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Critics Are Saying Miss Puerto Rico Should Be Stripped Of Her Crown Because She Doesn’t Know Spanish

The crowning glory of this year’s Miss Puerto Rico was tarnished for 23-year-old Madison Anderson Berríos with the backlash since, unlike previous winners, she wasn’t born or raised on the island. 

Born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Orlando, Florida to a white dad and a Puerto Rican mom, Anderson Berríos doesn’t speak Spanish fluently so the idea of her not being “Latina enough” quickly came up on social media. After her win, #NoMeRepresenta began trending on Twitter and during the telecast, she was booed by the audience when she explained her first language wasn’t Spanish.

“I am representing the new generation of Puerto Ricans who do not need to live in Puerto Rico or speak Spanish. If you were born in the United States, you are not less Puerto Rican,” she said in an interview with El Sentinel Orlando. “These are feelings that you carry anywhere. That’s the new generation of Puerto Ricans,” she added.

But her place of birth wasn’t the only issue she candidly addressed, she was also open about her trouble learning to speak Spanish. 

It was hard, especially when it came to the language, but I’m so happy with the work I’ve done,” Anderson Berríos said during an interview with Pégate al Medio Día for Wapa TV which broadcast the pageant. “Yes, [I practiced] with everyone,” she said. “With my family, people on the street, even when I needed to order [at a restaurant]. Even things that are so easy, I wanted to practice, and it helped me so much.”

The beauty queen told Metro that she plans to continue to study during her reign, practicing every day. 

Her dedication to learning extends to her schoolwork having studied marketing and public relations. She’s passionate about social work and raising awareness about domestic violence having mentored women during a trip to the Caribbean Island of Saint Kitts and Nevis with plans to do the same at Hogar Ruth Puerto Rico, according to Hola!. 

Her poise and push for authenticity come after some practice on the pageant stage.

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Aquí les comparto un corto video de mi última visita al Hogar Ruth, @hogarruthpr y Damaris les explica un poco en que consiste la ayuda que proveemos desde aquí. El hogar Ruth sirve como albergue para mujeres y niños víctimas de violencia doméstica en sus hogares. Entre los servicios de rehabilitación y ayuda que ofrecen están: – Intervenciones en crisis familiares – Intercesión legal – Talleres para auto manejo financiero. El año pasado hubo un total de 5,846 casos de violencia domestica a la mujer y cada vez la cantidad va en aumento. Es nuestro deber como seres humanos educar y crear lazos con nuestros amigos y familiares en los que haya un canal de diálogo abierto. También, una forma de ayudar es identificar las señales que presenta la victima. En muchos casos las mujeres tememos a hablar, pero es importante que nosotros como familiares y/o amigos podamos identificar ciertas acciones y comportamientos para diligenciar la ayuda. Algunas de la señales son: – No toman decisiones sin el consentimiento de su pareja. – Se muestran sumisas ante la figura de l hombre. – Presentan síntomas depresivos y/o ansiedad. – Recurren a excusas. Las utilizan para incurrir cualquier tipo de rasguño o moretón del que se les pregunté. – Justifican a su pareja. – Suelen tener pocas interacciones en sus redes sociales o un grupo muy pequeño de amistades. – Cambian su manera de vestir. – Entre otros.. Si has identificado algún de estas características en algún amigo y/o familiar, sé un agente de cambio y muéstrale tu apoyo. Gánate su confianza y busca ayuda. Ninguna mujer merece ser víctima de violencia doméstica! La violencia la detenemos nosotras! #Niunamas #HogarRuth #brillalabelleza #metamorfosis #Amovivirsinmiedo @muniversepr @hogarruthpr

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In 2014, she participated in Miss Teen USA and two years later represented Puerto Rico in Miss Grand International. In January, she was the first runner-up in the Miss Florida USA contest, although she has always identified herself as Puerto Rican, according to  El Sentinel Orlando

Now she’s prepping to represent Puerto Rico in the 68th Miss Universe international contest taking place in December in South Korea.

