Miami – People en Español magazine hosted Tuesday in Miami some of the 25 Hispanic women who, according to the publication, are the most powerful in the world.
The chosen few range in age from 19 to 63 and were picked by the magazine for having taken an active part in some beneficent cause, fought for women's rights or achieved outstanding success and recognition in their professional careers.
Heading the list is actress Adamari Lopez, who appears on the cover of the magazine's November issue for her work in collecting funds for Susan G. Komen For the Cure after surviving her battle against breast cancer in March 2005.
The popular actress told Efe that she felt "very fortunate" to be on the list.
"I think that after going through that illness, I want my case to serve as an example, and I can also help women who don't have the money for a mammography. It's very important in my life and I want to keep doing it for many years," she said during a luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Coconut Grove.
The host of the Telemundo television program "Caso Cerrado" (Case Closed), Ana Maria Polo, regretted that "the world still belongs to men." Nonetheless, she said that "little by little women have more power and will be more important."
Another familiar face at the luncheon was Univision news anchor Maria Elena Salinas, who placed 14th on the People en Español list.
The veteran 56-year-old journalist said that "woman's role has changed in our society because Latino women, once they cross the border, become leaders, not only at home but in the community as well."
Salinas, who does not consider herself a powerful woman, said that she is "lucky to work in a very powerful medium" and added that "all of those chosen are only representatives of the millions of Latino women."
Popular television host Lili Estefan is new on the magazine's list and said she was "very proud to share ranking with Aunt Gloria," meaning singer Gloria Estefan, of course.
No. 21 on the list was long-time TV host Cristina Saralegui. The presenter of "Pa'lante con Cristina" (Onward with Cristina) said that she felt very powerful "for the mere fact of having lasted so many years on television."
Saralegui, who last Sunday returned to the small screen with a show on Telemundo after appearing 21 years on Univision, told Efe that she thought about it a lot before returning to television but that "the affection of the people" encouraged her to take that step.
The list of most powerful Hispanic women, according to the magazine, is completed by actress and singer Thalia, Spain's Princess Letizia, singer Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan and actresses Sofia Vergara, Selena Gomez and Kate del Castillo.