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20 Latinas That Are Somehow Defying The Aging Process

Yes, Latinas are often blessed with skin that seems to age at a glacial pace. Wrinkles just have no place on these faces, but for some they are nowhere to be seen. Granted, celebs have access to the best plastic surgeons, Botox and Lord knows what other rich people anti-aging secrets. Still, you can’t deny the results. And these 25 Latinas are the proof!

1. Luna Lauren Velez

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The 53-year-old TV and film actress has appeared on tons of red carpets, and always looks radiance from head-to-toe. She sticks to her favorite brands of beauty products, like Bobbi Brown foundation, to keep her skin as lovely as it is.

2. Gloria Estefan

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Guys, guess how old Gloria Estefan is. No, really, guess. Did you guess 60? Because that would be the correct answer and you are currently blown away right now. How! Look at her! Perhaps it’s the dewy Miami weather that keeps her skin hydrated. If so, :moves immediately:

3. Sofia Vergara

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Since she made her mark on “Modern Family,” Sofia has become the definition of a MILF. She’s 45, but really with her sassy attitude, one-liners, ripped bod and radiant skin, the 45-year-old proves she’ll one day be a GILF.

4. Ilia Calderon

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The Univision anchor has broken barriers in her career, and looked amazing every step of the way. Perhaps being informed on current events is good for the complexion, or perhaps she has a few secrets in her medicine cabinet. Whatever it is, it’s working for the 45-year-old.

5. Constance Marie

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The woman who once played J.Lo’s mother and daughter is still as ageless as ever, even at 52. How has she maintained such great skin over the years? She attributes it to her healthy lifestyle, eating vegetarian and taking care of herself from the inside out. It’s working, girl!

6. Salma Hayek

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At 51 years old, Salma proves that aging can be done totally flawlessly! And her go-to skin care routine is totally accessible to anyone who shops at Marshalls. The actress keeps it natural when it comes to her skin. One of the mainstays of her beauty routine is spritzing her face with rose water.

7. Daisy Fuentes

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Back in her MTV days, Daisy was always the fun girl with the great face. And really, nothing has changed. The 53-year-old (Can you believe that???) still looks radiant, and her nighttime cleansing routine is the thing she has to thank for it.

8. Jessica Alba

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At 36, the actress and mama of three has managed to keep a fresh face. It might have something to do with her commitment to organic products found in her Honest Co. Or it might just be that she has insanely good genes. Whatever it is, she regularly posts makeup-free selfies and looks flawless.

9. Ana Ortiz

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The actress and singer makes 47 look incredible! While she once starred on “Ugly Betty” there’s not a damn thing looking bad about her. Seriously, what is in the water at her house?

10. Andrea Navedo

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She plays a total MILF on “Jane the Virgin,” and it’s really no different in real life. At 40, Andrea makes wellness a major part of her daily routine. That make have had a great effect on her complexion because her face just glows.

11. Judy Reyes

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Are you ready for this mind blowing information? Judy Reyes. Is. 50. There are zero wrinkles on her face! That’s insane. It might have something to do with her vampire-like skin routine. Reyes avoids the sun at all costs, using sunscreens, hats, and anything else to block the harmful rays. She and Gina Torres should hang!

12. Mariah Carey

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She tries to hide her age at all costs, but the 47-year-old diva is doing a much better job doing so on her face. While one could assume Mariah bathes in almond milk every night, or has water from Iceland shipped to her home and uses it as toner, Mimi keeps it pretty chill. She keeps the makeup to a minimum, which makes a big difference.

13. Rosie Perez

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From the time she went down that Soul Train line, working her moves all the way to “In Living Color,” Rosie has looked completely fierce and fresh. And at 53, it’s amazing to see she’s still holding it down, giving every Latina out there hope that they can age gracefully.

14. Gina Torres

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At 48, Gina Torres has got some of the most enviable skin in Hollywood. She takes a cue from what many dermatologists have told us for years: avoid too much sun exposure. The sun is warm and lovely, but it also is not great for your skin.

15. Roselyn Sanchez

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Roselyn makes 44 look incredible, doesn’t she? Her skin is absolute perfection, and it’s all thanks to regular facials done with her “Devious Maids” co-stars. Girl time is vital to any woman, and probably totally helps your pores.

