Influential Latinxs Born in March
Has spring sprung? If not, at least these Latinx celebrities’ birthdays celebrations have. Happy birthday to these March babies as they carry on the Pisces vibes into the season of Aries!
Does Bad Bunny need an introduction? I’ll make a quick one anyway! Born Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Bad Bunny began his climb to fame in 2015 while working as a bagger at a supermarket. Using SoundCloud as his initial platform for his music, he quickly gained popularity and caught the attention of DJ Luian. Since then, he’s worked with big name artists like Drake, Ozuna, and JLo. Bad Bunny’s music continues to enthrall fans today with sold-out concerts throughout the world.
Let’s thank Camila Cabello for leaving half of our hearts in Havana. The Cuban-American singer/songwriter was originally part of the group Fifth Harmony, which appeared on the X Factor show in 2012. Since breaking away from Fifth Harmony, her songs have reached U.S. Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, including her best hit, “Havana.” Cabello does humanitarian work in addition to making music; she’s partnered up with Save the Children to raise pubic awareness on girls’ equal access to education.
You may know actress Eva Mendes for her roles in films like Training Day and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Mendes grew up in Miami, Florida with Cuban parents and gave up college to pursue acting. Besides acting, she’s helped advertise for Revlon, Calvin Klein, and Reebok. She met her current partner Ryan Gosling while filming The Place Beyond the Pines and together, they have two daughters.
Remember Diego from Scandal? Yep, that’s our guy, actor Guillermo Diaz. Diaz grew up in Washington Heights to Cuban parents and started his acting career in 1994 with small roles in TV shows like Law & Order and The Sopranos. He’s also appeared in Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s music video “Run” and Britney Spears’ music video “I Wanna Go.” OUT Magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential LGBTQ people in 2013.
Name a person with a wider vocal range. “We Belong Together” singer Mariah Carey grew up in New York and moved to the Big Apple when she was 17 to start her singing career. Her 1990 debut album proved a wild success with four number one singles and made it the turning point in her journey. She has become a multiple-time Grammy winner and performed in exclusives venues in Las Vegas as part of her residency. Her Christmas classic “All I Want for Christmas is You” continues to rock the world during the holidays.
Actor, producer, model, and businesswoman Eva Longoria is best known for her role as Isabella Braña in the CBS series The Young and Restless. She’s also appeared on Desperate Housewives as Gabrielle Solis, which helped earn her Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations. Longoria is also a spokesperson for L’Oreal and Hanes. She spends much of her time on philanthropic work, having worked for groups like Project Home and PADRES Contra El Cancer, as well as starting her own Eva Longoria Foundation.
Mexican-American mixed martial artist Dominick Cruz is a two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion, known for his powerful wrestling base, quick striking, and other unique fighting tactics. He’s currently ranked #5 in the US Bantamweight rankings. Due to recent injuries in his shoulder, he has not been able to fight during the current season.
Vanessa Ponce made Mexico proud as the country’s first ever beauty pageant queen to win Miss World in 2018. She grew up in Mexico City, where she attended University of Guanajuato and studied international commerce. Aside from modeling, she is an active supporter of organizations like Migrants on the Road and Na Vili, which helps indigenous people in Mexico gain access to education.
Professional wrestler AJ Lee was active in the WWE for eight years before retiring in 2015. She’s acquired a Slammy Award in 2012 and 2014 and was voted AJ L Woman of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine. Media have described her personality as “crazy” and “mentally unstable” because of her bipolar disorder. Since retiring, she has written a memoir titled Crazy is My Superpower.
Mexican soccer player (or should we say footballer? Sigh) Carlos Vela began his athletic career in Guadalajara where he was noticed by managers of European soccer clubs for his high-profile scoring during the 2005 FIFA World Championships. Since then, he’s played for Salamanca, Osuana, and West Bromwich Albion. He’s currently plays for the Los Angeles FC.
Colombian and Mexican-American actress Cierra Ramirez is best known for playing Mariana on the hit series The Fosters. She attended Westside High School before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Aside from acting, Ramirez also sings, having performed in opening acts for notable groups like Earth, Wind, and Fire and Chicago. Ramirez will reprise her role as Mariana in a spin-off of The Fosters called Good Trouble.