New Year‘s Eve is upon us. It’s time to get out the glitz and the glam, pop the champagne, and party all night long (or just chill at home in your PJs). It’s always fun to take a look back at Latino pop culture, to see how we did things way back when. Even better when the “we” is made up of iconic celebs we admire and hold in high regard. Let’s take a look at seven Latino celeb New Year’s Eve moments throughout history.
Dolores del Rio, 1939
Mexicana Dolores del Rio was one of the glamorous Latinas holding it down in Old Hollywood. This photo of the star is from a New Year’s Eve party celebrating the start of 1939. Del Rio is seated between actor Charles Boyer (left), and Warner Brothers studio executive Jack Warner.
Desi Arnaz (and Lucille Ball), 1950s
Lucy and Desi were the golden couple of the 1950s. Here, we see the Cubano and his wife sharing a kiss during a New Year’s Eve celebration sometime in the ’50s.
Linda Cristal, 1957
Argentinian Linda Cristal won two Golden Globes during her acting career. In this promotional photograph, Cristal is celebrating the arrival of 1959.
Lola Falana, 1973
Afro-Cubana singer, dancer, actress, and model Lola Falana is called the First Lady of Las Vegas. On New Year’s Eve, 1973, she was a guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where she completely stole the show. You can see a clip of her appearance here.
Bianca Jagger, 1978
Nicaraguan Bianca Jagger was one of the glam faces of the disco era. She was a permanent fixture at the exclusive club, Studio 54, where this 1978 NYE photo was taken. She is front and center, adjusting her hair, while flanked by Halston, Liza Minnelli, and Andy Warhol.
Christina Aguilera, 2010
Christina Aguilera knows how to party it up. This photo is from 2010, when the Ecuadorian singer rang in the New Year at TAO nightclub in Las Vegas.
Jennifer Lopez, 2017
Jennifer Lopez also likes to shine like a star in Vegas at the end of the year. For New Year’s Eve 2017, the Nuyorican multihyphenate performed her hits during her “All I Have” show.