When it comes to fashion, Latinas are known for not being afraid to rock what our mamas gave us. Whether accentuating our curves in pencil skirts or going with the flow in ethereal bohemian dresses, Latinas can pull off any style. We rounded up 25 mujeres bringing their flavor to the fashion world in a very big way.
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Jet-setting around the world to pose for ad campaigns, staying at cute boutique hotels, and blogging in bed while eating gourmet breakfasts is just an average day for mega popular fashion blogger Sincerely, Jules. The Mexico-born, L.A.-based trendsetter regularly gets hooked up by Nike and Madewell, and has been featured in Elle, Lucky, and Teen Vogue. Blogging since 2009, we’re convinced she never has an ugly day.
This Mexican and Salvadoran stunner started Karla’s Closet in 2008 and has since exploded as a vintage-loving, Levi-wearing, style icon with a resume that includes accessory collaborations with Coach and Elie Saab. When she’s not blogging and causing serious body envy in a bikini on Maui, she designs jewelry for Roman Luxe.
Honduran and Puerto Rican Bronx-based blogger-turned-jewelry-designer, Delmy Rivera, recently wowed readers when she announced she’s pregnant. Now sporting an eight month-bump, she emulates stylish maternity looks that don’t come off maternity racks.
The Cuban-born fashion designer has been on everyone’s radar since dressing First Lady Michelle Obama four years ago in a yellow ensemble for a historic presidential inauguration that became the most-watched broadcast event in history. "She walks out of the church and we realized, ‘Oh my God, it's my dress,’" Toledo told ABC. “She chose lemongrass because it's a color that is optimistic, a color that represents change."
As a judge on über-popular reality show Project Runway since 2004, this Colombian fashionista knows a thing or two about style. She began her career working PR for Perry Ellis and Marc Jacobs before stints at Mirabella and Elle magazines. Now, she directs fashion spreads and features for Marie Claire and is a New York Times best-selling author for her works The Little Black Book of Style, The One Hundred, The Style Strategy and Nina Garcia’s Look Book.
As a judge on NBC’s Fashion Star, the part-mexicana celeb dishes advice to up-and-coming designers vying for a shot at $3,000,000 and deals with Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Express. Her House of Harlow 1960 accessories and Winter Kate clothing line earned her awards from Glamour and boast her signature wide-rimmed sunglasses and boho bags.
Going down in history as MTV’s first ever Latina VJ, this Cuban American TV personality and style maven has made millions designing everything from clothing to curtains for Kohl’s. She also works alongside judges Prince Royce and Paulina Rubio as co-host of Telemundo’s Latino tike take on The Voice, La Voz Kids.
The boricua superstar, who recently fell from top to 12th on Forbes’ ‘100 Most Powerful Celebrity’ list (I’m sure she doesn’t mind), has done it all. From her successful music career to sexy fashion and perfume lines, we can’t wait to see what the 43-year-old hot mama does as Chief Creative Officer of nuvoTV. Hint: Jennifer Lopez: Her Life, Her Journey coming July 18.
Modern Family’s leading lady brought sexy back to affordable fashion. Her successful Kmart line features flirty sundresses, bathing suits, and super cute accessories. Her next fashion move? A shapewear line that holds in curves in all the right places. Sold!
Venezuelan American designer Carolina Herrera has dressed first ladies and celebrities alike, and stays true to classy timeless pieces. Designing everything from menswear to wedding dresses, this style icon never fails to fill a fashion show to capacity.
Raised in Mexico City, this L.A.-based up-and-comer has already caught the attention of Style Like U, Refinery 29, and Daily Candy. Her adorable Beatrice Valenzuela line of leather shoes for men, women, and children are handmade by artisans in Mexico City and sold in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Japan. Next up: a flagship store in her Echo Park hometown.
Natalie, who’s better known as Natalie Off Duty, has been modeling since she was 15 and has been the face of Volcom and Mango. As a copywriter for Free People, Dylana recently got to cover Coachella for the bohemian brand and is known for her laidback Cali style. Now both based on the East Coast, the sisters teamed up to design a killer, pointy-toed ankle boot called “Jett” for cult-followed NYC shoe company Modern Vice.
The Mexican American L.A.-based designer and self-described “punk rock girl,” took her love for sewing and vintage and created a brand of sexy retro cocktail dresses with a rockabilly edge. Her American-made pieces have gotten celebrity love (Eva Mendes, Kat Von D, and Christina Aguilera rock them) and have been featured in Vogue, Allure, and Nylon.
As creators of Los Angeles' first mobile boutique, Le Fashion Truck, this Mexican American duo drive their pretty pink truck to flea markets, festivals, beauty expos, and private parties to sell locally-made clothing and accessories. Since teaming up in 2009, they’ve been featured on NBC’s Today show and in Lucky magazine for their innovative and fashion-forward store on wheels.
With stints as designer for Carolina Herrera and design director for Zac Posen under her belt, Venessa Arizaga used her travels to Puerto Rico as inspiration for her line of bright and bold statement jewelry. Fans include Leighton Meester and Selena Gomez.
With an A-list following that includes Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba, Zoe Saldana, and Emma Stone, it’s no wonder Brazilian designer Graziela Kaufman, better known as Graziela Gems, has it in her blood. Her grandfather was a jewelry designer, so she grew up around precious gems.
The Colombian ready-to-wear and wedding gown designer expanded her fashion empire to include fashionable accommodations in Cartagena de Indias that goes by the name Tcherassi Hotel & Spa.
Chile-born, New York-based designer, María Cornejo, creates eccentric yet minimalistic pieces that have been flaunted by Michelle Obama and Zoe Saldana. Her latest line was inspired by Italian painter Giacomo Balla, street art, woodblock printing, crop circles, traditional tailoring, and scuba gear. That’s what we call eccentric!
Growing up in L.A., working as a nanny for a Disney executive, and getting her start as an assistant on film shoots prepped this Mexicana to be a stylist to the stars. Her list of clients include Rachel Bilson (whom she collaborated with for their Shoe Mint line), Scarlett Johansson, and Katherine Heigl.
An expert on Latina fashion, this celeb stylist regularly shares fashion tips on Telemundo and CNN, and dresses Maritza Rodriguez, Chino y Nacho, Tommy Torres, Alexia Echevarria, Rafael Amaya, and many more.
Known for giving Rihanna her edgy look, Puerto Rican stylist Mariel Haenn recently teamed up with Rob Zangardi to dress Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Sofia Vergara, Kim Kardashian, Lily Collins, Rachel McAdams, Shakira, and Ciara. The duo were recently named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘25 Most Powerful Stylists.’
When not dishing amazing fitness advice on Latina.com, the Puerto Rican Basketball Wives star is working on her beauty line, E by Evelyn Cosmetics, and developing a maxi-dress line with Theresa Caldwell (Bow Wow’s mom).
A regular fashion contributor on Univision's Despierta America, Carmen Ordenez is all about looking good on a dime. She’s been a spokeswoman for budget brands T.J. Maxx, Marshall's, David's Bridal, and Jergens, and has been featured in The New York Times, FOX, and NBC.
One of the most prominent Latinas in fashion publishing, this Cuban American editor credits her mom, who was handpicked by Christian Dior to model for his shows in Havana during Cuba’s heyday, for her great taste.