Meet the ¿Qué Más? Writers

  • At 11 years old, I wrote in my diary, "Most of all, I want to be a writer."  Through my long and successful marketing career, I have always kept my love affair with the written word, publishing pieces in Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Star Ledger and NJ.com.  I co-chair of a non-profit that works with migrant workers in my state and love to spend weekends at home in New Jersey with my 10 and 12-year olds and my mini Australian Shepherds and my totally snooty Siamese cat.  


    I know I'm Latina when... my proudest accomplishment is having learned my mom's empanada recipe by heart.
    Maria Andreu

    Maria Andreu

  • I was born and raised in Chile until I moved to New York when I was 11 years old. My family went back to Chile but I stayed behind after marrying a very supportive Gringo of Irish descent. We have two beautiful children (a boy and a girl, ages 14 and 16 respectively). I am  proud of my Latin culture and roots and work hard at retaining and passing on my heritage and traditions to my kids. I love all types of food, spending time with my familia, music, diversity and constant discovery. I feel fortunate to be able to take the best of my two cultures and create my own!


    I know I'm Latina when... I love, when I celebrate and when I feel pain!
    Lucia Ballas-Traynor

    Lucia Ballas-Traynor

  • This Latina mama has been through a lot in my 28 years of life! I have a deep love and passion for fashion, beauty, and anything that will make me feel glamorous in my chanclas. I got my start on YouTube, put together a breastfeeding group, and I am active on my personal blog--all while raising my beautiful son Jude on my own. Nothing is impossible and I can't wait to see what my future has in store for me.


    I know I'm Latina when... I put chile and lemon on almost everything...Pica pica! Haha!
    Sonia Castaneda

    Sonia Castaneda

  • I'm the Editorial Assistant at Mamás Latinas. I was born and raised in New York City and graduated from St. John's University as a Journalism and English major, where I was a staff writer for the school newspaper, The Torch, and an on-air host and producer for the school's television club, WRED-TV. I have interned at Parenting, Self, Big Apple Parent magazines, and Hollywoodlife.com. I love everything fitness and nutrition and enjoy trying out new foods. I'm also a movie buff and a fan of the TV shows Breaking Bad, Modern Family, and Arrested Development


    I know I'm Latina when... ...my non-latino friends tell me I'm shouting, but in my head I'm speaking in my normal tone of voice.
    Giselle Castro

    Giselle Castro

  • I am a content producer for Hispanic media. I love writing about lifestyle, women, food and health topics. I have been nominated for my features three times; I am also mentoring other Latinas in developing a career in Hispanic media. I live in New York.

     

    Alejandra Chaparro

    Alejandra Chaparro

  • My life is a beautiful tapestry threaded with contradictions. My dad was the cook and nurturer. I was raised to be the professional woman I became (I've worked for companies of the caliber of The Wall Street Journal). Having children turned my world upside down. From manicures every week I became one of those moms that makes bread from scratch. It is not unusual for me to be taking notes from an interview while surrounded by piles of laundry waiting to be folded.


    I know I'm Latina when... i wouldn't survive without at least one telenovela a day!
    Alicia Civita

    Alicia Civita

  •  I’m a pianist and writer who studied journalism and music. I live in English and Spanish, visit my native Colombia yearly but love my multicultural U.S. life. As a wife and mother of two teens, balancing everything with my job as executive director of Latin content for Billboard and host of TV show Estudio Billboard is a challenge. Add my life as a novelist (my second baby, The Second Time We Met—www.leilacobo.com-- is out in February) and my plate is full. Nothing a manicure and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc can’t fix! 

     

     

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    I know I'm Latina when... I point with my mouth :)
    Leila Cobo

    Leila Cobo

  • I'm Deborah, online I'm  @TruthfulMommy. I'm the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood. I am a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mami who's trying to do it all well. I live in the Midwest with my 2 little girls and my husband. I love them more than I thought was possible and my greatest hope is that I raise them well. I have a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spend my days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain my sanity. I talk a lot. I may not always say what you want to hear but it will always be my honest viewpoint.


