International YouTube Star DulceCandy Named First Recipient of Hispanicize 2015 Latinovator Award

MIAMI, Nov. 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading YouTube and international digital beauty, fashion, and lifestyle influencer, Dulce Candy Tejeda Ruiz (DulceCandy), who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico with her family at the age of 6, today was named the first recipient of the Hispanicize 2015 Latinovator Award.

Dulce, 27, who resides in Los Angeles with her husband Jesse and 3-year-old son Izek, is one of the most followed and sought-after digital influencers in the beauty and women's lifestyle categories. In addition to her self-produced makeup and fashion tutorials, which inspire her more than 2.1 million YouTube subscribers and 1 million Instagram followers, she has also inked content deals with companies such as Too Faced, Cover Girl, Kohl's, L'Oreal, Olay and Macy's, who partner with Dulce to reach the female millennial audience and community that she has built from the ground up.

The Latinovator Awards recognize Latino celebrities, business professionals and other high achievers who have become crossover successes or whose stories of achievements are remarkable or inspirational.

"Dulce personifies the growing breed of Latino Millennials who through their impressive digital influence are using their voices and talents to put their stamp on culture and commerce," said Hispanicize event founder and creative director Manny Ruiz. "In this sixth year of Hispanicize, a year that features the prestigious Tecla Awards for Latino digital achievements and the largest gathering of Hispanic digital influencers in the nation, honoring Dulce with the Latinovator Award could not be more fitting."

Prior to starting her YouTube channel in 2008, Dulce served in the U.S. military, stationed in Iraq; she began creating YouTube beauty-focused content to get back in touch with her feminine side and empower women around the world. During her meteoric rise in the digital space, she has been featured in marquee publications such as Allure, Glamour, Seventeen, USA Today, Hispanic Living, and StyleWatch and has appeared on Good Morning America and Project Runway All Stars. In 2013 she won the L'Oreal and W Magazine's 2013 "I Am Worth It" contest and was named one of Latina Magazine's 13 "Latinas of the Year." This bilingual female entrepreneur, mother, sister, wife, daughter and friend to millions, is changing the face of beauty, putting Latina women at the forefront and yielding unparalleled influence.

"It is such an honor to receive this award from Hispanicize. Being mentioned alongside the likes of Soledad O'Brien, Rita Moreno and Sheila E. is a dream come true," said Dulce. "I am grateful to my family, friends and my fans around the world who keep me inspired and motivated. I want my career and story to continue to empower women and girls around the world to go for their dreams, anything is possible."

DulceCandy joins a prestigious roster of Latinovator Award recipients that includes Rita Moreno, Soledad O'Brien, Emilio Estefan, Maria Elena Salinas, Sheila E., Yoani Sanchez, Carlos Ponce and others. Altogether Hispanicize 2015 will name 4 recipients for 2015. Each of the innovators will be presented with their awards individually in person at Hispanicize 2015 as part of a special general session where they will talk about their inspirations, business habits and road to success.

Dulce is managed by Petar Mandich at Addition and is part of StyleHaul, the premier fashion and beauty network, on YouTube.

Now in its sixth year, Hispanicize 2015 Week ( (#Hispz15) takes place March 16-20 at Miami's InterContinental Hotel and is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in journalism, blogging, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Sponsorship and Registration Information

As of today, announced sponsors include: 3M, República, iBlog Magazine, and several consumer products, food, fashion and lifestyle, toy and travel brands who will shortly be disclosed. Media partners include Latin Heat, Hispanicize Wire, Media Moves, Hispanic Market Weekly and PRODU. Strategic partners include the Hispanic Public Relations Association and the Public Relations Society of America.

Sponsorship information is available by contacting or calling 203.364.4779.

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About Hispanicize 2015

Now in its sixth year, Hispanicize 2015 Week ( (#Hispz15) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in journalism, blogging, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Co-chaired by Facebook's U.S. Hispanic Head of Sales Christian Martinez and award-winning actor Luis Guzmán, Hispanicize 2015 is a production of the Hispanicize companies that include the Latina Mom Bloggers network, Being Latino, Hispanicize Wire and the Hispanic PR Blog. Hispanicize 2015 is expected to gather more than 2,100 of the nation's most influential Latino professionals from the industries of blogging, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over five days. The event will take place in downtown Miami March 16-20, 2015.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

Hispanicize 2015 is a partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

CONTACT: Katherine Johnson Hispanicize Event (786) 624-1864

Source: Hispanicize Wire