TIME released its tenth annual “Time 100” list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World today and we were so proud to see some Latinos dotted throughout the list, which covers everyone from icons to arists and pioneers. Below are the Latinos who made the coveted list!
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We aren’t surprised that the 32-year-old international superstar made it into TIME’s list. Aguilera, who starred as a mentor on the first three seasons of NBC’s The Voice, has a voice that demands respect from her singing colleagues, and the world. The one and only Celine Dion raved about the Ecuadorian-American songstress in her TIME piece about her. “I was totally blown away. I love the way she sings,” Aguilera said. “Her tone is beautiful, and her voice has got so much power, yet so much sensitivity — and technically, I think, she’s flawless.” Dion went on to describe Aguilera as “one of the most talented artists the world has ever seen and heard.” Sounds about right.
People have not stopped talking about 27-year-old Miguel since he stepped onto the music scene. Born Miguel Jontel Pimentel, the crooner won a Grammy this year for Best R&B Song, for his wildly popular “Adorn.” TIME’s music critic Douglas Wolk described Miguel’s music as evoking “constant innovation, formal daring, unexpected sources of inspiration, and emotional directness.” The singer was also described as a “soul seducer”… we totally see that.
The Brazilian chef is a heavyweight in the culinary industry his D.O.M. restaurant in São Paulo was named one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants several years ago. Fellow chef René Redzepi described the man as a “striking figure, with his skull tattoos and piercings, his flaming hair and beard” and one of the “most dedicated people I have encountered in our industry.” Atala is known for using native Brazilian ingredients in haute cuisine.
Enrique Peña Nieto
Since he announced his presidential candidacy back in Sept. 2011, the road for Enrique Peña Nieto to his current post as Mexico’s president was not easy, in the least. The now 46-year-old faced a lot of media criticism, yet for former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, “it was obvious to me that he had boatloads of charisma, a quick grasp of the issues and a self-deprecating humorous side.” He has since proposed significant changes in the energy and telecommunications sectors and it “a leader to watch.”
The 53-year-old is the first female governor of New Mexico and the first Latina governor in the United States – an accomplishment that’s no doubt worthy of being included in TIME’s list. Karl Rove (who served as senior adviser to former President George W. Bush, wrote about an 18-year-old Martinez “armed with a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum,” guarding parking lots at church bingo nights for her parents’ security business. The Latina elected official later went to law school and later became a prosecutor who handled child-abuse and homicide cases.
The 58-year-old is a justice minister of the Supreme Federal Court in Brazil who presided over the country’s largest political-corruption trial. Born out of poverty to a bricklayer father and housewife mother, Barbosa earned a doctorate from the Sorbonne (University of Paris) and learned four foreign languages. The jurist’s face appears on the most popular Carnival mask in Brazil, symbolizing, according to Columbia Law School professor Sarah Cleveland, “the promise of a new Brazil committed to multiculturalism and equality.”
The 76-year-old (who was formally Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio) is the first Latin American to be named the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York described Pope Francis as “a simple, uncomplicated, sincere shepherd, like Jesus, like St. Francis. Just what we needed!”
Wilfredo De Jesús
Also known as Pastor Choco, Wilfredo De Jesús is the senior pastor of New Life Covenant Ministries, one of the fastest-growing churches in Chicago. He also serves as the vice president of social justice for the nation’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Under the religious leader’s direction, New Life is reaching out to everyone from the homeless to young people in gangs. In Rick Warren’s words, “Pastor Choco is and will continue to be a strong, ardent voice on the direction of our country.”