Inspiring Latina

 
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Model & Autism Activist Christina Mendez
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Model & Autism Advocate Christina Mendez
By Valerie Tejeda | 09/17/2013 - 12:05

Christina Mendez is an actress, model, philanthropist, hostess, and mother, who is taking the entertainment by storm. Being the granddaughter of Meringue King Joseito Mateo, performing was always in her blood.

After nine years of working hard, Christina has become one of the most recognizable “real size” models, and she is proud of her curves! Mendez has been been featured on BET's Rip The Runway, MSN Living, and countless fashion campaigns including QFD by Qristyl Frazier Designs-Project Runway Alumni, and MadRag, amoung others.


Read more
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Runner & Athlete Brenda Martinez
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Runner & Athlete Brenda Martinez
By Connie Aitcheson | 09/11/2013 - 11:46

At the recent IAAF Track & Field World Championships in Moscow, Mexican-American Brenda Martinez became the first American woman to win a medal in the 800m at the event. She ran her personal-best at (1:57.80) and won the bronze medal. Martinez, 25, is from Rancho Cucamongo, CA and is the only Latina on the national track and field team.


Read more
Triathlete Aurora Colello
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Triathlete Aurora Colello
By Valerie Tejeda | 08/27/2013 - 14:08

To call Colombian triathlete Aurora Colello a go-getter would be the understatement of the century. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), this mother of four took matters into her own hands, using diet, exercise, and holistic methods for treatment–even curing her blindness caused by the disease. 

After participating in many triathlons, Aurora is now working to raise money for pediatric cancer research by competing this September in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox


Read more
Dr. Juliana Rangel-Posada
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Entomology Professor & Bee Researcher Dr. Juliana Rangel-Posada
By Valerie Tejeda | 08/20/2013 - 11:47

Dr. Juliana Rangel-Posada, Ph.D., is the associate professor for Texas A&M's Entomology Department. Only in her early thirties, this native Colombian has quite the impressive resume! 


Read more
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Chef & Food Blogger Bren Herrera
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Chef & Food Blogger Bren Herrera
By Valerie Tejeda | 08/13/2013 - 12:28

Bren Herrera is a professional chef and owner of the award-winning culinary blog Flanboyant Eats, where she documents her life as a food writer and private chef. Bren also hosts the travel webseries, “Dine Out,” where she lends her cooking expertise and explores different cuisines from across the globe.


Read more
Karin Larrave
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Financial Representative Karin Larrave
By Valerie Tejeda | 06/11/2013 - 11:39

Karin Larrave works as a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual, specializing in estate planning, business risk management, retirement, life insurance and disability income planning. She is also the owner of her own practice and is a certified bilingual financial representative. Born in Guatemala and raised in Mexico, Karin works in Dallas, Texas, where 38 percent of the population is Hispanic. Larrave works to educated her clients about protecting themselves in both English and Spanish.


Read more
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Artist S. Whittaker
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Artist S. Whittaker
By Valerie Tejeda | 06/04/2013 - 11:22

Latina artist S. Whittaker recently launched her first 3D art exhibit in New York called "Time Signature." Using oil and acrylic based portraits on wooden canvases, Whittaker painted pictures of many of her favorite musicians, including Celia Cruz, Bob Marley, Marc Anthony and Ruben Blades.


Read more
Pinup Photographer Alina Vargas-Afanasieva
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Pinup Photographer Alina Vargas-Afanasieva
By Desiree Browne | 05/28/2013 - 12:57

If there’s one thing Santo Domingo-based photographer Alina Vargas-Afanasieva knows, it’s beauty. She’s photographed fashion, beauty and portraits for magazines all over the Dominican Republic and works closely with MAC Caribe. But what she shot for glossies didn’t always match the beauty of the women she saw walking the streets in her city. Trying to make her own work and celebrate the beauty of all women, the photographer gave ordinary women the movie-star treatment to create pinup photos in the style of the 1940s and 1950s, but with a distinctly Dominican twist.


Read more
Rita Ferro
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Rita Ferro, Executive VP of Disney Media Sales & Marketing
By Laura Elizabeth Hernandez | 05/21/2013 - 13:57

Disney is a magical place where dreams come true. So it comes as no surprise that Rita Ferro was able to make all her dreams come true, by working for Disney. By age 44, she has already earned the title of Executive Vice President of Disney Media Sales and Marketing. The Cuban-American native of Coral Gables, Florida has also worked for ESPN international, MTV Networks in Latin America and Blue Pearl Entertainment before making magic happen at Disney.


Read more
Lina Oliveros
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Scientist & Community Leader Lina Oliveros
By Valerie Tejeda | 05/14/2013 - 10:00

Lina Oliveros is doing more than her part to help our environment. Originally from Colombia, the now Batlimore-based scientist created a project called, "Raising Prawns in the City," an alternative to harvesting shrimp from natural waters using aquaponics- a concept that dates back to early Aztec civilizations.


Read more