Influencers

Our Influencers are an integral part of our work to move the world against animal cruelty and suffering. They are like-minded individuals who share our mission to protect animals and have committed to helping make long-term change through social media, networking, and spreading awareness of our work.

They help give a voice to the voiceless when they need it most and we are honored to work alongside them!

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Our Influencers

Amanda Grace Benitez
Amanda Grace Benitez

Amanda is a Panamanian American actress born and raised in Los Angeles where she currently resides. Amanda has been plant-based her entire life. In the winter of 2021, she launches her fashion line "PRAER," a vegan clothing line made of recycled and organic materials and inspired by her Panamanian culture. Additionally, Amanda has a robust acting career, starring in movies and shows on Netflix, Hulu, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network, amongst others.
Anna Maiche
Anna Maiche

Anna is an actress and animal rights/environmental activist. Growing up in the Caribbean, Anna’s love for the ocean began at a young age. Her father showed her the beauty of marine life by taking her to the ocean every weekend, pointing out all the life that surrounded them. Her mother showed her the importance of compassion towards animals by rescuing every cat or dog in distress. Anna finds that incorporating sustainable practices into her life is one of the easiest ways to protect the Earth and its inhabitants. She follows a vegetarian diet and is an advocate for sustainable fashion. Anna’s hope for the future is that we can create an environment that is safe for all beings.
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Marilyn Hucek

Marilyn Hucek is an emerging American-Chilean pop artist and singer-songwriter. After dreaming of being a pop star since before she can remember, she auditioned for The Voice with hopes of finally starting her music career. After not securing a spot on the TV show, Marilyn had all but lost hope in a career as an artist. During the stay-at-home order of 2020, Marilyn’s father, who has Alzheimer’s, contracted coronavirus while at a retirement home. To cope with her inability to visit him, Marilyn returned to songwriting and gave life to a special song she dedicated to her father--a song that soon became her debut single. Since then, Marilyn has released several singles and an EP which collectively received tens of thousands of streams on Spotify.

Marilyn is passionate about health, the environment, and animals. She’s an advocate for sustainable fashion and maintains a plant-based diet.
Layla Luciano
Layla Luciano

With over 25 years of martial arts training and a third-degree black belt in karate, Layla Luciano is known for her intense mobility and strength and conditioning workouts in both her group fitness classes and with her personal clients. "You just want to be around her, and catch some of her fairy dust, because this woman is a total rockstar. Since I've started going to her classes regularly I've seen major changes in my body and mindset about what I'm capable of and I owe it to Layla," says one of her clients.

Layla strives to give her clients the strength and energy to be the best version of themselves to improve their mind, body, and spirit. Layla has never eaten meat or fish and is on a mission to show the world the power of plants as a vegan athlete and herbalist in training.
Jessica Salazar cuddling a dog and smiling.
Jessica Salazar

Jessica is a former fashion professor and college coach from Texas State University, where she was a student-athlete, coached youth sports, and received the Texas State Rising Star award. Jessica later studied fashion with a focus on sustainability. She believes that compassion towards animals is an important issue both in the fashion industry and in the choices we make every day. As a vegan and animal welfare activist, Jessica coordinates vegan-friendly events that support animal shelters, local brands, and ethical goods, where a portion of the proceeds are donated to local animal rescues. Jessica has spoken at Vegan Fashion Week and San Antonio VegFest about her passion for animal welfare and cruelty-free living.
Michaela Podolsky
Michaela Podolsky

Michaela grew up surrounded by fashion and makeup and was always interested in beauty and color. After battling with her insecurities for years, Michaela took it upon herself to learn everything she could about skincare and now teaches her followers the importance of being comfortable in your own skin and overcoming your fears. She’s been featured in The Cut, Gotham, Glamour, Allure, InStyle, and many more.
Candice Walker
Candice Walker

Candice Walker is the recipe creator, photographer, and food blogger behind Proportional Plate – a food blog dedicated to sharing Persian, Jewish, and fusion recipes inspired by her mixed heritage and travels. Plus, she is a matcha tea fiend and cooks with it anytime she can! Candice has been interviewed on podcasts like the AllRecipes Homemade Podcast, and Eat Blog Talk, and has been named one of Perez Hilton's 'Who's Who' that you need to know.
Christina Colondres
Christina Colondres

Christina is passionate about two things more than any other: travel and nature. She has worked with numerous brands and tourism boards to help develop more sustainable global travel options. Christina believes in protecting our planet and advocates for for green energy, sustainable lifestyle changes, and conservation projects. She has a Masters in Conservation Biology focused on Animal Behavior & Welfare, and has studied various species to help improve their welfare. Christina is currently using her scientific background and gift for communications to lead social media campaigns and stakeholder engagement with numerous organizations. She is excited to be a World Animal Protection Influencer and use her personal platform to advocate for improved global animal welfare.