This is it, the year is coming to an end (¿ya?!). And once again, Latinas were making headlines throughout 2015. To help you give el año viejo a proper goodbye, we’ve put together a list of kick-ass women who made us all super proud of being Latinos this year.
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After several battles with body image, the 23-year-old pop singer from Texas stripped down to nada to send a clear “love your body as it is” message. She did so while mourning the death of her abuelo, Buddy Moore, who died the day before. That’s strength.
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La Colombiana remains the highest-paid actress on American TV with a $28.5 million annual income, which doesn’t include revenue from her jewelry line, brand endorsements or modeling gigs. She recently tied the knot to Joe Manganiello in a fairy tale ceremony that proved money does buy the finest things in life (in Hollywood).
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The charming Jane the Virgin star took home a collection of awards during this year for her role of young Jane, including a Golden Globe, an Emmy, a Dorian award and an Imagen Award.
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In 2015, the rapper-singer won four Premios Pulsar in her native Chile, but it’s her constant compromiso with social causes – like the student and the Mapuche movements in South America – that have turned her into a leader and an example to follow.
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She was the first Latina Chief of Staff in the history of the U.S. Senate and this year. Renteria became the driving force behind Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as National Political Director. She knows she’s a role model and she told Latina magazine she couldn’t have done it alone: “There were Latinas who opened the door for me, and I need to keep it open for others.”
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Alba only appeared in two movies this year: she played a supporting role in Barely Lethal and made a cameo in Entourage. That’s because she’s more CEO than actor these days. Her organic, environmentally-friendly Honest Company reached a $1.7 billion value in August of 2015. ???
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This Dominican from Brooklyn tried to bury her desire to be an actor, believing her curvy figure wouldn’t be accepted in Hollywood. Netflix proved her wrong when her character, Daya Diaz, went from a recurring role to a series regular in the third season of Orange is the New Black. Oh yeah, Polanco also nailed a spot with the NFL Women’s apparel line (¡Que vivan las curvas!).
Gloria Emilce Martinez “Goyo”
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All the way from Quibdó, Chocó – on the Pacific coast of Colombia – to Los Angeles, super-talented Goyo led her band ChoQuibTown to its second Latin Grammy award this year. Fine, it’s not JUST hers, but she’s most certainly responsible for the band’s feminine flavor.
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The former Desperate Housewife from Corpus Christi took on another project with Telenovela, a series which pokes fun at the ridiculous world of Latino soap operas. She also inked a deal with Sunrise Brands for her own athletic sportswear line and continues her tireless activism efforts. Oh, and she just got engaged to the love of her life.