Latinas continue to make strides in America whether it’s in politics or entertainment and this year we made history more than once. Though 2017 is mired in controversies, tragedies and social injustices, this list is meant to highlight the successes and groundbreaking achievements of Latinas in various fields to remind us there was plenty of good too. While this list is not exhaustive (let’s face it, there are so many amazing Latinas out there), it does include some of the most outstanding and poderosa women repping our culture today.
Lizzie Velásquez – Motivational Speaker/Author
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"Worlds Ugliest Woman" | Erase the label New video in bio #WednesdayswithLizzie #ErasetheLabel 💜 I'm so grateful for all of your supportive comments. Please know I made this video not for anyone to feel sorry for me. It's taken many years but I'm truly so much stronger than I was when I was 17. I posted this video as a reminder that we don't need any label to define us. Shine your own unique, wonderful, beautiful, courageous self with the world because we are all waiting to see it!!
YouTube sensation and inspirational speaker, Velasquez released “Dare to Be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World.” Born with neonatal progeroid syndrome, a rare combination of Marfan syndrome and lipodystrophy that prevents her from gaining weight, she was once bullied for being “the World’s Ugliest Woman.” Instead of recoiling she released a YouTube video addressing the bullying and promising to those who also experience bullying that “it gets better.” Her TEDTalk gained millions of views and now the release of the book encourages a culture of kindness.