Estefan’s family fled her native Cuba as a result of the revolution that placed Fidel Castro in the seat of power of the island nation. Her father, a former bodyguard for Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, participated in the botched Bay of Pigs invasion and later served in the U.S. Military during the Vietnam War. Estefan has based much of her professional material honoring the memory of her home while being fiercely anti-Castro.

During a career that began in 1977, Estefan is credited as being the most accomplished Latin performer of all time, as evidenced by her seven Grammy awards and nearly 100 million albums sold worldwide. More than her own personal accolades, Estefan’s iconic stature paved the way for others like her.