There’s no denying that Cristina Saralequi is an ultimate star in the Latino community… And now she’s got an award to prove it.
The 64-year-old Cuban American journalist, actress and talk show host received the Ultimate Latina Award during the 33rd annual convention of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Saralagui, commonly referred to as the “Latina Oprah” received the special USHCC prize for her attempts to talk openly about issues like sex education for teenagers, AIDS and the problems associated with human rights that affect the Latino community.
“Supporting the aspirations of young women and girls has been an important calling throughout my life. By accepting this award,” said Saralegui after claiming her award. “I hope that more will seize the opportunities provided by the enduring American Dream”
“The USHCC is proud to recognize Cristina Saralegui, one of the most prominent and influential Latinas in America,” said USHCC chairwoman Nina Vaca. “Not only does her remarkable success as an entrepreneur espouse the values of The Ultimate Latina, so too does her commitment to the betterment of society through her unique voice and her philanthropic efforts,” Vaca said.
Saralegui began her career at Vanidades magazine and later launched her program El Show de Cristina on Univision in 1989, which for years was the network’s most-watched program until it was cancelled.
More than 5,000 Hispanic businessowners, corporate executives, local chamber of commerce leaders from around the country and public officials are attending the national convention, which is being held in Los Angeles.