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These Celebs Want You To Know That They Are Proud Vegetarians And Vegans

The most annoying thing about being Vegetarians And Vegans is the stereotype of the white, privileged, preachy millennial drinking their kale. The truth is, Latin America is owning animal rights better than any other part of the world. Bolivia was the first country to ban circuses that use animals, and Costa Rica was the first to ban hunting.

That’s not all. As individuals, we shake things up in the kitchen and are part of the growing rise of veganism and vegetarianism in the U.S. Here are some of your favorite famous Latinos who are vegetarian or vegan and their reasons why!

1. Camila Cabello

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We need zero more reasons to love her, but I’m officially swooning off the charts since she told The New York Times that she’s vegan. Oh, how’d it come up? She ordered a kale salad–the red herring of vegans.

I’m not the only fan freaking out.

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Adopting a new lifestyle is full of exciting discoveries, like chocolate being a vegetable! No for real, I think it’s a nut? Either way, she’s got support from her fans.

2. Ricky Martin

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The secret to the Puerto Rican body that just won’t quit? JK, I can’t even say it’s a vegan diet. All Puerto Ricans are born fuego. #boricuaoverhere

OK, so why bother, Ricky?

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Ricky told Doctor Oz in 2017, “If you told me when I was 20 that I was going to become a vegetarian, I would have told you ‘You’re crazy. That’s never gonna happen.’ But I’ve lived a very healthy vegetarian lifestyle for 3 years. I am not eating meat at all, and I feel amazing. … My cholesterol is stable …. My head is clearer, I sleep better, my energy is where it needs to be.”

3. Kat Von D

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Kat Von D is a talented makeup artist, model, entrepreneur and animal activist. Her makeup line, Kat Von D Beauty, is all vegan and cruelty-free. #swoon

 Her reasons are gold.

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Kat Von D told Mercy for Animals, “Veganism changed me. It taught me to look past myself—to consider how my choices affect others—the animals, the people around me, and the planet we live on. To me, veganism is consciousness.”

4. Daniella Monet

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Chilean-Italian Daniella Monet is a passionate animal rights activist. She even has a V-shaped tattoo on her wrist to celebrate veganism.

Daniella will veganize Latin-American food for you.

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Daniella is so passionate about vegan eating, that she worked with peta2 to launch a web series showing her fans how to cook cheap vegan food! I’m starving for these Polenta Pizzas.

5. Natalia Clavier

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Born in Buenos Aires, lead singer for Thievery Corporation, Natalia Clavier has been vegan for awhile now. Her problem is with the industrial complex of animal agriculture, factory farming, which has spread and worsened over the years, especially in the U.S.

Why, Natalia?

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She told PETA Latino, “I consider information the most powerful weapon in this fight against factory farming, and all the the terrible things that are happening to the animals and therefore to our health.”

6. Patricia de León

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You may have seen Patricia de León on Lincoln Heights, Cold Case, and Crossing Jordan. She initially rose to famedom when she was crowned Miss Panama in 1995, and then hosted La Corte de Familia and La Corte del Pueblo.

Beyond her vegetarianism, Patricia also actively spoken out against bullfights with PETA, and for “One Love Foundation,” which defends the rights of the LGBT community. I’m heart eye-ing all over the place over here.

But why, Patricia?

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Patricia has *also* stripped down for the vegan message. She tells PETA Latino, “Growing up, I was always in and out of the hospital with stomach problems, and no one could figure out what was wrong. I decided to give up meat and become a vegetarian, and I haven’t had stomach problems since!”

7. Juanes

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We all know Colombian god, Juanes, for all the joy and moves he’s brought to your local club dance floor (and the tearjerkers). What you might not know about this Key Biscane resident is that he’s been vegetarian for four years now.

Read: 20 Latino We Grew Up With And Didn’t Know Were Vegan

Pero, why, Juanes, why?

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In an interview with Que Rica Vida, he told them, “[My wife and children] eat fish or chicken, and I eat my vegetables or grains, eggs or cheese. I quit soda for good, as well as sugar and meat, something I’ve always wanted to do. The result is that I feel great, more energized for everything I do.”

8. Christian Serratos

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Christian is Mexican-Italian, and you probably recognize her as Angela Weber in Twilight. Don’t even front like you didn’t watch at least the first one. She even won an award for her role! She’s also now a main cast member for The Walking Dead. Ironically, she won’t eat flesh of any kind off the set.

