Alejandra Barraza
Inspiring Latina: Make-Up Artist & Businesswoman Alejandra Barraza!
By Latina Staff | 09/16/2014 - 12:24

Growing up, Alejandra Barraza developed a passion for makeup artistry while watching her mother work at her East L.A. salon.

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Marcela Aguilar
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Marcela Aguilar, Senior Director For Gap
By Latina Staff | 06/10/2014 - 11:37

Marcela Aguilar is definitely making a name for herself. At the age of 35, she's already the Senior Director of Global Marketing Communications for Gap, and was recently named one of Ad Age's "Women to Watch." Aguilar is in charge of all global advertising for Gap, and also handles all of their seasonal campaigns.

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Inspiring Latina of the Week: 'Devious Maids' Writer Tanya Saracho
Inspiring Latina of the Week: 'Devious Maids' Writer Tanya Saracho
By Wanda Medina | 01/22/2014 - 11:10

Writing for TV’s Devious Maids marked a big step for this seasoned playwright—and for Latina visibility in Hollywood.

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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Lingerie Line Creator & Entrepreneur Catalina Girald
By Samantha Leal | 01/07/2014 - 11:00

Catalina Girald knows a thing or two about hard work. Born in Colombia, she worked as a mergers and acquisitions attorney for four years, before heading to Stanford to earn her MBA.

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Monique Barraza
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Breast Cancer Awareness Advocate Monique Barraza
By Valerie Tejeda | 11/20/2013 - 11:40

Monique Barraza is a breast cancer awareness advocate for the Latina community. After losing her mother to breast cancer back in 2005, Monique started the Abigail Barraza Foundation, an organization that unites Latinas in the fight against breast cancer.

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Jessica Medina
Inspiring Latina of the Week: 'Loving Curves Collective' Founder & CEO Jessica Medina
By Valerie Tejeda | 11/12/2013 - 10:58

Jessica Medina is the Founder and CEO of Loving Curves Collective, a New York-based company and soon-to-be online store, that focuses on empowering and educating women to show off the beauty of their curves. The Dominicana strives encourage women from all ethnic backgrounds to embrace their body and be proud of who they are with events, photo shoots, and weekly video fashion tips.

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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Entrepreneur Michele Ruiz
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Entrepreneur Michele Ruiz
By Valerie Tejeda | 11/05/2013 - 13:41

Michele Ruiz is an accomplished entrepreneur, public speaker, blogger, author, and award-winning journalist. Born to a Panamanian mother in Glendale, California, Michele had a rough childhood dealing with abuse, racism, and poverty. Despite the odds, Ruiz put herself through college and went on to have a successful career in broadcast journalism. From there, she had the idea to start her own business with the motto, “Empowering Entrepreneurs to Empower Themselves.”

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Kyra Caruso
Inspiring Latina of the Week: DJ & Doula Kyra Caruso
By Valerie Tejeda | 10/29/2013 - 09:46

New York native Kyra Caruso has an interesting mix of professions: she is a DJ and a doula. Part Mexican and part Austrian, Kyra is co-owner of the music and lifestyle company Blend Media Group. Caruso has become quite the hot commodity, even djing for the likes of Katy Perry and Rihanna

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Stephanie Frances
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Marathon Runner Stefanie Frances
By Samantha Leal | 10/22/2013 - 14:51

Stefanie Frances didn't think she'd run a marathon when she first started running. But soon, it became a passion. Now, she's completed more than 30 marathons and, at the age of 60, has no plans on stopping. 

Every year Frances runs the Nike Marathon race, which is now in its 10th year and is one of the largest women's marathons in the world. (Fun fact: you get a Tiffany's necklace at the end!) The race benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training. To date, Frances has raised more than $100,000 for the cause. 

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Sandra Guynes
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Domestic Violence Survivor Sandra Guynes
By Valerie Tejeda | 10/15/2013 - 14:00

Sandra Guynes is a nurse educator, artist, domestic violence survivor, and the president and founder of Pearls for Creative Healing, Inc–a nonprofit organization providing help to survivors of domestic violence.

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