    I know I'm Latina when... my inner monologue is in spanglish.
    Deborah Cruz

    Deborah Cruz

  • I'm your everyday hard working Latina, wife and mother of 3 children. I love giving back to my community. I coach cheerleading for the city of Azusa. Mexican food is a passion of mine. Cooking is not only fun to prepare but it's also good for your soul! As I serve each dish I am reminded of the long time traditional recipes I am continuing for my family. I try to make my meals fun and as easy as possible so that the working momma that comes home tired, wondering "what to make?" will have something new to look forward too!


    I know I'm Latina when... I greet everyone with a handshake and a kiss, and I'll try and feed anyone who walks into my home :)
    Christina Cruz Castaneda

    Christina Cruz Castaneda

  • One of my passions is to present faith perspectives on real-life problems which affect our modern-day society, especially controversial issues often avoided by spiritual leaders. Media has enabled me to talk about all sorts of issues in many different ways. My first book First Life, Real Love, a book available in English also became a bestseller in Spanish. I'm grateful for the success of my new momoir entitled Dilemma, and blessed with a wonderful family and a new baby on the way!

    Padre Alberto Cutié

    Padre Alberto Cutié

  • I started writing fiction when I was 9. As a kid I wrote 6 novels on the orange sheets of paper that used to separate X-Rays. My dad brought them home for me. Fast forward a lifetime, I am now on my 7th book Poder de Mujer: Descubre quien eres para crear el éxito a tu medida which comes out in English in April 2013. I'm known for my work in education, career development & woman empowerment. I'm the founder of Latinos in College & the Red Shoe Movement. But watch out, my next book is a novel!


    I know I'm Latina when... I get extra service anywhere where people speak Spanish when I address them in Spanish!
    Mariela Dabbah

    Mariela Dabbah

  • I'm a lover of music and letters, but journalism is a passion. I've worked in several media outlets in both the United States and my native Venezuela. Traveling is an important part of my inspiration, while I look for a place where I can color all the stories I love to tell.

    Griseida Díaz

    Griseida Díaz

  • I am a Venezuelan journalist. I've been a reporter for 20 years, first in Venezuela now in the United States. I've been living in the U.S. for 7 years, initially in Miami and now in Houston. I have an "empty nest" now that my son is off to college but I am delighted to see him reach his goals. When I'm not reading, I write stories. In the little spare time I have, I enjoy taking my beagle, "Mozart," for long walks. I don't exist without a cup of coffee in the morning. And, I can't deny it, I'm movie buff at heart. 


    I know I'm Latina when... Sunday breakfast always includes: arepitas, black beans and avocado!
    Milagros Durán

    Milagros Durán

  • I'm Alfonso Duro, a Spanish journalist, and I've lived in the U.S. for 18 years of my life. During that time, I've learned many things, one of them has been loving and adoring women, instead of trying to understand them! I've worked for various media outlets including Univision.com, Yahoo.com, ESPN, XM Radio, and I've collaborated with Ocean Drive, Maxim, and Siempre Mujer magazines. After 6 years in New York City, I now live in Madrid, and I hope to bring to the old country the amazing Latino treatment toward women.

    Alfonso Duro

    Alfonso Duro

  • I arrived to the United States from Mexico when I was selected for the Nieman Fellowship for Journalists at Harvard University in 2004. Since then, I have transitioned from print media to television and finally to the Internet, co-founding the digital content company Social Couturier, and starting my own blog, Mami Glammy. At 39, after I moved from New York to Miami, I became Cristina's mom, by far the best project I have had in my whole life.