Read:It’s Called Pollo Loco For A Reason, But You Can Also Order Vegan Meals

This is why…

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Christian has worked with PETA for campaigns ranging from promoting veganism to speaking out against the Canadian seal slaughter, and even stripping down to speak out against fur.

In her own words, “I’ve always been opposed to slaughtering, eating, wearing carcass.”

9. Vida Guerra

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OK, obviously, Vida is a model. Born in Havana, she’s made a name for herself posing in magazine spreads, to even dropping an album in 2006 and lending her voice to the video game Scarface: The World is Yours.

So why go vegetarian?

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Vida’s debut nude shoot with Playboy PETA was just the beginning. She stripped down for a PETA’s vegetarian campaign. She tells , “I just felt better and brighter and lighter, and I had more energy. … It was a big deal to me, being an animal lover.”

Read: 21 Reasons Chipotle Is A Vegan Haven

10. Constance Marie

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YUP–that’s Selena’s mom, 20 years later (Selena, as in JLo, in the film Selena). Constance is Angie Lopez in George Lopez and in Switched at Birth. Fun fact: she was spotted dancing in an LA club by David Bowie’s dance choreographer and was hired for his 1987 tour. #goals

Constance has been vegetarian since before it was cool.

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She’s raised her daughter veg and has also appeared in PSA’s encouraging folks to spay and neuter their pets. Her IG is just one more platform for her to use her fame for causes she’s passionate about.

11. Marco Antonio Regil

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You know him from your living room as the host of every Spanish version of Family Feud, The Price is Right, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader and so on. He’s a passionate animal advocate and you can tell by his Insta feed. Try to find a photo of him without his dog, Bernie.

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Not only has Regil narrated the Spanish version of Glass Walls (brace yourself), but he also works extensively with a variety of animal rights and welfare organizations. He’s worked with PETA Latino in this rad video series to debunk the myths of being vegano, and he’s lobbied in Washington for humane research methods that don’t include using cute lil mice and rabbits for chemical testing. Conclusion: I’m even more obsessed.

12. Sie7e

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You guys, full disclosure I’m a full-fledged stan of Sie7eLike I’ve literally met him and teared up when he started singing to my friends. Sie7e is a Puerto Rican stud and Latin Grammy winner.

He’s been vegetarian for 14 years and vegan for the last few, and now I’m crying.

Mira ese perfecion:

Sie7e. Digital Image. PETA Latino. 22 March 2018.

Ok, ok, I know we’re seeing a lot of PETA Latino here, but that’s because it’s the ONLY international animal advocacy group that actually lends a voice to Latinos and all the good things we do for animals. Plus they include cute mutts in their ads. Hear all about Sie7e’s reasons for going vegan and try not to fall in love.

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9 LGBTQ+ Latinas Making The World A Better Place Through Representation

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9 LGBTQ+ Latinas Making The World A Better Place Through Representation

Women are a driving force for change. It has been proven time and time again in history. LGBTQ+ Latinas are part of this tradition whether it is in activism, media, or representation in comic books. Here are 9 LGBTQ+ Latinas who are doing their part to make the world a better place.

Stephanie Beatriz

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Stephanie Beatriz is known for her character Rosa on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The actress wanted to create a character that someone like her could relate to and she made it happen. Rosa came out in the show as a bisexual Latina and it gave Beatriz a chance to play a character that reflects her real identity. For the first time, bisexual Latinas have someone on television that speaks to a very real and important identity.

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson publicly came out of the closet as bisexual in 2018. The actress revealed her relationship with musician Janelle Monáe and fans were there to support her. Thompson made a real splash in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when she portrayed Valkyrie in “Thor: Ragnarok.” She will be slaying again as Valkrie in “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

Bamby Salcedo

Bamby Salcedo is unapologetically trans and fighting for trans lives and rights. Salcedo founded the TransLatin@ Coalition to create a network for trans Latinas to connect and help each other thrive. Salcedo is often in protests for trans lives including against Pete Buttigieg during a CNN/HRC Town Hall.

Victoria Cruz

Victoria Cruz is a gatekeeper of LGBTQ+ history. The indigenous trans woman was there for the start of the Gay Liberation movement in 1969. Cruz has been a leader in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Cruz has continued to her fight for trans rights even in the face of transphobia in the LGBTQ+ community. As the LGBTQ+ community tends for forget its history, Cruz is here to remind them of how important the trans community is in gaing LGBTQ+ rights.

