Influential Latinxs Born in December
Mixed martial artist Ronaldo Souza is a world-renowned grappler holding forming titles in Strikeforce Middleweight Champions. Born and raised in Brazil, Souza made his mixed martial arts debut in 2003 and has been noted ever since, leading him to earn fight contracts with the UFC in 2013. He most recently won a fight against Chris Weidman in UFC 230 earlier this October.
Known as a big television personality, Wanda Nara is an Argentine football agent and sister to model and TV host Zaira Nara. She has appeared on El Musical de tus Sueños, Patinando 2011, and served as a showgirl in an Italian sports talk show. She is married to football player Mauro Icardi, and was previously married to Maxi López.
Mexican pop singer Cristian Castro has captured audiences around the world. Described as “the man with the most faculties to sing in Mexico,” Castro is one of Latin music’s best selling artists and has made additional appearances in telenovelas. Some of his best known songs include “Nunca Voy a Olvidarte” and “Vuélveme a Querer.“
Diego Rivera is perhaps one of Mexico’s most prominent painters. His works, primarily murals, are on display throughout all of Latin America as well as New York City. You may also know him for his on-and-off relationship with Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
Dominican singer and songwriter Natti Natasha jumpstarted her music career when she signed with Orfanata Music Group to collaborate with fellow artist Don Omar. Since then, she’s sang with Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Bad Bunny, and Becky G, giving her the leverage as a successful reggaeton/Latin pop female artist.
Carlos Gardel is a French-Argentine singer, songwriter and actor who is most well-known for his contributions to tango. He has toured Europe and the US while selling record number of copies for his songs while appearing in films like Cuesta abajo (1934). He died in a tragic airplane crash in Medellin, Colombia in June of 1935.
Argentine American Paz Lenchantin is an active musician on the alternative rock band Pixies. Born to a musical family, she studied piano, violin, and taught herself guitar at age 12 before becoming a bass player for prominent bands including Entrance, A Perfect Circle, Zwan, and Queens of Stone Age.
Keylor Navas, a Costa Rican native, currently serves as the goalkeeper for the Spanish football team Real Madrid. Prior to joining Real Madrid in 2014, he played for various teams including Saprissa, Albacete, and Levante. Navas also played for Costa Rica in the 2014 and 2018 World Cup. Last year, filmmakers produced a documentary titled “Hombre de Fe” (A Man of Faith) following his life and career.
Pope Francis is the first Jesuit and Latin American leader of the Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City. Born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, he grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he began his career as a clergyman. He is universally admired for his humility and attention to the poor and underprivileged, as well as having a less formal approach to the papacy.
Grammy award-winning singer Christina Aguilera has been charming America since the early 2000’s. You may know her for her albums Stripped (2002), Bionic (2010), and Liberation (2018), as well as the song “Reflection” for Disney’s Mulan. Aguilera has gone beyond singing over the years, serving as a judge on The Voice and being an active philanthropist for causes like the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In 2010, she received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Did you know Cardi B has a sister? That’s right, this is Hennessy Carolina. Like Cardi, Hennessy also appeared on the show Love & Hip Hop: New York. She is adventurous in her choice of fashion and has thought about creating her own clothing line.
“Cup of Life” singer Ricky Martin was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has established himself as the “King of Latin Pop.” You may also know him for “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” which helped catapult him into the US music scene when the song was released in 1999. He most recently joined The Voice Australia as a voice coach and completed his Mexican One World tour.
Celebrated Mexican actor Diego Luna started out in telenovelas before moving to the big screen, staring in films like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Flatliners, and Y Tu Mamá También before landing his most recent role as Felix Gallardo in Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico. He is a founder of Canana Films.