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Gisele Bündchen the World’s Richest Model

Gisele Bündchen the World’s Richest Model

The highest paid model of 2014 (she’s held this title for the last eight years) is Brazilian-born Gisele Bündchen, who according to Forbes made over $400 Million Dollars in her career so far. Gisele is also philanthropic, she volunteers with the nonprofit Rainforest Alliance and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.

In addition to her endorsements, Bundchen has also cashed in through deals with companies that want to monetize on her name. Her line of sandals with Grendene, one of the world’s leading makers of synthetic footwear, is a huge success in Brazil and abroad. Plus she recently teamed-up with Hope, Brazil’s answer to Victoria’s Secret, to launch her own lingerie brand. She also launched her own line of beauty products in 2011, Sejaa Pure Skincare. Altogether, the products that bear Bundchen’s name generate roughly $1 billion per year in sales.

In case you didn’t know: The top male model brings  in less than 2 Million a year, a whopping difference to the 47 million Gisele brought in in 2014.  Clearly this is an area in which females make more money than males

The partnership has been so successful that Hope is now using Bundchen’s name to create a network of stores in Brazil and internationally which will sell exclusively the pieces designed by the supermodel.

“Gisele is our best brand today, Fabio Figueiredo, Hope’s director of expansion, told Bloomberg. “We still have lots of room for growth in Brazil, but we have to think strategically where we want to grow and we want to be a global brand.” The first Hope store dedicated to Bundchen’s Gisele Bundchen Brazilian Intimates brand has already been opened in Paris’ Galeries Lafayette, one of the oldest and most visited department stores in the world.

Gisele is married to Tom Brady Jr.quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (see photo below). He is one of only two players to win five Super Bowls the only quarterback to win five and the only player to win them all playing for one team. After playing college football for the University of Michigan, Brady was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. In Brady’s 15 seasons as a starter  he has quarterbacked the Patriots to seven Super Bowl appearances, the most for any player in history. As a couple their total net worth is $500 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. It appears the Brady’s and Bundchen’s won’t have to worry about a slumping economy….

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Since Forbes began tracking Bundchen’s numbers in 2001, her estimated total earnings over the period totaled $386 million. If corrected by US inflation based on the buying power of the dollar over time, that sum goes to some $427 million. That does not include management, agent and attorney fees, but assuming Bundchen’s been managing her cash, spending wisely and making smart investments, which seems to be the case, it’s safe to say she has amassed a respectable net worth.

Celebrity Tips for Outdoor Cookouts

“Celebrity Tips for Outdoor Cookouts”

Gear up for outdoor cookouts and entertaining with celebrity tips that will prep you for get-togethers with your friends and family during the spring and summer months.

According to a recent Harris Poll, 8 in 10 American adults watch cooking shows, and consumers and celebrities alike are trying out TV recipes to throw dinner parties that will wow their friends and families.

kKarent Sierra, from Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Miami, loves entertaining at her house – and living in South Florida means she can host dinner parties outdoors all year long.   Coming from a Colombian background, she especially likes to cook Sancocho, a delicious stew with lots of fresh ingredients, including chicken, meat, corn, potatoes, cassava, carrots and onions.  She offers these top tips:

“So I don’t have to cry cutting up my onions, I love the Princess House Press & Chop Food Processor to chop up all my vegetables.  I also use Bamboo Chef’s Board; it’s perfect for preparing everything before I start grilling or cooking.”

“Hearty meals like Sancocho, need extra-large cookware. I like to use the Princess Heritage Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 14 Quart Sear and Simmer Pan which fits all my ingredients.”

 

dDania Ramirez is a Dominican-American television and film actress and mother of two, whose credits include the roles of Maya Herrera in Heroes, Alex in Entourage, and Blanca during the last season of The Sopranos on television. She loves to entertain guests outdoors and she’s discovered how to make it simple, fun and easy-to-clean up so she can enjoy the meal and time with her guests, as much as they do!  Here’s her star-studded advice:

“When entertaining outdoors I like to keep it simple.  I use cookware that can go straight from the oven to the table without disrupting the décor. Plus it makes cleaning up that much easier!” Durable and beautiful, the Princess Moderna™ Cook + Serve collection from Princess House can go from the refrigerator to over or microwave, then straight to the table – perfect for everyday use and special occasions.

