By Laura Elizabeth Hernandez | 09/27/2012 - 17:00
Brittany Maldonado is an actress, painter, poet and writer. The Puerto Rican artist, has dedicated her life to expression in all art forms. “Art, whether it was through words or painting, has always been my means of expression,” she says. She looks to artists such as Salvador Dali and Lauren Velez for inspiration. Currently, she is working on a play written by Latino playwright Jose Rivera.
By Sugey Palomares | 09/05/2012 - 15:00
Colombian and Honduran-American, Astrid Sarmiento, 23, loves putting her art design knowledge to good use. The Queens native is working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Web Design from The New York City College of Technology and interning at the start-up company, Wordever. Find out more about her story and how she gives back to her community below!
By Laura Elizabeth Hernandez | 08/21/2012 - 16:00
Sara Maria Saborido, a Miami, Florida native of Spanish descent, is no ordinary girl. By the age of 29, she has earned an MBA, has worked for the last seven years teaching and caring for the children in her classroom, and has committed her life to helping others. Saborido counts her blessings every day and is most thankful to her mother, for making all of her dreams possible.
By Sugey Palomares | 08/14/2012 - 16:00
Stephanie Flor, 25, believes in the power of universal beauty. The Costa Rican and Ecuadorian make-up artist jumpstarted the all-natural beauty hub, Around The World Beauty, which features historical cultural beauty traditions for modern day women. The savvy businesswoman also volunteers to makeover senior citizens through a partnership with the program, GlamourGals.
Get to know this inspiring chica below!
By Samantha Leal | 08/07/2012 - 15:00
Dineen Laurel Lopez, 20, who goes by Dineen Laurel, is a New York City native who produces her own music and is already working on her second album. We got the scoop from the student-songstress on balancing her studies, the inspiration for her music, and her dream collaboration (hint: he brought sexy back).
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
"I'm Puerto Rican and European. I was born and raised in 'Loisaida' where Salsa was created!"
By Desiree Browne | 07/31/2012 - 16:00
Alicia Estrada, founder and CEO of Stop Staring! clothing is inspiring us this week. The Mexican-American Los Angeles native starting sewing her own clothes at age 16 and hasn’t looked back since. After a brief stint as an accounting major, the self-described “punk rock girl” took her vintage-influenced style to Long Beach City College’s fashion design program. Soon enough, big boutiques noticed her designs and she grew with the demand. Fourteen years later, the classic looks of Stop Staring! are the favorites of regular girls and red carpet starlets alike.
By Valerie Tejeda | 07/25/2012 - 15:00
Angela Rosas is the inspiring Latina for the week because of her passion and commitment to helping and serving people in her community. The 28-year-old Mexican American is the founder and creator of the non-profit organization Chicas Latinas in Sacramento, California. Angela created Chicas Latinas de Sacramento back in 2009 with the goal to increase Latina cultural awareness and volunteerism. The group provides on-going volunteer and community support to organizations such as Weave Inc., The Sacramento Homeless Connect, and The Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center.
By Sugey Palomares | 07/17/2012 - 15:00
Nicole Hernandez, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, achieves her career and personal goals with grace and conviction. The 26-year-old Cuban-American is strongly dedicated to raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and developed the Art for a Cure annual fundraiser event in Coral Gables, Miami. She also just completed her Master's degree in Business Administration at the University of Miami. We spoke to her about her efforts to make a change towards diabetes research and what she loves most about being Latina.
By Sugey Palomares | 07/10/2012 - 16:00
Our resident intern, Zolanlly Gutierrez is this week's inspiring young Latina for her strong work ethic and dedication to survivors of domestic violence. The Dominican-American writer is a senior at The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Print Journalism and minoring in Spanish. Get inspired by the Queens native's story below:
What led you to pursue a career in journalism?
By Sugey Palomares | 07/03/2012 - 16:12
The executive director of the Chicago-based theatre company Teatro Luna, Alexandra Meda is our inspiring Latina of the week for her relentless effort to make sure that our stories are told on stage. The Colombian and Argentine 27-year-old graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University with a BFA in Theatre Studies and BA in American Studies with a concentration in Race and Gender and Popular Culture. Read more about her story and get inspired below:
What led you to pursue a career in the arts?