• From Playboy Bunny to actress, one Latina’s journey of discovering new opportunities

    By Al Carlos Hernandez Herald de Paris HOLLYWOOD - Maria Richwine is the first Latina Playboy Bunny to ever become a serious actress and model. She has joined the ranks of such luminary former Bunnies as Gloria Steinem, Debra Harry of Blondie and Lauren Hutton. Born Maria Agudelo in Colombia, her parents...

  • A wounded soldier with an unbeatable spirit

    By Glenda Oviedo LatinaLista Battling five years of post-traumatic stress disorder and pain from a knee war injury, veteran Severa Rodriguez reveals a story of commitment, perseverance and honor. Severa Rodriguez wanted to travel the world. It wasn't until she saw a commercial for the Marines and noticed how tough they looked...

  • Keeping challenges in perspective leads one Latina to unforeseen success

    By NHLI Staff LatinaLista A highly involved, recognized and versatile leader, blogger and attorney, Aurelia Flores' story is truly inspiring to young Latinas and women nationwide. Becoming pregnant at 15 didn't slow Aurelia Flores down or shatter her dreams. Instead it fueled her desire to succeed and become more than a statistic....

  • INTERVIEW: Belita not “Benny” Moreno

    By Al Carlos Hernandez Herald de Paris HOLLYWOOD -- Actress/acting coach Belita Moreno is one of the most recognizable comedic actress on television and probably the most recognizable Latinas in the history of network TV. She can be seen on televisions around the world and is best known for her television roles...

  • A Soccer Mom with a “Bloody Twist”

    By Ana Maria Hanssen LatinaLista Mystery author Carolina Garcia-Aguilera creates an award-winning series based on the Golden Rule of writing -- write what you know. For award-winning author Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, "in order to be a writer you have to be a reader." And it seems like in order to be a successful...

  • Linda Ronstadt continues sharing her talents but in a new venue

    By Al Carlos Hernandez Herald de Paris SAN FRANCISCO -- Linda Ronstadt is an iconic international singer. Her many vocal styles, in a variety of genres, have resonated with the general public over the course of her four decade career. As a result, she has earned multiple Grammy awards, two Academy of...

  • 1.3 million Latino families projected to lose their homes to foreclosure

    LatinaLista — For sometime now, popular opinion has automatically blamed the downfall of the housing industry, a.k.a. home foreclosures, on subprime mortgages. It was thought that people, who were high-credit risks, were awarded these mortgages so they could fulfill their American Dream of owning a home, only to later default on their...

  • Drawing inspiration from life proves the perfect path to finding the American Dream

    LatinaLista Eva Ruiz, a self-taught artist, finds it's possible to make a living at something that comes natural, as well as, rewarding when giving back. Eva Ruiz was never the teacher's pet in school. No matter how hard she tried, Eva just couldn't focus on taking the kind of notes her teachers...

  • A crowning achievement: Sharing the beauty of family and love with troubled young adults

    Winning the title of Mrs. Kentucky International 2010, Elaine Barnes Bateman uses her pageant platform to raise awareness for mentoring and adopting troubled young adults.   LatinaLista — To look at Elaine Barnes Bateman, one can easily see how this petite, pretty Venezuelan-Cuban with the mega-watt smile was crowned Mrs. Kentucky International...

  • “Drawing” on natural talent to connect with autistic children

    Artist Diana Trevino-Wilson uses her creativity to create a special character named Fabil that reaches through the wall of autism to teach basic skills. LatinaLista — "If Walt Disney could start his empire with a cartoon mouse, anything is possible," says Diana Trevino-Wilson, artist and entrepreneur. Artistic since the age of five,...

  • Focusing the Hollywood spotlight on fellow Latino artists turns a job into a mission

    By Nilki Benitez Bel-lissima! Latin Heat's CEO and founder, Bel Hernandez, curtsied out of the limelight to promote Latinos in Hollywood. Bel Hernandez is a Hollywood star, but she's not your typical star. Although her talent has graced television and film heavy-weights such as L.A. Law, Beverly Hills 90210, Born in East...

  • Painting a broader picture of Latino talent one artshow at a time

    By Mariana Llamas-Cendon Veronica Valadez has been recognized as an Emerging Artist of the City of Ventura 2009 Mayor's Arts Awards, but to her this distinction has many meanings... LatinaLista — Art has many faces; one of them is named Veronica Valadez. A Latina visual artist, Aztec dancer, gallery owner, teacher and...

  • Filling a fashion niche with the right fit creates a business always in vogue

    Seeing the growing influence of the Hispanic consumer on the fashion industry, entrepreneur Michelle Sanchez creates a modeling agency catered to representing Latina models.   LatinaLista — In Spanish, "moda" means fashion. To Michelle Sanchez, a 31-year-old Dallas, Texas entrepreneur, there wasn't a more fitting word to include in the name of...

  • “Contemporary Women” join forces to promote Latino culture

    By Mariana Llamas-Cendon LatinaLista It has been almost a year since a group of professional Latinas from different parts of Ventura County gathered to talk about how they could spread the word about Latino culture in the region. The group was brought together by Anna Rios Bermúdez, a curator of the Museum...

  • Flushing with success, one entrepreneur cashes in a disposable idea

    Out of frustration from not finding traveling packs of high-quality toilet seat covers, Dora Cardenas-Ruckstuhl creates a product that puts a profitable spin to an unsexy item. LatinaLista — By her own admission, Dora Cardenas-Ruckstuhl has always been a dreamer. Ever since emigrating from her native sultry Colombia for the teeth-chattering temperatures...

  • A child’s wish and a little magic create a successful tale

    For Carey and Joe Davila, all it took was a simple wish from their daughter that served as the impetus to create a business making mermaids out of little girls. LatinaLista — There isn't a little girl who doesn't dream, at one time or another, of being a mermaid princess complete with...

  • Flushing with success, one entrepreneur cashes in a disposable idea

    Out of frustration from not finding traveling packs of high-quality toilet seat covers, Dora Cardenas-Ruckstuhl creates a product that puts a profitable spin to an unsexy item.   LatinaLista — By her own admission, Dora Cardenas-Ruckstuhl has always been a dreamer. Ever since emigrating from her native sultry Colombia for the teeth-chattering...

  • The road to corporate success proves to be a straight but challenging path

    A childhood interest in cars lead Grace Lieblein into a lifelong automotive career developing the cars of tomorrow and trailblazing a corporate path for Latinas and all women. LatinaLista — Cars have always held a fascination for 48-year-old Grace Lieblein, president of Mexico City's General Motors division. Growing up in the greater...

  • Cooking up success comes easy with passion, persistence and faith

    Restaurant entrepreneur Amelia Contreras sees adversity as opportunity and proves it with three successful eateries. LatinaLista — Most people would think twice about starting a new business during hard economic times, but restaurant entrepreneur Amelia Contreras knows firsthand how adversity can prove to be a recipe for success. Restaurant entrepreneur Amelia Contreras...

  • Collaring a business idea and turning it into glittering success

    Kimberly Martinez knew her sister-in-law's beaded ID necklaces were a great idea. Combining her "corporate" experience with her relative's creativity, the two women transformed a home-based hobby into a full-fledged award-winning business. LatinaLista — Working in corporate America, Kimberly Martinez used to joke that she was an "Entrepreneurial Rapunzel." The 45-year-old Florida...

  • Defining a beautiful new shape for modeling success

    In the competitive field of modeling where beauty and shape garner the spotlight, one Latina model carves her own curvaceous path to the top as a plus size model. LatinaLista — Olga Gonzalez-Ramos is a beauty. With her brown eyes, olive skin and 5'8" frame, this New York City-based Latina makes a living...

  • Creating a legacy one ballot at a time

    Texas lawyer and president of the National Women's Political Caucus, Lulu Flores, devotes her life to helping more women achieve their dreams of getting elected to public office. LatinaLista — When Democratic hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton withdrew her nomination from the 2008 race for the U.S. presidency, there was probably no one...

  • Helping new mothers reconnect with their Latina roots

    One stay-at-home mom turns cultural pride and frustration into a winning combination by creating the Latin Baby online boutique featuring products reflecting Hispanic pride. LatinaLista — It didn't take long after the birth of her first child for Monica Olivera to figure out that what was missing from all the cute new...

  • Creating a drink that energizes the Latino market

    Young entrepreneur combines the familiar flavors drawn from Latino beverages to deliver an energy drink that she hopes will boost her company's success. LatinaLista — There's one word that sums up the essence of Daisy Ramirez these days -- energy. Energy is what propelled this 30-year-old Latina to leave her native Honduras...

  • Setting the stage to share voices with the world

    Award-winning playwright Linda Nieves-Powell creates a business model that promotes awareness of Hispanic voices through theater. LatinaLista — How does a right-brain, methodical entrepreneur and self-professed lover of numbers reconcile a left-brain, spontaneous creative drive to manipulate language? Create a multimedia entertainment business, of course. Playwright and author Linda Nieves-Powell   Though...