People En Español brought its ’50 Most Beautiful’ party to Los Angeles for the first time and to kick off the celebration, our executive digital editor Shirley Velásquez presented our People CHICA panel La Ola Latina. “This year we decided to kick off our Bellos theme with a new topic and a new theme called ‘La Ola Latina’ or The Latino Wave that is washing over the important sectors of American life,” said Velásquez as she introduced the panel. “More than ever American Latino men and women hold stations of power and influence, and they are in a position to bring attention to the positive contributions that our people are making to their communities and to the nation at large. At People en Español we are committed to finding these change-makers and sharing their stories far and wide. Nowhere is the land more fertile than here in LA”.
The panel united powerful female voices to discuss the issues of visibility, diversity and inclusion in the film and television industries. Victoria Alonso (EVP of Production for Marvel Studios), actresses Roselyn Sánchez and Laura Vidal, and Rachel Miller (founding partner of Haven Entertainment) tackled these important topics.
Alonso arrived to the United States at the age of 19 from Buenos Aires and worked her way in the film industry as a production assistant and visual effects specialist before getting to the top of her competitive field. “I did every job that nobody wanted to do, but I also made sure that I was doing the job that I wanted to do,” she said, adding some valuable career advise: “Don’t do everything they want you to do, if it’s not who you are.”
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