After surviving breast cancer as well as a widely publicized divorce, López didn’t let herself down in the face of hardship. “It makes you stronger knowing you can tackle anything that life presents you with, whether it’s work, your health, your family, your children; confront any obstacle knowing that you can always pick yourself up [and] continue to move forward with a sense of pride,” said the thirty-nine year old Puerto Rican actress, who hopes to return to the Spanish-language soap scene very soon.
The happiest women alive
“I feel satisfied and complete [with life],” said the Soy tu dueña (Univisión) actress without hesitation, who leads a successful career as a singer as well. As of late, she has been working diligently to release a new musical production. However, her greatest joy comes from that of her children. “They are my driving force,” said the wife of also singer Manuel Mijares, who claims the key to her success is to: “live in the present and the now. Stressing myself out less allows me to feel at ease.”
“I am happy,” said the thirty-nine year old Mexican actress who also fought bravely against breast cancer, of which is no longer present with her today. “I never curled up in bed to cry or to dwell on what would happen to me,” said the actress who made a triumphant return to the soap scene as the lead protagonist in Entre el amor y el deseo (TV Azteca). As a budding actress she has extended a helping hand as a new spokesperson for Livestrong, the foundation working for the fight against cancer lead by world class cyclist Lance Armstrong.
The most spoken for
Daily users of PeopleEnEspanol.com elected the twenty-seven year old singer as one of the “Most Influential” with 51% of votes in her favor. Since starting her career at the age of two she has been an icon to many. Even acclaimed Brazilian author Paulo Coelho expressed his desire to meet her personally and referred to her as “a fighter,” even though she only wishes: “to try and send a positive message.”
The one to do it all
Actress, singer, designer, business woman, wife and mother. The list goes on for the thirty-nine year old Mexican singer who acknowledged, “I have grown to become a practical woman, comfortable with my surroundings.” The wife of music mogul Tommy Mottola also told PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL she is: “happy with who I am, and I accept all that I am.”
Toledo embraced the opportunity to dress Michelle Obama, the first lady of the United States as her husband Barack Obama was appointed our newest president. “It was a moment that the whole world was waiting for and I arrived to dress it up nice,” said the forty-nine year old Cuban American designer, who felt the lime green cashmere dress worn by the first lady during the inauguration of the president, permitted her a moment to truly taste the fruits of success. “I felt blessed and honored being able to connect instantly with so many people.”
Top Radio Host
There isn’t a better show to tune in and find out the latest celebrity news and gossip than Todo para la mujer (Everything for the Women) hosted by Maxine Woodside in Mexico City. Even though Woodside doesn’t like the claim that she is a powerful radio host, she has been one of the top female radio personalities for over twenty years. “I’m a hard worker. That attracts the public.”
She has made fans laugh and cry for more than three decades on the small screen. She continues to lead series soaps at the age of forty six, while most of her colleagues now play the role of the mother. “I am a working woman, and [always] passionate. That is what makes me influential,” said the actress who assured that aside from her roles on television “will always send a [positive] message to women everywhere.”
She is one of the most well-known authors worldwide to come from Latin America. The stories and characters from her novels have been read and admired by over 50 million readers in various languages. The sixty-eight year old Chilean-American writer acknowledges that her work is her only refuge. “The only world where I feel safe is in that of literature.”
Admiration of her beauty from onlookers along the runway wasn’t enough for the thirty year old Mexican native who set out to demonstrate her talent as an actress. “I am very determined on continuing my career where I stand and giving it my all to offer only the best,” said the leading actress of the drama Sortilegio (Univisión).
The only Latin global star
This woman had the entire world on their feet with “Hips don’t lie” and most recently with “Waka Waka,” which served as the official anthem of the FIFA World Cup this year in South Africa. “What better way to unite the entire world than with the passion for sport,” said the Colombian singer who does more than just put out number one hits. Her humanitarian work through her foundation Pies descalzos and ALAS have benefit thousands of children across the globe.
Sotomayor is the very first Latino to ever take a seat in the United States Supreme Court. “I have been blessed with such an extraordinary opportunity,” said the fifty-six year old of Puerto Rican descent, upon learning that President Barack Obama had nominated her to take the position back in May of this year. Although she does maintain that she is still “a common person [of this country].”
MARÍA CELESTE ARRARÁS
The news anchor
At the age of fifty years old she continues to look fabulous. The Puerto Rican journalist has written three books and her popular news program Al rojo vivo con María Celeste (Telemundo) is watched by millions of viewers across the nation. What lies in the future of the women who seems to have it all? No one knows. Although she hasn’t made any mention of delving into new ventures, she admits that “you wake up every day wanting to do more.”
DORA LA EXPLORADORA
The animated hero
What child in the world doesn’t know the infamous Dora? She has quickly become one of the most admired characters among children everywhere and yes, she is Latina. After a ten year stretch, Dora continues to take young ones along for her bilingual adventures, representing the Latino community and expressing our achievement with the phrase: “We did it!¡Lo hicimos!,” the popular tagline she uses after accomplishing a feat.
The long-time host
This woman opened the doors to hosts on Spanish-language television in the United States with her blunt and direct style on the ever so popular Show de Cristina (Univisión). She is also the successful business owner of the home décor line Casa Cristina. With a confidence only attained from many years of experience, the sixty-two year old Cuban-American believes: “it would be a sin to ask for more than I already have.” If you want to see the complete list of the 25 Most Influential Women of PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL, pick up the October issue which is on newsstands now.