Latina Movers & Shakers
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13 Latinx Movers and Shakers to Follow on Instagram

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

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Alright it's time to share my story again and talk about HOW myself aka @atypicalatina got into fitness ⬇️⠀ ⠀ From 2004-2012 I was bullied. I was bullied for being skinny and for apparently looking like a "tree stick". I remember being super pissed off, and mad for being made fun of. Apparently no one taught me how kids my age were really mean. I remember sometimes crying in frustration and being so mad at the world. ⠀ ⠀ BUT, I also remember being extremely motivated by the situation and wanting to become physically + mentally stronger.⠀ That's when I also learned that hurt people hurt people and that healed people heal people. ⠀ ⠀ Fast forward to 2012, I prayed to God and asked him to deliver a solution to me. That's when he introduced me to the gym. Going to the gym and working out saved me from anxiety, depression, and negative body image issues. I even sometimes tell people going to the gym saved me from committing suicide. ⠀ ⠀ By 2013, I became confident. I no longer cared about what people said about me. I did my best to motivate others to just lead a healthy lifestyle. I also became an advocate against bullying. Anyone anytime makes fun of others because of how they are shaped, GIRL I am the first to say "why are you making fun of them?"⠀ ⠀ I forgave everyone who made fun of me. Yes, I FORGAVE THEM. It took me a long time, but I did. I no longer hold resentment towards them. Instead, I prayed for them because I knew that deep down, they were just hurt. And guess what? A lot of them stayed the same, while a lot of them changed. ⠀ ⠀ If it wasn't for the bullies, I wouldn't have found my second home. If it wasn't for the low times, I wouldn't have reached some of the best moments of my life. If it wasn't for the wisdom I gained, I wouldn't have decided to get my Bachelors' in Exercise Science. ⠀ ⠀ I was never perfect, and will never claim to be perfect. But I will always be against all forms of body shaming, and bullying. I will always advocate for both men and women to feel comfortable, to feel challenged, to feel strong, and to feel safe. ⠀ ⠀ Don't ever forget why you started, and always appreciate the journey no matter how rough it was. ⠀ ⠀ #latina

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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

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Hello! In light that this community has now reached over 2k members (wow!), I’d like to re-introduce myself & this page. My name is Paulina Isabel but I go by the name that fits my mood at the time of introduction. You can call me by either name depending on what vibes with you! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) by trade but a poet by choice. I am a storyteller, just like my father (que en paz descanse), just like his ancestors and perhaps, just like you too. I believe that we exist in the stories that we share, in the stories that we hide & in the stories that we tell ourselves. We are born and we die in stories. But it in our stories where we are connected; it is in our stories where we exist forever-long after we are no longer alive. Stories are partly why Latinx Grief was created. This is a space to share the vibrancy of our stories- the ones of grief, of wisdom, of joy and of transformation. While this page is not meant to be a substitute for mental health therapy, I hope that when you scroll through this page, you find a piece of yourself reflected somewhere in the art, the poems, the research and/or in the music that is shared. I hope that you feel the comforting presence of everyone who shares in your grief. Look for the messages that speak to you. Quiet the ones that do not. That is how you find your way back home. If you’re feeling up to it, I’d like to hear a piece of your story. What or who are you grieving? Where is home? What messages have you received recently that have brought you comfort? Who or what delivered these messages to you?

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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_

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Excited for this offering 💜✨🙏🏽✨🔥 Repost from @corazoncounseling • We are happy to share that Corazón Counseling will resume offering our virtual community care pláticas for this Fall season. Last night we opened our series with a beautiful blessing from Maestro Jerry Tello who reminded us of the sacred medicine we carry.  He set the intention for our upcoming platicas series. We continue remembering our ancestral wisdom, reviving our indigenous traditions, restoring our sacredness and connecting to the elements Fire, Earth, Water, Air. Through the teachings of the four directions and the elements we begin to heal generational wounds not just for ourselves but for the next 7 generations to come. Today more than ever we need to restore and remember our medicine! Come join us on this Journey…. We begin with the direction of the EAST/ Element FIRE On Wednesday October 21st we will be in circle with the beautiful soul Alex Purple Liera to honor the direction of the East and the element of Fire. Alex is the founder of the @wocsistercollective_ and organizer with the East Side Café in Los Angeles. Alex will guide us into finding the fire medicine within each of us through a meditative experience of the spirit. Options to register for individual platicas or for the full series are found on our bio linktr.ee Hope you will join us in virtual community! 🔥💦🌿💨

