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These Supermodels Are Showing The World What Latina Excellence Looks Like

If there‘s a place in showbiz were Latinas have been able to shine through is the fashion world. So it comes as no surprise that Latinas have been dominating the catwalk since a few decades ago. Here‘s a list of some of the greatest Latina beauties that ever worked the runway!

1. Gisele Bündchen

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This Brazilian beauty is definitely a Supermodel of the World. She‘s not only one of the highest-paid models ever but she‘s also one of the richest women in showbiz… as if dating Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Brady was not enough. But I guess that‘s what you get when you‘re a signature Victoria‘s Secret Angel for 7 years and get to do 2,000 magazine covers, 800 fashion shows, and 550 ad campaigns.

2. Adriana Lima

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Adriana‘s beauty is no simple thing, she‘s a mix of Portuguese, Native Brazilian, Japanese, Swiss, African and West Indian. She‘s best known for being Victoria‘s Secret’s longest-running model and was also named MVP by the brand in 2017. Her success not only made her the second best-paid model after Gisele but she also got to date Rock Royalty Lenny Kravitz and actual Royalty Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein.

3. Alessandra Ambrosio

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On the 3rd spot, we have yet another Brazilian Victoria‘s Secrets Angel. Alessandra has been named one of the most beautiful women in the world by People Magazine and was an Angel for 17 years. She‘s the 6th highest-paid model. She also launched a swimwear line with Brazilian Brand Rosa Chá and her own brand, Ále by Alessandra. She has appeared in several movies and TV shows like Casino Royale and How I Met Your Mother.

4. Belén Rodríguez

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Belén is an Argentinean model, actress, TV personality, and singer. She has been the face of brands like Guess, Miss Sixty, and Swarovski. Not only is she successful in the entertainment industry but she‘s also a businesswoman, she launched 2 perfumes, created her own clothing brand, opened a restaurant with a Master Chef judge and opened several beauty salons… no doubt there are some people that were blessed with all the talents!!

5. Izabel Goulart

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This Brazilian star is best known for being a Victoria‘s Secret Angel for 11 years even though she had a rough start when she had a wardrobe malfunction on her 1st ever runway show, having her top fell open. Nothing to be worried, she bounced back when started to work with brands high-end brands and became the face of MAC Cosmetics. She has her own star on Hollywood‘s Walk of Fame. She‘s also an advocate for diabetes research.

6. Joan Smalls

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Joan is a boricua (Puerto Rican) beauty that became the 1st Latina to be the face of Estée Lauder Cosmetics and also the 8th highest-paid model. She was a Victoria‘s Secret Angel and has appeared on the cover of magazines in over 25 countries. She appeared on Beyoncé‘s Yonce video. Aside from being a model, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor‘s in Psychology and also launched her denim line Joan Smalls x True Religion.

7. Lais Ribeiro

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Lais is a Brazilian model who became a Victoria‘s Secret Angel in 2015. She has worked the runways for houses like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. Back in 2011, she was the most booked model during São Paulo‘s Fashion Week and Rio‘s Fashion Week. She has been on the cover of Vogue for several countries.

8. Isabeli Fontana

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Isabeli is a Brazilian model. She first appeared on Victoria‘s Secrets lingerie catalog when she was only 16, this caused controversy as the brand claimed they would not use any models under 18. She‘s the 11th highest-paid model and has been the face of brands like Viktor & Rolf and Bvlgari‘s perfumes. She appeared in several magazines including Vogue and Sports Illustrated. Back in 2011, she was a judge in the Miss Universe pageant.

9. Christy Turlington

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This American-Salvadoran was one of the greatest supermodels back in the 80s and 90s. She was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine. She‘s also a philanthropist, filmmaker an advocate for maternal health. She founded Every Mother Counts, a non-profit that supports health programs around the world and also filmed No Women, No Cry, a documentary that focuses on the status of maternal care in several countries. She‘s also been an activist for animals and participated in PETA‘s anti-fur campaign.

She has appeared in over 500 magazine covers and in a few music videos for artists like Duran Duran and George Michael. She also worked as a correspondent and interviewed the Dalai Lama for the Today Show and has collaborated as a writer for publications like Teen Vogue, HuffPost, and Marie Claire.

