7 Latinx Women To Watch In 2021

With around 60 million Americans defining themselves a Latinx, there is a huge influence of Latino art, culture, food, and fashion in modern USA. In fact, even the economy would not survive without the entrepreneurship of Latinas. Data shows Latina-owned small businesses are the fastest-growing segment of the business community in the United States, playing a key role in fueling the nation’s economy. And although the statistics show there is still a long way to go in terms of seeing more Latinx folks on screen and in media, there are some people who have become global household names who have changed the game forever. Clearly, representation matters! We’ve put together a list of up-and-coming Latinx women, that are pushing boundaries and increasing visibility. Find out who should be on your radar.

Nicki Nicole

Already a household name in her native Argentina, Nicki Nicole is bringing trap music to the mainstream population, peppered with her distinct Lantix twist. Whether it’s her fiery rapping in the catchy Colocao, or her heartfelt lyrics in ballad Parte de Mi, Nicki’s varied discography is going from strength to strength. A Spotify award winner in 2019, we’re only seeing the beginning of this Argentinian queen. 

Leslie Grace

Not content with achieving a Grammy nod in 2013 at the ripe age of 18, In The Heights actress Leslie is a strong advocate for diversity. Set to raise her profile having just landed the role of HBO’s Batgirl, she’s on her way to cementing her status as a high-flying power player in the industry. Determined to use her new position in the DC universe, Leslie said, “I am really excited about every young girl who is going to see a Dominican Batichica — Dominican Batgirl –and say, I can do that.’ I can’t wait.” We can’t wait to watch her take the movie world by storm!

Ashley Quiroz

This 26-year-old influencer made a name for herself with beauty how-tos over on TikTok. With a whopping 286k followers on the platform (not to mention another 230k over on Instagram) she’s racking up the brand collabs, working with huge names such as Elf Cosmetics, Too Faced and Sephora, all while being achingly cool and stunningly beautiful. 

Elena Rose

Songwriter to stars such as Selena Gomez, Mark Anthony, and Becky G, Elena has recently lent her own vocals to her sultry lyrics. Check out La Ducha for a smooth and sexy tune, or watch the video for Fenomenal to soak up her alluring Marilyn Monroe crossed with Latinx vibes.

Zoey Luna

Not only an advocate for the Latinx youth in America, Zoey is also one of the only openly transgender people in mainstream Hollywood. Speaking out about her experiences of gowning up trans, she also speaks on body positivity. Watch her play head cheerleader Leila in one of 2021’s biggest movies ‘Dear Evan Hansen’.

Marcela Marañon

Peruvian Marcela moved to Dallas aged 20 where she was in a horrendous car accident, which killed her boyfriend and left her in a wheelchair after having her left leg amputated. These days you’ll find her on Instagram, spreading disability awareness and self-love with her 383k followers. Not content with simply being an activist, Marcela is the first Latin woman to have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. She also has a cool clothing brand, which donates 100% of its proceeds to children with disabilities. What a woman! 

Simonett Pereira

While Manolo Blahnik, Oscar de La Renta, and Caroline Herrara may have set the stage for Latinx fashion designers Simonett is here to show the rest of the industry how it’s done. With super-cool separates in bright, fun colors Simonett’s youthful aesthetic is garnering admiration not just for its wearability, but also its sustainability ethos. 

While this list is certainly not exhaustive, we are excited to see what these powerhouse Latinas are doing and how they continue to inspire many in their own communities and beyond.

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