This year, many of our Latina celebs have carved time aside from the red carpets and escandalos to give back. And what a tremendous year it’s been!
Some of our fave celebs have placed others before themselves through countless philanthropic endeavors; we’ve seen our seasoned Latinas continue to give, as well as a younger generation emerging with their own worthy causes in mind. Very little feels better than giving back, so we decided to round up our list of Latinas with big hearts – and (of course) big wallets. Check out our list below:
Written by Damarys Ocaña and Amaris Castillo
No wonder the Colombian superstar was named the 2011 Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year. Despite her tremendous success in music, Shakira also has an exceptionally big heart. So let us count the ways: Through her own foundation, Fundación Pies Descalzos, Shaki has helped set up schools for poor children in her native country for over a decade. This summer, the 34-year-old singer announced that through her foundation and FC Barcelona (her boyfriend Gerard Pique’s soccer team) have signed an agreement to build two youth sports complexes; one in Miami, and the other in Cartagena, Colombia — for local youth. If that wasn’t generous enough, Shakira was also appointed to President Barack Obama’s education advisory board in the hopes of assisting children in need throughout Latin America. That is a huge feat to undertake, but given Shakira’s philanthropic track record, we know she has this in the bag.