Who in the world…?

This is a post in progress–I’d love input from you!  I want to have my intermediate class research cultural icons in the Spanish-speaking world and present them to their classmates.  I have some other ideas for what will happen with them (hint: costumes will be involved!), but right now I’m trying to perfect the list.

Criteria for inclusion on the list: a native Spanish speaker who is so intertwined with everyday life that it’s hard to take two figurative steps without bumping into him/her.  Likewise,  they are people who play such a role in culture that it’s hard to understand common cultural references without knowing who they are–like why there are so many schools and streets named after Cesar Chavez.

I’d prefer that the person has a generally positive reputation (think Oprah, not Manson), from a variety of fields, and that they aren’t all male.

Here’s the list so far:

  • Celia Cruz
  • Diego Maradona
  • Gael García Bernal
  • Gabriel García Márquez
  • Shakira
  • David Ortiz
  • Penélope Cruz
  • Pedro Almodóvar
  • Juanes
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Evita
  • Pele
  • Lionel Messi
  • Jorge Ramos
  • Don Francisco
  • Antonio Banderas

Who else do we need?  Please send me more ideas!

4 thoughts on “Who in the world…?

  1. Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí (mustache necessary in costume), Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo (unibrow a requirement), Enrique Iglesias, King Felipe VI, Javier Bardém, Piqué (Shakira’s baby daddy), Pitbull, Beto Pérez (founder of Zumba), Roberto Clemente, Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers!), Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Salma Hayak, Sofía Vergara, Juanes (I know you have him on your list but he is on the Grammys as I write this and he is fabulous!)

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