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Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to reflect on all the people who made a lasting impact on the Latino community and the whole world. There have been so many legends who have completely changed the culture through their work, their talent and their activism--and they will forever be remembered for the contributions. 

Some of them, like our dear Selena Quintanilla, were taken away from us too soon but in her short time on earth, she still found a way to break barriers for others that followed and for that reason she will be an icon until the end of time. 

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There have been Latinos who made a name for themselves in music, TV, in film, in the world of literature, sports and in activism and they have helped pave the way for younger generations. Stars like Juan Gabriel and Jenni Rivera will always be remembered as two incredible talents that left the world behind and are constantly being honored by fans and fellow celebrities for the magic they shared with all of us.

In this month that celebrates our heritage, let's also celebrate those who have made us proud to be Latinos and who used their voices to fight for our people and who continue to inspire us even after their deaths. Scroll through to take a look at 21 celebrities who have left their mark on us throughout history and who will forever represent Latinos as people who are hard working, groundbreaking and extremely talented at whatever we do. 

Roberto Clemente made baseball history. 1

The Puerto Rican athlete become the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.

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Selena Quintanilla was taken away too soon. 2

Selena Quintanilla was taken away too soon.

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The Tejano singer was only 23 when she was murdered, but in her short time on earth she built an incredible legacy for other Latinos and women like her to follow. Not only was she one of the greatest and most successful artists in the 1990s but she also left behind a message of self love, never giving up on your dreams, loving where you come from and that anything is possible. 

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Juan Gabriel was a true pop icon. 3

Juan Gabriel was a true pop icon.

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The Mexican singer's death in 2016 shocked the whole world. He was beloved in all of Latin America and was one of the most successful artists Mexico has ever seen, and he has influenced many young artists.

Jenni Rivera marked her fans deeply through her music and her life. 4

Jenni Rivera marked her fans deeply through her music and her life.

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Not only is Jenni one of the most successful and highest selling regional and banda singers of all time, but through her music and her ability to be open and vulnerable with her fans about her personal life have made her someone that we will always remember.

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Celia Cruz is the undisputed Queen of Salsa. 5

Celia Cruz is the undisputed Queen of Salsa.

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The Cuban singer is recognized worldwide as one of the most successful and groundbreaking Latin artists in history. Her achievements influenced former President Bill Clinton to award her with the National Medal of Arts in 1994. 

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After her death in 1954, Frida Kahlo became one of the most celebrated artists in history. 6

Since then, she has become an icon for Mexicans, Latinos and for feminists around the world. 

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Hector Lavoe helped make salsa popular. 7

The Puerto Rican singer's incredible talent expanded the popularity of the genre and he's been known as one of the most important interpreters of salsa. 

Lupe Ontiveros had a successful acting career, but she spoke up for all Latinos. 8

Lupe Ontiveros had a successful acting career, but she spoke up for all Latinos.

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The Selena actress was vocal about the limited roles available to Latinos in Hollywood, who were often typecast as maids and the help. Even though she wanted to show her talent playing other roles, she said she felt no regrets about her roles as a maid. "I’m proud to represent those hands that labor in this country," she told The New York Times. "I’ve given every maid I’ve portrayed soul and heart."

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Tito Puente brought the Latin sound to the world. 9

The Puerto Rican artist's influence helped bring Latin sounds like mambo and son to mainstream audiences.

Desi Arnaz's role in 'I Love Lucy' was groundbreaking. 10

Desi Arnaz's role in 'I Love Lucy' was groundbreaking.

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Before Sofia Vergara captivated audiences with her Spanish accent in Modern Family, Desi captured people's hearts in the 1950s with his role as Ricky Ricado alongisdei wife Lucille Ball. The Cuban actor became a staple on American television, opening doors for other Latinos like himself on the small screen. 

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Joan Sebastian made a name for himself through his prolific songwriting. 11

Joan Sebastian made a name for himself through his prolific songwriting.

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The singer received plenty of Grammy awards for his music and for his songwriting.

Gabriel García Márquez is a Latino literary hero. 12

Gabriel García Márquez is a Latino literary hero.

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The Colombian novelist is known as one of the greatest writers to come out of Latin America. His contributions to the literary world are endless and include popular titles such as One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, and he also received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. 

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Big Pun had a major impact in the urban world. 13

The rapper was a leader in the Latino hip-hop community in New York City. His album Capital Punishment became the first album ever by a solo Latino rapper to go platinum. Even after his death he continues to be remembered as one of the best in the genre and has inspired many like him who choose to pursue a career as a rapper.

Roberto Gomez Bolaños had one of the most brilliant minds in entertainment. 14

Roberto Gomez Bolaños had one of the most brilliant minds in entertainment.

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He created El Chavo and a dozen of other characters and forever made an impact on television all of over Latin America.

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Mario Moreno 'Cantinflas' is one of the greatest comedians in Mexico's history. 15

Cantinflas was one of the greatest comedians and actors the Latin world has ever seen. The Mexican actor became a major influence in the world of television and film because of his countless projects.

Cesar Chavez fought for our people. 16

He co-founded the National Farm Workers Association along with Dolores Huerta to help with his mission of improving the lives and working conditions of farm workers in the United States.

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Héctor "Macho" Camacho defeated some of the best in the ring. 17

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Not only was he a star in the boxing world, he also made a name for himself in television and became a pop culture icon at the height of his career.

Maria Felix was born to be a star. 18

Maria Felix was born to be a star.

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Maria Felix was one of the most successful and prominent actresses in Latin American cinema in the years 1940s and 1950s. She acted in dozens of films but bodly refused roles in Hollywood that she did not approve of. 

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Pedro Infante is idolized in Latin America. 19

Pedro Infante is idolized in Latin America.

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Even decades after his passing, the singer and actor is known as one of the most influential and greatest talents the Latin world has ever seen.

Sylvia Rivera fought for gay rights. 20

The Puerto Rican activist dedicated her life to fight for civil rights for gay and transgender people. She was the founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance.