If you look at various photos of yesteryear, the hair and makeup will usually help to identify when they were taken. These snapshots of past trends and style risks are a way for us to connect with inspirational people who are no longer here. These photos captured glimpses of 13 iconic Latina celebrities and their fabulous hairstyles. We are inspired and definitely taking beauty notes!
Dolores del Rio, 1930s
Before the Kardashians existed, the glamorous Mexican actress Dolores del Rio was rocking the sleek center part hairstyle. Paired with bold statement earrings, this look is so timeless it could have been taken yesterday.
Frida Kahlo, 1939
Part of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s iconic look is her instantly recognizable hair. She would adorn her braids with vibrant flowers, rebozo scarves, yarn, and more.
Afro-Cubana actress, soprano, and dancer Candita Quintana let her natural curls flow in this vintage photo, most likely taken in the 1940s. Flowers add a natural and beautiful touch to the look.
Maria Montez, 1949
The late actress Maria Montez’s fabulous, long dark hair with short bangs, is a throwback style you see recreated today. The Dominicana’s look is glam inspiration!
Chela Alonso, 1960s
Mexican-Puerto Rican star Chela Alonso’s coif was sleek, sexy, and voluminous. This bouffant hairstyle was super on-trend in the 1960s when this photo was taken.
Raquel Welch in the ’60s
The ’60s were all about huge hair. Boliviana Raquel Welch worked her caramel tresses, serving face while sporting large, gravity-defying waves.
Ruth Fernandez, 1960s
While Ruth Fernandez was known as “el alma de Puerto Rico hecho cancion” (“the soul of Puerto Rico turned into song”). Her whole looks were also very attention-grabbing as we can see in this 1960s-era photo. Check out that bold bouffant!
Lola Falana, 1971
No, this isn’t the fabulous, glamorous Amara La Negra. It’s Afro-Cubana star Lola Falana, known as the “First Lady of Las Vegas.” Her glorious afro was part of her dazzling look in this 1971 performance.
Veronica Castro in the ’80s
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Mexicana Veronica Castro is a household name in most Latino homes. Her feathered, coiffed, and voluminous hair has appeared in countless novelas, music videos, and magazines.
Daniela Romo, 1986
Daniela Romo’s super long, gorgeous mane was total #hairgoals. The Mexicana showed off her locks on the back of her 1986 album, Mujer de todos, Mujer de nadie.
The legendary Selena has had a number of equally iconic hairstyles. The updo she sported in the “No Me Queda Mas” video was pure ’90s-meets-Old-Hollywood Chicana glam.
Mariah Carey, 1998
Mariah is a total diva and we know this. So, naturally, she had to have equally diva-like, big hair for the 1998’s VH1 Divas Live show. We always appreciate when Mariah lets her naturally curly hair do its thing.
Celia Cruz, 2002
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Celia Cruz poses with her Latin GRAMMY for Album of the Year & Recording of the Year for “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” at backstage during the 3rd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards held at The Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California on September 18, 2002. That night Celia was nominated in 5 categories: – Album of the Year for “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” – Recording of the Year for “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” – Song of the Year for “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” – Best Salsa Album for “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” – Best Music Video for “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” videoclip. Celia won all the categories in which she was nominated. #CeliaCruz #azucar #cuba #salsa #2002 #latingrammy #latingrammys #latingrammy2002 #backstage #performance #kodaktheatre @latingrammys @latingrammyfdn @sonymusiclatin #albumoftheyear #recordingoftheyear #songoftheyear #bestsalsaalbum #mejoralbumdesalsa #bestmusicvideo #lanegratienetumbao #world #cubansinexile #cubansinnewyork #cuban #estadosunidos #unitedstates
La Reina Celia Cruz wore an endless number of technicolor wigs, as well as her natural hair, to add another layer of superstar fab to her recognizable bold style. This blue and white in-your-face wig from the 2002 Latin Grammys is iconic.