10. Ana Beatriz Barros

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Ana is a Brazilian model and wife of Karim El Chiaty, son of Egyptian billionaire Hamed El Chiaty. She‘s best known for appearing 7 times in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. She‘s worked with brands like Guess, Victoria‘s Secret, Versace, JLO, etc. She has also been on the cover of Vogue, Allure, Glamour and Marie Claire. Back in 2005 was named the face of Italian lingerie brand Intimissimi.

11. Caroline Trentini

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Caroline is a Brazilian model that first appeared on a Marc Jacobs‘ ad campaign. After her breakthrough, she has been on the cover of Vogue, Harper‘s Bazaar and ELLE. She has been the face of houses like Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana and has worked the Victoria‘s Secrets runway for 3 years. In 2007 she appeared on the cover of Vogue with 9 of her fellow models as the World‘s Next Top Models

12. Gracie Carvalho

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This Brazilian beauty is best known for being a lingerie, swimsuit and catalog model. She has worked for brands like H&M, Vivianne Westwood, and DKNY. She was the most booked model in Rio Fashion Week in 2008, working on 35 out of 39 fashion shows and in 2009 she walked the runways for New York and Paris Fashion Week.

13. Fernanda Motta

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Fernanda is a Brazilian model, actress, and TV personality. In 2007 she became the host of Brazil‘s Next Top Model. She has appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Vogue in several countries. She has also done ad campaigns for brands like Rolex, Moët & Chandon, and Gucci.

14. Helena Christensen

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Helena is a Danish-Peruvian supermodel from the 80‘s and 90s. She‘s was a Victoria‘s Secret Angel and the face of Revlon. Back in 1986, she represented Denmark in the Miss Universe pageant. Aside from being one of the most influential models, she was a photographer whose work got published by magazines like ELLE and Marie Claire. She also launched 2 clothing lines and was creative director of Nylon magazine at its inception. Helena is an advocate for climate change and breast cancer. In 1999 she gave birth to his son that she had with Norman Reedus… who you might know as Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead.

15. Cintia Dicker

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She‘s a Brazilian model. She has worked with brands like L‘Oreal, H&M, and Tom Ford and been on the cover of Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, and Sports Illustrated, where she has been featured 5 times. She‘s also a swimwear designer and an advocate for children‘s welfare in Brazil.

16. Raquel Zimmermann

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Raquel is a Brazilian model who has been featured on the cover of Vogue in over 9 countries. One of those time she was featured as one of the World‘s Next Top Models alongside other 9 models, including Caroline Trentini. She appeared on the first ever Gucci TV commercial and Lady Gaga‘s music video Born This Way. She also has worked with brands like Hugo Boss, Prada and Victoria‘s Secret… where she worked the runway on 3 occasions.

17. Arlenis Sosa

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Arlenis is a Dominican model. When she started modeling she had to face color prejudice with Dominican designers. After signing her New York contract she was asked by Anna Wintour to attend the Met Ball, in her first week. On her 2nd she booked her 1st two editorials for Vogue and Vogue Italy. Her runway debut was with Banana Republic. That same year she walked the Victoria‘s Secret Fashion Show. Today she‘s the face of Lancôme.

18. Daniela Cosío

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Daniela is a Mexican model and former beauty pageant contestant. She‘s been on the covers of Vogue and Maxim in international editions, she has also worked the runway for brands like Marchesa, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean Paul Gaultier. She took part in ad campaigns like Clarins, Victoria‘s Secret and Pantene.

19. Jaslene González

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Jaslene is a Puerto Rican model and winner of cycle 8 of America‘s Next Top Model. Before modeling, she was a college admissions advisor. She appeared on the cover of Seventeen, Time Out and Latina and also has appeared a total of four times on billboards in Time Square. She took part in the season 6 finale of Project Runway as one of the models. She‘s also an advocate against Domestic Violence and has participated in the “Love Is No Abuse“ campaign.

20. Sessilee Lopez

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Sessilee is an American-Dominican mode. She appeared on the cover of magazines like Vogue, Harper‘s Bazaar, and Allure. On one of her Vogue covers was the “All Black“ issue for Italian Vogue. She has done ad campaigns for Carolina Herrera, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs amongst others. In 2008 and 2009 she walked the runway for the Victoria‘s Secret Fashion show.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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