    I know I'm Latina when... everybody leaves the table and I still want to have a "sobremesa."
    Ana Cristina Enríquez

    Ana Cristina Enríquez

  • I was born and raised in a small Venezuelan city. At 15, I was working for a radio show, which made me fall in love with communications so much, that I moved to Caracas to study journalism. For the last 10 years, I've been editor of a weekly magazine. However, my most visible (and noisiest!) job is as mom to Matthew, a little gentleman who keeps me happily occupied. I must confess that I often "cook" frozen food hoping no one will be able to tell the difference! And my dog, Jojo, secretly runs my household.


    I know I'm Latina when... ...I think of arepas with any mention of breakfast.
    Alejandra Escobar-Ryan

    Alejandra Escobar-Ryan

  • I'm the Beauty and Fashion Staff Writer at MamásLatinas and a proud Dominicana! I was born and raised in Queens, New York and have hopes of one day moving to Manhattan. Obsessed with all things beauty and fashion, you'll normally find me either trying on a new lipstick, experimenting with DIY beauty remedies or bargain shopping. I graduated from Baruch College with a Journalism major and English Literature Minor in 2009, and have interned at various magazines like SELF, Latina, Popular Science and InStyle.


    I know I'm Latina when... I find myself eating platanos or bananas with every meal!
    Johanna Ferreira

    Johanna Ferreira

  • I'm the Assistant Managing Editor at Mamás Latinas and I'm a new mamá! I was born in Medellín, Colombia and came to the U.S. when I was 7 years old. These days, I'm immersed in all things baby, including 5 how-to books I'm trying to read simultaneously, but you'll usually find me reading every magazine imaginable and trying to catch up with my DVR. I was previously the Managing Editor for Latina magazine, where I worked for almost 12 years. I live in the N.Y.C. area with my amazing husband and our son, who is almost a toddler and getting more active every day...


    I know I'm Latina when... I speak in English to my son, and then immediately tell him the same thing in Spanish.
    Yuliana Gomez

    Yuliana Gomez

  • I'm a food & health staff writer for Mamás Latinas, with a blog devoted to Healthy Latin Food and maintaining a 100lb weight loss.

    Creative from a young age, I fell in love with writing early on and have never looked back. My education took me from journalism classes at NYU to an internship at Latina magazine, working in magazines and finally to MamásLatinas. Here I write about anything and everything but I'm a passionate foodie devoted to healthy eating and learning to enjoy exercise as I work on maintaining a 100lb weight loss.


    I know I'm Latina when... I wear bright, vibrant colors in any season, for any occasion. Oh, and lots of animal print!
    Irina Gonzalez

    Irina Gonzalez

  • Most know me for my dramatic role as Eva in the 2007 drama Freedom Writers. I have been able to inspire audiences while starring in award winning TV dramas, including my 2010 SAG nominated role as Cira on Dexter. When I'm not acting or preparing to be a mom, I'm a motivational speaker & spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. I also founded the annual L.O.V.E. Walk (Love Overcomes Violence Eternally), an annual day dedicated to solidarity and awareness to help put an end to domestic violence.

    April Hernandez Castillo

    April Hernandez Castillo

  • Ingrid Hoffman has managed to become one of the most loved TV food personalities in the U.S. with her successful cooking and lifestyle shows, Simply Declicioso (Food Network/The Cooking Channel) and Delicioso. In 2010, Ingrid joined forces with media giant Univision to bring her Delicioso brand to a new level. Ingrid and Delicioso are shown across a wide range of cooking segments and other formats across Unvision networks, including on the hit morning show Despierta América.


    I know I'm Latina when... ...a pressure cooker and adobo are constants in my kitchen, as is Vicks VapoRub in my night table!
    Ingrid Hoffman

    Ingrid Hoffman

  • As I child my dream was to become a writer and a magician. My first dream came true almost as if by magic when I became a world renowned author of self-help, astrology, sex, psychology and astrology books. When I was 5 years old I used to watch the TV series Bewitched, which I'm sure had something to do with this obsession of mine with astrology.