“I always love to have small versatile glass containers. They are easy enough to move around and allow me to have juice, iced tea or margaritas ready-to-go for any occasion on a moment’s notice.” From special occasions to quiet evening with friends, the Princess Heritage® Pitcher and Grande Glasses bring style to spring entertaining.

 

 

 

 

15 Craziest Vending Machines Around the World

 

You wont believe what some of the vending machines offer!

 

CUNY’s City College Innovation may help change Solar Energy

A low-cost, nonflammable battery with a high energy density and the capability of thousands of more recycling cycles than any comparable battery to come out of a laboratory has been developed by researchers at The City University of New York’s Energy Institute.

In research published in the journal Nature Communications, the Energy Institute said the battery is in the same class as the familiar AA, but its energy density is potentially high enough to equal that of lithium ion batteries, without the danger.

 

Scaled up, it would allow electric utilities, commercial and residential buildings and homeowners to store electricity generated by solar and wind systems to provide power at night and when the wind isn’t blowing. Scaled down, it offers a safe alternative to widely used lithium ion batteries, which have caused fires in cell phones, airplanes and electric cars.

 

 

“Batteries for [power] grid applications such as integration of renewable power must be low cost, of high cycle life and energy density, safe, reliable and composed of easily acquired materials requiring relatively simple manufacturing processes,” the paper says. Previous technologies “are often unsuitable for wide [grid] deployment because of cost, durability and potential safety hazards.”

Senior research associate Gautam G. Yadav, the paper’s lead author, worked with senior research associates Joshua W. Gallaway, Damon E. Turney and Michael Nyce, doctoral students Jinchao Huang and Xia Wei, and Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering Sanjoy Banerjee, who directs the CUNY Energy Institute.

Past researchers had achieved either high cycle life or what’s called “high areal capacity” – that is, packing a lot of battery electrodes into a small volume to increase energy density – but never both together. For example, one recent report achieved 5,000 cycles, but at only at a minuscule output of one milliamp hour per square centimeter (1 mAh/cm2) areal capacity. Another successfully achieved 26 mAh/cm2, but with only 60 recharging cycles. The CUNY battery leaves them in the dust by getting 6,000 cycles at 2.5 mAh/cm2 and 1,000 cycles at 28 mAh/cm2.

During three years of research involving thousands of experiments, the CUNY chemical engineers achieved both goals by intercalating (inserting) copper into a kind of manganese dioxide known as birnessite that had been modified with the metal bismuth. Ford Motor Co. discovered bismuth-modified birnessite in the 1980s while developing electric cars; although it allows for many recharging cycles, no one before had figured out how to use it at high areal capacity.

The paper says the manganese dioxide cathode provides “an exceptional combination of reversibility and very high capacity” when combined with copper ions in a lattice of layered birnessite. “The resulting composite material benefits from enhanced charge transfer and complete regeneration of layered materials on each cycle.” The battery also uses a commonplace zinc anode.

The paper adds that this methodology also could be used in “other areas where layered materials are of interest like oxidation catalysts, intercalation chemistry and membranes for removal of heavy-metal ions.”

CUNY has already licensed the new, higher-density battery to Urban Electric Power, a startup based in Pearl River, N.Y., which has begun manufacturing a lower-density version of this battery that is based on somewhat different technology. Last year the state Regional Economic Development Council awarded the company $1 million to equip its factory, expand its production staff and ramp up to an initial goal of manufacturing 30,000 batteries a year. The company says its next target will be expanding to a more automated plant with 10 times that capacity.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY School of Medicine, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 274,350 degree-seeking students and 260,000 adult and continuing education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.

Full Circle at Hostos Community College

 

Learning a new language can take years to master. For Dominican native, Madeline Santana, a recipient of the Auxiliary Police Officer Eugene Marshalik Scholarship, grasping English became a pathway to her career through Hostos Community College.

