Here’s an excuse to post a picture of Shakira, Selena Gomez, Salma Hayek, Zoe Saldana, and Eva Longoria.  Albeit an imperfect photoshopped picture but a picture nonetheless.  This is the first part of a three-fold cover of Latina magazine for their 15th anniversary issue.  The full spread includes ten other famous Hispanic women.

I actually remember the first cover of Latina.  A young ingenue by the name of Jennifer Lopez was the cover girl.  That was Lopez before the singing career, the fashion line, three marriages and a catchy nickname.

What exactly is so milestone about 15 years that it deserves such an arresting cover?  In Hispanic culture the quinceañera is the coming of age birthday for a young woman.  A Latina’s debut, so to say. 

There is something of interest in this anniversary cover and something about the magazine’s inception.  Latina premiered the same year that the motion picture Selena was filmed.  Lopez of course went on to play the title role and won a Golden Globe nomination for it.  As mentioned above, Lopez was the premiere cover girl. 

The link between the premiere and anniversary covers deepen with this.  Three of the anniversary cover girls (or women if you prefer) have a direct or indirect connection with Selena and the singer, Selena Quintanilla-Perez, which the film is based on.  First, Longoria is from Corpus Christi, the same town as Quintanilla-Perez.  As is Gomez, who was actually named after the singer.  Hayek was rumored to be in contention for the starring role in Selena (which Lopez notoriously disputed).

Is it coincidence or something greater?  Latina is mostly a pop-culture mag and there is no greater deceased pop-culture icon in Hispanic American community than Quintanilla-Perez, save Mexican born Frida Kahlo.  We can really let our imagine fly with a magazine cover, can’t we?  

The magazine web site has a really neat anniversary site within a site.  Many neat features including several top 15 lists like “15 favorite Marias of all-time”.

From left to right:  Shakira, Gomez, Hayek, Saldana, Longoria, Gloria Estefan, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Daisy Fuentes, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, Ana de la Regeura, Natalie Morales, Rosie Perez, La La Anthony

In honor of these ladies in red:

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