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20 Latina Celebrities Who Faced Hardships and Failure Before Becoming Successful

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be successful. Society tells us that failure is something we should be ashamed of; that it means there’s something wrong with us. However, some of the most successful people have had to overcome failure and hardship before getting their big break.

Whether they were rejected from jobs, limited in their opportunities or hindered by personal trauma, these Latinas were all able to rebound. They picked themselves up and showed the world that failure doesn’t stop these mujeres poderosas.

Here are some of the famous Latinas who didn’t let failure stand in the way of their success:

1. Naya Rivera

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Linda Ronstadt is one of the most popular female artists of the 70’s and 80’s but this came after a lot of trial and error. In the beginning, the singer found little success with her band Stone Poneys. She was later inspired to pursue a solo career and released several albums in the process of finding her sound. Despite her work, she didn’t hit it big until the 1974 single Heart Like a Wheel. 

Naya Rivera is best known for her role as fierce cheerleader Santana Lopez on Glee. However, the actress almost didn’t get the part. In fact, she didn’t pass her first audition. Still, producers must have seen something they liked because they brought her in for another audition. After crushing that one, she got the part. Rivera also was an American Idol reject. Pre-Glee fame, she was eliminated in the first round of auditions.

2. Joseline Hernandez

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Singer and television personality Joseline Hernandez is a familiar face thanks to her time on Love & Hip Hop. Despite this fame, she has tasted failure. In 2007, Hernandez filmed a TV pilot for Showtime that revolved around Miami’s Diamond Cabaret and its dancers. Unfortunately, the show was nixed and it would take five years before she would have her big break.

3. Rita Moreno

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Before she starred as Anita in West Side Story, Rita Moreno was stuck with stereotypical roles. The actress hoped that this would change after her Oscar-winning performance but that wasn’t the case. Refusing to take these roles, Moreno was forced into a 7 year exile from Hollywood as she waited for parts that were worth her talent. That small period of hardship had nothing on the success that life had planned for Moreno. She made a series of acclaimed movies in the 60’s and 70’s as well as starred in decades of highly-praised television and theater. The talented actress’ work went on to earn her a Tony, a Golden Globe, a Grammy and 2 Emmy Awards.

4. Jennifer Lopez

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When Jennifer Lopez first decided to pursue her dream of stardom, it caused a huge rift with her parents. They thought it was a waste of time for their high school aged daughter. Disagreeing, J.Lo moved out on her own and began acting in regional musicals. She was soon hired with the chorus of a musical touring Europe. However, the star was terribly unhappy because she was the only member to not have a solo. Leaving this job led to work in Japan as a singer, dancer and actress but nothing brought J.Lo any success until she landed her role as a Fly Girl. This led to over 25 years of fame and success beyond her parents’ wildest dreams.

5. Lupe Vélez

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Nicknamed the Mexican Spitfire, Lupe Vélez had the talent and personality to transition from Silent Film to the Talkies during Hollywood’s Silver Era. Still, her road to success was full with failure. When she first started performing, her father violently opposed it. Having to change her name to continue entertaining, Vélez found some success in Mexican vaudeville but faced issues being paid fairly. When she switched to a new revue, she was quickly fired for her feisty attitude. In 1926, an American stage director had Vélez fly out to LA for her first movie role. However, once she arrived, the actress found the part had been given to another. Still, her time in the states led to a screen test that landed her a role in a Laurel and Hardy film. The rest is Hollywood history.

6. Shakira

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It’s hard to think of international star Shakira as a failure but she had a hard time in the beginning. In second grade, she was rejected from her school’s choir because of her strong voice. In fact, the choir director said she sounded like a goat. Still, Shakira continued her singing and dancing. As a teenager, she auditioned for a record executive who was impressed by her sound. However, when he passed her audition on to the artist director, they labeled her a lost cause. Still, the music executive knew she was special and organized another audition. If not for her talent and the help of that executive, Shakira’s future success could have been lost to rejection.

