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9 Latina Entrepreneurs Who Are Total Inspirational Badasses

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!


 Beauty

1. Lora Arellano

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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?!

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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.


2. Rea Ann Silva

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Rea Ann Silva invented the Beauty Blender, so we can all bow down now.

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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?!


3. Katia Beauchamp

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Are you familiar with the wonder that is Birchbox?I mean, yeah, of course you are.

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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.”


4. Gabriela Hernandez

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Bésame Cosmetics has been around since 2004, thanks to makeup/beauty/artist extraordinaire Gabriela Hernandez’s love for vintage beauty.

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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

5. Keyla Torres

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First of all, take a moment and check out her work: necklaces, earrings, and rings that are both delicate and attention-grabbing:

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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

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If you’re a fan unique totes or T-shirt, Jenny is your girl:

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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.


Food

7. Nicole & Alejandra Leiva

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These Washington DC-based sisters, Nicole and Alejandra, are slaying the dessert game!

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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

8. Noemi Martinez


This badass feminist is an alt media lover, activist, blogger, and “zinester.”


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.


9. Veronica Arreola

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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.)

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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.


READ: Why Pitbull Is Inspiring AF: ” “I Don’t ‘Leverage’ The Latin Community, I Live It.”

Who are Latina entrepreneurs that inspire you? mitú wants to know!

There’s A New Latina Candle Collection That’ll Make Your Room Smell Like Your Childhood In The Sweetest Way

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There’s A New Latina Candle Collection That’ll Make Your Room Smell Like Your Childhood In The Sweetest Way

It finally happened, all your favorite iconic Latino scents are now in the form of real candles. Oh Comadre Candles was created by Marcela Gomez who also happens to be one of the original founders of Concha Con. When coming up with the concept for these candles, she wanted people to be able to take people back to family parties.

Gomez says Oh Comadre started as a form of therapy from her nursing job. She says she needed an outlet to help her escape the stress of her job in healthcare. While shopping around, Gomez noticed there weren’t any candles with Latino aromas.

She started looking around for inspiration, starting with family parties and looking around at the different types of sweets we enjoy eating to the household products we use that remind us of abuelita’s house. The end product, Gomez says, is Latino candles that celebrates life in hopes that they evoke emotion, memory, comfort, and a smile.

Here are scents from Oh Comadre that’ll help you relive your sweetest family memories every time you light a candle.

Click here to shop the Oh Comadre collection in our mitú mercado.

Fabulosa

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We’re pretty sure you don’t do your chores every time your mom asks you to do them. Chances are you were probably nervous when you’d hear your mom was on her way back home because you still hadn’t mopped like she asked you to. Luckily for you, this candle exists and you can light it 10 minutes after she asks you to mop. The Fabuloso-like scent will fill the house and have your mom thinking you are such a good mija, you listen to her every time she asks you to do something — and you will be off the hook, also making you the child que sí hace caso.

You can buy the candle here.

Sana Sana

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If there’s one lesson from my childhood that I could pass along to my future children it’s the power of Vicks. Thankfully Vicks’ healing powers still apply in adulthood. Now you can get that same, cozy, I’m-better-now- feeling every time you light this candle.

You can buy the candle here.

Chocolate Abuelita

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Move over, pumpkin spice, there’s a new superior scent. There can only be one top holiday drink and we know that belongs to Abuelita. This candle smells exactly like the chocolate mom used to make and it is the perfect holiday gift for any chocolate lover.

You can buy the candle here.

Pan Dulce

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If you’re like me Saturday morning means you’ll crave the delicious smell of pan dulce every morning. If you’re also like me, you’re probably too lazy to get up and go Light this up and soon your entire house will smell like a local panadería.

You can buy the candle here.

Cafecito

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Not all coffee is made the same. There’s something about the coffee our mamás, tías and abuelas make that is just a little more simple. Maybe it’s because the coffee beans from our countries are richer? Whenever you need your cafecito mix just light this candle and inhale. We can’t promise it’ll give you a boost of energy but it’ll definitely take you back to the cafecito and chisme conversations you have shared with the women in your life.

You can buy the candle here.

Te Boté

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Most candles are made to get you in a romantic mood but this is the only candle that will remind you why you walked away — and that you’re better off without that scumbag. This candle smells like the powerful Jabón Zote and every time you spark that little wick you’ll be reminded that you’re a poderosa too.

You can buy the candle here.

Arroz Con Leche

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Arroz con leche is a staple across Latin America. No matter how you make it, every recipe is bomb. Now every cinnamon and arroz lover can surround themselves in this warm scent with the arroz con leche candle.