    I know I'm Latina when... when I feel the warm embrace of a cafecito shared with friends anytime, anywhere.
    Mabel Iam

    Mabel Iam

  • I consider myself a very lucky chica: being able to live off my writing has been my life-long dream! I'm a freelance journalist and I hope to one day write a novel. I enjoy reading, walking towards the sun and traveling. Getting to know other cultures is one of my great passions.


    I know I'm Latina when... I get together with my family on Sundays and we enjoy a huge noisy asado.
    Mariana Israel

    Mariana Israel

  • When I'm asked what I do, I very proudly respond that I'm a full-time mom to two wonderful girls. I'm also a journalist and I have to confess that writing is one of my huge passions. I am also a very practical woman, love reading, decoration magazines and family life. I enjoy the outdoors, long walks, afternoons in the park and weekends at the beach.


    I know I'm Latina when... ...I greet my friends with a huge warm hug.
    Sofi Jaramillo

    Sofi Jaramillo

  • I'm a writer, journalist, a beauty editor, a wife and a mom... sometimes at once. I started off my career with About.com en Español as their beauty expert. I've had the pleasure to work with publications such as Mamiverse, Refinery29, Voxxi, Mamá y Familia, Glam Belleza Latina, and now with MamásLatinas as their Spanish staff writer. My latest adventure? Launching the first online beauty magazine for moms in Spanish, Mamá Beauté. When I'm not working (ha!), you can find me at home with my family and two cats trying out all sorts of ethnic foods.


    I know I'm Latina when... "No le pegue a la neeegra... tan tan tan tan" makes me dance
    Soe Kabbabe

    Soe Kabbabe

  • I like to say that I'm a writer who loves to cook and a cook who likes to write. I've lived in Caracas (where I was born and raised), Madrid, Geneva, New York and southern California. My two kids and I now call Miami home. Life for us is all about homework, basketball, my work, daily walks and swimming, and of course my cooking adventures and a newly found love for food and cocktails photography. 

     


    I know I'm Latina when... It's 7pm and the only thing I want is to speak Spanish!
    Enriqueta Lemoine

    Enriqueta Lemoine

  • Born and raised in the Bronx, Evelyn Lozada is one of the most sought after reality personalities in the United States. This Puerto Rican beauty got her start on Basketball Wives, but has blossomed into a mini-mogul. Currently living in Los Angeles, when she's not filming or blogging, Evelyn takes great pride in being a devoted mother to her daughter Shaniece and her five dogs. She is currently pregnant with her second baby and is engaged to marry Los Angeles Dodger star Carl Crawford.

    Evelyn Lozada

    Evelyn Lozada

  • I'm a holistic health coach, personal trainer, fitness motivator, and wellness author. After finding the key to losing 50 pounds in 90 days, I've found it my duty as a Latina to help everyone to become more healthy and happy. On my website, I reveal how I did it in my free course 9 Simple Secrets I Used to Melt Away 50 Pounds.


    I know I'm Latina when... ...when I can't stop dancing the tropical rhythms of my beautiful Colombia.
    Ingrid Macher

    Ingrid Macher

  • Born and raised in California, my world has always been bicultural. I started my creative life as an actor, many years later I became a mother, which changed my life in so many ways. Looking for a way to channel my creativity, I started a blog: Unknown Mami. It turns out that my entire life there had been a writer stuck inside of me trying to get out. The writer in me is thrilled to be sharing with you via MamásLatinas.

     


    I know I'm Latina when... I have to tell people that mami is not pronounced like mammy.
    Claudya Martinez

    Claudya Martinez

  • I am a writer who moves comfortably between English and Spanish. I write mostly about media and advertising but every now and then I like to share my views on topics as varied as food, music and pop culture. I am not a mom, but I have often been called a mamacita.

