The list wasn’t ranked in any order though. It was ordered by categories such as artists, icons, pioneers, leaders, titans, and innovators. Time Magazine also only released 96 names out of its usual 100. There is speculation that they may release the remainder at a later date.
However, it is of note that only nine Latine or Latine-descent people made the list. Regardless of the small representation, it’s still a step in the right direction. (Yet, we can’t help but notice the minimal inclusion of Afro-Latines into the list.) Let’s hope there’s more Latine diversity next year.
What was said about the Most Influential Latines of 2023 chosen by Time Magazine
One of the best things about this edition of Time Magazine is seeing the write-ups about these global influencers. These short notes are usually authored by someone who admires them. Want to know what was said about the Latine influencers featured?
Well, you can find our favorite excerpts below.
“Aubrey loves an outsider. She roots for the underdog. She befriends the misunderstood. She has learned the glorious freedom that comes from not wanting your approval. But don’t mistake that cool demeanor as ambivalence. She cares deeply about her craft and her friends and has become one of the most interesting actors working today. Plus, she speaks Spanish and can hit a fastball.”
– Amy Poehler
“Zoe has also been a trailblazer for women and people of color in Hollywood, breaking down barriers and advocating for greater diversity and representation. She’s not afraid to speak out for what she believes in, and uses her platform to make a positive impact.”
– Mila Kunis
“As one of the first Latinas working in Hollywood, she’s opened so many doors for people who followed. She is a total revolutionary, and there’s still so much she will do.”
– Penelope Cruz
“Everything you hope he is, HE IS: powerful, soulful, hilarious, goofy, capable of having the deepest conversations, willing to hold your hair back when you’re sick, and in possession of the broadest shoulders to lean on. He is no figment—he’s real.”
– Sarah Paulson
“Sam Rivera has pioneered an approach to help, rather than abandon or simply jail—as we usually do—an estimated 7 million Americans with OUD. As executive director of OnPoint NYC, he meets drug users without judgment, instead offering support, clean needles, and critical connections to care that include providing medically supervised injection spaces at three sites in New York City.”
– Beth Macy
“President Lula has pledged to protect the Amazon, and he has done it before—reducing deforestation by 72% in his previous term. From tackling forest loss to accelerating Brazil’s clean-energy transition, President Lula’s leadership will be critical in this decisive decade for climate action.”
– Al Gore
“His north star is deepening Colombia’s peace plan, using all of the knowledge gained in recent years in a territory that was besieged by violence for far too long, along with rebuilding Latin American unity beyond rhetoric.”
– Gabriel Boric
“Known affectionately as Doña Mary, she helped found in 2014 a national network of local collectives that teach people how to investigate a loved one’s disappearance. In May 2022 she met with Pope Francis, and in November she sued the Mexican state in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for its failure to investigate her sons’ disappearances. Human-rights advocates say such efforts are piling pressure on Mexico’s leaders to respond to the crisis.”
– Ciara Nugent
“For a football player like Messi, that weight likely feels more massive, as he represents both a world-renowned club and a very passionate country. Argentina’s World Cup victory was magnificent. Millions of fans’ taking to the streets of Buenos Aires to celebrate was an amazing moment in sports, witnessed around the world. Even those who don’t follow football must have realized the true impact of the world’s most popular game.”
– Roger Federer