Mariela Rosario

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

Branding Boom
The Latina Branding Boom

One overriding trend we've spotted among our Latina celebs has been a huge branding boom!

From Selena Gomez's clothing line for Kmart to Eva Mendes's home line for Macy's to J.Lo (the star who started it all) landing a historic branding deal with Kohl's—our girls expanded their empires at a break-neck pace in 2010.

In case you missed this phenomenon, check out our round-up of Latina moguls and moguls-in-the-making.


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VOTE for Your Favorite Latina Magazine Cover of All Time!
VOTE for Your Favorite Latina Magazine Cover of All Time!

You helped us narrow the field to 15 covers, one from each year that Latina magazine has been published, and now it's your chance to vote for you very favorite cover of all time.


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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rosie Perez on Going Home to Puerto Rico
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rosie Perez on Going Home to Puerto Rico

When Rosie Perez goes back to her home in Puerto Rico, she tells Access Hollywood it’s nothing like it is over here in the states! She dishes, “it really is a beautiful thing to go to relx and let go and when I go home, that’s exactly what I do.” And we may know her best as the lovely “Rosie Perez”, but when she’s in PR, it’s a different story! “Everybody just knows me as rose or rosie or lil rosie or Rosita” she says, “and nobody really gives two cents about rosie perez” Check out Rosie’s full interview below!


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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Jessica Alba on Comfort Foods
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Jessica Alba on Comfort Foods

We’re not sure how she does it but super hot mamacita, Jessica Alba says she still saves room for her favorite comfort foods. Jess told Access Hollywood, “the thing that’s the most comforting, because we had it everyday is probably chorizo and eggs.” As for her little one, Honor, her tummy is starting to embrace her Latin roots too! Jess explains, “Honor likes tacos, anything with a tortilla pretty much but she doesn’t really like the spicy.” Check out everything Jessica had to say right here: 


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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Gloria Estefan on Promoting Latin Culture
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Gloria Estefan on Promoting Latin Culture

Turns out Gloria Estefan isn’t just a queen on the mic but in the kitchen too! Gloria tells Access Hollywood that she embraced her Latin culture in her restaurants too! “We wanted to promote our culture,” she says. But when it comes down to it, Gloria’s vocals are what we adore her for. Gloria tells AH, “the fact that we were Latin is what made our music stand out.” Check out her full interview below!


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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rosario Dawson on Activism
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rosario Dawson on Activism

Not only is Rosario Dawson a super hot acress, but this chica is a major do-gooder too! Rosario sat down with Access Hollywood recently and shared some of her earliest childhood memories. “Being born to a teenage mother and a grandmother who raised 5 kinds on her own” played a major part in her taking part in some great causes Rosario says. She goes on to say, “I’m always so proud to be able to talk about my roots and where I came from.” Play the whole interview below.


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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Michelle Rodriguez on Being Selected for Latina’s 15th Anniversary Cover
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Michelle Rodriguez on Being Selected for Latina’s 15th Anniversary Cover

As if we’re not excited enough about our 15th anniversary cover, our very own cover girl is pretty pumped for it too! Michelle Rodriguez tells us, “Yeah, I’m feelin’ all warm and fuzzy inside.” Aw, we’re excited to see Michelle grace our monumental cover! Check out what else Michelle told us right here:


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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Selena Gomez on Abuela’s Tamales
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Selena Gomez on Abuela’s Tamales

Bieber Schmeiber – who needs Justin Bieber when Selena Gomez has her Abuela! SelGo tells Access Hollywood, “I smell my grandmother’s tamales and rice and beans and I’m home, I just feel so good.” We love that Selena still doesn’t forget where she came from! Peep what else Selena said right here:


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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Natalie Morales on Having the Best of Both Worlds
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Natalie Morales on Having the Best of Both Worlds

Leading lady of Today, Natalie Morales didn’t always embrace her 50% Puerto Rican 50% Brazillain background. Natalie tells Access Hollywood, “I wanted to be blonde and blue eyed like all my friends – I used to tell people I was born in California!” The now Today show anchor realizes now that she does have “the best of both worlds.” Check out the full interview here:


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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: La La Anthony on Latin Music
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: La La Anthony on Latin Music

Cha Cha, La La! Hot mamacita La La Anthony spilled some family deets with Access Hollywood recently on her hidden Latina memories. La La tells AH, “I just remember in the house hearing salsa and meringue all the time.” So why haven’t we seen Mrs. Anthony busting any moves lately? The star dancer is actually another lady in the fam, her mama! La La dishes, “my mom actually taught a salsa class.” Is is just us, or do you think La La could make a smokin’ salsa dancer?! Check out what else La La had to say right here:


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