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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

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2019 is marking a pivotal year for women and we have a front row seat. The 116th Congress made history with the number of women, African-American and Hispanic members sworn into office. With a record 127 women serving in Congress, and 25 more in the Senate, you can bet that tremendous generational, racial and ideological change is on the horizon. Yet, we still have much work to do. _ As the lowest paid demographic in the United States, the battle is still an uphill one for mujeres like ourselves. But with the resilience and determination that personifies a Latina woman, I am confident that our impact will be seismic. _ #ISpeakDinero is a tribute to that guerrera spirit passed down to us from our ancestors that continues to live and breathe through us in this current day. That's the same warrior spirit which we must call upon and tap into as we venture into the depths of a realm that has the power to give us life or bring us slow death, money. _ I speak dinero for my immigrant mother who worked herself to the bone and slowly deteriorated from a lifetime of manual labor. _ What that experience has instilled in me is the fire to learn how to stop trading time, health, or sanity for money. Along with the drive to learn the skills it takes to get and feel more in control of my money, so that money doesn’t have to work me, or any of my loved ones into an early grave . _ Learning about and speaking about money isn’t just for you, it’s also for those you love. _ Changing your family’s money story starts with YOU. When mujeres stay silent, everyone loses. #queridafamilia

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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

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It’s our weekly Happy Hour! 🍷 Tune in on our talk to network with our amazing #latinapodcasters🎙️ & our incredible founder Rita Bautista!!!🙌🏽 We look forward to meeting you and expanding your possibilities with podcasting 💕 Link to register in bio! . ¡Es nuestra Happy Hour semanal! ¡Las invitamos a nuestra charla para establecer contactos con nuestra increíble # latinapodcasters 🎙️ y nuestra increíble fundadora Rita Bautista! 🙌🏽 Esperamos conocerte y ampliar tus posibilidades con el podcasting.💕 Enlace para registrarse en la biografía! . #virtualhappyhour #community #podcasting #podcastersofinstagram#podcastinglife #mujerespoderosas #comunidad #entrepreneurs #fierce #strengthinunity #latinxcommunity #networking #empowerment #empoderada #letstalk #charla #haciendodinero

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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

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Flashback Friday to F.E.P. founder's interview on the ⠀ @towardecociv Podcast. Take a listen to hear Ebony and lauren discuss F.E.P.'s work, why we say that “food is power,” and whether vegan products are really “cruelty-free.” https://buff.ly/3ic5tAB *link in @towardecociv's bio*⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #foodempowermentproject #foodispower #eatyourethics #racialjustice #humanrights #animalrights #environmentaljustice #animallover #farmworkersrights #veganism #chocolateslavery #foodjustice #fooddesert #intersectionalveganism #appetiteforjustice #community #laurenornelas #racism #ecociv #justice #flashbackfriday #vegan #veganfoodjustice #veganism #veg #changetheworld #foodjusticefriday #foodchoices #veg #environmentalracism

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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

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In a week that had so many downs, I want to end it on happy note and acknowledge a little milestone: @latinas_uprising has 25k readers!! 🙀🙀🙀 I never have the words to express how proud, motivated, and protective I feel for this community. I literally get moved to tears when I see you all achieving major goals!! In celebration and as an “hola” to the new folks I thought I’d do a quickie intro: -Latinas Uprising started six years ago to help fill the void in community space for Latina lawyers. -The blog covers an array of issues from prelaw prep to acing your performance evaluation to fave lipsticks for work (we aim to live happy, healthy, empowered lives as lawyers!)—please subscribe! -I’m Nubia, 🇲🇽 + 🇵🇦, born in Mx but raised in Indiana 🌽 🏀 -I’ve been practicing for a decade 🙀 mostly immigration & employment law & policy -I’m based in Chicago and it is the best city in the world (straight facts!) -I’m obsessed with my cats, makeup, skin care, reading, and politics (you’ll get all of that + law school advice around here 😹) -I’m deeply committed to advancing racial justice and women’s rights as much as I can, in any way I can, and particularly interested in empowering other Latinas to do the same! Welcome to this little part of the internet! 💕 tell me, what part of the legal journey are you on (or are you a supporter of Lawtinas in general, bc we love that too!)?

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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

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Electoral politics never saved anyone.

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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.