When history is made, no matter the field, something magical happens. What was once deemed impossible, or something that seemed so out of reach, was accomplished, it’s a wonderful thing to see. It wouldn’t be a proper Hispanic Heritage Month if we didn’t celebrate all of the momentous accomplishments Latinx stars have made over the years.
We’ll say it once, and we’ll say it forever: representation matters! When these Latinx stars accomplished the unfathomable, it shone a light on a community, showing that anyone can accomplish anything that wants from their dreams.
Oscar-winning actress Ariana DeBose said it perfectly in her speech when she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in West Side Story, “You see a queer, openly queer woman of color, an Afro Latina who found her strength in life through art…to anybody who has ever questioned your identity ever, ever, ever, or you find yourself living in the gray spaces, I promise you this: There is indeed a place for us.”
From record-breaking means and first-time nominations, these stars all did what was once thought to be impossible. From proud Puerto Ricans to Afro-Latinx ladies, these members of the Latinx community proudly accomplished something incredible.
Check out all of the Latinx stars who’ve made history and broken barriers in the entertainment industry below!