When it comes to the fashion and beauty industries, Latinas are continuing to strive for inclusivity and diversity. Top models, Joan Smalls, Lineisy Montero and Izabel Goulart are not only inspiring fashion enthusiasts to stay up with trends, but they’re also taking matters into their own hands when it comes to expanding multicultural representation. As for Brazilian-American influencer, Camila Coelho, she’s taken both industries by storm with her globally popular YouTube channel.
These Latina beauties are more than a pretty face, they’re Powerhouses, who are inspiring open-mindedness in the worlds of fashion and beauty.
The 30-year-old supermodel became the first Latina to represent Estée Lauder Cosmetics and has been ranked the number one model worldwide by Models.com. Last year, the Puerto Rican beauty made it onto Forbes’ list of highest-paid models in the world. “I want to show that beauty is diverse and that you don’t have to be a certain stereotype to be beautiful,” she said. As if she weren’t already inspiring enough, Joan graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and she works with Project Sunshine which helps kids with medical needs.
The Puerto Rican beauty made it onto Forbes’ list of highest-paid models in the world
Dominican model Lineisy Montero revolutionized the fashion industry since the moment she appeared on the Prada catwalk in 2015. According to Models.com, the 23-year-old currently ranks as one of the top 50 models and has represented premier brands including Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga and Versace among many others. “For me, beauty is being you,” says Lineisy, who works towards diversity and challenging Eurocentric standards of beauty.
Lineisy works towards further implementing diversity in the fashion industry
From 2005 to 2016, Izabel slayed the fashion runways as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. The gorgeous model, who was born in Sào Carlos of Portuguese and Italian descent admits growing up wasn’t easy. “I was so skinny and tall. Everybody called me a giraffe,” she shares. Since joining the industry, the 34-year-old has modeled for A-listers such as Givenchy, Chanel, Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney.
Izabel has modeled for A-listers such as Givenchy, Chanel, Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney
The Brazilian-American fashion blogger and make-up vlogger boasts more than 7.7 million Instagram and almost 280,000 Twitter followers around the world. The Boston-based content creator, who began posting beauty tips in Portuguese to her YouTube channel in 2010, is a strong supporter of women, and has three top tips for all the empowered ladies out there: "1. Believe in yourself. 2. Whatever you decide to do, do it 100%! 3. Don’t be afraid of failure; you will learn from it!"
The fashion and beauty mogul boasts over 7.7 million Instagram and almost 280,000 Twitter followers around the world
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