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Está bien… Dios siempre está en control. Hoy puedo sentarme a escribir estas líneas para ustedes ya con lo pies en la tierra, luego de dos días en las nubes viviendo mi sueño. Ya puedo mirar mi corona y mi cinta que dice Puerto Rico y realizar que todo esto es verdad y que podré gritar nuevamente el nombre de la patria que me enseñaron a amar desde niña ante el universo. Cada verano y navidades que pasé en esta tierra con mis abuelos y el resto de la familia, fueron aumentando el amor por mis raíces y hoy con orgullo puedo decir #SerBoricuaSeLlevaEnLaSangre y en el corazón. Nunca olvidaré el día que Peter Morales dijo: “ella será Miss Puerto Rico” a penas era una niña. Gracias por ayudarme años más tarde a descubrir el potencial en mí. Gracias por haber traído a mi vida @dianamcortes , no pudiste haberme puesto en mejores manos. Diana, nunca voy a cansarme de agradecerte todo lo que haces por tus hijas adoptivas, tu amor, labor y entrega hacia nosotras es incalculable. Más que una promotora, eres familia. Que el mundo sepa que como tú no hay dos. Cuidas cada detalle, nos proteges y nos pones en las manos de los mejores recursos y tu única recompensa es vernos felices y ayudar a otras chicas a cumplir sus sueños. Que Dios multiplique lo que haces por mi y por todas en salud, amor y bendiciones. Gracias a todo mi equipo de trabajo que se desvivieron en ayudarme a lucir bien en cada faceta. A Denisse Quiñones y toda la organización de @muniversepr GRACIAS. Gracias por darnos la oportunidad a 28 candidatas de aprender y adquirir herramientas que nos servirán para toda la vida. Gracias por diseñar una plataforma perfecta donde crecimos, no solo como candidatas, también como mejores seres humanos. Gracias Carmencita por cuidarnos a todas como lo haría una madre. Mensaje continúa en los comentarios. Gracias @tofervg por la hermosa fotografía que capturaste.

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“It’s my dream. This is not just for my beautiful people of Puerto Rico, but for the diaspora because being Puerto Rican is carried in the blood,” she said in an interview with Wapa TV. And that’s a sentiment that’s just like her Instagram bio reads: #SerBoricuaSeLlevaEnlaSangre 

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Latinas Are Sharing The Best Tips For Applying Eyeliner

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Latinas Are Sharing The Best Tips For Applying Eyeliner

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Just about everyone who loves makeup has heard the infamous adage about a cat-eye: “Never ask a woman with a cat-eye why she’s late.”

The thing is that it’s true. For most of us anyway, learning how to apply the perfectly drawn cat-eye takes years and years of practice. And even then we don’t always get it right the first time! To get the best secrets about applying the best cat-eye we asked our FIERCE readers for the best advice on how to apply a good cat-eye and boy did they deliver!

Check out the answers below!


“Approach with confidence. Winged liner can smell your fear.”- hichewlove

“Kat Von D Tattoo liner CHANGED MY LIFE.”- zimmyloo

“Voting.” –bevthegreat

“Pray.” – chichichatz

“Pray🙏🏽.” – emaleebee12

“NYX professional make up eyeliner! That’s the point eyeliner! It’s my fave!!!” –dreawashere

“Tape 🙌🏽” – solrodr

“My secret is a brow brush! It has the best shape and gets really precise tips.” –lianakayarr

“You will need any eye liner, a q-tip and a pack of makeup remover wipes Draw the wing, doesn’t matter if it looks neat or even matches at first. Take the q-tip and press the cotton into the makeup remover pack. You now have a eyeliner corrector without using a whole sheet or concealer 💥 💥💥. Erase away the part of the wing you don’t want and shape to your liking. Re-dip if you need more. I use this every time I want a smaller wing.”- n.a.t.t.y_b

“I start by outlining the wing and then fill it in.”- jesstaco_food

“Steady hand & a prayer.” – __geminisantiago__

“Make the wing outline on your non-dominant side and then match it on the other. (If youre right handed, starting on left eye). I found it to be a lot easier that way!” –bluntdivaenergy

“The sharpie PEN as an outline.” – myrealnameisdrake_


“I use Milani’s Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner (it’s kind of like a fine, felt tip marker) to outline on the lid then go in and outline the wings and fill in everything with Milani’s Stay Put Matte Eyeliner (which is a liquid).”- la_savanita

“Stilla.” – santo.santo

“Almay.” –lunaysolmoz

“Use eyeshadow to trace and then go in with your favorite eyeliner.” –artsyannaart

