By Amaris Castillo | 12/31/2012 - 01:36
This year, our minds and hearts have been widened and re-shaped thanks to our Inspiring Latinas column. Since we launched the weekly column in early January, we've told the stories of strong, everyday Latina women who wake up every morning to follow their ambitions - much to our admiration.
Take a look at our 39 Inspiring Latinas of 2012 below and tell us, what inspires you in life?
By Laura Elizabeth Hernandez | 12/04/2012 - 13:39
Cindy Rodriguez isn't the kind of girl who sits around waiting on the world to change. Instead, she's the kind of girl who makes change happen!
Growing up in West New York, N.J., this driven and hardworking Latina noticed a lack of coverage about Latinos in mainstream magazines and on television, and from an early age, Rodriguez felt compelled to change that. “The art, culture, and historic footprint in this country was changing, but no one was really writing stories about it," says Rodriguez. "I wanted to change that.”
By Desiree Browne | 11/27/2012 - 12:16
The minute you walk into her New York chocolate boutique in SoHo, you can tell Maribel Lieberman is a woman who loves her job. Every detail of her popular shop MarieBelle, from the enormous chandeliers to the meticulously decorated chocolates is elegant and rich. Each bite of one of her famous ganaches is a taste of her native Honduras—a burst of passionfruit or chili pepper—or something she discovered in New York’s culinary landscape, like cardamom or pistachio.
By Laura Elizabeth Hernandez | 11/20/2012 - 13:28
Iliana Guibert McGinnis is an actress and philanthropist. When she's not on stage, shooting a commercial, or working on an independent film project -- she dedicates her time and energy to giving back to her community.
By Laura Elizabeth Hernandez | 11/13/2012 - 12:30
Monica Herrera has always been willing to go that extra-mile to make her dreams come true. Whether she was taking on extra writing assignments at Billboard or Rolling Stone, or writing about the things that interested her most, like music.
By Sugey Palomares | 10/16/2012 - 16:00
Brenda Henry-Sanchez proves that with education and practice, you can make the world a better place. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City, Sanchez has a passion for making sure our nation is on a path towards better health. As the program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she oversees the grassroots initiatives that improve the wellbeing of underrepresented communities nationwide.
By Laura Elizabeth Hernandez | 10/11/2012 - 16:00
Honduran American Lilliana Alvarez, 30, considers herself different, and she likes it. Her main goal is to communicate to the world her "fierceness," as she puts it, through her own personal style. "Wear your look, walk it, talk it and live it for the moment," she says.
By Sugey Palomares | 10/02/2012 - 16:00
Patricia Garcia, 25, has the soul of a survivor. The Mexican newlywed from California was diagnosed with a rare type of tumor that is effecting her lungs and heart. She is currently treating her three-malignant thymoma at the USC Hospital in Los Angeles. As treatment expenses continue to mount, her family launched a Give Forward campaign to help with medical costs.
By Laura Elizabeth Hernandez | 09/27/2012 - 17:00
Brittany Maldonado is an actress, painter, poet and writer. The Puerto Rican artist, has dedicated her life to expression in all art forms. “Art, whether it was through words or painting, has always been my means of expression,” she says. She looks to artists such as Salvador Dali and Lauren Velez for inspiration. Currently, she is working on a play written by Latino playwright Jose Rivera.