We continue to party during Hispanic Heritage Month and want to highlight 5 influential Latinos who make a positive difference in the world. Jennifer López, Ricky Martin, J Balvin, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sofía Vergara need no introduction, but they do deserve to be celebrated for their countless contributions to our community.
Jennifer LopezIt has been a year full of successes. The Puerto Rican-born singer and actress will perform with Shakira at the Super Bowl in 2020, is rumored to be nominated for an Oscar for her starring role in the movie Hustlers, and has just toured her world tour It's My Party. In addition to continuing to succeed as a businesswoman, the Youtuber and influencer, she continues to shine as a fashion icon. JLO also does not forget to return love to her community. After the devastating passage of Hurricane Maria through Puerto Rico, she donated an attempt to improve the world. In addition to fighting human trafficking and sexual exploitation with his Ricky Martin Foundation, the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador is an advocate for children's rights, and has also been recognized for his work on behalf of the well-being of the community. LGBTQ.The versatile artist - nominated for an Emmy for his performance in the series on the murder of Gianni Versace - joined the Puerto Rican people in their protests to remove former Governor Ricardo Roselló from power and they obtained his resignation, demanding a government free of corruption on the island..
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman in the US Congress last year when she was elected as a congresswoman at age 29. The political leader of Puerto Rican descent, born and raised in the Bronx, has raised her voice to defend Hispanic immigrants in the United States, denouncing that they live in deplorable conditions in immigration detention centers. Ocasio-Cortez has proudly revealed that she had to work as a waitress to help her family financially after her father's death from cancer in 2008. The congresswoman has shown her passion and dedication in advocating for the rights of domestic workers in the United States., in addition to fighting for stricter control of firearms and for the cancellation of student debts.
Colombian actress Sofía Vergara conquered Hollywood, becoming one of the highest paid actresses in the world. The star of the Modern Family series and movies like Hot Pursuit has received countless accolades, including Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. She has also succeeded as an entrepreneur with her clothing, shoe and perfume lines, among other businesses. Beyond being the image of well-known advertising campaigns, the Barranquilla woman motivates other Hispanics to achieve their business dreams and talks about the importance of health, warning about the risks of thyroid cancer that she survived.
J Balvin also continues to open doors for Latin urban music worldwide and challenge stereotypes. The Colombian singer recently shared on Instagram with his more than 33 million followers his fight against anxiety, advocating compassion and tolerance towards people suffering from panic attacks and mental illness. The interpreter of “Mi Gente” asked to break the taboos on mental health, motivating those who need it to seek professional help without fear of being judged. The artist, whose real name is José Álvaro Osorio Balvín, not only continues to take reggaeton to new heights, he also uses his fame to denounce injustices such as the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and defend the rights of Hispanic immigrants in the United States.
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