    Laura Martinez

    Laura Martinez

  • I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and am determined to help Latina moms to save money, offering tips, scenarios and tricks in Spanish. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science which explains why I love all things social media, and launched my own Android/iPhone apps for my blog Cuponeando. When I'm not deal hunting, you can find me in the kitchen, empowering fellow bloggers or having fun with my family. 


    I know I'm Latina when... I need a café con leche to start my day.
    Yoly Mason

    Yoly Mason

  • I'm a journalist and write for MamásLatinas. I moved from Venezuela to Washington D.C. with my son, Diego, earlier in 2012, to learn English and take an education course. Now that I'm learning English, I'm fascinated with this new language. I teach kids reading and writing classes, but I also love my work with content development for web pages, which helped me with my project of establishing online reading courses at Superintelecto.com.


    I know I'm Latina when... I yearn for the Caribbean beaches in Venezuela all the time.
    Julia Márquez

    Julia Márquez

  • Writing has been a longstanding passion. My career began as a reporter at Fortune Magazine, before I became an editor at Selecciones. These days I write for various websites and run my social media consulting company. I have a love-hate relationship with running, but managed to complete a half-marathon in decent time. I love to discover new places to eat and our family's travel often revolves around food and fitness. At home I love discovering ways to lighten up meals to keep myself and my family healthy.


    I know I'm Latina when... I need to wear loud nail polish for a pop of color.
    Jenny Mero

    Jenny Mero

  • I'm a bilingual multimedia journalist with more than 15 years of experience as TV producer, radio & newspaper reporter. Like my father, I am an Army veteran. For 8 years I got to cover scenarios such as 1998's Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, El Salvador & Panamá, and wrote about Operation Enduring Freedom. In also love to dance and - a long time ago - as part of the 'Ballet Isleño' I performed at Macy's Thanks Giving Day Parade. Despite all of these accomplishments, I still haven't decided if getting a puppy would be a good idea.

    Marimer Navarrete

    Marimer Navarrete

  • I'm a journalist, singer and aunt to two amazing little girls--both of whom I spoil to no end! Besides news, I write stories and songs. My house consists of my husband and I, one doggie, many, many plants and a bike that takes me everywhere I want to go.


    I know I'm Latina when... The music plays, and I can't help dancing to the beat!
    Sofía Orsay

    Sofía Orsay

  • I am a Mexican woman with an adventurous spirit. I like travelling and learning about other cultures. Another passion of mine is gastronomy, although I must admit that I do not spend much time in the kitchen but when I do, everything has to be spicy. I love documentaries and investigative reports about social and cultural topics and I love to write about the things that I am passionate about in life.

    Sandra Ortiz-Juarez

    Sandra Ortiz-Juarez

  • I am Mexican to the bone! I left my country when I've got married and moved out to  California. I lived two blocks away from the beach, and ever since I love the sea. I live in Miami and I visit Mexico quite often. I've been a communicator for 20 years, and I've done all sorts of things: TV, radio, print media, voiceo-vers, advertisements, and more. I'm a cancer survivor and thanks to my family's love I'm still here, enjoying my profession and life to the fullest.


    I know I'm Latina when... I have to add chile to everything I eat
    Laura Pagliaro

    Laura Pagliaro

  • I'm the Staff Writer of MamásLatinas for Cafemom! I've worked in print and online media and was previously the associate editor for Latina Magazine and MTV Tr3s. I have a strong passion for all things music, food, and culture. My works have been featured in: Rhapsody, MTV, Huffington Post and Rolling Stone. Currently, I am also a bride-to-be who can't wait to share new adventures with my life partner. We share a mutual love for music, wine, and playing with our Russian Blue cat named Mari. I also enjoy recreating recipes that make me smile and pretending to be a loyal yogi.


    I know I'm Latina when... I daydream about roaming the streets of Havana…
    Sugey Palomares

    Sugey Palomares

  • I was born and raised in chaotic Mexico City, therefore Manhattan doesn't scare me at all. I would prefer a taco over any fancy French meal. I have worked in a thousand places, including two interesting Internet startups. I love to travel to weird places. The rest is history, and not that long ago I moved to New York City to begin all over again.


