Latinx Heritage Month

After Junot Díaz Was Accused Of Sexual Misconduct, I Turned To Latina Authors

By Daniela Serrano

Bustle highlights the stories of Latinx women and nonbinary individuals in the diaspora.

How Language Barriers Keep Latinx People From Getting The Reproductive Care They Need

Kristyn Brandi remembers being indirectly cautioned by her family against speaking Spanish in school when she was younger "because that was thought to be a defect" — due to "systemic and internalized racism." But as she trained to be a gynecologist,…
By Alexandra Svokos

My Father Hid Our Mexican Identity, But Spanish TV Shows Brought Me Back To My Roots

As a Mexican attending a predominantly white school in a predominantly white neighborhood, there were many moments in my life when I knew I was different — from feeling left out in kindergarten during St. Patrick's Day because I wasn't Irish like…
By Alani Vargas

These Family Separation Activists Discuss The "Rage" & "Hope" Of Their Work

Paola Mendoza, an artist who is also part of the Women's March, and Jess Morales Rocketto, an organizer who also works at the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Care in Action, met this past spring to organize Families Belong Together, an…
By Alexandra Svokos

How I Realized My Latina Identity Included My Brazilian Heritage

It’s no secret that I’m Latina. I’ve been loud and proud about my ethnicity since I was a kid. I was raised by a Puerto Rican single mom, who raised me to understand and love my ethnicity. We would speak Spanish at home, and I would go to Puerto…
By Rebecca Carvalho

How A Song Taught Me To Accept My Latinx Side

Pride in your culture can be represented in so many different ways: flying flags, speaking the language, making and eating the food — just about anything that’s can be passed down from generation to generation in hopes of preservation. Growing up, I…
By Imani Bashir

Sebastian Rosemarie's Insta Feed Will Inspire You To Forge Your Own Path

Sebastian Rosemarie uses art to inspire us to own every part of our multifaceted selves. The model, artist, mental health activist, and sex education writer is committed to providing a space for the underrepresented, and allows followers to know…
By Bustle Editors

Angelina Ruiz's Photography Is Creating Community On Instagram

Angelina Ruiz finds inspiration in the concrete jungle where she grew up. The Puerto Rican photographer, hailing from the Bronx, N.Y., uses her lens to capture New York City in its current state, while also remembering the cultural landmarks that no…
By Bustle Editors

Follow Alexandra Castro's Insta Feed For A Daily Dose Of Body Positivity

Alexandra Castro is determined to see her name in lights one day — and she'll see them by being unequivocally true to herself. The model, actor, and dancer uses her social media platform to spread body positivity, and to remind us to think…
By Bustle Editors

Meet Jessie Reyez, A Songbird Who's Anything But Cookie Cutter

If you haven't yet heard of Jessie Reyez, make room on your playlists for your new obsession. The Canadian singer/songwriter of Colombian descent has made waves with her debut EP, Kiddo, and collaborated with Eminem on his latest album, Kamikaze.…
By Bustle Editors

Dascha Polanco's Instagram Presence Advocates For Latinx Representation Both On And Off Screen

Since her seismic rise on the Emmy-winning Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black, Dascha Polanco has been an undeniable force in the Latinx community. The Dominican actor is not just successful on-screen, but she's also making an impact in empowering…
By Bustle Editors

America Ferrera's Social Media Presence Is Motivation For Latina Millennials

For a generation of millennials, America Ferrera was one of the first representations of a young Latina navigating culture and battling stereotypes head-on. Some of her most powerful scenes — from Real Women Have Curves and The Sisterhood of the…
By Bustle Editors

Evelynn Escobar-Thomas Bridges Activism & Fashion On Instagram

Evelynn Escobar-Thomas loves what she loves in an irresistible, inspiring way. She blends all of her passions, from activism to sneaker drops, seamlessly on Eve Meets West. In a political climate that can be triggering and joy-stealing,…
By Bustle Editors

Carmen Carrera's Instagram Is The Ultimate Destination For Glamour AND LGBTQ+ Rights

Carmen Carrera is a certified groundbreaker. After she appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race season three, she later shared her transition journey on social media. “I chose to make my transition publicly,” the transgender model shared in an interview with…
By Bustle Editors

Let Grasie Mercedes' Instagram Feed Inspire You To Be Your Most Authentic Self

Grasie Mercedes lives for food, fashion, and telling stories — and she's not afraid to tell some of her most vulnerable ones. The Dominican-American writer, director, and actor shared her own IVF experience in the short film, Egg Day, and she also…
By Bustle Editors

Virgie Tovar Uses Instagram To Smash Beauty Rules & The Patriarchy

Virgie Tovar, the author of You Have the Right to Remain Fat, won't fall to the nagging pressure of impostor syndrome, and encourages us all to do the same. Her Instagram is part fashion, part activism, and she’s always challenging beauty “rules”…
By Bustle Editors

Elizabeth Acevedo's Twitter Feed Uplifts Blackness In The Latinx Community

Elizabeth Acevedo is putting Afro-Latinas front and center — right on the cover of her award-winning novels. The author of New York Times bestseller THE POET X has been a force in multiple spaces, as both a National Slam Poetry champion and a TED…
By Bustle Editors

Saraciea Fennell's Twitter Feed Will Inspire You To Get Everyone Reading

Saraciea Fennell won't allow the Bronx to be overlooked. The book publicist and force behind the nonprofit group The Bronx is Reading works to provide Bronxites with more access to literature and libraries within their community. That's why she's…
By Bustle Editors

Erika L. Sanchez's Twitter Feed Is Constant Motivation To Embrace Imperfection

Thanks to constant images of what a woman "should be," many of us grow up chasing the notion of perfection. Add in well-meaning parents, and that pressure can be magnified. Throw in the feeling of being misunderstood culturally, and that pressure…
By Bustle Editors

Anna-Maria McLemore Creates Space For Queer Latina Fairy Tale Protagonists With Her Books & Twitter Feed

Anna-Marie McLemore is a Mexican-American author whose novels center around magical realism. Her work, including her forthcoming novel, Blanca & Roja, centers queer Latina characters in the land of fairy tales, where they're not usually depicted.…
By Bustle Editors

Claribel Ortega Brings A Dose Of Dominican Folklore And Diversity To Your Twitter Feed

If you're familiar with Claribel Ortega, you'll know that her fans literally "stan Claribel." And for YA fans especially, she's especially stanworthy. Ortega's debut novel, Ghost Squad, comes out next year, and leans into Dominican folklore, as a…
By Bustle Editors