Carmen Carrera

Carmen Carrera first came into everyone’s home as a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” This was before she started her transition. Since embarking on her transition journey, Carrera has had a very successful career as a supermodel, became a stepmother, and has been championing trans rights in the U.S. and Peru. The activist has spent years breaking down stereotypes about trans people wherever she goes.

Salice Rose

Salice Rose is a major name in social media. With more than 16 million followers on TikTok, Rose has created a place for people to feel safe and included. Using comedy and her spirituality, Rose has been able to tackle important issues, like coming out.

Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera was tapped to write for the America Chavez comic book in a move by Marvel that was widely celebrated. Rivera was able to give American Chavez, a queer Latin superhero, an authentic voice. Rivera is also the author of “Juliet Takes A Breaths.’ The young adult novel follows a Puerto Rican girl who comes out to her family right before going to an internship on the other side of the country.

Martine Gutierrez

Martine Gutierrez is a famed photographer and artist that has displayed work around the world. The art critic Barbara Calderon wrote about Gutierrez’s identity that has been an elusive yet broad identity. Calderon spoke of terms used to identify oneself yet none seemed to accurately describe who Gutierrez is.

Lido Pimienta

Lido Pimienta is an Afro-indigenous Colombian Canadian musician who is transforming Latin music, especially the scene with her sexuality. The queer musician is unapologetic about her identity for the sake of visibility. Pimienta feels a need to stay ver visible to change the long-running history of no queer visibility in media.

READ: Here Are Some Queer Films And Shows To Watch To Start Pride Off Right

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

As if 2020 and Coronavirus haven’t taken enough from us, just days before we usher in a new year, the world is forced to say goodbye to Armando Manzanero.

The famed Mexican-Mayan artist lost his battle against COVID-19 and as news of his death began to circulate, reactions from stars all around the world have started to pour in.

Manzanero died like so many in 2020 – fighting the dangerous Coronavirus.

One of Mexico’s most iconic and beloved artists has passed at the age of 85 from complications related to COVID-19. Armando Manzanero had tested positive for the virus on December 17 and put into critical care just a few days later.

The Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM), of which Manzanero was president, announced his death, saying: “The romantic soul of Mexico and the world is in mourning.”

His family told Mexican newspaper El Universal that he was set to be extubated in the coming days, after his lung health had improved, but he then died by cardiac arrest.

Maluma took to social media to share his sadness over the immense loss.

Losing a man who is considered a symbol of Latin American music has left many artists shocked and in mourning. Reactions and memories from around the world quickly poured in to remember the man who helped put his country and culture on the global map.

Maluma shared to Instagram an emotional post, where he expressed his sadness for the departure of maestro Manzanero, “💔😭 RIP MASTER,” the post reads.

In the description, Maluma said “one of my greatest inspirations” had died but that he’d forever treasure the memory of having met Manzanero. The video shows when Maluma, visibly moved, meets Armando Manzanero for the first time. “A pleasure to meet you,” says the reggaetonero; Immediately afterwards, the Mexican singer hugs him while patting him on the back.

J Balvin also shared his condolences while also condemning COVID-19.

Another of the many celebs who showed their sadness over the death of the star was J Balvin. In his Instagram stories, Balvin posted a photo of Manzanero and wrote “Rest in peace, Armando Manzanero.” In addition, he wrote what so many of us are feeling after such a devastating year: “FUCK COVID.”

And Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, addressed Manzanero’s death during a press conference, per CNN. “Armando Manzanero was a sensitive man, a man of the people. That’s why I lament his death,” he said. “He was also a great composer.”

Manzanero was a famed Mexican-Mayan artist who helped bring visibility to his culture and community.

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Manzanero was a romantic crooner who was often covered by artists from around the world. In fact, many of his tracks were translated into English and performed byartists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Perry Como, and he was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2014.

He has since written more than 400 songs and released more than 30 albums, including nine since 2001, as Manzanero collaborated with a younger generation of Spanish-language romantic pop singers such as Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel and Lucero.

Manzanero’s impact on Latin music, especially romantic “bolero” songs, was widely recognized during his lifetime. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Latin Grammys in 2010 and the Grammys in 2014. Earlier this year, the Billboard Latin Music Awards recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, with musicians including Luis Fonsi and Pablo Alborán performing a medley of hits as Manzanero accompanied on piano.

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