Here Are Time Magazine's Most Influential Latinos Of 2019 

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Yalitza Aparicio attends the TIME 100 Gala Red Carpet at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME)

From political leaders, to artists, activists and the Pope, here are the most influential Latinos of 2019, according to Time Magazine.

Pope Francis

"He is determined to put in place guidelines and policies to protect children and other vulnerable people," wrote Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, a leading reformer on clerical sex abuse.

"He believes we should not only pay attention to the symptoms, however tragic they are, but we should also go deeper and discern what are the roots of this “clericalism”—this evil abuse of conscience and power."


"I'm proud of what he has become. Imagine a shoeshine boy all grown up. That is Ozuna," Daddy Yankee, the Grammy-nominated musician wrote on Time Magazine." He shows kids that anything is possible—that you can become a global star if you work hard enough. He is a great competitor, a good friend, and he never hesitates to give back to his community."

Yalitza Aparicio

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"At just 25 years old, Yalitza Aparicio defies paradigms," Alfonso Cuarón said."I knew Yalitza was the one as soon as she walked in the door. When I offered her the role of Cleo, she candidly told me she had just finished school and was waiting to become a teacher. Then she said, “I have nothing better to do, so yes.” I burst into laughter. But you know what? She meant it. That’s the beautiful thing. She really meant it."

Luchita Hurtado

“Now, at the age of 98, Luchita is finally getting the attention she has long deserved," Hans Ulrich Obrist the artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries wrote in Time Magazine about the Venezuelan artist."There is Luchita the poet, and Luchita thinking as an ecologist and activist. As Luchita told me, “I never said no to life. I have a responsibility to the world, to my planet.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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A year ago I was waitressing in a restaurant while organizing my community. In a time and place where we had been burned by so many politicians, and had grown deservedly cynical of the sad, familiar cycle of campaign promises and governance excuses, I was asking them, just once, to believe. . It was really hard, because how do you make that case? How to ask someone whose trust has been violated over and over to believe you? To believe in the movement for justice and economic dignity? . You show up. You give unconditionally. You show up when no one is looking and the cameras are off. You offer support when it’s risky, but necessary. You do it over and over again, without a need for recognition or expectation that you are “owed” something for doing the right thing. You just... engage in the act of loving your community. . Never in my wildest dreams did I think that those late nights on the 6 & 7 trains would lead to this. All this attention gives me a lot of anxiety (my staff fought to get me to agree to this cover, as I was arguing against it), and still doesn’t feel quite real, which maybe is why I remain comfortable taking risks, which maybe is a good thing. . I believe in an America where all things are possible. Where a basic, dignified life isn’t a dream, but a norm. . That’s why I got up then, and it’s why I get up now. Because my story shouldn’t be a rare one. Because our collective potential as a nation can be unlocked when we’re not so consumed with worry about how we’re going to secure our most basic needs, like a doctor’s visit or an affordable place to live.

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"Cortez has become the second most talked-about politician in America, after the President of the United States. Since beating 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary to represent New York’s 14th District last June, the former bartender has pressured 2020 presidential candidates into supporting her "Green New Deal,"made campaign-finance reform go viral and helped activists banish Amazon from Queens with a couple of tweets," Time Magazine said in their Instagram account.

Juan Guaidó

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Hoy demostramos que después de amenazas, colectivos, represión y todos los intentos por dividirnos estamos más unidos que nunca con una sola ruta. - Gracias a todos los que desde el primer día han hecho honor al juramento de no descansar hasta ver #VenezuelaLibre - En las avenidas, plazas, calles nos vimos las caras porque no tenemos nada que esconder. Sabemos el país en que queremos vivir. - En su soledad el usurpador le miente a una cámara porque no tiene ya a quien darle la cara. - Después de lo que ha padecido todo el país, después de asesinar por acción y por omisión, después de veinte años en el poder, lo único que puede hacer el usurpador es decirle al Pueblo que tenga velas y linternas y ofrecer tanques de agua. - ¡Por eso hoy Venezuela tomó las calles!

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Young, energetic and determined, he has demonstrated courage to the people of Venezuela. "Guaidóhas become a beacon of hope for a country that is yearning for a rapid and peaceful change," former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wrote.

Mirian G.

According to Time Magazine, "Mirian (a pseudonym, for her and her family’s safety) came to the U.S. with her 18-month-old son. She was legally seeking asylum from civil unrest in Honduras, looking for a better life for herself and her family, but at the border, Mirian was forcibly separated from her son."

Andrés Manuel López Obrador

“AMLO likes to think of himself in big, historical terms. He defined his government as the ‘Fourth Transformation’ (after independence from Spain, the reform period and the Mexican revolution),” journalist Jorge Ramos wrote. “But his full control of the Congress and his very personal style of making decisions have raised flags among those who don’t want another authoritarian populist.”

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