These 16 Puerto Rican Women Are Redefining Art on Their Own Terms — and You Need Them in Your Instagram Feed

In this digital era, different forms of art have become more accessible for people all around the world. As a Puerto Rican, highlighting the local artists in my home is extremely important because it allows space for support and empowerment within the community. I spoke with 16 of these artists whose works span a diverse range of mediums, themes, and missions — from some it serves as an outlet for personal expression, activism toward a larger cause, or simply aesthetic purposes. Be sure to follow these amazing Puerto Rican women artists on Instagram, because we all could use some beautiful imagery and inspiration in our timelines.

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5 things to know about Madison Anderson, the new Miss Universe Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s newest queen has been crowned: meet Madison Anderson, 23, Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2019. Madison, who will go on to represent la isla del encanto in the Miss Universe pageant, is a Florida native who was representing the municipality of Toa Baja at Wednesday’s event hosted in idyllic San Juan. Among the judges was Roselyn SanchezHOLA! USA’s June covergirl, and Cynthia Olavarría, Miss Universe’s 2005 first runner-up.

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Monica Puig Is Still Fighting For Puerto Rico, Two Years After Hurricane María

Tennis player Monica Puig rose to international stardom when she became the first athlete — of any sport, and any gender — to win the gold medal for Puerto Rico at the 2016 Rio Olympics, beating the then-#2-ranked Angelique Kerber. For Puerto Ricans, the victory was not just an emotional symbol of the island’s ability to thrive as an independent entity, separate from the United States; it was a triumph of athleticism, and a testament to the island’s rich tennis culture.

A year later, Hurricane María devastated the island while Puig was competing in the Pan Pacific Open. Puig came back to assist in rebuilding and recovery efforts, raising nearly $200,000 through crowdfunding. Though Puerto Rico is now nearing its second year after the disaster, the island’s infrastructure still has not recovered as it prepares for the 2019 hurricane season. Today, voices like Puig’s are making sure that Puerto Rico is not forgotten.

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Bad Bunny Just Hits Different

Bad Bunny sounds tired on first “hello,” but his energy soon peps up. When we speak over the phone, he’s in the midst of wrapping up a U.S. tour, and a few nights earlier, he’d sold out Madison Square Garden. I ask how he feels about that milestone: “How do you think?” he replies. “Happy. Proud.”

The 25-year-old Puerto Rican trapero’s celebrity status exploded last year after a series of mega-hits, most notably “Mia” featuring Drake and “I Like It” with Cardi B and Colombian reggaetón star J Balvin, that charted high across multiple categories (the latter, of course, hitting number one on the Hot 100). In November, YouTube announced his placement as the third most played artist globally (just behind J Balvin, with fellow Puerto Rican artist Ozuna, who he also collaborates with, at number one).

In Puerto Rico, for a few years now, his music has been ubiquitous: Across the archipelago, any time of day, every day, the thick and booming, subtly garbled baritone of Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio — el Conejo Malo — can be heard blaring from a passing car, pouring out the doors of a bar, on the radio, floating along the beach or reverberating from a neighbor’s apartment. You can even hear it onstage at queer drag shows.

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Rico Nasty On Her Unique Sound and Being a Woman in Rap

In 2017, Rico Nasty delivered her viral single “Poppin’,” which grabbed over five million views on YouTube thanks to its sharp visuals and rock-inspired rhymes. She kept the heat going a year later with “Smack A B*tch,” pairing her high-tempo lyricism with a song about life stresses. In the video, she dons a blue bubble coat, cat-ear headphones, and platform combat boots — à la goth girl.

“I don’t look normal, I always wear outrageous sh*t,” Rico tells Teen Vogue. “I don’t want to say I’m that famous, but when you see me, you see me.” Perhaps it’s her strikingly edgy aesthetic — heavy black eyeliner-lined eyes, studded boots, model gazes — or her commanding voice, but the 22-year-old artist, born Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly to a Puerto Rican mother and African-American father, managed to transcend her local stomping grounds, have a baby as a teenager, and move further into the hip-hop stratosphere.

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Get to know ‘No Me Conoce’ singer Jhay Cortez as he shows us his Puerto Rico

Jhay Cortez’s first song from his debut album Famouz, out now, may be called No Me Conoce, but with a voice like his and his signature purple hair, you will want to know him and ASAP! In one word, Jhay is cool.

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican already has a roster of hits that he has contributed to artistically, including All Eyes on Me featuring Miky Woodz and Estan Pa Mi with J Balvin. In fact, the Colombian reggaetonero has been one of Jhay’s biggest supporters as he launches his own singing career and is on his No Me Conoce remix with Bad Bunny.

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Plus-Size Model Denise Bidot Shows Off Curvy Figure In Snake-Print Crop Top & Maxi Skirt

Denise Bidot is having a blast in sunny Mexico. The gorgeous plus-size model is currently soaking up the sun on the famous Playa del Carmen, after checking into the luxurious Hotel Xcaret on Friday to attend the wedding of Jason Ikeler, Senior Director of Video for Hearst Magazines, and one of her closest friends.

Earlier today, the model – who is of Puerto Rican and Kuwaiti descent – took to the popular social media outlet yet again to drop two more glorious snaps. For her latest Instagram update, Denise chose a less skin-baring outfit, donning a stylish crop top and maxi skirt ensemble by LuvMore.

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Puerto Rican Producer Tainy Is Quickly Becoming A Must-Know Artist All His Own

Whether or not he was officially listed on the track or not, Tainy is an artist who’s been racking up hits in the Latin-music scene and increasingly beyond for more than a decade. But a new collaboration with Bad Bunny titled “Callaita” credited to both Bad Bunny and Tainy, sees the Puerto Rican producer making sure you remember his name.

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The superhero ‘La Borinqueña’ is at the Smithsonian. We speak to her proud creator.

A female Puerto Rican comic book superhero has landed at the Smithsonian alongside legendary caped crusaders such as Superman, Captain America and Wonder Woman.

“It’s overwhelming. It’s really surreal. When I walked up to the display, I was brought to tears of joy,” said Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez of his 2016 comic book creation, La Borinqueña.

The costume of the young female superhero, who gets her powers from the Taíno gods of her Puerto Rican ancestors, was added this month to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s Superheroes exhibition, which has a comic books section.

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