Gemini season is in full swing! We’re sure you’ve seen the #GeminiSeason hashtag across social media by now — Geminis wouldn’t have it any other way. Ruled by Jupiter, the third astrological sign reigns from May 21 to June 21.
Geminis get a bad rap. They’re often classified as flakey, two-faced, undependable, and impulsive, but those with this mutable sign are outgoing, intelligent, inquisitive, unique, and fun. Yes, the twin sign does hint at their ability to switch up; however, their adaptable nature allows Geminis to move about with ease. It’s no coincidence that several of our fave artists and entertainers fall under the Gemini sign. You may or may not have known, but these nine Latinas are Geminis:
Zoe Saldaña (Birthday: June 19)
Puerto Rican-Dominican actress Zoe Saldaña has starred in three of the top five highest-grossing films of all time, Avatar, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Not to mention, blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy (both vol. 1 and 2) and three Star Trek movies are on the star’s resume. Saldaña is a working mother of three boys — Zen Anton Hilario, 2, and twins Bowie Ezio and Cy Aridio, 4. Like a true Gemini, she’s not afraid to speak her mind. In an exclusive interview with Cosmopolitan UK last May, the actress opened up about her less than pleasant experience on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean.
“I don’t want to go back to that. I don’t want to hear another man tell me, ‘Oh you were my muse.’ I don’t want to be your f*cking muse anymore,” she shared.
Paulina Rubio (Birthday: June 17)
Dubbed La Chica Dorada (The Golden Girl), Paulina Rubio began her career in a childhood pop group called Timbiriche. She burst into the Latin pop scene in the ‘90s with her debut single “Mio.” Her commercial hit “Te Quise Tanto” landed the Mexican singer the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart in 2004 after scoring seven top 10s on the list. The song became Rubio’s longest-running No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart as it peaked for six weeks, and she earned her longest reign on the Latin Pop Songs airplay chart as the song remained for 13 weeks on the chart. The latter made “Te Quise Tanto” was the second-most weeks at No. 1 on the list for a song by a woman. The mother of two has released 11 studio albums and worked on TV shows like La Voz… México, La Voz Kids, The X Factor and Jane the Virgin.
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (Birthday: May 27)
Lisa Nicole Lopes, widely-known by her stage name Left Eye, had a one-of-a-kind spirit. The late rapper and songwriter, who died in a tragic car accident in Honduras in 2002, made up one-third of the all-girl hip-hop trio TLC. Her free-spirit and the playful vibe was evident in her lyrical delivery on tracks such as “ Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” “No Scrubs (Remix),” and “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix).” Seventeen years after her passing, Left Eye’s unique style is appreciated and serves as an inspiration for artists today.
Adriana Lima (Birthday: June 12)
Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima is a Victoria’s Secret icon. After 20 years and 18 runway shows, Lima retired her angel wings, closing out the 2018 VS Fashion Show. What’s next for the 37-year-old model? “I’m looking forward to supporting women and being connected to different projects which support women around the world,” the Salvador, Bali-born model told People. She informed fans of her next move via Instagram, writing, “Dear Victoria, Thank you for showing me the world, sharing your secrets, and most importantly not just giving me wings but teaching me to fly. And all the ❤️ to the best fans in the ?! Love, Adriana ?” Geminis are known to blaze their own trail and the veteran angel will continue to do so on her new, exciting journey.
Jessie Reyez (Birthday: June 12)
Colombian-Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez doesn’t hold back from delivering powerful vocals and lyrics. Whether you’re captivated by her distinct sound or knack for storytelling, the 27-year-old has a way of grabbing your attention. For example, her song “Gatekeeper” reflects on her own experience dealing with sexual harassment by a producer. In it, she raps, “Spread your legs/ Open up/ You could be famous.” As a woman determined to share her truth, we applaud Reyez for empowering other women through her words. So far, she’s released two EPs — Kiddo and Being Human in Public — and has collabed with artists like Romeo Santos, Kehlani, and Calvin Harris, to name a few.
Sonia Manzano (Birthday: June 12)
A prolific childhood memory wouldn’t be complete without the presence of Sonia Manzano. The Bronx-born Afro-Boricua played the beloved María Figueroa-Rodríguez on Sesame Street for 44 years. She even wrote for the show, garnering 15 Emmy Awards. Manzano has penned several books: No Dogs Allowed!, A Box Full Of Kittens, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, and Miracle on 133rd Street. The multi-talented creative has received several awards, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Award, the Bronx Hall of Fame and the Hispanic Heritage Award for Education.
Selenis Leyva (Birthday: May 26)
Cuban-born, Bronx-raised actress Selenis Leyva has paved the way for many Afro-Latinas in the film and TV space. The part-Dominican entertainer began her career on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 1999, though many instantly think of her role as Gloria Mendoza on the award-winning Netflix show Orange is the New Black. She’s also had a role in Spider-Man: Homecoming as a high school physics teacher. When asked by well-known blog Ain’t I Latina? her thoughts on the importance of having Afro-Latinas represented in the media, she replied, “We haven’t been for so many years. I grew up in a time where people were telling me that I didn’t look Latina.” Thankfully, Leyva is ensuring Black Latinas have a presence.
Laurie Hernandez (Birthday: June 9)
Laurie Hernandez made history when she became the first Latina in the U.S. to make Team USA for the Olympics since Tracee Talavera in 1984. Since the 2016 Olympics, the 18-year-old has scored the Mirror Ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars; published her memoir, I Got This, in 2017; and co-hosted American Ninja Warrior Junior last year. Now, the Bori-American is focused on making the 2020 Summer Olympics team.
Raquel Cepeda (Birthday: June 9)
Magazine editor-turned-documentary filmmaker Raquel Cepeda is on a mission to tell stories that don’t always get the shine. Her part memoir and part year-long journey titled Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina unpacks the truth about the Dominican writer while looking at what it means to be Latina today. She’s produced documentaries like Bling: A Planet Rock, which looks at how the “flashy” world of commercial hip-hop played a role in the 10-year civil war in Sierra Leone, and Some Girls, “focuses on a group of troubled Latina teens from a Bronx-based suicide prevention program who are transformed by an exploration of their roots.” The mother of two is channeling that Gemini energy, working on a forthcoming doc on reggaeton.