Mi Barrio: Latinas of Los Angeles

LALatinas are taking over from Hollywood to Congress. Los Angeles alone is home to 4.9 million Latinos,  according to the Pew Research Center.  In a county with so much diversity, the next award-winning actress like Gina Rodriguez or the next Latina congresswoman like Ileana Ros-Lehtinen could pass you in the streets of L.A. Here are some Latinas who could be the next game changers.

Name: Natalia Castillo

Age: 8

“I’m stuck on two things I want be when I grow up. I want to be an artist or an animal rescuer. I love animals so I want to rescue them and help them when they need help. It seems a bit hard to do but I want to at least try to be one. If that doesn’t work, I want to be an artist. I’m good at drawing and I draw everything, especially my pet dog Llavero. Right now, drawing people is really hard. I want to draw portraits when I’m older. If I could draw my family, that’d make me really happy.”

Name: Anne Caroline Lima

Age: 17

“I’m highly interested in international studies. Learning new languages, studying abroad and learning about different cultures. I’m also highly interested in the arts such as theatre (acting) and working on and behind the screen both in cinema and TV. with International studies I hope to myself become less ignorant and learn about the world I live in as well as encourage people to realize that there is something bigger then themselves out there. Also influence people on being less ignorant when it comes to other cultures and respecting as well them. With the arts I hope to tell stories that convey a message of positive social change but also that will make people want to laugh, enjoy themselves, life and being comfortable and confident in who they are.”


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