7. Salma Hayek

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Salma Hayek is a big name star now but she wasn’t exactly popular in the beginning. In Mexico, she was rejected by the entertainment industry and was told she’d never have a career in acting. After finally finding work in telenovelas, she tried to make in in Hollywood. However, Hayek was told that the parts she wanted didn’t exist for Latinas. Even after she made it big as a movie star, the Mexicana was rejected 3 times by networks when looking for a home for Ugly Betty.

8. Becky G

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Before her role as the Yellow Ranger in the Power Rangers reboot, Becky G faced difficulties reaching stardom. Her single Shower proved to be a popular hit, but followup singles went nowhere. Also, after 3 years of working on it, her debut album never materialized and was scrapped. Despite this setback, the singer found success as a Cover Girl representative, actress, and was able to successfully crossover to Spanish music.

9. Dascha Polanco

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Dascha Polanco knew from an early age that she only ever wanted to act. Unfortunately, the realities of societal norms and fat phobia held her back. Polanco feared the rejection she could receive because of her weight and stopped herself from pursuing her acting career. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she decided to face her fears and audition. Ironically enough, she landed the very first role she ever auditioned for; becaming Orange Is The New Black‘s Dayanara Diaz.

10. Cardi B

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Today, Cardi B is a musical superstar but her beginnings didn’t make it easy on her. As a teenager, she worked at a grocery store as a way to keep herself feed and housed. When she was 19, she was fired but not before the manager told her she should become a stripper. Whether this was a mean spirited comment or a friendly suggestion, it proved to be a great idea. Cardi credits her stripping career for helping her return to school and giving her the financial freedom to pursue music.

11. Selena Gomez

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Before Selena Gomez was the star of Wizards of Waverly Place, she started her career as a child actor. Unfortunately, her big break didn’t last long. After being cast as a regular on Barney and Friends, Gomez was released from her contract after only 13 episodes. The reason? Show runners said she was getting too old. The actress had the last laugh, though, when she traded up to Disney stardom and a music career.

12. Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera is well known for her overwhelming vocals but they weren’t enough to keep her from rejection. The singer competed in Star Search at the age of 9, singing an Etta James classic. However, Aguilera lost to her 12 year old competitor. Despite the loss, she soon went on to be a regular on the 90’s reboot of the Mickey Mouse Club and the star hasn’t slowed down since.

13. Camilla Cabello

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Camilla Cabello now has a successful solo career but she started out as a member of girl group 5th Harmony. Before they found success together, they were individual contestants on The Xfactor. While competing, the five were first named Lylas and then 1432 before rebranding as 5th Harmony. However, the group lost their competition; coming in 3rd place. Though they lost, they were later signed by Simon Cowell and found success with their debut album. When Cabello struck out as a solo artist, she faced her share of uncertainty but has had hit after hit.

14. Christina Milian

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Christina Milian has made a name for herself as an artist but it didn’t come without years of hardship. She moved to LA at the age of 16 to pursue music. After 6 months, she met a producer who claimed to want to help. However, she spent a year and a half fighting to break into music business with little success. The producer Milian worked with would’t give her a copy of the demo she recorded and also wrote lyrics she didn’t agree with. She ended up having to cut ties with the producer and writing, recording and promoting her demo on her own. It proved to be a success though and, in 2000, she got her big break.

15. Dolores del Río

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One of the most important actresses of the Mexican Golden Age of Film, Dolores del Río was the quintessential movie star. However, her early life was full of hardships. Her family was a part of Mexico’s aristocracy but troubled in Mexico caused her family to lose all their money. Later, after she married, her husband also faced financial ruin. Things changed, however, when a Hollywood film maker met and fell in love with her. In an attempt to be closer to del Río, the film maker convinced the couple to seek fame with him in Hollywood. Even with his backing, it took several years of bit roles before the Mexican actress got her big break.

16. Melanie Martinez

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As a child, musician Melanie Martinez was a prodigy; writing poetry in kindergarten and teaching herself guaitar at age 15. However, all that musical talent wasn’t enough to win her first tastes of success. In 2012, Martinez competed in a televised talent competition but was eliminated in the second round. Later that year, she found a bigger audience as she competed in season 2 of The Voice. Unfortunately, the musician was eliminated in the fifth round. After the rejection, Martinez released her debut single and quickly developed a loyal fanbase.

