In case you haven't heard, the popular cult-classic series Heroes is returning to the air for a 13-episode arc. Heroes Reborn will revisit the premise of the original show, focusing on ordinary individuals who discover they possess extraordinary, superhuman abilities.
The return of the show has us thinking about the superheroes in our own lives. Some of our favorite Latinas are simply ordinary women who work tirelessly each and every day to enact positive change on the world. We believe that these five Latina celebrities are all heroes. Check out their superpowers:
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Superpower: Tireless Spirit
What does Eva Longoria do? Well, that’s not an easy question to answer. Yes, she’s an actress, but she's also so much more than that. She’s a director, a producer, an activist, a philanthropist, and a business owner. It seems like the Tejana is always on-the-go: directing new episodes of Devious Maids, managing her charity for developmentally disabled children Eva’s Heroes, partnering with Michelle Obama for the ‘Drink Up Initiative’, or drawing attention to the plight of U.S. farm workers through her documentary work. There’s no doubt about it: Longoria is an intelligent, politically-savvy, thoughtful woman who won’t stop until she helps enact some positive change in the world!
Superpower: Breaking Barriers
Love her or hate her, Jennifer Lopez is one talented mujer. She acts, sings, and dances, and she boasts a successful career doing all three (often at the same time!) Lopez was also one of the first Latinas to skyrocket to mainstream success, following her celebrated role in Selena and a number of successful albums and films. This boricua can also proudly declare that she’s the first person EVER to boast a number one album and a number one movie in the same week!
Superpower: Inspiring Youth
Aside from an impressive set of acting chops, Rosario Dawson possesses an extraordinary array of talents that she’s used to give voice to underprivileged and underrepresented Latinos. She's used her fame to engage Latino Millennials through Voto Latino, a nonpartisan organization that empowers youth to fight for a better future for their community. In the 10 years since Voto Latino was founded, Dawson and her team have registered nearly a quarter million voters, rallied for immigration reform, and ensured that the Latino community was properly counted in the 2010 Census and enrolled in the new healthcare law!
Superpower: Master of Tongues
Shakira is probably the closest thing we have to an actual Wonder Woman. The Colombiana has an incredible musical career, donates thousands of dollars to charity each year, and judges a successful reality TV show. Oh, and she's also a dedicated and loving mother on top of it all! Most impressively, however, the singer is a master of tongues. She speaks (and sings!) in English and Spanish, is fluent in Portuguese, and can converse in Italian, French, and Arabic.
Superpower: Forever Young
Okay, let’s be honest for a minute here. Gloria Estefan is 55-years-old...and she looks amazing. Not only is the cubana completely gorgeous, she’s also an overwhelming positive person -- filled with youthful energy, light, and love. Estefan is the most successful crossover artist of all time, an award winning singer, a recipient of the Ellis Island Congressional Medal, a proud immigrant, the owner of a honorary doctoral degree from the University of Miami, and one-half of a 30-year partnership with her husband, Emilio Estefan. She’s a true role model -- not only because of her success, but because of her youthful spirit and humility.