Celia Cruz is a major Latinx superstar. She is a source of major orgullo Latino, and a musical icon. She was, and continues to be, the artist whose music would play non-stop in the house, and at celebrations everywhere, for generation after generation. Celia is instantly recognizable, be it her powerful voice, equally bold, legendary style, or dazzling smile. There is so much we know and love about Celia Cruz, but so much more to learn.
Sometimes we take our legends for granted. We don’t realize all the work they put in to get where they are now and don’t delve deeper to learn as much as we can about our heroes and role models. This is true about Celia Cruz. We feel we know all there is to know about la estrella, but every additional fact we learn is a piece of the puzzle of her life, each an integral step towards the massive superstardom the Afro-Cubana achieved. This history shouldn’t be ignored, or forgotten — ever. We should learn it, and pass it on so that the younger generations will be inspired to also reach for greatness. Here we share 15 fabulous facts everyone should know about legendary Cuban singer Celia Cruz.