10 Latina Bloggers You Should Be Watching This Year
10 Latina Bloggers You Should Be Watching This Year
It would take weeks if not months to detail all the Latina bloggers and influencers that are worth following. This is by no means a list of the only ones you should read. There are many others that cover all sorts of subjects and issues. They are of all ages and walks of life. The ones portrayed here have been chosen because of subjective reasons: their spark, their energy, their mission, the fact that they may not have been featured in other lists and deserve to be showcased. In fact, maybe you already follow some of them, but don't know they are Latina.
Here they are, 10 fascinating and hard-working Latina bloggers worth watching in 2016. Here's why you should keep an eye on them:
Maya Murillo, 22, Mexican American, based in Phoenix, Arizona
Photo courtesy of of Maya Murillo. Maya Murillo
Maya Murillo is an up-and-coming blogger, vlogger and influencer, although some may know her as the daughter of Kathy Cano-Murillo,CraftyChica.com. She aims to entertain and inspire her audience to live in the moment.
"I try to keep a positive attitude in my videos, or make them laugh. I feel that it's important to provide a "takeaway" in my videos, meaning something that will influence their day in a positive way!"
Keep an eye on her on YouTube, Facebook, SnapChat, Vine and Instagram, always under the handle @MayaInTheMoment!
She gives a lot of time and energy to her followers. But, I asked, what has blogging and vlogging (video blogging) given her?
"Making videos has brought me confidence. There are so many haters/trolls on the Internet, that it's required to have thick skin and be confident in yourself and not give in to their comments."
She recommends other young influencers to focus the supportive followers and not to dwell on the one negative commenter.
Soe Kabbabe, 26. Venezuelan, based in Miami, Florida
Photo courtesy of Soe Kabbabe. Soe Kabbabe
Soe Kabbabe is a journalist and mom who wants to inspire moms to uncover the best version of themselves. Her Spanish-language website Mamá Beauté is about finding the bright side of motherhood and feeling more beautiful every day despite life's challenges.
This year, Mamá Beauté will continue providing sneak peeks into Latino celebrity parents, to help readers realize they are just like the rest of us.
"We never publish gossip or throw shade on celebs," Soe says.
Soe lost her mother to cancer at a young age, and writing and publishing online has helped her overcome this loss
"Its brought me friends, connections, and taken me places ... But its also helped me find myself and my life purpose, which is to empower women. I do wish my mother could see all I've done since she died."
Rocío Mora, 28. Honduran and Mexican, lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Photo courtesy of Rocío Mora. Rocío Mora
Rocío's blog and YouTube channelare fully bilingual catering primarily to women with curly hair who speak English and Spanish. RisasRizos as a whole encourages anyone with curls to love and embrace their natural hair.
This year, she is taking it a step further by holding Q&A's with readers seeking hair-care tips in both languages. She also has a number of DIY projects, beauty and hair treatment videos lined up for those looking to take a more natural approach to skin, hair and body health.
What does she like most about her online journey?
"It's given me the opportunity to do something with the natural curl community for Latinas struggling to accept and embrace their curls."
Denisse Montalvan, 36. Costa Rican and Nicaraguan, based in Los Angeles, California.
Photo courtesy of Denisse Montalvan. Rick Heath / Denisse Montalvan
The unique purpose of her site is to inspire others to be kind and identify the everyday do-good opportunities. She encourages women to donate their orphaned earrings or unused jewelry so she and her team can recycle materials and make bracelets to sell. One hundred percent of the proceeds are used to bring arts and crafts, school supplies, year-round festivities and food to over 300 orphans in in Latin America.
This year, Denisse continues, through The Orphaned Earring, to show readers how small, seemingly insignificant efforts, can transform the lives of orphaned children.
"I will continue to help put smiles on faces, feed tummies and be inspired to join the social good movement," Denisse says.
Blogging and the digital world have brought her much satisfaction.
"It has given me the opportunity to have meaning in my life, to know I exist for a purpose and I have also made incredible supportive friends along the way!"
María José Ovalle, 37, Chilean, based in Washington, DC and Alexandria, Virginia.
Headshot of María José Ovalle. María José Ovalle
María Jose's blog encompasses personal style, beauty and motherhood with humor. She believes all women should look and feel their best no matter their size, budget or time constraints.
"I showcase my life journey; the good, as well as the bad and ugly. This is real life!"
María José has a lot going on this year, including pursuing a serious acting career while continuing to build her blog and expecting her third child. Who says moms can't have it all?
Blogging and vlogging has provided her with "An awakening in my creativity that I had never before tapped into! This led me to pursue acting, which I had put off for years. It's also allowed me to start my own business and create and be part of a network of like-minded women."
Jennifer Patricia Priest, 38. Mexican, white and Native American, based in Hesperia, California.
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Patricia Priest. Jennifer Patricia Priest
Her blog focuses on smart, practical DIY tips for the modern life, from gardening to recipes, home improvement to crafts. Everything she makes has to have a purpose.
"Sure, it can be beautiful or taste great but it has to go one step beyond that by being useful," Jennifer says.
She´s been making a living as a designer and maker in the craft industry for 13 years. This year, she is adding online classes, connecting regularly on Periscope and Snapchat to share her insights, to help others craft a life and business they love.
Relationships and the freedom they give her are what she loves the most about the digital world.
"I can't say just one thing because they are both intertwined. I have made the best of friends through blogging, but also, it has helped me learn how to establish great relationships. Those relationships lead to work, and that work helps me have the freedom to live a life I want to live. I can't ever see myself working a desk job for someone else ever again and blogging has made me confident that I will never have to."
Elizabeth Nunez A.K.A. MizLiz, 41, 1st Generation Mexican American, based in Louisiana.
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Nunez. Elizabeth Nunez
BBWGeneration, which stands for Brave Beautiful Wonderful Generation, aims to provide readers with empowerment, self-love and self-awareness. Elizabeth also includes in it her teen's photography and her family´s humanitarian work while embracing beauty, fashion and life as a plus-size Latina over 40.
"As a single mother, I help others make it all happen on a tiny budget," Elizabeth says.
Something unique about her blog is that this year she will push further the boundaries of plus size fashion into Cosplay. This is a performance art where participants sport costumes and fashion accessories to portray fictional or nonfictional characters.
Elizabeth has overcome many struggles in life including being homeless for a time. Blogging has helped her move forward with strong determination.
"My blog has connected me with thousands of others that ... find strength in my family´s work and experience. I was a shadow of the woman I am today and attribute it to my blog. It forced me to push past my boundaries. Now I see the world through my children´s eyes."
Rachel Matos, 42, Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian, based in Pasadena, California.
Photo courtesy of Rachel Matos. Rachel Matos
theArtMuse is a photography rich blog for the woman who is recreating her personal and business life, and wants to be creatively inspired while looking her best!
The blog covers attainable style, beauty ideas, branding tips and lots of art to keep us inspired to dream, create and inspire others.
This year, as a former museum professional, Rachel is taking everything she learned about visual storytelling and applying it to the social media world. If you want to start telling visually compelling stories to grow your brand or blog, follow along.
Rachel says her blog has helped unleash her creativity.
"Not only has blogging helped me stretch my creative wings, I've been able to nurture my son's life in more ways than I ever imagined."