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7 Latina Icons Who Changed the World and Will Never Be Forgotten

Today marks a very special day for the Latino community.

Today marks a very special day for Latinos.

Every year, from September 15 to October 15, the entire nation comes together to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month. This U.S. observance celebrates our Hispanic culture, its history and the contributions of our ancestors who migrated from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. On this day, Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, remember the anniversary of their independence; while, Chile and Mexico celebrate on September 16 and 18.

Let’s be honest, Latinos have played a pretty significant role in the United States, not to mention the entire world. So, in the spirit of the month and in memory of our ancestors, here are 7 Latina icons who changed the world and will never be forgotten.

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1. Frida Khalo

Flamboyant with a famous unibrow, Frida Khalo is one of the most recognized artists of all time. After her death, the Mexican icon continues to inspire women and artists all over the world.

2. Rita Hayworth

A legendary actress and an American bombshell, Rita Hayworth’s over-the-top charisma and incredible talent catapulted her to international stardom. Born Margarita Carmen Cansino to a Spanish-born dancer, her iconic roles will live on forever.

3. Eva Perón

Wife of President Juan Perón and First Lady of Argentina, Eva Perón fought for women’s suffrage and the lives of the poor. Today we remember her as a powerful figure who fought for women’s rights and inspired millions all over the world.

4. Celia Cruz

Known as the “Queen of Salsa”, very few can compare to the fame and talent of Celia Cruz. From working as a teacher in her neighborhood in Cuba to international superstardom, Celia’s incredibly festive spirit and exotic beats will forever give us the feels.

5. Miriam Colon

Co-founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater Company, Miriam Colon produced bilingual theater for neighborhoods in New York. She created opportunities for the Hispanic community and inspired Latino thespians all over the world.

6. Selena Quintanilla

Whether she was singing, talking or giving the camera her most radiant smile, Selena Quintanilla shook the music industry and won over the hearts of millions around the world.. Today, her legacy remains and continues to grow despite her absence.

7. Jenni Rivera

Dolores Janney Rivera, also known as La Gran Señora, inspired and motivated millions with her strength and unique talents. Although most will remember her as an iconic singer, Jenni was also an actress, producer and entrepreneur. She was and forever will be an incredible force in the Latino community.

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