Most of the time when we see a list of beautiful or powerful Latinas, the same names seem to pop up: Eva Longoria, Sonia Sotomayor, Gloria Estefan, Salma Hayek and the like. But there are a number of beautiful and powerful women whose heritage as second or third generation Latinas never made headlines. Maybe that’s because showing your Latino heritage has only become acceptable or desirable within the last couple of decades. So here are six famous women you probably didn’t know were Latinas.
This Hollywood icon, who had a 40-year career in film, was born Margarita Carmen Cansino. Her father was Spanish and her mother American. For a while, she performed as a dancer with her father in Tijuana, Mexico. Her first role was a small part in a Mexican film. Then she went on to star in films with Fred Astaire, Spencer Tracy and Jack Lemon, and was married to Orson Welles. Hayworth was featured on the cover of Life magazine five times.