17. Sonia Sotomayor

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The first Latina to ever serve on America’s highest court, Sonia Sotomayor is an example to girls and women everywhere. However, it wasn’t an easy path to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor had difficulties adjusting to college life at Princeton University. It was after she failed her first midterm that she decided to buckle down and turn things around. That failure inspired her to seek help in her studies and become the kind of student she needed to be to later make history.

18. Linda Ronstadt

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Linda Ronstadt is one of the most popular female artists of the 70’s and 80’s but this came after a lot of trial and error. In the beginning, the singer found little success with her band Stone Poneys. She was later inspired to pursue a solo career and released several albums in the process of finding her sound. Despite her work, she didn’t hit it big until the 1974 single Heart Like a Wheel. 

19. Yaya Decosta

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Yaya Decosta has found fame as an actress and model but not before she faced failure in the latter. She was a contestant in season 3 of America’s Next Top Model. Decosta even made it to the finale but was eliminated at the end. Still, the model decided to pursue acting and found recurring roles on Chicago Fire and Chicago Med. She even played Whitney Houston in the Lifetime biopic of the late diva.

20. Aimee Garcia

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Actress Aimee Garcia now makes a living doing what she loves but it took her a while to get there. While in college, the Latina acted in local productions. However, she stopped in order to pursue her career in finance once school was over. For a year, Garcia worked as a mutual fund analyst but quit her job after a year because she was unhappy. She returned back to acting and made her big break in the entertainment industry.

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20 Famous Latinas Who Use a Stage Name

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20 Famous Latinas Who Use a Stage Name

There’s power in the names that our parents give us at birth. They’re a legacy passed down from our anceatros and a reminder of where we come from. However, these reminders of their heritage can be a hurdle for aspiring Latinx celebrities while starting their careers. Due to this, famous Latina actresses and musicians often swamp their given nombres for a stage name.

Usually, celebrities take on a stage name by shortening their given name or changing it completely. Sometimes the reason for this is an active attempt to make their names sound less Latino but it also happens so they’ll have shorter, more marketable names. Whether they aim for a less Spanish sounding name or just for something simpler, these Latinas are definitely memorable.

Here are 20 Latinas who use stagenames:

1. Jenni Rivera

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This legendary singer and songwriter is known around the world as Jenni Rivera but that’s not her given name. The Latina’s full names is Dolores Janney Rivera. When she started her career, the late Rivera dropped “Dolores” and used a diminutive form of her middle name instead. This shorter moniker is easier for fans to remember and without a doubt looked better on a concert marquee.

2. Demi Lovato

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Pop starlet Demi Lovato has a unique name reminiscent of actress Demi Moore, but the Latina wasn’t named after the 80s icon. Her full name is actually Demetria Devonne Lovato with “Demi” being her nickname. As memorable as “Demi” is, we have to admit that Demetria Devonne is a very melodious name naturally meant for a musician.

3. Michelle Rodriguez

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Michelle Rodriguez is known for taking on roles that show off her tough girl image. However, the name she’s best known for isn’t technically her real one. She was born Mayte Michelle Rodriguez but dropped the “Mayte” for her stage name. Still, no matter what she chooses to go by, the Fast and the Furious star is decidedly the fiercest boss lady around.

4. Gloria Estefan

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Gloria Estefan is one of the most legendary Latinas in the world so it makes sense that she’d be christened with a name just as incredible. The Cubana was named Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García. Yes, it’s a mouthful but Estefan was named with the traditional Spanish naming custom. In this custom, the child takes both their paternal and maternal surnames. When Estefan married her husband, Emilio, she dropped the additional names and simply took his to create her stage name.

5. Raquel Welch

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Raquel Welch is iconic for portraying strong female characters and being one of the 20th Century’s biggest sex symbols. Those who aren’t very familiar with the actress might be surprised to discover that she’s also a Latina. Her Bolivian father gave her the name of Jo Raquel Tejada. The “Raquel” came from her father’s mother and the “Jo” is from her mother, Josephine. After taking her high school sweetheart’s name when they married, Welch dropped the “Jo” from her moniker and started her acting career.