“I’ve been putting liquid liner since I was 15. Kat Von D tattoo liner is the best hands down!!! I see a lot of people start from the wing 🚫 don’t do that. If you want that perfect swish at the end. You gotta start from the inner corner of your eye. Start thin and gradually apply pressure to thicken the line. Once you get to the end of the eye, stop and continue your swish. I always follow the crease of my eye for where to position my angle. Always make sure to go back and get that bottom outer corner for the full swish effect. ✨ In fewer words, as said by Hermione Granger, ‘swish and flick!’”- primalys

“Put concealer around it it give you that sharp nice looking effect.”- jetsemanytamayo

“Rest the end of your hand against the side of your eye by your cheekbone and dont stop until you made the full line.”- bori_bomba

“Wing them outside in.”- nyccurve

“Just use the stamp and get on with your day.” – thevickeys

@sweetstreetcosmetics has thee best eyeliner and the perfect tip to create the perfect wing!!!!”- jesstaco_food

@lianakayarr it’s your time to shine baby.” – mrs2saintsperez

@reinarebelde’s rebel eye definer liquid in Zapatista is my go to! 👌🏽❤️❤️❤️ it doesn’t smear at alllll.”- pwr_girlz

“I’ve been using the @stilacosmetics stay all day liquid eyeliner for years. Others don’t seem to stay on me all day and I use the pen like tip to create it.”- miriguti

“Practice! And liner with a brush tip like @urbandecaycosmetics or @nyxcosmetics. I wanna try @sweetstreetcosmetics I heard their liner is amazing too!” –bitches.have.boundaries

“I love @sweetstreetcosmetics eyeliner! Amazing.” –jackiengigi

“The best is the one from @thekatvond.”-xv_photography

@nyxcosmetics matte liquid eyeliner is the goat of all eyeliners.” – _xoangeles

“Practice and a steady hand! Acceptance that one eye ALWAYS looks better than the other and it must be a brush tip! My top two are @kvdveganbeauty tattoo liner is a game changer 🙌🏼 @nyxcosmetics Epic Ink Eyeliner does not budge and if you’re on a budget this is a great option!” –just_caro66

“Follow the waterline and set with eyeshadow.”- ainhoanegro

“One little bottom line on one eye. Then another line on the other eye. Make sure theyre even and then fill it in starting from the lash line. If the lines arent even then its a lot easier to just erase the line instead of the whole wing you just did.”- mariela_romero_

“Lots of practice and a slow strokes if you have a shaky hand like me.” –xtina_ace

@thebalm Shwing liner!”- lily_a90

“PATIENCE.” –yourstrulymell

“Clean it up w a concealer brush underneath the wing!”- elisaeatsapizza

@artbyanitaheart time to give up your secret.” –jessy.mndz

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Nordstrom Has A New ‘Inclusive Beauty’ Category To Highlight Black-Owned Beauty Brands And It’s Where The Money Is At

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Nordstrom Has A New ‘Inclusive Beauty’ Category To Highlight Black-Owned Beauty Brands And It’s Where The Money Is At

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If you’re looking to be more intentional about where you spend your cash, Nordstrom has just made your efforts to support Black-owned businesses easier.

The department store recently launched a new Inclusive Beauty online shopping category to highlight Black businesses. In a post to the site’s Inclusive Beauty landing page, Nordstrom encouraged users to “Check out these need-to-know Black-founded beauty brands that we’re proud to have in the Nordstrom family.” The new category includes beloved lines like  Brioge, Epara and Beauty Bakerie!

Even better, the Inclusive Beauty section features a wide range of makeup shades to suit all complexions as well as hair products like silk pillowcases, and hairpieces.

Check out some of the featured Black-owned Beauty brands below!

Bomba Curls Dominican Forbidden Hair Mask

$28NordstromSHOP NOW

Briogeo Repair Rituals Hair Care Set

Briogeo

$20NordstromSHOP NOW

Baby Tress 3-in-1 Edge Styler™ Tool Blush

Baby Tress

$15NordstromSHOP NOW

Epara Hydrating Mist

$56NordstromSHOP NOW

Beauty Bakerie Black Blending Egg Makeup Sponge Set

Beauty Bakerie

$18NordstromSHOP NOW

BeautyStat Universal C Eye Perfector Cream

$65NordstromSHOP NOW

Mantl Face + Scalp Invisible Daily SPF 30 Broad Spectrum

Mantil

$27NordstromSHOP NOW

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