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The Top Latinos and Latinas to Watch in 2023

Latin America continues to produce some of the world’s most exciting talents. These are the ones to keep an eye on over the next year.

As 2023 gets underway, it's clear that Latin America is producing some of the most influential voices, from business leaders and activists to entertainers and movie stars.

We've rounded up the Latinos and Latinas who are sure to make a splash in the coming months. Whether through their music, activism, or business acumen, these are the names to look out for in 2023:

Karol G: A record-breaking Colombian superstar

When it comes to Colombian singers, Karol G is in a league of her own.

Last year, she raised millions of dollars with her performances and beat several records. Selling 410,000 tickets across 33 shows in North America, $trip Love Tour was the highest US grossing ever by a female Latin act at nearly $70 million.

Her success as a female artist in a largely male-dominated industry is an inspiration for many young Latinas who aspire to break into the industry. Her philanthropic initiatives, such as her campaign to boost education for girls in Latin America, shows her dedication to the community.

But Karol G isn't content to rest on her laurels. She's gearing up for another tour in 2023, and we have a feeling she's gonna shatter a few more records while she's at it.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Making waves in US politics

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a name that has come up a lot recently – and she deserves all the recognition she’s getting.

The Puerto Rican Bronx native made history in 2018 when, at just 29 years old, she became the youngest woman ever to serve in the US Congress.

Since then, she’s continued to make waves in the political scene, winning re-election in the Democratic primary and becoming a vocal advocate for progressive policies like the Green New Deal.

Her open and candid communication through social media has made her a relatable and inspiring figure for many Latinos across both the US and Latin America.

With 2023 around the corner, you can be sure that AOC's name will continue to dominate headlines as she continues to make her mark in the highest levels of politics.

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Olivia Julianna: Driving change through social media

Social media often comes in for a lot of criticism. But Olivia Julianna is showing how more of us can use the likes of Instagram and TikTok as a force for good.

The young Mexican activist has made a name for herself thanks to her powerful presence on social media, where she uses the platforms to fight for a variety of causes.

At just 20 years old, Olivia managed to raise an incredible $2 million in just one week to defend reproductive rights. But that's not all she's fighting for. She also uses her platform to speak out on issues that affect young people such as climate change and the right to abortion.

Describing herself as a "queer, plus-sized, handicapped Latina," Olivia is using her voice to represent marginalized communities and make a tangible impact. With a powerful message and a passion for change, this young activist is definitely one to watch in the coming year.

Oscar Isaac: Breaking down barriers in Hollywood

For many, Oscar Isaac is already a familiar name; which is unsurprising when you consider he starred as Poe Dameron in the latest Star Wars trilogy and Duke Leto Atreides in the Hollywood blockbuster Dune.

However, it seems as though, with each new year, the Guatemalan actor’s star continues to rise. In 2022, he joined the Disney + and Marvel family as the hero Moon Knight, one of the first Latino superheroes to appear in front of mainstream audiences. And this year, he has been cast to do the voice-over in the highly-anticipated Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse.

Oscar’s success has undoubtedly helped to increase the visibility of Latinos in Hollywood. By performing in both English and Spanish (and doing it so well), he has paved the way for more Latinos to contribute their talents, from actors to writers to directors.

Boza: The first Panamanian to sign with Sony Music Centroamérica

Boza has made a significant impact on the Latin music scene. He became the first Panamanian artist to sign with the record label Sony Music Centroamérica, which is a testament to his talent and potential as an artist.

The Panamanian singer-songwriter has released a number of successful singles – but it was his hit “Hecha pa’ mi”, which led him to undisputed stardom. The single was a huge success, reaching the top of the charts in Panama and other Latin American countries.

Boza's versatility as an artist is evident in his collaborations with other renowned artists, including Ozuna and Joey Montana. He has been able to adapt his style to different genres and audiences, making him one of the most sought-after artists for collaborations.

He’s also been recognized for his powerful lyrics that speak of love, heartbreak, and personal struggles, connecting him with the audience on an emotional level and establishing a loyal fanbase.

In 2023, we can expect to see a lot more of Boza, who has become not only a great musician but also an empowering figure at the heart of Panamanian culture.

Eva Copa: A voice for marginalized Bolivians

Mónica Eva Copa Murga, better known as Eva Copa, is a politician who has become the de facto voice for marginalized communities in Bolivia.

Her rise to power has been nothing short of revolutionary, serving as President of the Senate and Mayor of the city of El Alto, making her a force to be reckoned with in Bolivia’s political landscape.

But her impact goes beyond her political career. Eva's Aymaran heritage has enabled her to become the voice for indigenous populations, who have historically been marginalized in Bolivia. As a political activist, she works tirelessly to ensure that the voices of these communities are heard in the political arena and their issues are addressed.

Through her advocacy for marginalized groups, Eva is helping to promote equality and social justice for Latinos in Bolivia. And as we move into 2023, we can expect to see her influence continue to have a positive impact on the country.

As 2023 gets underway, it's clear that Latin America is producing some of the most influential voices.

From business leaders and activists to entertainers and movie stars, these individuals are making a splash in their respective fields and continue to inspire and empower the Latino community.

If you have any suggestions for Latinos and Latinas who you think deserve recognition, let us know!

Luis Rodas

Luis was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, before moving to the US to study. He now lives in Costa Rica and has written for Orgullo Latino since 2022.

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