After leaving the Dominican Republic at age 10 in 1998, Santana struggled to become fluent in English even though she would speak on stage in junior high.

I focused a lot on my studies and I represented my eighth-grade class. My graduation was at Hostos Community College.”

After graduating from Stevenson High School in the Bronx with a baby Santana knew that she had to find a school that would accommodate her needs. Before she went to Hostos she attended a college that was more focused on getting her into as many classes as possible and simply graduating, but at Hostos University she found something different.

“The school was very flexible towards my needs. I cannot complain about that school at all. It’s a very good school. They focus on the student’s needs.”

Learn more about opportunities at Hostos continuing education programs

When she started heading to Hostos Community College, Santana was simply taking remedial reading, writing and speaking courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses without anything else in mind. However, she soon came to love the school and found her passion.

After that, I went to take my career courses…I basically love the fact that I’m helping patients improve their health…in advising them how to take their medication I feel good. I love helping others.

Not only did she attend school as a young mother, but she volunteered as an auxiliary police officer for three years.

“I would patrol the city of New York and cover events like parades…and events that they have for the community.”

In 2015, Santana earned a Pharmacy Technician’s Certificate and then received a part-time position at the Bronx Lebanon Special Care Center. Next, she will be joining Kingsbrooke Jewish Medical Center full-time, but she is not done yet.

I would like to go to pharmacy school…I want my daughter to know to never give up…and know I did my best to give her a better future.”

To doing a speech in her eighth-grade class to becoming a graduate of Hostos Community College, Madeline Santana has truly come full circle.

 

LOS HERMANOS ROSARIO ESCRIBIENDO LA HISTORIA DEL MERENGUE POR CASI CUATRO DECADAS

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Los Hermanos Rosario, es una de las mas importantes agrupaciones musicales de La Republica Dominicana, un verdadero icono del merengue que ha podido mantenerse en los primeros lugares de popularidad por 38 años consecutivos y ganarse la preferencia del pueblo durante  generaciones.

Es imposible hablar de Merengue sin mencionar a Tony, Luis y Rafa Rosario, las caras de esta popular agrupación

Los Rosario llevan a sus millones de seguidores un merengue con estilo, un sonido que se renueva constantemente, que se adapta a los nuevos tiempos e increíblemente sus integrantes han desafiado la ley del tiempo y hoy lucen más jóvenes y en mejor forma física que el primero de mayo de 1978, día en que se formó oficialmente su orquesta.

 

Este ha sido un camino largo y duro, nos confiesan los hermanos, cayéndonos y levantándonos tantas veces como ha sido necesario. Crear merengue para las nuevas y no tan nuevas generaciones ha sido una labor de amor, de disciplina militar, de hacer las cosas bien y sobre todo de respetar al público.

La unión y la hermandad han sido la clave transcendental del éxito para este grupo, la manera en que fueron criados estos 14 hermanos por un padre zapatero y una madre que realizaba trabajos esporádicos de limpieza en el pueblo de Higuey, en medio de carencias económicas que nunca sintieron porque estaban demasiado ocupados divirtiéndose, siendo niños y soñando a ser músicos.

 

A pesar de las altas y bajas han sabido mantenerse en el gusto popular, algunos de los momentos mas dificiles fueron el asesinato de su hermano y director musical, Pepe Rosario en 1982 y la salida de la agrupación de otro de los hermanos: Toño Rosario,

 

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“Toño era muy inquieto, esta ha sido ha sido su personalidad siempre, llegamos a Puerto Rico y se enamoró de esta muchacha, la Cintrón y quiso formar tienda aparte”,

 

Hoy, Los Hermanos Rosario disfrutan de un lugar preferencial dentro de la historia del merengue. Rafa entiende que su grupo y los merengueros de antes han luchado mucho para que el ritmo continúe vigente y que ahora le toca a la nueva generación hacer su parte.

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 CUAL ES SU GRUPO DE MUSICA PREFERIDO?

Nos gusta mucho nuestro hermano, Toño Rosario, Eddie Herrera está haciendo también un muy buen trabajo.

