Meet these famous Colombian women who made history

Some of the most famous Colombian women | Shakira | Sofía Vergara | Yuri Alvear | Olga de Amaral

Some famous Colombian women stand out in different areas of life. They have stood out in their professions and have become icons of culture. We tell you who are the most important ones. Go ahead!

Do you want to know who are some of the most famous Colombian women?

Well, before this it is essential to point out that all of them have achieved worldwide recognition. You will see that many of them you will recognize immediately, but you were not aware of all the achievements they had made. Find out all about it.


It is impossible to talk about a popular Colombian woman without referring to Shakira. She is one of the most famous Colombian women on the planet. Shakira has become the absolute reference of Latin pop. But what has she achieved throughout her career?

The truth is that Shakira is one of the most awarded artists of all time. She has won 41 Latin Billboard Music Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards, 3 Grammy Awards, 12 Latin Grammys, and a Latin Grammy for a person of the year. In this last case, she became the youngest artist to win it and the only South American to do so (La República, 2021).

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which proves that she is one of the famous Colombian women. Best of all, even though she started her career in the ’90s, her music is still going strong. Year after year, she releases new hits and her name is back on the front pages of the world (Vogue, 2021). 

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara is another one of the famous Colombian women across the planet. In this case, she is one of the most prominent actresses in the country. Mainly, she stood out in the television series Modern Family. This role allowed her to be considered one of the best comic actresses in the United States (Infobae, 2020).

She was one of the highest-paid artists in the world. In addition, Vergara is one of the most powerful on the planet, according to Forbes magazine. She was nominated multiple times for Emmy and Golden Globe Awards and won some Screen Actors Guild Awards (EFE, 2015). Undoubtedly, a career that will continue to be successful. 

Yuri Alvear

Another of the famous Colombian women, but here in the sports field. She is a specialist judo athlete, who became known for her achievements in the Olympic Games. Mainly, she won the Olympic bronze medal in London 2012 and the silver medal in Rio de Janeiro 2016 (BBC, 2016). 

She was also a Pan American and South American medalist and was crowned world judo champion three times. This feat she achieved in 2009, 2013, and 2014. These achievements make her one of the most important in this martial art (Antena 2, 2014).

Olga de Amaral

Finally, we have one of the famous Colombian women belonging to the artistic field. She is a visual artist who achieved recognition for many abstract works. All these works were made on a large scale with fibers, besides being covered with gold and silver leaf (Woman Art House, 2021).

She became one of Colombia’s most popular artists between the 1960s and 1970s. In 1973 she was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. Also, in 1971 Olga won First Prize at the XXII Salón Nacional de Artistas de Colombia. In addition, she exhibited her works all over the world (Colombia, 2021). Undoubtedly, many famous Colombian women stand out in different fields. We hope you liked their work!


Antena 2. (2014, August 29). Yuri Alvear, campeona mundial de judo.

BBC. (2016, August 11). Judo: Juri Alvear consigue plata, segunda medalla de Colombia en las Olimpiadas de Río 2016.

Colombia. (2021, August 17). Olga de Amaral, artista colombiana que ha tejido vanguardia expone en Museo de Bellas Artes de Houston.

EFE. (2015, May 30). La fundación del sindicato de actores SAG-AFTRA premia a Sofía Vergara.

Infobae. (2020, November 16). Sofía Vergara: mejor actriz de comedia de la televisión estadounidense.

La República. (2021, September 22). Billboard Latin Music Awards: el día que Shakira ganó cinco premios y no se presentó a la gala.

Vogue. (2021, June 22). Shakira: quien es, sus discos, su carrera musical hasta llegar hasta el Super Bowl 2020.

Woman Art House. (2021, March 27). Olga de Amaral.