A beautiful celebrity is not hard to find, but one that is both beautiful on the inside and outside deserves to be showcased. Here are 15 Latinas who have good looks and are even better people:
1. Demi Lovato
Somehow Demi Lovato is even more beautiful au naturale, as evidenced by a makeup-free selfie she posted when she encouraged others to do the same. This is exactly the kind of spirit we admire in Lovato. She takes being a role model seriously – and she wants others to do the same, including Lady Gaga, who she called out for glamorizing bulimia. “"Sad... As if we didn't have enough people glamorizing eat disorders already," the singer and former X Factor judge tweeted. "Bottom line, it's not 'cool' or 'artsy' at all."
2. Joan Smalls
Joan Smalls is a 5’10” Boricua who dominates the catwalk. She was the first black model to be signed as the face of Estee Lauder and is the No. 1 top model on Models.com. Smalls has no problem talking about racism in the industry. 'There are people in the industry who are advocates, who support diversity,” she told Elle. “And there are people who do not. I don’t get it. Beauty is universal. These doors have to open.”
3. America Ferrera
She once told Allure that the “most universal beauty is a smile,” and we have to agree! But she’s also someone who looks to portray strong women on screen – and that, to us, is absolutely beautiful. Admitting that she had spent time worrying about being a certain size, she finally realized that the most important thing was what she contributed to the world.
4. Maite Perroni
This Mexican telenovela star is a leading lady with good reason, but she’s also incredibly passionate about breast cancer awareness. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and she decided to join hair donation program Beautiful Lengths. She encouraged other Latinas to donate their hair as well to support the cause. “With 8 inches of hair, we can create a wig... We found that these wigs make women smile and feel a little more joyous about herself,” she told Fox News Latino. “It’s a glimmer of hope.”
5. Zoe Saldana
The Star Trek actress is as attention grabbing on the big screens as she is on a red carpet. She's also very outspoken and comfortable being herself. When cast as Nina Simone, the actress came under scrutiny for not being “black enough” to depict the singer. She told Ebony that she wasn’t going to focus on the racist aspect of the comments, and that she’s secure enough to play the role truthfully: “I’m going to have my moments of weakness, but I like who I am and I don’t want to be anybody else. I don’t want anybody to tell me to change when I don’t want to change.”
6. Dascha Polanco
Daya may have made some bad decisions on Orange is the New Black, but Dascha Polanco seems to be making a lot of right ones. Though she once didn’t think she could be a Hollywood star because she doesn’t fit the status quo, she is no shrinking violet. Watch her on a red carpet, and you’ll see a woman who is confident and really loving life. “I’m very proud to be representing Latinas and women of color, young mothers and full-figured women,” she told Latina. “I just love that we’re seeing different types of people on screen. It’s so exciting.”
7. Julianna Pena
This UFC fighter is known as the Venezuelan Vixen, which explains why she is in ridiculously good shape. She became the first female winner of The Ultimate Fighter, and she recently had a terrible knee injury that came from training too hard. But she’s definitely not retiring just yet – she is determined to “come back with a nasty vengeance.”
8. Gisele Bundchen
She’s the highest paid supermodel and is the ultimate standard of beauty for a lot of women (celebs included!), but being beautiful isn’t just a physical thing for Gisele – it also radiates from within. Extremely charitable and loving, the model has donated money as part of Brazil’s Zero Hunger program, and she also serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. This past December she surprised a teenage fan battling cancer, where they did each other’s makeup and just hung out. "You are [a] warrior, an inspiration of positivity and courage,” she wrote about the teen. “I will be praying for you. Sending you love and light always."
9. Aubrey Plaza
This brunette beauty is one half of the cutest friendship (with the equally amazing Anna Kendrick) ever documented on Twitter and of the main characters of Parks and Recreation. And there’s nothing more endearing about her than her personality. She doesn’t feel comfortable with selling herself on her looks, as she revealed in an interview with The Guardian, and even says that if there were a school that would teach celebrities how to pose, she would have been kicked out. But don’t take this as insecurity – she has big plans to be more like the women in comedy she admires.
There’s no doubt that this 24-year-old mexicana is beautiful, but what is even more beautiful is that she frequently visits sick children in the hospital. She sings and tries to spread cheer and hope, and she does it without seeking publicity (though we just outed her here. Sorry Belinda!). She did explain that these visits fulfill a childhood goal for her, and that she sees it as a way to give back for being so fortunate.
11. Amy Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez, move over, there’s a new A-Rod in the house. This gal plays for the United State’s national soccer team is a dedicated player – heading back to her team and the field only seven months after giving birth! She also works to do good in her spare time, working with Project Pink, which helps young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
12. Eva Mendes
In The Other Guys, Will Ferrell plays Eva Mendes’ husband, who says she is merely “cute.” He eventually admits that he knows how lucky he is, but in real life, Mendes wouldn’t need someone’s approval to feel beautiful. She has all the self-confidence she needs – but it didn’t start off that way. She came from a family with little money, which meant limited options. This made her realize she had to find something she was passionate about, but it’s that journey that led her to really accept and love herself.
13. Stephanie Beatriz
The beautiful and talented Stephanie Beatriz was drawn to her character on Brooklyn Nine-Nine for being an unapologetic badass. And Beatriz is definitely a badass in real life, too. She told TV Wise, “There should be a code of honor in which you should live your life, and I try to be the best possible person that I can be at all times. I don’t always succeed, but I am always trying.”
14. Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria regularly tops “Most Beautiful” lists, but she has proven time and again that she’s beautiful on the inside, too. One of her most personal programs is Eva’s Heroes, which she started in 2006 because of her sister. “I was blessed with a sister who has special needs,” she says on the website. “Now, I work to impact the lives of similar young adults nationwide.”
The colombiana not only lights up the stage and red carpet, she brings positivity to the rest of the world with her activism and social causes. In 1997 she founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation, a Colombian charity with special schools for poor children around Colombia. She’s performed a number of benefit concerts throughout the years and is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and is very vocal on children’s education.