Johnny Ventura, Sergio Vargas y Fernando Villalona se mantienen trabajando. Peña Suazo y Kinito Mendez también siguen luchando para que el merengue se mantenga pegado. Y a Joseito Mateo hay que incluirlo en los Records Guinnes, porque aún sigue cantando merengue a sus 96 años de edad.

 

QUE LES PREOCUPA DE LOS DOMINICANOS EN LA ISLA Y DE LOS DOMINICANOS EN USA?

Me preocupa mucho la falta de educación, hacen faltan talleres, institutos técnicos y programas educativos para acabar con la delincuencia en Rep. Dom.

El dominicano en USA se ha superado mucho en los últimos anos, me siento muy orgulloso de nuestra gente que se ha dedicado a trabajar y a superarse. Tenemos muchos dominicanos destacados en la política, los negocios, el arte y estudiando en las más prestigiosas universidades.

 

QUIEN ES EL MAS BUENMOSO DE LOS ROSARIO:

Rafa: Yo, por supuesto

 

Y EL MAS FEO?

Toño, es tan feo que el mismo se llama el cuco (carcajadas)

Rueda de prensa en la que Toño Rosario y Los Hermanos Rosario anunciaron su reencuentro en los escenario después de casi 20 años, en un show que formara parte de los premios El Soberano. Foto: Ariel Díaz-Alejo/acento.com.do Fecha: 04/04/2013.

Using Technology to Earn Money While Getting Fit!

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With just over a week left of 2016, many of us are probably contemplating our typical New Year’s resolution: lose excess weight and get healthy. But many lose more momentum than weight by the time Día de los Reyes rolls around. Emerging technologies, such as various diet-tracking apps and Fitbit, have helped; sometimes more motivation is needed – such as potentially earning money for every pound lost.

HealthyWage, for example, provides cash incentives to address our nation’s obesity epidemic and improve America’s collective health. The company was founded in response to academic research that proves even small cash rewards triple the effectiveness of weight-loss programs, finding that people are more effective at losing weight when their own money is at risk. Since social networks play a large role in many lives, this will likely play a large role in reversing obesity. The company couples its popular individual and team-based weight loss contests and challenges that proffer substantial cash prizes (upwards of $10,000) with social and expert-based support, tools and resources, and goal-setting and tracking technologies to further bolster the success rate of its participants. On the HealthyWage website, a potential user just has to enter the amount of weight they wish to lose to get started and a “wager” estimate will appear. Social and expert-based support is also offered.

In addition, there are also a number of mobile apps that help to motivate and track your progress while earning rewards! Step-counting apps Pact and Charity Miles help you set up and keep various activity goals. Pact features food goals, as well, where the user also wagers their money in meeting/failing those goals; earn when goals are succeeded and lose when they aren’t. Charity Miles give you the chance to earn money for charity for all those walking and running workouts. Just choose a charity and go for a jog or a hike but not on the treadmill or stationary bike as the app tracks your phone’s GPS to record mileage. An app that can save you some money is Health4Me, which helps users find various health care providers and facilities in their area as well as comparing for common medical services.

With all that is out there to help us get healthy, and stay healthy, for 2017, let’s choose wisely and stick to it!

“Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” A Better Health & Wellness Movement

Our communities have and are being severely affected by diabetes. We all either know someone close with it, have a loved one that suffers from this life altering and dangerous disease.

The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) was launched by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in part to fill in knowledge gaps regarding the prevalence and development of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, among the diverse members of these populations. It found considerable diversity among Hispanic/Latino groups when it comes to the prevalence of diabetes, as well as a low rate of diabetes awareness, diabetes control and health insurance.

The study found that the prevalence of total diabetes (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) among all Hispanic/Latino groups was roughly 16.9 percent for both men and women, compared to 10.2 percent for non-Hispanic whites.

However, when looking at Hispanic/Latino groups individually, it found that prevalence varied from a high of 18.3 percent for those of Mexican descent to a low of 10.2 percent for people of South American descent. The study showed 18.1 percent of people of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent; 17.7 percent of Central American descent; and 13.4 percent of Cuban descent living in the United States had type 2 diabetes.