    I know I'm Latina when... people tell me I have a sexy accent!
    Mariana Peña Cater

    Mariana Peña Cater

  • I arrived in the United States from Barranquilla, Colombia 14 years ago as a newlywed with only one closed suitcase and an open mind. The moment I landed, I knew my journalist spirit started writing my life story. Motherhood found its way into the very first sentence and after that everything took off. I'm a content editor, bilingual writer and blogger obsessed with all things fresh and alive in social media. I live joyfully in the "City that Never Sleeps" with my husband and two daughters, Lucia and Eva.


    I know I'm Latina when... I give café con leche to my daughters instead of hot chocolate on cold days.
    Milena Prinzi

    Milena Prinzi

  • I'm a pop culture journalist who's not afraid to tell it like it is and give my two cents on everything from trending celeb news to immigration reform. My work has been featured on Jezebel.com, CosmoforLatinas.com, HuffingtonPost.com, and AskMen.com. You can also read my work in any of the last five issues of Cosmo for Latinas! When I'm not writing, tweeting, or snarking about celebs and pop culture trends, you can find me at the gym lifting things up and putting 'em down--then posting all about it on Instagram so it counts!


    I know I'm Latina when... the only thing that'll get me to clean my apt is loud salsa music and the promise of a cold pitcher of sangria.
    Tanisha Love Ramirez

    Tanisha Love Ramirez

  • I'm an avid traveler and freelance writer who loves collecting new experiences and stories. I've spent my career covering lifestyle, travel and health for both print and online publications as well as my own blog DryAsToast.com. Previously, I was an assistant editor for Latina before moving on to Travel + Leisure and BET.com. Most days you'll find me and my laptop searching out WiFi-enabled NYC parks or in my colorful home office tinkering with my latest DIY project. You can find my cute hand-illustrated greeting cards at porcupinehugs.etsy.com.


    I know I'm Latina when... I bust a move in the middle of the street when a car playing a merenguito drives by.
    Dorkys Ramos

    Dorkys Ramos

  • I'm a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas. I am a native New Yorker who graduated from NYU as a Journalism and English major in 2011. Throughout my undergrad career, I contributed regularly to NYU's paper, Washington Square News, and held internships at the Long Island Press, amNewYork, The New York Times Local: East Village, and Seventeen Magazine. A self-professed literature nerd and news junkie, I love to relax by reading magazines, newspapers, and books while sipping iced caramel macchiatos. I am addicted to shoes, coffee, yoga and all things John Hughes.


    I know I'm Latina when... I could literally eat beans with or for every meal, with no problem whatsoever.
    Michelle Regalado

    Michelle Regalado

  • I have a degree in Communications, but I've worn many hat throughout my career: radio announcer, producer, creative director, copy, communicator, but being a mother converted me into a Spanish teacer, a freelance writer, a cook, an assistant, a doctor, a chauffer and an expert in many things I never even imagined. I'm the mother of two teenagers who are perfectly bilingual. Being an immigrant has made me understand that we raise children who belong to a new culture, with a different identity and citizens of a world where there are no limits.


    I know I'm Latina when... I tell my sons they have to live with me until they get married.
    Marisa Rincón

    Marisa Rincón

  • I hate to be photographed and I watch so much food/cooking related television that I ended up in culinary school which some how got me pregnant! My abuela bought me the first Menudo album (yes it was an actual record) when I was 13 and it changed my life.


    I know I'm Latina when... my son eats rice and beans and avocado and Cheerios
    Stacey Rivera

    Stacey Rivera

  • I'm passionate about fashion--tempted and hypnotized by it! I remember as a child designing my own outfits (a seamstress would turn what I'd imagine into actual pieces I could wear). I might not go to a seamstress anymore but life is still my runway. Shoes are my fetish since I was 3 years old when you could see me wearing my mom's high heels all around the house. Besides fashion, I'm an avid sports fan. To me, sports and fashion are the perfect pair!


    I know I'm Latina when... I see life in full color and I live it with passion. Ah! I'm no one without my heels!
    Flor de Maria Rivera

    Flor de Maria Rivera

  • Kika is an authority in fashion and beauty. For more than ten years, the Colombian-born expert was the Fashion and Beauty Director at People En Español. At present she is one of the fashion commentators for Telemundo. She pens popular beauty blog De tacones y mucho más, among many other projects. Kika holds a Masters Degree in publishing from New York Universty, is a lawyer from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia and is fluent in four languages. She lives in Mamaroneck, New York with her husband and young daughter Victoria.

    Kika Rocha

    Kika Rocha

  • I was 7 years old when I asked my dad for a typewriter as a Christmas present, while my cousins and friends were playing with their Barbies. Written words still have the power to change the fate of the world. I love to think that one of my stories can contribute to inform, inspire or even change a person's day. I am an inveterate optimistic, devoted family woman, a loyal friend and a tireless traveler. Most of all, I'm a spiritual being full of dreams with a hint of reality, but with optimism clearing the perspective.


    I know I'm Latina when... ...I'm the only adult with her mom at a doctor's appointment.
    Celeste Rodas de Juárez

    Celeste Rodas de Juárez

  • The opportunity to share my opinions or the discovery of an interesting piece of news is an extraordinary experience. Sitting in front of a blank piece of paper to give shape to a story was "love at first letter." It resemebles in a way my fascination with sitting to recreate with pen and paper in my diary what happened during my adolescent days. I was born and grew up in Santo Domingo in the Domincan Republic and have a degree in social communications.


    I know I'm Latina when... ...every time a loud merengue plays, all I want to do is get up and dance.
    Francis Rodríguez

    Francis Rodríguez

  • I'm a wife, mom to a new baby boy and journalist, trying to balance it all, while still taking time to enjoy life with my boys. I interned with Latina magazine before getting my journalism degree in 2008, then freelanced as a food and theater critic. Currently I'm a freelance journalist, but I'm also a pop culture junkie that can be found in front of the television catching up on my shows, paging through my favorite magazines or engrossed in a novel. Otherwise, you'll find me trolling local markets for fresh foods or experimenting in the kitchen--I make a mean cupcake!


    I know I'm Latina when... ...I have no problem rocking sky-high heels at the grocery store.
    Shayne Rodriguez Thompson

    Shayne Rodriguez Thompson

  • I'm a raging opinionista and the managing editor of MamasLatinas for Cafemom! I've worked in all types of media (TV, online & print) and was previously the online editor of Latina magazine. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola. I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.


    I know I'm Latina when... I'm reminiscing about my abuelas chancletazos...
    Mariela Rosario

    Mariela Rosario

  • I'm the founder of the beauty and fashion blog SickaThanAverage.com, an on-air expert for Telemundo and Univision, and a seasoned journalist whose previous editorial posts include stints at In Style, The New York Post, VIBE and Complex. I'm also the mother of the cutest 10-year-old boy who uses eerily adult phrases, like "I stand corrected." When I'm not penning pieces for Latina and Cosmopolitan for Latinas, I'm swatching new eye shadows for my blog or experimenting with recipes from Pinterest. I live in N.Y.C. with my husband, son, and an obscenely large collection of shoes.


    I know I'm Latina when... I try to pronounce the word
    Celia San Miguel

    Celia San Miguel

  • I am an Argentinean who learned English watching movies and reading sappy teen novellas. I've been writing since I'm 12, when I claimed my grandmother's dusty typewriter. I live in Miami, where I've fallen in love all over again with everything that is Latin: pastelitos, Spanish, dancing, rock en español, corals, and yellows. I love good stories, and good pictures. And one day, when I get to the end of my American dream, I'll be the proud owner of a cupcake shop and perfect my mother's ham and cheese empanadas.


