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HERE ARE 10 AFRO-LATINA INFLUENCERS YOU NEED TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM

Natasha S. Alford, deputy editor of The Grio, is a proud Afro-Latina but she admits it took her some time to get to there. Growing up, according to her op-ed in The New York Times, she questioned if she was truly considered a Latina because of her brown complexion, black frizzy hair and full nose. In her estimation and what is typically showcased through mainstream media, Latinas were fair-skinned, had long blonde or brown wavy or straight hair, small noses and European features. 

Now she recognizes the beauty of Afro-Latinas (or Afro-LatinX people) makes up a larger community who are proud of their African roots and exist all over. Alford says the internet, specifically Instagram, played a big part in her coming to this realization. 

“Sure, a handful of Afro-Latinas in mainstream media do exist — women like the lawyer and commentator Sunny Hostin, the actress Gina Torres and VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop Miami’ star and singer Amara La Negra, who has campaigned against colorism in the Latino community — but they’re few and far between. Filling the gaps are digital communities of Afro-Latina women. We are purposely recognizing one another in ways we’ve never found in popular media representations and sharing images and stories that redefine the narrow Eurocentric definition of Latinidad many of us have consumed for years.”

If you are looking to follow more incredible Afro-Latinas on Instagram here’s 10 beauties you need to follow right now: 

Original post: https://21ninety.com/here-are-10-afro-latina-influencers-you-need-to-follow-on-instagram

#1 MONICA VELOZ

Monica, known on social media as MonicaStyleMuse, is a beauty-lifestyle blogger who brings her bold, Dominican culture to everything she does. In 2015, she posted a video titled I Am Too Dark To Be Dominican to address negative comments she received after participating in the Latina Tag. 

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#2 JANEL MARTINEZ

Janel is a multimedia journalist and the creator of blog Ain’t I Latina. The Afro Honduran-American wanted to create a platform that not only highlighted the voices of Afro-Latinas but also combine her love of pop culture news, lifestyle and current issues. 

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#3 AMANDA ALCANTARA

Amanda is a writer, poet, journalist and co-founder of La Galería Magazine which "encourages dialogue, celebrates the community and inspires action among Dominicans of the Diaspora." The Dominican-American loves to post messages surrounding the experiences of Afro-Latinx in society today. 

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#4 DIOMARA DELVALLE

Diomara is a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, New York and a proud Panamanian-American with killer vocals, style and vision. 

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#5 ALBA RAMOS

Alba, popularly known as SunKissAlba, was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in NYC. Her parents made sure to maintain her Dominican roots as she grew up and she relates those roots through the posts she creates as a beauty/lifestyle content creator. 

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#6 JULIET CASTENEDA

Juliet, known as JuJu, is a Cuban-American actress, author, business owner and more. She is known for her recurring appearance on Love & Hip Hop: Miami but she is more than a reality show personality. 

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#7 ELIZABETH ACEVEDO

Elizabeth the author of the New York Time best-seller THE POET X. The Afro-Dominican writer has been writing and performing practically her whole life and is an avid lover of reading/writing naturally. 

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#8 VERONICA BONILLA

Veronica is a Puerto Rican fashion blogger who specifically focuses on styles for petite women. 

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#9 MASSIEL ARIAS

Fitness bae, affectionately known as Massy, is a popular Dominican fitness trainer/health coach. If you’re looking for fit-spiration, just scroll down her feed! 

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#10 CALMA CARMONA

Myraida Desireé Carmona, who goes by Calma, is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter who proudly rocks locs and embraces her soul sound. 

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