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The 30 Best Latinx Celeb IG Moments of 2019

Instagram has become a window into the lives of our favorite Latinx celebs. There, you get to see a glimpse into their everyday lives, behind-the-scenes moments at major events, epic OOTDs, and exclusive access to new releases and latest projects. For millions, it is the closest they can get to being BFFs with their favorite star.

The year 2019 was a major year for several Latinx stars, and they made sure to share their successes with all their Instagram followers. As the year comes to an end, we are going to look back and share some of these special moments from 30 Latinx celebs that you know and love.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny, as busy as he was this year, knew his priorities. He definitely had time to stop what he was doing and be one of the major faces, who were front and center demanding the resignation of Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rosselló. And he captured these important moments and shared them to his Instagram account; these photos garnered over 1.7 million likes.

Jennifer Lopez

The year 2019 was definitely the year of J.Lo. One of Jennifer Lopez’s biggest moments was closing the Versace show, during Milan Fashion Week, in a revamped version of the iconic jungle dress, twenty years later and looking even better than ever. As the gown did the first time around, the dress, and the moment, took over the internet and was a topic of conversation everywhere.

Adrienne Bailon-Houghton

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The show The Masked Singer has everyone guessing who is the celebrity behind the incredible vocals, and in the fun costume. The flamingo impressed both judges and viewers, belting out songs like Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.” Who was she? None other than Puerto-Rican-Ecuadorian songstress Adrienne Bailon. And of course, these moments were shared on Instagram.

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin has been a part of Latinx pop culture for what seems like forever, so we like to keep posted on all his important moments. On October 29 of this year, Ricky and husband Jwan Yosef shared a photo of their newborn son, Renn, on Instagram, sharing the happy news with the world.

Eva Longoria Baston

It’s always great when celebs use their platform to bring attention to important issues. Such was the case when Eva Longoria took to Instagram to speak on Latina Equal Pay Day. She informed her 7.5 million followers on the huge pay discrepancy between Latinas and white, non-Hispanic men, and encouraged them to speak up and demand that this change.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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A year ago I was waitressing in a restaurant while organizing my community. In a time and place where we had been burned by so many politicians, and had grown deservedly cynical of the sad, familiar cycle of campaign promises and governance excuses, I was asking them, just once, to believe. . It was really hard, because how do you make that case? How to ask someone whose trust has been violated over and over to believe you? To believe in the movement for justice and economic dignity? . You show up. You give unconditionally. You show up when no one is looking and the cameras are off. You offer support when it’s risky, but necessary. You do it over and over again, without a need for recognition or expectation that you are “owed” something for doing the right thing. You just… engage in the act of loving your community. . Never in my wildest dreams did I think that those late nights on the 6 & 7 trains would lead to this. All this attention gives me a lot of anxiety (my staff fought to get me to agree to this cover, as I was arguing against it), and still doesn’t feel quite real, which maybe is why I remain comfortable taking risks, which maybe is a good thing. . I believe in an America where all things are possible. Where a basic, dignified life isn’t a dream, but a norm. . That’s why I got up then, and it’s why I get up now. Because my story shouldn’t be a rare one. Because our collective potential as a nation can be unlocked when we’re not so consumed with worry about how we’re going to secure our most basic needs, like a doctor’s visit or an affordable place to live.

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In March, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared her April 1, 2019 cover of TIME, where she is called “The Phenom,” and “America’s lightning rod.” Inspiring everyone further was the text that accompanied the photo on Instagram, which included:

“You show up. You give unconditionally. You show up when no one is looking and the cameras are off. You offer support when it’s risky but necessary. You do it over and over again, without a need for recognition or expectation that you are “owed” something for doing the right thing. You just… engage in the act of loving your community.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Some of the coolest Instagram moments of the year we are proud to say that we shared right on the Hip Latina Instagram account. In December, we posted a sneak peek at the 2020 movie, In the Heights. As you may know, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the original Broadway musical and is also very involved in the film alongside Director Chu. Playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes has done the writing for both.

Maluma

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Maluma was part of a big fashion moment in 2019, and we were able to be a part of it via Instagram. He was one of the cover stars of the very first issue of Harper’s BAZAAR Men, an offshoot of Harper’s BAZAAR. As if one Latinx cover star wasn’t enough, fellow Colombian and fashion lover J Balvin also appeared on his own magazine front cover for the new periodical.

Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan is an icon who is always making moves in the music industry. A recognition that the Cubana received is a nomination for the 2020 class of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She shared the exciting news with her 548,000 followers on Instagram in November.

Residente

Residente uses his words to resist, bring attention to injustice, create change, and inspire major orgullo Latinx. At this years’ Latin Grammys in November, he, alongside Ricky Martin and Bad Bunny performed their song “Cantalo,” inspired by Hector Lavoe’s “Mi Gente,” and meant to uplift and celebrate the Puerto Rican people. And Residente shared the performance on his IG account.

Becky G

When an artist wants to share their latest project, they definitely tell everyone about it on Instagram. Becky G finally released her debut studio album, Mala Santa, this year, and made sure her over 23 million followers knew about it. This post from October included songs fans can find on the new release.

Ivy Queen

One of the coolest things about celebrity Instagram accounts is that they give a glimpse into their lives. Take this video filmed in Medellin, Colombia, for instance. You get to see what Ivy Queen saw when she hyped up the crowd with the iconic jam, “Quitate Tu Pa’ Ponerme Yo” (in which she has an iconic verse).

