1- Turbantes & Balantas
Its story: Angélica Balanta, also known as Miss Balanta, has several careers under her belt: graphic designer, fashion photographer, fashion stylist, blogger, model, and now fashion designer. Her brand, Turbantes & Balantas, started after she grew up watching her mom use a turban in the house. She felt the need to reflect African culture in Colombia, which inspired the use of specific designs and fabrics as a piece of art.
Its products: Headbands and turbans.
2- Bubbly Moon Naturals
Its story: Afro-Puerto Rican Marshalla needed nonirritating skin care that was also hydrating and natural. Inspired by her abuela, who was a soap maker and herbalist, she started her brand, Bubbly Moon Naturals, in 2014.
Its products: Soaps, lotion, deodorant, and scrubs that are vegan, sustainable, and perfect for all genders.
3- Yo Soy AfroLatina
Its story: Yo Soy AfroLatina was started by Bianca Kathryn as a celebration of the Latinx culture, which is just as diverse as it is rich in pride. Growing up in Detroit, Bianca didn't feel "Latina enough" because she didn't relate to what she saw on TV. However, after traveling to her mom's native Mexico, she finally understood her Latinidad.
Its products: Sweaters, T-shirts, dad hats, pins, mugs that acknowledge, celebrate, and honor Afro-Latinidad while being super edgy and chic.
4- Cuerpa Skin Care
Its story: Edwin Jiménez Casanova was inspired by feminine beauty and developed Cuerpa, an organic, sophisticated, and effective skin-care brand.
Its products: Oils and mists outsourced from a variety of natural ingredients. The products are formulated for skin types from oily and sensitive to aging or dehydrated.
5- Rizos Curls
Its story: Julissa Prado battled to accept her curly hair, and after she couldn't find products suited to her different textures, she created her own with quality and natural ingredients that turned into Rizos Curls.
Its products: Shampoo, conditioner, curl cream, detangling spray, styling tools, and hair accessories.
Its story: Yaireth Cruz wanted everyone who identifies as a woman to discover their "sexy selves" and leave behind their insecurities when buying lingerie. She created a platform where clients fill out a questionnaire with their likes and style, and based on their taste, Yaireth chooses three sets that the client will see for the first time when they open their package.
"Unlike what society has taught us for years, we don't need anyone to feel sexy and secure," Yaireth told POPSUGAR.
Its products: Beautiful lingerie sets customized for your needs, likes, and boundaries.
7- & Jam + Rico
Its story: Lisette Scott started her brand after trips to her grandparents' homelands of Jamaica and Puerto Rico inspired her to create and design. The colors, carnivals, art, and love for heritage sparked the need to create a cultural connection to her ancestors. Jam + Rico(Jamaica and Puerto Rico) is the love child, and the pieces couldn't be more beautiful.
Its products: custom nameplate necklaces, gold bangles, colorful hoops and earrings.