The little badass Latina featured in Bomba Estereo's "Soy Yo" music video is the main reason it went viral. Yes, the song is pretty dope too — but more importantly, actress Sarai Gonzalez reminded us of our proudest throwback moments.

The video perfectly exemplifies the importance of being true to our Latinahood, which resonated with women everywhere. We all related to it in so many ways.

So we asked Vivala readers to show us their proudest "Soy Yo" throwback moment. Be prepared for an overload of cuteness and kickass moments.


Marianne Espinosa, age 8

Marianne Espinosa
photo: Marianne Espinosa

"I pushed myself really hard when I was younger. I wanted to be the best. I was very competitive with myself. I wanted to be a professional gymnast and go to the Olympics," Espinosa told Vivala. "Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned and dreams change. There is nothing wrong with that. But I am grateful for the strength it gave me. It gave me the mental discipline to always finish what I start with my head held high."


Rose Marie Barraza, age 5

Rose Marie Barraza
photo: Rose Marie Barraza

"In this photo, I am 5-years-old at my kindergarten graduation, which makes me so proud especially having my dad right by my side," Barraza told Vivala. "My mom wasn't in the photo, but they are both hard workers and raised me to be no less. Now, I am a California State University Northridge graduate with a bachelor's of arts in journalism and women's studies and it's all thanks to my parents."


Alyssa de la Rosa, age 3

"My name is Alyssa de la Rosa, soy orgullosamente Cubana! While I grew up in New York, summers were spent with my cousins in Miami and of course, my hair did this! When I was younger I was embarrassed of my curls, but now I embrace them because they are my ancestors."


Jennifer Ocampo, age 8

Jennifer Ocampo
photo: Jennifer Ocampo

"This picture was taken during a summer trip in my beloved Medellin, Colombia. This particular moment in time is very special to me because it symbolizes the deep love and admiration I've had for animals my entire life. Its been 17 years since this picture was taken and I can still feel the warm afternoon sun shining on my face as I tried holding in all the excitement I was feeling. The sloth was heavy and its nails were very rough against my skin, but I remember gripping it as if I never wanted to let go. Such a beautiful childhood memory."


Mariana Guadalupe Rosales García, age 18

Mariana Guadalupe Rosales García
photo: Mariana Guadalupe Rosales García

"I'm Mexican, living in Mexico, in the picture I was 18-years-old, my senior year of high school, my saddest, yet my happiest year. My father left my mom, my sister and my brother that year. I really thought I wouldn't finish high school, but I did it. My mom stood for us like a freakin' champion, also my big sister was there supporting the family and helping me. That year I realized who were my real friends, too. That picture represents how I overcame my insecurities, my fears, my father's abandonment, that smile is 100% real, I remember I was thinking 'you did it, Lupe' 'lo lograste, Lupe, al diablo todos.'"


Mayra Gurrola-Calderon, age 3

Mayra Gurrola-Calderon
photo: Mayra Gurrola-Calderon

"I don't remember much about my childhood but my mom always tells me that I was feisty, sassy, and that I always got into fights with people if they yelled at someone I cared about. When this picture was taken I was arguing with the photographer about this jacket and he caught the moment. The fighting is still in me."


Anesat Leon-Guerrero, age 4

Anesat Leon-Guerrero
photo: Anesat Leon-Guerrero

"This was a great moment in my young infant stage of my life because my father had lead his team to victory at the local basketball tournament. We were living in a rural conservative area in Oregon where racism is a constant weight on people of color. My dad’s team was the only team that had men of color and it was obvious what the tournament staff and teams thought about them, but my dad told me they were going to 'win one for La Raza' and so they did. As you can see, I am quite satisfied and dressed myself for the final game knowing that there were pictures going to be taken later."


Ymijan Baftijari, age 4

Ymijan Baftijari
photo: Ymijan Baftijari

"My mother took this picture on Easter Day of '94. My mom made my dress — she used to make all of me and my sister's dresses — and loved taking pictures of us. She made me match from head to toe and posed me and I'm sure I didn't make it easy, just look at that smirk on my face! The bangs and the ponytail really seal the deal here, huh? But when I look at this picture it makes me realize how much my mami loved capturing all the love she had for me and it makes me appreciate her so much more. I was a little weirdo then, and I'm still a little weirdo now."