Happy Birthday Anna Maria Arias (1960 – 2001)

July 12, 1960 was the birthday of Anna Maria Arias, a trailblazing Latina entrepreneur and media mogul, born in San Bernardino, California.  Arias was the founder of Latina Style magazine, the first North American magazine for professional Hispanic women.  Arias’ mission was to provide a positive image of Hispanic Americans, focusing on their accomplishments and contributions.  As she stated in the magazine’s first issue, “The contemporary Hispanic woman has been virtually ignored by general market media, and even the Hispanic media tends to under represent the positive contributions made by Hispanic women. To redress this state, and address the needs of this growing market segment, LATINA Style magazine was born.”  One of the only battles that Arias lost was her final one with aplastic anemia in 2001.

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