Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world includes several Latinx. The list, divided into five section including pioneers, titans, artists, leaders, and icons, features almost an equal number of men and women who are leaders in their community. From controversial figures to change-makers, the list features prominent individuals including congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a asylum seeker who was separated from her baby at the border, to groundbreaking indigenous actress Yalitza Aparicio. Editor-in-Chief of Time Edward Felsenthal wroe about the development of the list stating, “We all have teachers, some we know intimately, others who inspire from the page or the screen.” Here is the list of the inspiring Latinx public figures who have made an indelible mark on the world.
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Ayer fue uno de los días más maravillosos, estoy muy agradecida con todas las personas que estuvieron conmigo apoyándome en este proceso, gracias a todos los que se tomaron el tiempo de escribir y motivarme con sus hermosas palabras. ROMA ha sido un gran triunfo para todos. @romacuaron @netflixfilm
Yalitza Aparicio rose to fame acting in Alfonso Cuarón’s film “Roma” on Netflix, her first ever acting role. She plays Cleo, a nanny and housekeeper for an upper-middle-class family in Mexico City. Aparicio based some of her character on her own mother’s experience as a domestic worker. She became the first indigenous woman ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and only the second Mexican woman nominated after Salma Hayek in Frida. In December 2018, she became the first indigenous women on the cover of Vogue Mexico, next to the phrase “In tiu’n ntav’i,” which means “a star is born” in the indigenous Mixtec language.
“She focuses on being a force of change and empowerment for indigenous women, embracing the symbolic value of what she has done and carrying that responsibility with dignity and grace,” wrote director Alfonso Cuarón.
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Congratulations to Luchita Hurtado who has been named one of the 100 most influential people of 2019 by @time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘I first met Luchita Hurtado in 2017 and was immediately impressed by the range and depth of her visionary artistic practice and her ever amazing energy. Born in 1920, Luchita has worked as a painter for nearly 80 years, but her exhibition at the @serpentineuk this summer will be the first museum retrospective of her work. Revered by many artists, Luchita was connected through friendship and family to specific movements like Surrealism, the Dynaton movement and magical realism, but she maintained her unique practice in private, rarely exhibiting her work. Now, at the age of 98, Luchita is finally getting the attention she has long deserved.’ –@hansulrichobrist ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Follow the link in our bio to learn more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #LuchitaHurtado #Time100 #HauserWirth 1) Luchita Hurtado, 2018. Photo: Max Farago 2) Luchita Hurtado, 1947 © Man Ray 2015 Trust/Artists Rights Society, New York/ADAGP, Paris 3) Luchita Hurtado, Untitled, 1945 © Luchita Hurtado
Born in Maiquetía, Venezuela in 1920, Luchita Hurtado migrated to New York at age 8 and for the past seventy years has been a relatively unknown artist. That’s all changing now, sparked by her solo show at Hauser & Wirth in New York earlier this year and she’ll receive her first institutional show at the Serpentine in London later this year, as well as a survey at Mexico’s Museo Tamayo in 2020. Her paintings explore the interconnectedness of beings, morphing human bodies into mountains and bulbous fruits into curvy bellies, representing women as powerful and nurturing entities.
“Her vision of the human body as a part of the world, not separate from nature, is more urgent today than ever,” wrote Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director at the Serpentine Galleries.
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A year ago I was waitressing in a restaurant while organizing my community. In a time and place where we had been burned by so many politicians, and had grown deservedly cynical of the sad, familiar cycle of campaign promises and governance excuses, I was asking them, just once, to believe. . It was really hard, because how do you make that case? How to ask someone whose trust has been violated over and over to believe you? To believe in the movement for justice and economic dignity? . You show up. You give unconditionally. You show up when no one is looking and the cameras are off. You offer support when it’s risky, but necessary. You do it over and over again, without a need for recognition or expectation that you are “owed” something for doing the right thing. You just… engage in the act of loving your community. . Never in my wildest dreams did I think that those late nights on the 6 & 7 trains would lead to this. All this attention gives me a lot of anxiety (my staff fought to get me to agree to this cover, as I was arguing against it), and still doesn’t feel quite real, which maybe is why I remain comfortable taking risks, which maybe is a good thing. . I believe in an America where all things are possible. Where a basic, dignified life isn’t a dream, but a norm. . That’s why I got up then, and it’s why I get up now. Because my story shouldn’t be a rare one. Because our collective potential as a nation can be unlocked when we’re not so consumed with worry about how we’re going to secure our most basic needs, like a doctor’s visit or an affordable place to live.
Both loved and reviled, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with as the US Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district. The self-proclaimed democratic socialist took the primary from 10-term incumbent Republican Anthony Pappas in the November 2018 election, becoming the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress at the age of 29. The Bronx-born Puerto Rican now represents the district that includes the borough she grew up in and has been promoting her Green New Deal addressing climate change, universal health care, and tuition-free public college among other progressive issues.
“A year ago, she was taking orders across a bar. Today, millions are taking cues from her… And she’s just getting started,” wrote Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap artist Ozuna, 27, garnered fans and acclaim with his 2017 debut album Odisea. He quickly blazed his way onto the Billboard charts not once but eight times in a week on Billboard’s Hot Latin songs chart, becoming the fourth artist to ever achieve that. Born Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado in San Juan, Ozuna made his name in Latin America and is now achieving the same level of ubiquity in the Latin music in the US with songs including “La Modelo” featuring Cardi B, “Bebé” a collaboration with Anuel Aa, and “Ahora Dice” with J Balvin and Arcángel. He is the artist with the most 1 billion-view videos on YouTube.
