7 Strong, Badass Latinas Throughout History

Queen of the South’s Alice Braga isn’t alone when it comes to badass-ness. She follows in the giant footsteps of Latinas who have veni, vidi and vici. Here are some!

Watch Braga on USA’s Queen of the South on June 23 at 10/9C. 

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1. Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo: Bow down to the artistic archangel of all Latinas. Posthumously, the Mexican painter’s works of art and ideologies became celebrated by the 1970s feminist movement and revered for her creativity. A woman ahead of her time, she led a torrid marriage with fellow Mexican artist Diego Rivera and had affairs with Josephine Baker and Isamu Noguchi

2. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez: If you ever find yourself in a bind, just think WWJD—What Would Jennifer Do. Why? Because the megastar has done it all—acting, music, dancing, producing, super mom and super Boricua. Starting from Janet Jackson's backup dancer to In Living Color, Lopez built herself into Hollywood’s main Latina attraction. Today, she’s doing it up in Vegas and producing her own network primetime show, NBC’s Shades of Blue. Bo$$ moves. 

3. Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta: Cesar Chavez didn’t do it alone. Huerta was side-by-side with Chavez in the fight to improve the conditions of farmworkers. She founded the Agricultural Workers Association and co-created the United Farm Workers. Today, at age 86, she continues to fight for the disenfranchised as she speaks out on a multitude of hot-button issues like immigration, the rights of Latinos and women, and more.

4. Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor: Mrs. History Maker. In 2009, nominated by President Barack Obama, Sotomayor became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history. Beyond her multiple exclamation-worthy appointment, check the accolades: graduated Yale Law School, held the following positions: U.S. District Court Judge, U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. A trailblazer, indeed!

5. Patricia Velasquez

Patricia Velasquez: She’s a supermodel with an emphasis on the word “super.” Beginning her modeling career in the 1990s, the venezuelana strutted her stuff down the runway for designers such as Dolce & Gabbana. Outside of the fashion circuit, she dabbled in acting (The L Word) and founded the Wayúu Tayá Foundation, a nonprofit benefitting the indigenous people of Venezuela. 

6. Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros: Words are power, and Cisneros’ words are priceless, inspiring and impactful. Her The House on Mango Street, released in 1984, is still heralded as a Latino classic. She was the first female Mexican-American writer to have her book published by an established publisher, Arte Público Press.

7. Eva Longoria Baston

Eva Longoria Baston: This tejana isn’t a businessmujer, she’s a business, mujer! Gaining notoriety for her role as Gabi in Desperate Housewives was simply the beginning of her run in Hollywood. In the last few years, her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment company has produced the Lifetime hit Devious Maids with more shows to come. Yet, ELB is bigger than Hollywood. One of her main objectives is to fight for the rights of Latinos and urging us to vote for our future!