Throwback Thursday: Our Best Covers Of the First 10 Years

It's been 17 years since Latina magazine was founded, and we could not be prouder of where we are with it now and plan to be years down the line. For #ThrowbackThursday this week, we decided it was time to pay homage to our lovely publication by taking a look back at the best covers from our first 10 years. Enjoy this trip down memory lane!

1. Latina Covers: Jennifer Lopez 1996

Jennifer Lopez (1996)

The year we launched Latina magazine, it was the lovely J.Lo that graced our cover. It was the summer of 1996 when we first hit newsstands, and Lopez was on her way to becoming one of the most popular Latina celebs in the country. She was definitely a perfect tie in to our beginning!


2. Latina Covers: Rosie Perez Sept 1997

Rosie Perez (Sept. 1997)

As a Latina, how could you not love Perez? The petite 48-year-old, who is known for her heavy Brookly accent, could be considered a Latina pioneer. Her work in Hollywood opened up doors for so many aspiring actresses, including Jennifer Lopez who took choreography lessons from Perez when she was a fly girl on the hit comedy show, In Living Color.


3. Latina Covers: Machos Oct 1997

Jimmy Smits, Michael DeLorenzo, Jon Secada, Oscar De La Hoya (October 1997)

Remember these hombres? The "Machos We Love" issue was the first time we put men on the cover of Latina. And it featured some of the biggest names of the 90s -- actors Smits (NYPD Blue) and DeLorenzo (New York Undercover), and singer Secada -- who we miss having around today.


4. Latina Covers: Rosario Dawson Aug 1998

Rosario Dawson (August 1998)

Featuring Dawson on the cover of this issue coincided perfectly with where Dawson's career was going. It was our third issue, so it's safe to say we had pretty much established ourselves, and it was the same year Dawson starred in her first major role -- in the Spike Lee movie He Got Game.


5. Latina Covers: Shakira April 1999

Shakira (April 1999)

There were a lot of firsts going around for singer Shakira in 1999. It was the first time we featured her on our cover and the first year the Colombian belleza received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album.


6. Latina Covers: Salma Hayek July 1999

Salma Hayek (July 1999)

Looking back at this cover, we're forced to believe that Hayek holds the key to the fountain of youth. The Mexican American megastar was still in her early days in Hollywood at this time, but she had already become a household name having appeared in hits such as Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Fools Rush In and Wild Wild West. There really was a "Salma Revolucion" going on.


7. Latina Covers: Ricky Martin Oct 1999

Ricky Martin (October 1999)

He was "Livin' La Vida Loca" in 1999 and we were going loca for him! It seemed October had become Latina's macho month (we featured Eddie Cibrian on the October 1998 cover). But what made this cover extra special was that it marked the time in Martin's life in which he made his English crossover.


8. Latina Covers: Christina Aguilera Dec 1999

Christina Aguilera (December 1999)

"Im a genie in a bottle, baby!" Remember that? Oh, we just felt some serious nostalgia. Aguilera was the fresh-faced 19-year-old who hit the music scene in 1999, going from Mouseketeer to "Genie in a Bottle." Her voice was so powerful, it left us all with our mouths wide open, so we knew the Latino community had to know all about her.


9. Latina Covers: Thalia Jan 2000

Thalia (January 2000)

With the help of Emilio Estefan, Thalia was headed for superstardom in 2000. She was nominated for Best Female Pop Artist of the Year at the Latin Grammys, she was gearing up for her English crossover and it was the year she became Mrs. Tommy Mottola. We always knew the Mexicana would be something major.


10. Latina Covers: Penelope Cruz June 2000

Penelope Cruz (June 2000)

We absolutely love Cruz on this issue. The 39-year-old Spanish star managed to look both sexy and sweet. At the time, Penelope was literally "on top," landing her first American lead role as Isabelle in the film Woman on Top. Thirteen years later, everyone knows the name Penelope Cruz.


11. Latina Covers: Sofia Vergara 2001

Sofia Vergara (March 2001)

In 2001, this Colombianita was getting ready to make her English crossover. Long before her days as Gloria on Modern Family, Vergara was a well-known telenovela star and model. Her Hollywood debut was in the 2002 film Big Trouble.

12. Latina Covers: Paulina Rubio 2002

Paulina Rubio (August 2002)

In June 2002, Rubio released her first English-language album titled Border Girl. The album debuted at number 11 on the "Billboard Top 200 Album" chart, and was certified Gold selling 500,000 copies. The debut of this album gave Rubio the international recognition she had sought after for years.

13. Latina Covers: Roselyn Sanchez 2003

Roselyn Sanchez (May 2003)

"Roselyn Sanchez on the art of being hot." Yup, our cover caption was pretty spot on. Sanchez heating things up in Hollywood with a role in Chasing Papi -- starring alongside Jaci Velasquez and Sofia Vergara -- and the relase of her first album Borinqueña.

14. Latina Covers: Christina Milian 2004

Christina Milian (July 2004)

In July 2004, Milian released her second studio album, It's About Time. Although critics had mixed feelings about the album, we loved her single "Dip It Low." And we adored the fact that Milian shared with us her thoughts on how Latinas, no matter what color, are absolutely beautiful. We couldn't agree more!

15. Latina Covers: Eva Longoria 2005

Eva Longoria (May 2005)

It was the first time we put Longoria on our cover, and how preciosa does the Mexican American star look?! This was a big year for Longoria -- Desperate Housewives had really taken off; she signed up to be the new face of L'Oreal; she was named one of the "50 Mas Bellos" by People en Español; she became a spokesmodel for Hanes; was ranked #1 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list; and was named #38 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" -- and she continues to be a huge success!