16. Nina Garcia

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Nina Garcia epitomizes effortless cool, and the 50-year-old doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. When it comes to maintaining her firm, glowing look, she sticks to creams that keep her skin completely quenched. Chanel Sublimage is especially a favorite.

17. Marilyn Milian

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The 56-year-old TV judge may hand down some tough verdicts when she’s wearing her robes, but when they come off she stays looking classy and vibrant. If judging people is good for the skin, and by the evidence presented by Marilyn it’s easy to believe that, then hopefully pettiness does too.

18. Eva Longoria Baston

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The 42-year-old actress hasn’t aged a day in 20 years. What’s her secret? Pretty simple: good skin care. Longoria Baston ensures she washes, exfoliates, and moisturizes, but her secret is not overdoing it on the makeup and powder. Too much powder shows fine lines off. Good to know!

19. Thalia

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Maybe it’s the pink hair she just debuted, or maybe it’s her girlish spirit, but at 46, Thalia has managed to stay looking fresh over the years. It’s very likely she can thank her own skin line for her perfect complexion.

20. Eva Mendes

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Ready to have your mind completely blown? Eva Mendes is actually 43 years old. Like, how is that even possible? It’s easy to assume that she just stopped aging at 28, but alas she is a mortal being like everyone else. Tinted moisturizer is always in her makeup bag, which could account for her skin always looking smooth and glowing.

21. Paulina Rubio

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La Chica Dorada is not so much a chica anymore. She’s 46, and has learned a few lessons about proper skin care to maintain a youthful glow. After spending years tanning, the singer developed sun spots that she’s worked to lose. Staying out of the sun has been a major step in keeping her glow.

22. Zoe Saldana

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While she hasn’t cracked into the 40-something club, Zoe isn’t too far off at 39 years old. But you would never, ever think it! She looks exactly the same as she did when she twirled in “Center Stage” back in the day. The Dominicana’s secret: coconuts. Eating them, drinking their milks, and moisturizing with its olis, butter and milk on her skin.

23. Soledad O’Brien

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The award-winning CNN anchor also has award-winning skin. Well, there wasn’t a trophy handed to her but there should be because the 51-year-old keeps a taut and fresh face. Might be those 5:30 a.m. wake ups followed by a run that’s part of her daily routine.

24. Jennifer Lopez

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So, J. Lo is 48. Forty-freaking-eight?!! How is that possible? Ahh yes, good genes, great skin care, and a strict regime of  no alcohol, caffeine, or cigarettes. Her discipline isn’t just in the studio or the stage. It’s in the way she cares for herself, and it shows.

25. Penelope Cruz

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In her 43 years on Earth, the Oscar-winner has crushed it on screen, playing complicated women with depth and sincerity. That must have had a good effect on her complexion because she hasn’t aged since her film debut at 16 years old. She’s a forever babe!

Whatever their secret, these women are giving us major goals. BRB I have to go to Sephora and buy all the anti-aging cream they’ve got. JK I’ll just get a bunch of free samples.

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Yalitza Aparicio Brought Her Mother To The Oscars And Other Incredible Things Latinas Did Last Night

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Yalitza Aparicio Brought Her Mother To The Oscars And Other Incredible Things Latinas Did Last Night

The 91st Annual Academy Awards took place Sunday night and this year, it was a night full of glitz, glamour, and, most surprisingly, a lot of Spanish language! (Diego Luna, Javier Bardem, Alfonso Cuarón, and Guillermo del Toro all spoke Spanish during their speeches.)

Heading into the night, many viewed “Roma”, Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón’s artful and semi-autobiographic film, as the Best Picture front-runner and indeed, the film racked up three Oscars. But ultimately, “Roma” lost the Best Picture award to Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book.”

Although The Oscars still woefully under-represent Latinas in almost every category, Netflix’s critical darling, ‘Roma,” has provided a major spotlight for Latinx talent and stories, employing a largely Latinx cast and crew in its production.

Latinos Win Big

Sunday night was a big night for the Latinx community, with Spanish-language film “Roma” amassing three Oscar wins out of a total of 10 nominations. “Roma” wasn’t the only winner for the Latinx community though: Cuban-American director Phil Lord’s animated feature “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse” won for Best Animated Film. All in all, Latinos walked away with Oscars for Foreign Language Film, Cinematography, Directing, and Animated Film.

Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, won the Best Director statue for “Roma”, marking the second year in a row that a Latino has won the award after Guillermo del Toro won last year. Cuarón also won the award for Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film–marking the first time Mexico has landed the award out of a total of ten nominations.

Cuarón began his impassioned acceptance speech Best Director first by thanking “Roma”‘s leading ladies, Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira. He then went on to thank the Academy for “recognizing a film centering around an indigenous woman–a character who has historically been relegated to the background in cinema”.

In another win for the Latinx community, “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse” up-ended animation titan Disney to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. “Into the Spiderverse” revolves around the story of an Afro-Latino teenager moonlighting as Spiderman who discovers there are multiple versions of Spiderman in parallel universes.

Latino Director Phil Lord touched on the importance of representation in his acceptance speech, saying: “When we hear that a child turns to their parent and says, “[Spiderman] looks like me’ or ‘He speaks Spanish like us’, we feel like we already won”.

Latina Nominees Break New Ground

Most of the Latinx nominees for the night consisted of “Roma”‘s cast and crew, including Mexican actress Marina de Tavira for Best Supporting Actress, Yalitza Aparicio for Best Leading Actress, producer Gabriela Rodriguez for Best Picture, and set decorator Barbra Enriquez for Achievement in set design.

Yalitza Aparicio’s nomination, especially, was notable, as it was the first time in the Academy’s 90-year history that an Indigenous woman was nominated for Best Actress in a Lead Role.

Although these Latinas didn’t walk away with a gold statue, their presence alone was encouraging enough for the historically under-represented Latinx community.

“It’s possible to speak Spanish at the Oscars now”

The winners and nominees weren’t the only Latinos making a splash at this year’s Academy Awards, however. Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem veered into political territory when he presented the award for Best Foreign Language film.

In Spanish, he stated: “There are no borders or walls that can restrain ingenuity and talent,” which many interpreted as a dig aimed at President Trump.

Actor Diego Luna began his introduction of “Roma” by stating, in Spanish:
“Ya se puede hablar español en los Oscars. Ya nos abrieron la puerta y no nos vamos a ir”. Translation: “It’s possible to speak Spanish at the Oscars now. They finally opened the door for us, and we’re not going anywhere.”

Spanish-American Chef José Andrés joined Luna in introducing “Roma”and praised the film for shining a spotlight on “all the invisible people in our lives–immigrants and women–who move humanity forward”.

As usual, Latina Twitter users had a lot to say about Hollywood’s biggest night.

Never one to beat around the bush, political commentator Ana Navarro remarked on the refreshing amount of diversity displayed onstage this year.

Other Latinas gave Alfonso Cuarón props for acknowledging domestic workers, a class of women that Hollywood often ignores:

Nuanced stories centered on domestic workers are few and far between in Hollywood.

This Latina expressed excitement at the novelty of a film featuring an Afro-Latino characters winning Best Animated Film:

Just the phrase “#WeSeeYou” says all that needs to be said about the importance of representation.

Some Latinas expressed disappointment that “Roma” was relegated to the “Foreign Film” category when its story transcended such labels:


Some members of the Latinx community were frustrated that “Roma” wasn’t awarded the Best Picture award.

Many Latinas were here for Javier Bardem condemning border walls:

He was one of the few actors of the night who dared to make a political statement–and in Spanish, no less!

And of course, Yalitza made us all fall in love with her more when she brought her mom.

The Mexican actress didn’t take home an Oscar last night, but there’s no doubting that her presence in Hollywood has changed the future of its landscape. Last night Mexican-American fans of the newcomer gushed about Aparicio’s role in bucking the light-skinned Latina stereotype that has so long been favored in Spanish-language films and TV shows.

Also, her appearance at the Oscars couldn’t have been more defining. After spending awards season turning heads in a series of dresses by Alberta Ferretti, Miu Miu and Prada, Aparicio took to the red carpet a pale tulle custom Rodarte gown designed specifically for her, the actress stepped out onto the red carpet with her mother at her side.

And finally, Latinas everywhere expressed their joy at hearing Spanish proudly spoken at the Oscars

The importance of normalizing Spanish’s presence in day to day life cannot be overstated–especially during a time when many Latinas are afraid to speak Spanish in public.

As usual, the Oscars were a night to remember. We hope that the Academy continues to support actors, producers and filmmakers of Latinx descent into the future.


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20 Latina Celebrities Who Faced Hardships and Failure Before Becoming Successful

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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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