Curvy, Confident & Flawless

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Fashion week better make some room , there are some hot models ready to show the world there’s more to life than a size 2.  Finally mainstream mediums are recognizing that women come in more sizes than a size two. Yesterday Sports Illustrated unveiled an ad with the beautiful curvaceous Ashley Graham and it has sparked great attention. Full figured models such as Ashley Graham, Liris Crosse and Boriqua model Denise Bidot, are making their mark in the fashion industry. These sexy and confident women are showing the world, “There is no wrong way to be a women,” as Bidot has stated. And I couldn’t be more ecstatic about it.

Society views as to what is a beautiful woman might still be a bit twisted, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. Most importantly these women are showing the importance of being confident and loving your body as it is. I’ve never seen a more confident looking model than the fuller figured models. There is nothing more attractive than a woman who exudes confidence in herself. These models are truly an inspiration, especially being in a society that shows you from a child only skinny women make the covers of magazine. But these women are about to change the game. I cannot wait to see more from these women. And as a size 10 woman myself I genuinely thank all the full figured models for showing me that I am beautiful, and to be confident in my own skin.   Ashley Graham , you better werk honeeyyyy.

“You don’t look Latina”

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Before we begin, take a look at the image above. Which one looks Latina? Well to help you out the correct answer is all of them, because they all are.  It’s the age old question, I’ve heard too many times. “What are you?’ Now the inner sarcasm in me would automatically love to respond, “Well I am human.” Nonetheless I am Latina. I am a blue-eyed, white skinned Latina, with kinky light brown hair, and proudly curvy. However no matter how well I speak Spanish or how well I can dance salsa, I just don’t look Latina enough to society.

This has always made me wonder,  well what does a Latina look like. Truth is there is no one way to look Latina and I think it’s time for society to understand that.  Most importantly I think it’s time for Latinos to understand that as well. I fully acknowledge that as a Latina I come from a mixture of Indigenous, European and African backgrounds. Which means there are many many different traits and features to inherit, thus making it impossible to have one specific look. Quite frankly I love the fact that as Latinos we all look very different. It makes us unique and allows us to be able to love many different types of beauty. It is time for people to accept there is no right or wrong way to look Latina. The pride I have for my culture goes beyond my curves and hair type. Being Latina is in my sangre and it courses though my veins. It should not be measured by the length of my hair, the fullness of my hips, or the color of my skin. Other than try to categorize what a Latina is supposed to look like, we should embrace and celebrate our diverse make up. So next time you tell someone they “don’t look Latina,” remember that Latinos come in all beautiful, shapes, sizes and colors.

Disney’s Latina princess will be no damsel in distress

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At a quick glance you would think, “Hey, Princess Jasmine has a new outfit.” However this new Disney princesa won’t be riding any magic carpets. Por fin, Disney has debuted their first Latina princess. Princess Elena will make her debut to the world on Disney’s show, Sofia the First, however Sofia has no Latino roots according to Disney. 

Although there has been much critique over Elena’s appearance which is very similar to Disney princess Jasmine, I’ll cut Disney some slack. Being a fair skin Latina with blue eyes, and “kinky hair,” I understand how different we are. Latinas come in so many different beautiful shapes, sizes, and colors, it can be hard to choose just one look to represent us.

Elena will be a strong willed and compassionate Latina teenager, who doesn’t need to rely on any prince.I must say I’m slightly disappointed at the fact that Disney’s first Latina princess will be making her big debut on a TV show.  But movie or not I am excited that finally young Latina girls will have a princess they can relate to. This princesa will teach young Latinas to be strong, independent, and most importantly not to wait around for a boy to save them. Princess Elena I shall be rooting for you !

The Millennial Latina

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Four years ago I opened a bright book called, The New Latina Bible by Sandra Guzman. As I turned page after page I remember thinking to myself, “Por fin! Someone who understands my struggles.” It was not until college that I was fully able to understand my identity as this new millennial Latina. Growing up as a first generation Latina in NYC, it was very easy to see the differing factors in comparison to some of my mother’s views. Of course growing up in a Latino household I always respected mami’s rules and traditions. However as a very independent, strong-minded Latina I realized as I grew up some of my views differed from my mothers. Who is this new Latina you might ask? The new Latina is a woman who continues to uphold her family traditions but has evolved some of those traditions and is starting some of her own.

Many of us are first generation college graduates, thanks to mami and papi’s sacrifices. The modern day Latina has strong opinions on topics such as birth control whose very catholic mothers may have a heart attack at the thought. The modern day Latina isn’t rushing into marriage and kids anytime soon, and instead is focused on building her career. The truth of the matter is there is a new generation of Latinas and we’re ready to take over. According to Geoscape, in 2015 close to one million Latinos will be turning 18 in the U.S, which means more Latinas will be voting, attending colleges and transitioning into strong, independent women. Although the millennial Latina will continue to evolve one thing is for certain, no matter where life takes us the new Latina always holds her culture near and dear to her heart.

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