The 12 Most Fascinating Latinos of 2010

2010 was huge for Latinos in the news—we were definitely not short of personalities dominating the headlines over the last 12 months. In fact, you could argue that we Latinos had the story of 2010 with the miraculous rescue of the thirty-three Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days underground.

But those fortunate and fascinating men weren't the only Latinos grabbing headlines. From the first ever elected Latina governor of a U.S. state to Jennifer Lopez's amazing comeback—here are the people we found the most fascinating in 2010.

 

1. Reasons why we love Selena Gomez 10

10. She is a style icon:

The 24-year-old star was recently confirmed as the new face of Coach.  The singer reportedly landed a $10 million dollar deal with the luxury company, where she will work with creative director, Stuart Vevers, on a special design project for the brand.

However, this is not the first time “The Heart Wants What It Wants” singer ventured into designing. Back in 2010, Gomez launched her own line of junior clothing called Dream Out Loud, which was exclusively sold at Kmart retailers. 

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11. She is a loyal friend:

Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift are total #friendshipgoals. From red carpet events to award shows, the singers are practically inseparable. During the 2016 iHeart Radio Music Awards, la mexicana couldn’t contain her happiness when her BFF won Album of the Year.

3. Reasons why we love Selena Gomez 12

12. She is a fighter:

During her Revival tour, the Texas-native decided to take some time off to deal with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression caused by her lupus diagnosis. After being three month away from the spotlight, the singer took to Instagram to express her gratitude of the year. “I have a lot to be thankful for this year. My year has been the hardest yet most rewarding one yet. I've finally fought the fight of not 'being enough'. I have only wanted to reflect the love you guys have given me for years and show how important it is to take care of YOU. By grace through faith. Kindness always wins. I love you guys. God bless," Gomez wrote.

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13. She is a proud Latina:

The Mexican-American actress graced the cover of our April 2009 issue. When we asked the Disney alum about her proud Latina roots, the singer admitted she thought “it’s pretty neat to be Mexican.” “I didn’t even realize what a big deal it was to be Latin at first. But then one day being with my dad, it hit me: it’s pretty neat to be Mexican. And there aren’t enough Latinas in Hollywood—or there are, but they don’t get the recognition. So to be able to come out here and use that, it’s really a powerful thing,” the star exclusively told Latina.  

5. 2010 Fascinating: Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara took America by storm this past year as the firecracker Gloria Pritchett-Delgado on the Emmy winning comedy Modern Family. Sure, she might stick her foot in her mouth every now and then, but really, who doesn’t? Vergara has been winning over hearts with her hilarious interviews and her amazing performance on the ABC comedy. For her efforts was nominated for an Emmy earlier this year (she lost to Glee’s Jane Lynch), and now, a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a TV comedy (which she richly deserves, not like we’re biased or anything).

6. 2010 Fascinating: ISSA

Daniella Helayel (Issa)

Helayel has been making gorgeous clothes for many years, but it wasn’t until soon-to-be-Princess of England Kate Middleton named her as a favorite designer that everyone stateside came to know this Brazilian fashion designer. Now, stores can’t keep her designs in stock and it’s for good reason. It all started because she couldn’t find the perfect dress so she decided to design her own, “I wanted a dress that made me feel comfortable and glamorous at the same time, one that could take me anywhere from work to play, bedroom to boardroom.” Mission accomplished!

7. This Is Her Teenaged Love Affair

This is Her Teenaged Love Affair

She would tag along to her older sisters’ studio sessions as a child. However, her songwriting began professionally at 16 years old. Michaels has written everything from commercials to Disney’s Austin & Ally, to waxing 12 mega-hits on Billboard’s Hot 100. Check out her pen game on Selena Gomez’s, “Hand To Myself.” 

8. The Girl Loves Her Culture

The Girl Loves Her Culture

The 23-year-old sensation is a proud Mexican-Puerto Rican. Look at her reppin’ her Latina pride with the Instagram caption, “When you've absolutely had it with being sick so you dress up like the true Mexican/ Puerto Rican that you are. #mexican #puertorican #proud” We’re loving her off-the-shoulder Frida-esque blouse, too. 

9. Her Fixation Began Early On

Her Fixation Began Early On

Words were her first love. As a child, she’d write her mother poetry. “I just remember really ­loving words and ­writing about anything I could – and the way I'd ­remember things, like my library card ­number, was to make a melody," Michaels told Billboard.

10. She has Been Inked for Love

She's Inked for Love

Michaels always identified as a songwriter and her tattoos explain her story. She has a treble clef on her middle finger. Her arm is decorated with a microphone, piano, typewriter, and a faceless woman, because she's used to creating from behind-the-scenes.

11. Her Looks Are Deceiving

Her Looks are Deceiving

At first glance, you may assume Julia Michaels is a badass. However, her introverted personality almost kept her from becoming a solo artist. Her breakout debut single was the first record she couldn’t see any other artist singing. Watch how her personal experience with her perfectly imperfect romance pans out in the video.

12. Her Co-Written Songs Have Accumulated Over 8 Billion Streams

Her Co-Written Songs Have Accumulated Over 8 Billion Streams

She has written songs for Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony, Britney Spears, Ed Sheeran and more. Jam out now to her sexy lyricism on Fifth Harmony’s “All In My Head!"

13. Her “Song Husband” Is A Rock Star

Her “Song Husband” is a Rock Star 

Justin Tranter is an equally in-demand Top 40 songwriter. Over the years, he and Michaels collaborated on radio smashes, such as Hailee Seinfeld’s, “Love Myself.” They are bonafide magic. You can see and feel their love in this extra cozy photo.