Hopefully YOU don’t have it or are prone to have it, BUT, the good news is that there are many things you can do to keep from getting it, alleviate it or even down right eliminate it. It all starts with empowering yourself through education, proceeded by on-going action to proper diet, exercise and support. It will take some discipline and effort, but You CAN do it. Help is on the way.

In recognition of National Diabetes Awareness Month, Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, along with a coalition of other leading health care providers, government officials, public- and private-sector companies, community-based organizations and the news media, are collectively pledging to help build a sustainable path to health and wellness for the Latino community affected by diabetes. At a press conference and kick-off event held today at the Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute in New York City, the launch of “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES! Diabetes NO!), a new bilingual, long-term health initiative, was announced.

 

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“¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES! Diabetes NO!) is an outcomes-focused approach that will take a comprehensive and systematic look at diabetes among Latinos with the goal of uncovering the root causes, leading to more effective and efficient delivery of prevention, education, testing and treatment.

→Listen to Audio interview with Josephine Guzman, Senior Director Physician Relations Management, Northwell Health below.

Hispanics are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with diabetes by a physician, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health and national examination surveys. They have higher rates of end-stage renal disease caused by diabetes and are 40 percent more likely to die from diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.

 

→Listen to Audio interview with Doctor Maria Pena, Endocrinologist & Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hofstra,  Northwell School of Medicine below.


 

“To date, many well-meaning initiatives have been launched that have attempted to deliver education and awareness to the community and increased opportunities for testing. However, none seem to have gone far enough or have been sustainable enough to make a real impact,” said Dennis Connors,   Regional Executive Director for Northwell Health and Executive Director for Lenox Hill Hospital. “We are proud to lead this initiative as this coalition has the resources, the power and the influence to make a true and meaningful impact on the health and wellness of the Latino community affected by diabetes.”

Additional friends of the campaign who have committed to providing support include American Heart Association, Comunilife, CS55, Fantástico, Latinarrific and Regional Aid for Interim Needs, Inc. (R.A.I.N.).

“The coalition’s work begins with a comprehensive and systematic look at diabetes among Latinos, community by community, block by block, person by person and gene by gene,” said Dr. Jill Kalman, Medical Director, Lenox Hill Hospital. “Our goal is to uncover the root cause and build a comprehensive action plan to reverse the trajectory in a way that has never been done before.”

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“Diabetes and its related diseases, such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and obesity, are tearing at the fabric of this community as well as being a key driver of America’s rising health care burden,” added Dr. Leonid Poretsky, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Director of the newly opened Friedman Diabetes Institute, where the press conference was held. “Diabetes should not prevent anyone from achieving their life goals.”

 You can follow the campaign and get updates on “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES, Diabetes NO!) on social media including Facebook https://www.facebook.com/VidaSIDiabetesNO on https://twitter.com/VSIDNO and on Instagram under user name @vsidno.

 

About Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 11 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.

 

About “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES, Diabetes NO!)

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, in coalition with an unprecedented group of leading healthcare providers, public and private sector companies, community-based organizations and the media are pooling their individual strengths and coming together build a sustainable path to health and wellness for the Latino community affected by diabetes.  The result is the launch of “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES, Diabetes NO!), a testing and education initiative designed to reduce the prevalence of diabetes in Latino communities.Partners include American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Azteca America,  Comunilife, CS 55, Fantástico, Goya Foods, Hispanic Federation, Humana, Latinarrific, Lenox Hill Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, Mario Bosquez – Author The Chalupa Rules, Office of the Bronx Borough President, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Office of the Manhattan Borough President, Regional Aid for Interim Needs, Inc. (R.A.I.N.), Telemundo47, The Katz Institute for Women’s Health, Univision, Union Community Health Center, and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.

Click link for a complete & simple breakdown on diabetes, along with some solutions to empower yourself or a loved one

 

How Trump Can Change Women’s Health Care

At 8:54 a.m., President-elect Donald Trump selected Georgia Congressman Tom Price, a former orthopedic surgeon, as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The president-elect’s choices for his cabinet leave one thing very clear, his picks for top federal positions are going to be people that could make decisions that would irrevocably change the course of American history.