You can buy the candle here.

Tamales de Dulce

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We have an ongoing joke that we get sick of eating tamales for weeks during the holiday season but the reality is we miss these cozy scents as soon as the season is over. Now you can smell the sweet aroma of tamales all year long… without having to work a tamalada.

You can buy the candle here.

Unbreakable

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Everybody loves the peanut buttery taste of Mazapan but we hate the mess. Now you can enjoy the sweet scent inspired by your favorite candy without the hassle of crumbs everywhere.

You can buy the candle here.

To see the entire Oh Comadre collection in the mitú Mercado, click here.

Disney Is Debuting Their First Jewish Princess And Surprise! She’s Also Latina

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Disney Is Debuting Their First Jewish Princess And Surprise! She’s Also Latina

We all know by now that is no “one way” to be Latinx. Latinos come in a variety of forms, from Black to white, tall to short, descended from Indigenous, African, and European populations. And while Roman Catholicism may be the dominant religion in most of Latinidad, it goes without saying that Latino culture is not a monolith. Latinos practice a variety of religions, from Islam to Buddhism to, yes, Judaism. 

And while most people don’t necessarily think of Judaism when they think of Latin America, there is, in fact, a small but proud population of Jewish Latinos who keep their culture alive through tradition and a strong sense of community. But being a part of such a small community within an already-marginalized community can feel isolating at times. Especially when there are no public role models to see yourself reflected in.

That’s why Tuesday’s news that Disney is debuting a Jewish-Latinx princess sent shock-waves through the internet. 

Walt Disney Television Animation News announced via Twitter that an upcoming Elena of Avalon episode in December would be featuring a “visiting princess” from a “Latino Jewish kingdom”.The as-yet-unnamed princess will be voiced by Jamie-Lynn Sigler, the actress famous for her portrayal of Meadow Soprano on HBO’s seminal masterpiece, “The Sopranos”. 

The Tweet also revealed that the princess would also make an appearance in Elana’s “royal coronation special” next year. Although we do not know any further details of Sigler’s character or her storyline, “Elena of Avalor” writer Rachel Ruderman gave a small preview of what’s to come. “A little over a year ago, I had the honor of writing an Elena of Avalor episode featuring Disney’s first Jewish princess,” Ruderman said via Twitter. She continued: “Jamie Lynn Sigler knocks the role out of the park (wait ’till you hear her song!) Can’t wait to share this one”.

In a move of conscious-casting on Disney’s part, Jamie Lynn Sigler herself happens to be both Latina and Jewish–a giant step for a media giant that can sometimes miss the mark with casting.

Raised by a Jewish father and a Cuban mother, Sigler grew up in New York City as part of a multicultural family.In the past, Sigler has talked about being raised Jewish–attending Hebrew school, having a Bat Mitzvah, and even going on a Birth Right trip to Israel in 2008. 

This episode can serve as an educational experience for many people (including those of Latinx descent) who are unaware that Jewish Latinos even exist. In fact, what some people might not even know, is that the term “Sephardic” (a term used to describe Jewish people of European descent) literally means “of Spain or Portuguese descent” in old Hebrew. In other words, it’s not a stretch to imagine a character of both Latin and Jewish roots on our TV screens. In fact, it’s completely historically plausible!

Naturally, both the Latinx and Jewish Twitter population is super excited at this groundbreaking news.

As we mentioned before, the acknowledgment of Jewish Latinos in popular culture is such a rarity. When the media shines a spotlight on such a marginalized group of people, the advent is worth celebrating. And even though changes are slow in the making, any progress on the representation front is a step in the right direction.

Jamie Lynn Sigler herself expressed her excitement at the news, calling to attention the novelty of her position:

Yes, it’s exciting that the Jewish Latinx population has finally gotten some princess representation, but it’s still a little bit frustrating that we had to wait until 2019 for a Jewish princess. We have a long way to go.

This Latina Jew was incredibly excited at the prospect of having the chance to see her own unique lifestyle reflected onscreen:

The self-styled “Jewyorican” is one of many New York-based Puerto-Rican Jews who identify fully with both cultures. It’s not as rare as people think.

Some Latinx Jews took to Twitter to give some suggestions on how Disney could go about bringing the new character to life:

This Hispanic Linguistics Professor suggested incorporating the ancient Judeo-Spanish language of Ladino into the show. 

This multi-cultural woman celebrated the inclusion of multiple cultures in one character:

Families like hers are the way of the future–at least according to statistics. Although many media outlets still see American families in black and white, the rest of us living our lives know that our identities are increasingly a hodgepodge of cultures. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.