)
She is the founder of the blog Viva la Feminsta, where she blogs about the intersecting paths between feminism, motherhood, and being a Latina. WE’RE SO IN LOVE WITH HER. It’s insane how inspirational she is, especially since she was one of the first feminist Latina blogs on the scene.
Sidenote: The White House also gave her an award, so you can’t really top that.
Who are Latina entrepreneurs that inspire you? mitú wants to know!