We Latinxs are always making moves to be more successful, make more money, and make more dreams come true. We love getting things done and getting inspired by others in the culture who are doing the same. As a community, we need to share our wins and help our sisters and brothers to do the same.
One place to find this sense of community and get some serious inspiration is Instagram. Yes, it’s not just for posting selfies and sharing outfits. These Latinx movers and shakers are making their name known on the platform and using it to inform others on everything from healthy eating to Afro-Latinx culture to Latinx podcasts you need to be listening to. To further the cause, celebrate these Latinxs, and place them on your radar, we wanted to share thirteen movers and shakers you need to follow on Instagram.
Karina G.’s @atypicalatina
Atypical Latina, founded by Karina G., has always fought for equal representation in the Latinx community. But now, she has carved a niche in the wellness market by “navigating all the things related to health and lifestyle as a Latina.” With a B.A. in Exercise Science, Karina uses her knowledge to get other Latinxs motivated to eat healthily, get enough exercise, and be their best selves.
Paulina Isabel Almarosa’s @latinxgrief
Grief is something we all go through, but it’s something that isn’t talked about or dealt with enough in our culture. That’s why things like Latinx Grief are so necessary. Created by Paulina Amarosa, a licensed clinical social worker, @latinxgrief creates a space for “trauma and grief work,” including encouraging words, facts about grief and trauma, personal stories, and poetry.
Alex Purple Liera’s @wocsistercollective_
Alex Purple Liera is the Latinx behind WOC Sister Collective. With over 14,000 followers on Instagram, the account’s “vision is to create community, connection, and collaboration with BIWOC women through circles, events, workshops, healing, & empowerment.” You’ll find ways to fight for justice, a self-care rituals video, BLM protest stencils, informative IG lives, and more.
Janet Cruz Padrón’s @latina_money
We not only want to make more money and be paid what we truly deserve for our work, but we also want to know how to make that money work for us. Where do we invest, and how? Janet Cruz Padrón is all about the “Speak Dinero Movement,” sharing facts and stats about finances, advice, and getting financial experts together to share knowledge in her Dinero School.
Rita Bautista’s @latinapodcasters
We want to take in more Latinx content, be it television shows, films, or podcasts. But since this content isn’t as highlighted as it should be, we often have to go out on the hunt for them on our own. Or we can head on over to accounts like Latina Podcasters Network. Founded by Rita Batista, @latinapodcasters shares the best Latinx podcasts on the planet. Have a podcast of your own? Be sure to join their podcast network to get your voice heard.
Lauren Ornelas’ @foodempowermentproject
Over at Lauren Ornelas’ Food Empowerment Project, they are “creating a more just and sustainable world by helping others recognize the power of their food choices.” What you choose to eat not only affects your own health, finances, and more but also affects farmworkers, Indigenous peoples and their land, the environment, animals, and more. @foodempowermentproject educates the masses on how their food choices are more about than just what they’re craving at that moment.
Monique Gatillon’s @laretrogirl
We need bright, colorful, and cheery clothing to remind us of not only better times but to light the way for better times to come. LA Retro Girl, a vintage store by Monique Gatillon that focuses on the 1960s and ’70s dresses and jumpsuits, is just the pop of throwback color and print we need in our lives right now.
Nubia Batista’s @latinas_uprising
When it comes to higher education and their spaces, Latinxs can often feel out of place in a new environment. And many of her peers may not be Latinx. That’s why it’s important for those who are to help foster that sense of community so that others know where to go for support. That’s just what lawyer and writer Nubia Batista did with Latinas Uprising. It is the “community for the modern Latina Lawyer, guiding “lawtinas” through their careers.”
Stephanie Vidal’s @vivid.vidal
We, women, are art, and when art captures all our vibrant colors and emanating vibes, we instantly are drawn to it. Such is the case with Stephanie Vidals’ art (@vivid.vidal). Her women look empowered, beautiful, confident, and stylish. It makes us want to snatch up some art in her Etsy store, pero like ahora.
Iris Alicea’s @descubretuhistoria
Often, when Latinxs want to know their own personal family history, tracing it may be hard due to leaving the homeland, wars, divorce, and more. Other times, families don’t share and pass down these stories. Iris Alicea wants to help us get back to our roots and does so through Descubre Tu Historia. The genealogist shares tips on how to start your family research, other ways to trace your lineage, glimpses into her own family tree, as well as historical looks at other Latinxs.
Rosa Alicia Clemente’s @blackpuertoricanphd
There is so much that we need to be schooled on (even when we think we know it all), and one major topic for Latinxs is Afro-Latinidad. This culture, identity, and history has been partly erased, not highlighted enough, and denied for far too long. It’s time we learn about it and celebrate it. Thankfully, people like Rosa Alicia Clemente are taking it into their own hands to ensure this happens. @blackpuertoricanphd shares important reads for children, how “Afro-Latina” isn’t a trendy marketing word, how “electoral politics never saved anyone,” her important talks on Blackness, and more.
Stephanie and Cloud’s @viewsontheroad
On the Views on the Road YouTube channel, Mexican sisters Stephanie and Cloud show us how to make the Mexican food we want to learn. We’re talking flour and corn tortillas from scratch, tres leches cake, salsa roja, and vegan enchiladas. These video tutorials, which you can see clips of on @viewsontheroad, also include recipes from other countries, such as Korean Tteokbokki and Salvadorian pupusas.
Eli Rosario’s @thelatinxcollective
The Latinx Collective is “celebrating our contributions, culture, & success–to inspire & empower.” And Eli Rosario is the person behind this space for Latinxs. There, heroes like Roberto Clemente are celebrated, we learn more about the Cubano sandwich and what’s happening in Latino pop culture (via their newsletter). We can check out Q&As with Latinx movers and shakers like Ada Rojas from Botanika Beauty.