“I still clearly remember the chamaquito who came to my recording studio to ask me to be on a remix to his song “No Quiere Enamorarse.” His name was Ozuna, and what got my attention was his tenacity, his sublime and unique voice, and his drive,” wrote Daddy Yankee.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also known as AMLO, is the left-wing president of Mexico who promised to bring “radical” change to his country. Some of those changes include: removing former presidents’ pensions, flying commercial in coach instead of on the presidential plane, and opening Los Pinos — the Mexican White House, Executive Office Building and Blair House— to the public as a museum. Additionally, he raised Mexico’s minimum wage nationwide and double it along the border and he has plans to build a Mayan train in the Yucatán Peninsula.
“More than 30 million Mexicans voted for a change in the last election, and that’s exactly what they got,” wrote journalist Jorge Ramos.
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Estamos pidiendo organización, no paciencia. _ Tenemos muy claro que para llegar a la Venezuela que soñamos debemos superar al obstáculo, responsable de la tragedia que vivimos. _ Por eso, el cese de la usurpación es el primer paso de este proceso que es irreversible. _ Por supuesto que queremos salir de esto ya, cesar la usurpación y avanzar en la reconstrucción de Venezuela, en el #PlanPaís. _ Por eso, les pido que avancemos en la organización y preparación de la #OperaciónLibertad. _ Ya tenemos más de 2.000 Comités de Ayuda y Libertad, y sé que van a ser muchos más. _ Ante una situación como la que vivimos tenemos todas las opciones. Y me quiero referir al 187-11: nuestros aliados nos han dicho que es prematuro, pero de nosotros depende convertir lo prematuro en oportuno. _ No vamos a quedarnos en nuestras casas esperando, estaremos en las calles porque todo el apoyo que hemos construido ha sido gracias a nuestra movilización pacífica y determinada por nuestra libertad. _ Ninguna de nuestras conquistas ha sido gratis. Me siento orgulloso de ser venezolano porque nosotros no bajamos la cabeza, ni nos acostumbramos ¡vamos pa' lante! _ ¡Vamos con todo!
Politician Juan Guaidó is the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela who is also recognized as acting President of Venezuela since taking a public oath January of this year. In that time he’s become a political leader contesting the presidency of Nicolás Maduro who has held the role since 2013 despite condemnation amid accusations of crimes against humanity during his presidency. Thirty-five-year-old Guaidó has been politically active since his time as a student in Caracas where he led protests against then-president Hugo Chávez. As of March of this year, more than 80 percent of Venezuelans support him as acting president and he has a 61 percent overall approval rating.
“By being in the right place at the right time, he was able to finally unite the opposition and become a beacon of hope for a country that is yearning for a rapid and peaceful change,” wrote Juan Manuel Santos. former president of Colombia.
Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis has been a powerful leader beyond Catholicism, known for straying from strict religious ideals. In 2013, when he became the first pope from the Americas at the age of 76, he was also named Person of the Year by Time magazine, joining the ranks of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, the only other popes to be awarded the title. He’s known for softening on issues including abortion and being more open to the LGBTQ community as well as focusing on outreach for those living in poverty.
“He believes we should not only pay attention to the symptoms, however tragic they are, but we should also go deeper and discern what are the roots of this “clericalism”—this evil abuse of conscience and power,” wrote Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna of Malta, a leading reformer on clerical sex abuse.
Trans actress Indya Moore’s journey to stardom began when she started modeling at the age of 15 for Dior and Gucci. The Afro-Boricua Bronx native, 24, is known for her role as trans sex worker Angel on the FX series, Pose, for which she’s received acclaim. She’s set to star in Magic Hour the upcoming reimagining of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and sticking to her modeling roots, she was also in a campaign for Louis Vuitton. Though she’s achieved success, she also endured prejudice when she entered foster care at 14 after her parents struggled to recognize her gender identity, though she says they’ve since improved their relationship. She’s known for being a vocal advocate on social media, calling out inequality, racism, and transphobia.
“But a greater gift has been watching Indya rise from an adolescence navigating foster care in the Bronx to critical acclaim as an actress and model using her voice to center the marginalized communities she comes from,” wrote writer/director Janet Mock.
The story of Mirian G. (a pseudonym for her safety) made headlines after she’d been separated from her 18-month-old child in immigration detention in February 2018. The 29-year-old Honduran was detained in a center in Taylor, Texas while her toddler was kept about 120 miles away in a facility in San Antonio for months. Her son is one of 2,700 children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border last year. On May 2, she was reunited with her son after two months and 11 days. She wrote about her ordeal for CNN to raise awareness of her story and the treatment of women and families in detention centers.
“I cannot begin to imagine what Mirian and others like her went through. Being an American, for me, means owning the good parts of our country as well as the unjust parts. This has not been a proud moment for us, but I find Mirian’s courage inspiring. Welcome home, Mirian. We need you,” wrote actor Kumail Nanjiani.