6. America Ferrera

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America Ferrera’s journey to her stage name is very different from most on this list because it’s actually her given name. The difference is that Ferrera didn’t actually start going by her real name until she started acting. She was named after her mother but the actress hated it so she went by her middle name, Georgine. It wasn’t until she started pursuing her career that she saw how memorable and marketable her given name is.

7. Celia Cruz

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Called “La Guarachera de Cuba,” Celia Cruz is the most popular and well-know Latina artist of the 20th Century. However, the simple alliteration of her stage name hides her monumental given name. She was born Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso. She, too, was named in the Spanish custom — her mother’s family name was “Alfonso” and her father’s was “Cruz.” She already went by Celia when she began her music career in the 1940’s.

8. Soledad O’Brien

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Born to immigrant parents, Soledad O’Brien has always been proudly vocal about her heritage. Embracing their Cuban and Irish backgrounds, her parents named her María de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien. When she started her journalism career, the Afro-Latina shortened her name but kept pieces of it to honor the two halves of her background.

9. Thalia

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Singer, songwriter, and actress Thalia is one of the most influential and popular Mexican artists in the world. Though she only goes by one name now, she was born Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda. She was also named in the Spanish tradition with her mother and father both contributing their surnames to hers. When Thalia began in the music business, she decided to go solely by her memorable middle name.

10. Rita Hayworth

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Rita Hayworth was the most glamorous screen idol of the 1940’s. She was also a Latina. Hayworth actually dyed her naturally dark hair to the red she’s known for so she could be considered for more diverse roles. She also took on a less Spanish sounding stage name for the same reason. Hayworth was originally named Margarita Carmen Cansino but used her mother’s maiden name with her nickname “Rita” to form her now famous brand.

11. Shakira

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The Columbian singer, songwriter, and dancer, Shakira, is another big time celebrity who only needs one name to make her mark. Like many other Latinx people, she was given both her mother’s and father’s family names as part of her own. Born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, the name reflects both her father’s Arabic roots and her mother’s Spanish ones.

12. Anita Page

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It may come as a surprise, but silver-era star Anita Page was a Latina. Often called the “blond, blue-eyed Latin” and “the girl with the most beautiful face in Hollywood,” she was born Anita Evelyn Pomares. When she joined MGM Studios, she was given the name Ann Page but another actress already had claim to that name. Instead, MGM let her combine her first name with their chosen surname to get a new moniker for the pretty star.

13. Kate del Castillo

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One of the biggest stars in telenovela, Kate del Castillo is a household name, but, her real moniker is considerably longer. Born Kate del Castillo Negrete Trillo, the actress was given both her mother’s surname and that of her famous father, Eric del Castillo. Additionally, it seems stage names run in this family. A fellow telenovela star and legend of Mexican cinema, her dad was born J. Eduardo Eric del Castillo-Negrete Galván and shortened his name for his career.

14. Salma Hayek

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Salma Hayek is one of the most well-respected and popular Latinas in Hollywood. Though she made a name for herself in such movies like Frida, that nombre just happens to be a stage name. The actress/producer was born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez. When she began her acting career, Hayek dropped “Jiménez” — her mother’s last name — and simply went with her father’s name.

15. Sofia Vegara

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Sofia Vergara is the highest paid actress on TV and, as such, has made her name well known all over the world. However, the name Vergara uses is a shortened version of her given name. She was named Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara and that double Vergara isn’t a typo. Both her mother and father had the surname “Vergara” so she was given both as part of her offical name. Understandably, she cut it down for her stage name.

16. Zoe Saldana

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You might know her as Gamora from Gaurdians of the Galaxy but Zoe Saladana’s parents gave her another unique moniker. Her birth name is actually Zoe Yadira Saladaña Nazario. Like many Latinas, she inherited names from both her parents. “Saladaña” is her Dominican father’s surname while “Nazario” is from her Puerto Rican mother.