Price is a vocal opponent of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and is anti-choice when it comes to abortions. If the Senate goes along with him as the secretary for this department, there would be a dramatic shift in health care that could impact millions of Americans, possibly for the worse.

This will be especially true for women across the United States.

As an adamant proponent for anti-choice/pro-life initiatives, Price will have the power to make it nigh impossible for women to have an abortion.

Women that do not want to have children or that cannot afford to have children will no longer have a choice over what happens to their body during a pregnancy.

If a woman is faced with a medical emergency and wants to choose her life instead of that of her fetus, it would be hard to have an abortion.

If a mother’s fetus is in pain from a fatal disease, and this woman prefers to choose an abortion versus prolonging suffering, she will possibly be stripped of that option altogether with Price as secretary of health.

Price’s plans for women’s health care also means less access to contraception. The six-time representative has done everything in his power to get rid of the employer-sponsored preventive health care part of the ACA, which will make it harder for women to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place.

Price, who was never a fan of the Affordable Care Act may gut the entire bill before Trump can create a new health initiative, one that might leave the newly insured under the ACA, 20 million Americans and counting, worse off.

Not only that but as health secretary, Price will determine the future of food, drugs, Medicaid and Medicare. If he falls in line with most Republicans, Medicaid and Medicare will be completely upended too. At least 100 million Americans, specifically the elderly and the impoverished will become vulnerable when it comes to health insurance.

Women live longer than men in old age by up to almost seven years and are paid less than them, and will struggle the most during health emergencies under Price.

 

Warriors in the Cage: Dominick Cruz & Henry Cejudo

Originally published in the Jul/Aug 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine

Photos courtesy of UFC/Getty Images

The Latino Faces of the UFC

Latinos have a long and storied history in the world of combat sports. In boxing, legendary figures such as Julio Cesar Chávez and Oscar De La Hoya proudly touted their Latino heritage while winning championships and glory. At the dawn of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and mixed martial arts, Royce Gracie was its first dominant superstar, more recently followed by Anderson Silva, long considered the best in the world.

Carrying the banner for Latinos in the sport are now two rising stars: Dominick Cruz and Henry Cejudo. Cruz is the reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion while Cejudo is an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler. Both are budding megastars and both are keenly aware of their status as Latino stars in a sport that gains popularity every day.

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“The Dominator” Dominick Cruz

Growing up in Tucson, the man they call “The Dominator” was introduced to combat sports quite literally by accident. “I got into wrestling in the seventh grade and I got into [it] because I walked into the wrong room,” he said. “The coach said I wasn’t a soccer player, I was a wrestler. I started practicing that day and haven’t stopped since.

After an undefeated amateur career, he had a successful career in the now defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion, becoming its last bantamweight champion before it was absorbed by the UFC. It wasn’t long before Cruz achieved glory in the UFC, capturing the bantamweight championship twice.

I come from Tucson, Arizona, which is 70 percent Hispanic,” Cruz said. “It’s in me, that pride of being Hispanic. I feel it. In the way that the Mexicans always fought, they’re just tough and stubborn. I feel that’s in my bloodline and I’m proud of that.

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“The Messenger” Henry Cejudo

The youngest of six children, the Olympian Henry Cejudo was introduced to the sport of wrestling by his older brothers. “I loved that wrestling was all about one-on-one combat,” he said. “I was always too small to play football, too short to play basketball, but when I saw that wrestling had weight classes, I knew I was home and I fell in love with it from the start.

Cejudo was an amateur superstar, winning four state wrestling championships. After winning gold at the Pan American Games in 2008, he set his sights firmly on Olympic glory, winning Gold at the 2008 Beijing Games. He retired from the sport in 2012 to compete in mixed martial arts. His pedigree and his impressive skills caught the attention of the UFC. Settling in as a flyweight, Cejudo has amassed a 10-1 record and is now one of the coaches on the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

“I want to become the best in the world,” he said. “What else is there to do in sports, but to want to be the best?”