Alex Rodriguez

Did we mention that Jennifer Lopez was winning in 2019? Part of that had to do with this iconic moment that was equally special for her other half, Alex Rodriguez. During a vacation in the Bahamas in March, A-Rod got down on one knee and asked J.Lo to marry him. And they shared the moment with everyone on Insta.

Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee is regarded by many as the King of Reggaeton and he took a moment to share his views on how the genre was treated by the Latin Grammys in this September Instagram post. When many artists were snubbed for nominations (although Daddy Yankee was nominated), he reminded the world, including his 35.9 million IG followers, that “without reggaeton, there isn’t Latin Grammys.”

Karol G

Instagram is a place for artists to share special career accomplishments and achievements. In November, Karol G was excited to let her fans, including her 24.9 million Instagram followers, know that her collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “Tusa” made it to the top of the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. She noted that this was the first time a female collaboration debuted at #1.

Cardi B

Cardi B’s December 24 Instagram post grabbed attention recently, making the news rounds. It shows the new, massive mansion that Cardi and hubby Offset purchased in Atlanta. A series of IG posts take viewers on a tour of the house, complete with funny Cardi commentary.

John Leguizamo

We are here for celebrities creating change through Instagram —it’s not just for selfies! John Leguizamo took to the social media platform in November to fundraise for his upcoming Latinx comic book, PhenomX and the Uncontrollables. It was an opportunity to share a new Latinx project with the world, including his 516,000 followers, and allow Latinxs to be an integral part of increasing our pop culture presence and reach.

Rosario Dawson

One of the most popular hashtags on Instagram is #Love. In this October 2019 Instagram post, Rosario Dawson took the time to tell everyone about her love for boyfriend, Senator, and presidential candidate Cory Booker on their anniversary. And she also did it while wearing a T-shirt that says “Justice For All.” Yes!

Julian Castro

June saw a momentous moment in political history (and on Instagram). It was then that a Chicano man, Julian Castro, let the world know — in Spanish — that he was running for President of the United States:

“If I’m elected President, I will work hard every single day so that you and your family can get good health care, your child can get a good education, and you can have good job opportunities in a big city or small town. And on January 20, 2021, we’ll say “Adiós” to Donald Trump.”

Salma Hayek Pinault

Instagram has also become an online archive of awesome throwback pop culture moments. Some are shared by the protagonists themselves, as observed in this fabulous vintage post by Salma Hayek. In October, she posted the introduction to her 1989-1990 novela, Teresa, complete with wind-blown hair, dramatic looks, and pure late 1980s/early 1990s style.

Selena Gomez

Another artist who shares her latest music on Instagram is Selena Gomez. In November, she posted this peek at her untitled album that is dropping in January 2020, including snippets of the songs/videos for “Lose You to Love Me,” and “Look At Her Now.”

Selena

We also love that while new music is always being shared on Instagram, classics from icons who should never be forgotten are finding new audiences on the platform, and thus helping to keep their legacy and memory alive. In November, Selena Quintanilla Perez’s Instagram account posted that her Ones album reached #1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, for 26 weeks (and 197 weeks on the chart in total).

Jorge Ramos

Jorge Ramos is always repping for Latinxs, highlighting issues that affect us, and helping us as a whole in any way he can. When he hosted the presidential debate in September, he took the opportunity to speak in Spanish and share words that are true and needed to be heard:

“In this country, Spanish is also spoken. It is also our country.”

Rita Moreno

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Rita Moreno is an icon, a legend, and a constant source of Latinx pride and Latinx excellence. In October, the Puerto Rican PEGOT winner shared this sweet behind the scenes photo on Instagram, which shows her in character with director/producer Steven Speilberg on the set of the West Side Story remake.

J Balvin

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Instagram is the perfect place to drop a teaser for a major collaboration. You post a cool pic, maybe a short music clip, and let the buzz, likes, and reposts further share the news in a viral way. This is what J Balvin did in September when he posted this rad, movie-like video of him and Maluma to announce the drop of their collaborative single, “Que Pena.”

Chiquis Rivera

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Instagram allows us to see the personal side of a lot of our favorite celebs. Family time, special moments, and important milestones. Chiquis Rivera shared this sweet highlight video in November, from her wedding to Lorenzo Mendez, letting her fans, and the world, share in her special day.

Eugenio Derbez

Eugenio Derbez is a Latinx treasure, and so fun to watch that we wonder why it took this long for him to have his own reality show. He shared this post (along with other IG posts with video clips) to promote his family TV program, De Viaje Con Los Derbez, in November of this year.

Ozuna

Celebs take advantage of Instagram for launching dance crazes, sharing the latest singles, and also giving us laughs. It looks like Ozuna went three for three in this November 2019 Instagram post. The Dominican-Puerto-Rican star was being silly and playing around, dancing to his new jam, “Eres Top.”

Thalia

Thalia took her 15.1 million followers (and the rest of the world) on a special, behind-the-scenes look at her getting ready for the most important event in the fashion world — the Met Gala. In this May 2019 video, we were able to see her hair and makeup being done, her fitting with designer Tommy Hilfiger, and her arrival at the red carpet.

Pedro Pascal

In October, Pedro Pascal got people’s attention on Instagram when he shared this look at The Mandalorian, a series on Disney+  that is part of the Star Wars universe.