17. Roselyn Sánchez

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Puerto Rican actress, model, and singer Roselyn Sanchez is best known for her roles on Without a Trace and Devious Maids. Though Sanchez spends most of her career answering to the names of fictional characters, her stage name is also a bit fictious. She was originally named Roselyn Milagros Sánchez Rodríguez by her parents. To make it more memorable, Sanchez dropped both the “Milagros” and “Rodriguez” from her name.

18. Rita Moreno

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With an EGOT and the Presidential Medal of Freedom under her belt, the name Rita Moreno stands for Latina excellence. However, it’s not the legendary actress’ real name. Moreno was actually born Rosa Dolores Alverío. The Puerto Rican actress adopted the surname Moreno from her mother’s second husband. As a girl, she was often called “Rosita” which naturally evolved to “Rita”. Moreno’s nickname also has a connection with another famous Rita. When she came to the US as a girl, she traveled with dancer Paco Cansino, the uncle of Rita Hayworth.

19. Eva Mendes

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Actress and business woman Eva Mendes is well known for being a enchanting and sexy film star. As such, it’s only natural that she has a stage name. Mendes was originally born Eva de la Caridad Méndez. Not only did she drop the extra name, along her way to stardom the actress also changed the spelling of “Méndez.”

20. Katy Jurado

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During the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, Katy Jurado played sultry femme fatales. She was such an iconic beauty that Juan Gabriel wrote the song Que Re’chula es Katy in her honor. However, Katy was never her real name. In fact, she was born María Christina Estela Marcela Jurado García. For her stage name, Jurado kept her father’s surname and took on the nickname Katy.

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Diego Rivera Tried To Hide Frida’s Letters To Her Lovers, Here’s A Look Into What Some Of Them Said


Diego Rivera Tried To Hide Frida’s Letters To Her Lovers, Here’s A Look Into What Some Of Them Said

You knew her as the revolutionary, the artist, the writer, and even as Mattel’s weirdest attempt to turn a communist into a Barbie doll, but do you know Frida Kahlo’s hit list of sexual conquests is inspiring, to say the least? For decades many have speculated that the artist known for her paintings, was also a lover like no other. Frida may just have proved it was true with her collection of lovers from around the world. Let’s get down to business with who the revolutionary herself fell for, both true and rumored.

1. Diego Rivera

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Picture teenage Frida, hungry for art and revolution, joining the Mexican Communist Party in 1927. She reads Marx, she looks at the poverty in her country and abroad, and then an older man – an art teacher – notices her. Diego Rivera, almost twice her age, is a fellow Mexican artist and painter. He is also a leftist. A passionate and volatile relationship begins. Just over a year later, they are wed. Abusive, temperamental, and unfaithful, the older man begins a familiar story many young women know. She was too young for him, and eventually outgrew him, but their relationship remains the longest one associated with Frida to this day.

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Years of cheating, traveling, and affairs dogged the couple. Frida herself became interested in women alongside men. Diego was prone to temper tantrums and young impressionable women who are joining the art scene. The couple divorced in 1939, only to remarry in 1940. A second divorce followed shortly after.

This drama remains Frida’s most well-known romantic relationship, though years worth of other lovers would affect her life, politics, and art.

2. Nickolas Murray

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Getting married young wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and it doesn’t take long for Frida to realize Diego heart (and other parts) have wandered. Frida too decided she had a right to find a little something-something on the side, and in 1931 she met the acclaimed Hungarian photographer Nickolas Murray while he was vacationing in Mexico. Murray had just divorced his first voice and hopes that Frida would agree to leave Diego Rivera and become his next wife. When Frida made it clear she wanted a lover, not a husband, Murray withdrew from their affair, which lasted on and off for ten years. They remained good friends until Frida’s death in 1954.

3. Isamu Noguchi

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As the years with Diego went on, Frida caught wind of one infidelity too far – her husband was having an affair with her younger sister Cristina. Frida and Diego separated, and though they later reconciled, they agreed to live separate lives. It was during this time that Frida met and fell in love with Isamu Noguchi, a Japanese American sculptor traveling through Mexico. Though their affair was brief, it was passionate and the two remained friends until Frida’s death.

