Here's the thing about reality contest shows—American Idol, The Bachelorette, The Voice, etc—either you're in it to win it or in it only to be on TV, gain popularity, and not use it to your advantage. The winners of Nuestra Belleza Latina were all in it to win it and now, most of them, are getting their big break internationally.
Nuestra Belleza Latina, for those living under a rock, is a reality TV beauty contest that has aired on Univision since 2007. For the past 10 seasons, expert judges in the industry and TV viewers pick their favorite winner, who will receive a year-long TV contract with the Spanish-language network and other prizes.
The popular competition will return with major plot twists for its 11th season premiering in September. This time around, there will be new judges and the contest will be inclusive, where women from 18 to 99 years of age and of all sizes can audition.
NBL has been an amazing school for some of today's most famous Latina models and actresses. Just check out where some of the winners are now:
Alejandra, originally from Tijuana, Mexico, was the first winner to be crowned NBL queen in 2007. In the past 11 years, she's achieved it all from hosting popular shows on Univision to becoming the face of Revlon.
Puerto Rican Melissa Marty is the second season titleholder of NBL. What kicked off as a modeling career turned into an acting one, having nabbed important roles in movies and series such as Dangerous Company, Jane the Virgin, and Notorious.
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Emeraude Toubia is a name far too familiar in the entertainment biz. But prior to being part of the Shadowhunters cast, this 29-year-old Mexican-Lebanese actress got her big break on the second season of NBL.
Half Colombian, half Nicaraguan, Nastassja Bolivar won the NBL crown in 2011. But her luck did not end there as she later represented Nicaragua in Miss Universe 2013, won Best National Costume, and ranked in the Top 16.
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Dominican beauty queen Clarissa Molina is the most recent contestant to nab the crown in 2016. Not only does she have some sweet gigs as TV host but she's also the leading lady in many music videos, such as Sylvestre Dangond's Casate Conmigo ft. Nicky Jam.
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