    I know I'm Latina when... I smile when people complain nobody speaks English in Miami.
    Andrea Slodowicz

    Andrea Slodowicz

  • I'm a Peruvian immigrant who moved to Miami at 14. As a journalist, I've been creating bilingual/bicultural content for print, online and television for 20 years. My Puerto Rican husband and I are raising our two kids – Vanessa + Santiago – in gorgeous Colorado where they're growing up between two worlds and in two languages. In 2009, I co-founded SpanglishBaby, a site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. My first book, Bilingual is Betterwas published in 2012.


    I know I'm Latina when... my children call me mami.
    Roxana A. Soto

    Roxana A. Soto

  • There's a phrase that says, "Do what you love and you'll never work a day," and I feel like that is what happens to me with journalism. I love my profession because it allows me to express myself freely. Every day I'm amazed at how much reach what I write has--it's incredible!


    I know I'm Latina when... I hear music and start dancing--anywhere!
    Pilar Tapia

    Pilar Tapia

  • I am from Bolivia and I moved to the U.S. nine years ago where my first son, who has Down syndrome, was born. I believe creativity is the best tool to face challenges both at work and in life. After giving brith to a daughter who also has Down syndrome, I found my life's mission which has allowed me to combine my professional side with the task of being a mom to two children just as special as any other.


    I know I'm Latina when... I prove through my efforts that challenges are just opportunities to showcase the best in us.
    Eliana Tardío

    Eliana Tardío

  • In my life, I've had the blessing of channelinglove toward my body and soul. I healed many self-esteem wounds. Today, I share everything I've learned with other women on my blog CuerpoAdentro, on my site about dance on About.com and now on Mamás Latinas. I think life is a great gift, which is why I enjoy every single minute. Right now, I'm enjoying watching my nephews--Daniel, who is 14, and Andrés, who is one--grow up. I love to dance, write poetry, cook for the people I love and let myself be caressed by the sunset.


    I know I'm Latina when... I spend an entire Sunday listening to old boleros.
    Corazón Tierra

    Corazón Tierra

  • As Editor-in-Chief of MamásLatinas, I am most excited to be a part of a talented team that is vibrant with ideas. Having been raised (in Puerto Rico) as one of five children in a home that seemed to be always awake and in full motion, I'm your typical juggling mom: after work every day and on weekends it's back on high gear running from here to there with my three amazing kids (ages 18, 16 and 10). I'm a hopeless romantic who enjoys photography, is crazy about shoes, and LOVES to travel!


    I know I'm Latina when... fashion, food and music to me have to be colorful, spicy and loud!
    Johanna Torres

    Johanna Torres

  • I am a Senior Editor at Mamás Latinas. I moved to United States seven years ago, and since then I've been learning English from scratch and refuse to lose! I am working on improving my English, but I'm having fun writing in my own language in the meantime. Stay tuned for some of the funniest anecdotes about learning another language you will ever hear. I love traveling, no matter where or how, I just love it! But the view I've loved the most in my life are the cute faces of my sons…when they are sleeping.

     


    I know I'm Latina when... I need my rice & beans
    Vicglamar Torres

    Vicglamar Torres

  •  As a girl I dreamt of becoming a teacher. I´d play for hours long with a little blackboard in one hand and ¨dictate¨ a whole class... to my dog Bobby! Today I laugh listening to the things my kids Andrea and Santiago say. I consider myself an authoritative mom; my kids know the expectations while discovering their voices and know they are heard. What I love most about my work is being able to help other moms and dads. I´m thankful for the opportunity to do so here, in Discovery Familia and in People en Español.


    I know I'm Latina when... I need a full cup of café con leche to wake up in the morning.
    Jeannette Torres-Alvarez

    Jeannette Torres-Alvarez