4. Leon Trotsky

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Frida and Diego remain dedicated communists regardless of their relationship turmoils, and when the Spanish Civil War breaks out in 1936, the two join the Mexican section of the Trotskyite International Communist League. They back Mexicans fighting back against Franco’s forces. Frida and Diego go so far as to help gain Leon Trotsky and his wife asylum in Mexico when they are exiled from the Soviet Union.

Trotsky and Frida grow very close and engage in an affair behind their spouses’ backs. You have to get it to her – how many of us manage to smuggle our faves into our own country for political asylum and then hook up with them? 

5. Dolores del Río

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Frida has been tied to Dolores del Río, though rumor and hearsay are all we have left of this chapter in history. The two were seen together and were friends, with Frida eventually painting for del Río on commission. The intimate relationship may have been more or less than we suspect, but is it hard to tell due to the stigma tied to homosexuality in Hollywood, then and now. Del Río was the first major crossover Mexican actress, making waves in American media as a beautiful starlet.

6. Chavela Vargas

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Frida’s time with Murray with dotted with other important affairs, including one with Chavela Vargas. Vargas with known for singing ranchera music while dressed as a man, often singing in a low raspy voice. She was not shy about her sexuality at the time, and it was generally known she was having relationships with women.  Though Vargas did not officially come out as a lesbian until she was 81, her autobiography also dedicated an entire chapter to an affair with Frida.

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In a letter reported to be written by Frida Kahlo to poet Carlos Pellicer, she writes of meeting Vargas:

Today I met Chavala Vargas. An extraordinary woman, a lesbian, and what’s more, I desire her. I do not know if she felt what I did. But I believe she is a woman who is liberal enough that if she asked me, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to undress in front of her…Was she a gift sent to me from heaven?

Maybe, Frida, maybe. Vargas would go on to describe as “my gran amor” for the rest of her life.

7. Georgia O’Keeffe

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Though letters between Frida and Georgia O’Keeffe are very intimate, the ones Frida candidly wrote about O’Keeffe hide much more tantalizing secrets that suggest a romantic relationship between the two. One such piece of evidence is a letter Frida wrote on O’Keeffe that stated:

O’Keeffe was in the hospital for three months, she went to Bermuda for a rest. She didn’t make love to me at that time, I think on account of her weakness. Too bad.

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Despite O’Keeffe’s famously sexual paintings, androgynous looks, and independent manner, her close friend and neighbor Maria Chabot and her former housekeeper Jerrie Newsom flatly refute that O’Keeffe ever had any sexual relationships with women.

So did Frida just have an awful crush or a bright hot affair with a love that dare not speak its name?

8. Josephine Baker

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While in Paris in 1939, Frida had the chance to meet entertainment icon Josephine Baker. Rumors have circulated across the internet in our modern day and age that the two were lovers, but no citation in either woman’s historical accounts corroborates this dreamy, albeit poorly sourced, rumor. At best, we have historical accounts of both women being romantically and sexually interested in women in general, but nothing in specific linking them to each other.

All we have is this tantalizing photo and some fan fiction added for drama in the Frida biopic starring Salma Hayek.

9. Herself, in drag

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Frida was known to dress dapperly as a man on occasion, and there are even photographs of her in full suit with family members. The untold number of lovers and crushes she could have piled up while posing in a suit and unrecognizable is far beyond what we might know.

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In the end, we just have a lot of burning questions after reading up on our favorite gay Latin American revolutionary communist artist. Was she all over that Georgia O’Keeffe’s flower? Did Josephine Baker dance with her secretly cheek-to-cheek in the weak Paris moonlight? Did Trotsky get his butt handed to him by his wife when she learned about revolutionary studies he was sharing with Frida in bed?

The world may never know.

But that’s never stopped us from speculating, and hey – we’re still allowed to dream! Let us know if there’s someone else you suspect might be on this list.

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