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

"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

"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

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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