Our very own October cover girl Shakira received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today—and we must say, it's about time! The Colombian singer has not only worked her way towards international stardom, but has also dedicated her life to philanthropic causes. If anyone deserves to have her name cemented in the legendary walkway, it’s Shakira.
As we reported last week, the Grammy award-winning singer was scheduled to receive the 2,354th star on the Walk, which is located in front of the W Hollywood Hotel. Shakira is the first Colombian to ever earn a Hollywood star.
Shaki isn’t the only Latina who has earned herself a Hollywood Star. Check out the list of others who have also been deemed estrella-worthy:
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What's not to love about Shakira? The singer first captivated us as a young pop star in Colombia, when Donde Estan Los Ladrones made her a household name in Latin America. In 2001, Shakira’s English crossover album Laundry Service gained her international stardom. Since then, her music and swiveling hips have garnered her tons of cred in the music industry. She has two Grammy Awards and seven Latin Grammy Awards under her belt (and she is up for more this year). Last year, you may remember her unique vocals in “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa,” which was chosen as the official song for the FIFA World Cup. Besides her music, Shakira’s also a renowned philanthropist. Since 1995, she has worked with impoverished children in Colombia through her Pies Descalzos Foundation. Even President Barack Obama is a fan of Shaki – she was appointed to his Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics this year – a huge honor for a Latina, and a great example for the rest of us.
Christina Aguilera, 29
Like every great artist, Christina Aguilera is constantly reinventing herself. After starting out on Disney's The Mickey Mouse Club from 1993-1994, and maintaining a clean cut, wholesome image throughout her teen years with hit songs like songs like "Genie in a Bottle," "What a Girl Wants," and "Come On Over Baby," Aguilera changed her image with her second album, Stripped (2002), which was extremely raunchy. XTina's fans must've loved her evolution, because the album, which featured the hit song, "Beautiful," sold 330,000 copies in its first week alone! "This is such an honor and a dream come true," Xtina told Latina.com. "As a little girl I never imagined a star of my own. It really proves to me that all my hard work has paid off."
Rita Moreno 1931
This Puerto Rican dynamo is the only Latina to win an Oscar, a TONY, and Emmy and a Grammy. Rita Moreno got her big break playing Anita in the silver screen adaptation of West Side Story and since then has gone on to a legendary career spanning music, theater, movies and TV. In 2009, President Obama awarded a National Medal of the Arts to Moreno.
Dolores del Rio 1904-1983
Dolores del Rio was a noted Mexican actress, widely considered to be the most beautiful actress of her time. She broke down the barrier for many other Latin American actresses who came after her. Del Rio was cast frequently as a counterpart to the Latin Lover, Rudolph Valentino, but eventually became star in her own right during the Mexican Golden Age of film throughout the 30s and 40s. Del Rio not only succeeded in making a name for herself on the big screen, but also infiltrated the high society circles of Hollywood.
This stunning blue-eyed beauty got Hollywood’s attention with her very first movie role—as Tina Carlyle opposite Jim Carrey in 1994’s box office smash, The Mask. She spent the following decade showing her peers in the industry that she wasn't just another pretty face, but rather a versatile actress who could play a wide range of roles. In My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), she was sweet and endearing, and held her own opposite mega-movie star Julia Roberts. In There's Something About Mary (1998), she was full of charm as every man's dream girl, and in Being John Malkovich (1999), she toned down her looks to play a frumpy woman in a troubled marriage. Diaz’s versatility has made her one of Hollywood’s most bankable actresses.
Like Oprah, Cristina Saralegui goes by one name: “Cristina.” The Cuban American journalist, best known as the host of the Spanish-language talk show, El Show de Cristina (Univision), has won the trust, and respect of some of the biggest Latin celebs on the planet and in so doing became a celebrity in her own right.
Penelope Cruz, 36
Every role Penelope has played is dramatically different from all the others. In
Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother (1999) she played a nun living with HIV/AIDS. In Blow (2002), she was Mirtha Jung, a drug addict with a penchant for revenge. In Volver (2006), she was Raimunda, a victim of sexual abuse, and in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the movie that earned Pe her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, she played Maria Elena, a talented artist who was certifiably insane...but fabulous! As an actor, Penelope is fearless!
Raquel Welch, 70
Part Bolivian and part Spanish, Raquel Welch is 100% bombshell. Which is why Playboy once named her the "Most Desired Woman" of the 1970's. But Raquel isn't just a sex symbol. She's also an actress and an author. In 1974, she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her work in The Three Musketeers. She also received a Golden Globe nod for her performance in the TV drama, Right to Die (1987) and had a memorable role in Legally Blonde (2001) opposite Reese Witherspoon.
Lupe Velez 1908-1944
Without Lupe Velez there would be no Sofia Vergara! This Mexican actress started out starring in a string of silent films. When talkies hit the movie theatre, Velez felt that her career wasn’t progressing as it should and moved to New York to star on Broadway. She eventually returned to LA and starred in a series of incredibly popular, comedic “Spitfire” films for RKO pictures where she faked a thick Spanish accent and would fly off the handle and start yelling curses in Spanish.
Carmen Miranda 1909-1955
The original Brazilian bombshell, Carmen Miranda gained fame in the late 1930’s, starring in 14 Hollywood films. By 1946, she was Hollywood’s highest paid entertainer. She projected a generic Latin American image that was wholly accepted by the general public at the time and was criticized by her fellow Brazilians for giving in to American consumerism. But there is no denying Miranda’s huge influence on U.S. culture and the portrayal of Latinos in the media.
Katy Jurado 1924-2002
Katy Jurado was the first Mexican American actress to ever be nominated for an Academy Award. She began her career in Mexico, but frequently appeared in Hollywood films. She broke out in the early 1950s with a string of successful and critically acclaimed films. In 1952 she starred opposite John Wayne in High Noon and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. Then in 1954, she replaced Dolores del Rio in Broken Lance, which earned her that elusive Oscar nod.
Rita Hayworth 1918-9187
Rita Hayworth was a great American sex symbol and an actress and dancer who came into prominence in the 1940s. Best known for her role as Gilda, Hayworth starred in over 61 films throughout a career that spanned three decades. She is also named as one of the American Film Institute’s Greatest Stars of All Time. Many people don’t know that Hayworth was half Spanish, born Margarita Carmen Cansino to a flamenco dancer father and his Ziegfeld girl wife.
Gloria Estefan, 53
Gloria Estefan has seven Grammy Awards and is one of the top 100 best selling music artists of all time with over 90 million albums sold worldwide. And after 30 years in the business, the Cuban singer is showing no signs of slowing down. Estefan, who got her start as a member of the group, Miami Sound Machine in the 1980s, is currently working on a new studio album which is expected to come out in February, 2011. She's also collaborating with rapper Pharrell Williams on a new album.
Celia Cruz 1924-2003
Celia Cruz was born in Havana, Cuba and went on to become one of the most popular and successful salsa singers of all time. Affectionately known to her fans as the "Queen of Salsa” or "La Guarachera de Cuba," the singer also coined a number of catch phrases, the most famous: ¡Azucar! She started off singing for the legendary Cuban salsa orchestra La Sonora Matancera, but gained international fame working with Tito Puento and Johnny Pacheco and eventually joining the Fania All-Stars.