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20 TV Moms That Remind Us Of Our IRL Mamas

We’re rolling straight into mom season. While we credit our own mothers for, y’know, raising us by the rule of the chancla, it’s always a thrill to watch Latina moms on TV on their PG behavior.

Here’s all the moms on TV that we can relate to, that we love, and that continue to raise us.

1. Jane, “Jane the Virgin,” The CW

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It would be a disservice to moms everywhere if we didn’t lead this article with Ms. Jane Villanueva, who we met as a suddenly artificially inseminated virgin. Despite the surprise pregnancy, she grew into an incredible mother to baby Mateo. Her perfectionist, organized nature made her into the most structured Latina mom on the planet. Brava!

2. Xiomara, “Jane the Virgin,” The CW

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We wouldn’t even have a Jane Villanueva if it weren’t for 16 year old Xiomara getting knocked up with her in the first place. She was the balanced, cool, singer mom to the old school, religious and morally conservative abuelita in Jane’s life (read: Xo is pro-sex). We love you, Xo.

3. Alba Villanueva, “Jane the Virgin,” The CW

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It’s a dynasty of powerfully strong women, OK! There’s no world where Alba doesn’t make this list. She keeps beautiful traditions alive in the Villanueva family and is one of the only Spanish-only speaking characters on a mainstream American TV show. Watching her overcome the fear of being deported and applying for a green card, and then become an American citizen was a powerful moment we wish for so many of our abuelitas.

4. Hermione Lodge, “Riverdale,” The CW

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The rich family on the block is Latino, ay oh! Can you tell who the real boss in this photo is? Hermione may make some questionable business decisions with her husband, but she’s also a fierce leader. In this season of Riverdale, she’s running for mayor!

5. Gloria Mendoza, “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix

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Half Dominican, half Cuban actress Selinis Leyva f*cking slays as the now-behind-bars responsible, claws out mom. When her son got into a terrible accident and landed in the hospital, she spent the last season working as a double agent in the prison, plotting to use their prison guard hostages in exchange for being able to get out and be with her son.

6. Maria Ruiz, “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix

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Enter Maria Ruiz, who usurped Gloria in the Spanish Harlem of the prison. She’s even more vicious than Gloria, and used Gloria’s plot against her to get her own deal, all to be released early and see her children sooner. She was forced to have a baby in the prison, so she is really yearning for time with her newborn and understandably so. You can’t help but love and understand the savagery.

7. Dayanara Diaz, “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix

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Speaking of moms behind bars. Dayanara had a baby with a prison guard she fell in love with! In order to protect the baby daddy, she seduced another, very unlikeable guard, Powell, to explain her pregnancy. After her love died, she gave her baby to Powell’s mother to take care of in an act of complete selfless love for her baby. Oh, it’s because she shot another guard and was probably going to spend the rest of her life behind bars. Complicada, no?

8. Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, “Modern Family,” ABC

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Sofía Vergara plays a stereotype of moms in “Modern Family.” We love her for being the highest paid actress on television, and for finally giving Latinos a place in a family sitcom. The stereotype of the overprotective mother is not far off. She worries endlessly about Manny, and we’re all having flashbacks of our mom’s not letting us in the ocean past our knees until we were 12. Please tell me it wasn’t just me.

9. Carla Espinosa, “Scrubs,” ABC

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Carla Espinosa is the badassery we all dream to be. She was a Head Nurse, a straight-shooting Dominican, and mother of two daughters. She somehow managed to run around the E.R., deal with the shenanigans of her friends, and raise two kids while staying cool. Rock on!

10. Liliana de La Vega, “Jane the Virgin,” The CW

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Of all grannies, this one’s nickname was “Glam-ma”. She’s the abuela who will look flawless until her last breath, and will shower everyone she loves with gifts, besitos and will hate any woman her perfect boy dates. Hey, I never said she was perfect!

11. Penelope Alvarez, “One Day at a Time,” Netflix

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This reboot features single mom, Penelope, who is raising several kids while dealing with her own PTSD from being in the U.S. Army Nurse Corp. Esa Cubana actually gets the ‘single Latina mom’ character down to a T. Spoiler: she’s incredible.

12. Suzy Diaz, “Stuck in the Middle,” Disney

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The most relatable mom on TV: Suzy often needs alone time to decompress from the chaos of her children. She’s also got that twisted Latina need to mess with her kids’ heads by pretending she doesn’t know what they’re up to and then catching them red-handed. TBH, I would do the same. ?‍♀️

13. Angie Lopez, “The George Lopez Show,” ABC

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Angie Lopez is the generous Latina mom that we all know and love. She heaps on piles of food for you and your friends. She also will not hesitate to knock a few teeth out of a teen punk who commented on her purple bracelets (remember when the color of your bracelets translated to some sexual thing you can’t believe you knew about when you were 12?). #Shero.

14. Gabrielle Solis, “Desperate Housewives,” ABC

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OK, this is not your typical motherhood story, but all of our mothers have watched Gabrielle have an affair with the teen gardener, while her husband crosses the line and messes with her birth control, forcing a pregnancy during which she didn’t know who the father was. Long story short, they eventually have two daughters together, and Gabrielle devotion lies to them and them alone.

15. Theresa Russo, “Wizards of Waverly Place,” Disney

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Played by Maria Canals-Barrera, Theresa Russo is a mere mortal, but a fierce Mexican mother in all the ways you’d expect: she demands control of her house, caring, and hates magic. Ok, all our mom’s are brujas but just replace ‘magic’ with ‘technology’ and you’ve got yourself a mom we can relate to. ?‍♀️

16. Samantha Arias, “Supergirl,” The CW

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Samantha Arias plays a single mother in “Supergirl,” when she realizes she shares origins with Supergirl. The motivation of protecting her daughter, Ruby, is what propels her to make the complete transformation into Reign, Supergirl’s adversary. #TeamReign

17. Marta Estrella, “Arrested Development,” FOX

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Venezuelan supermodel, Patricia Velasquez, plays the Colombian family-first mom in Season 1. She also plays an actress on (fake) telenovela El Amor Prohibido, and ends up falling for her boyfriend’s brother, before finding all the brothers fighting over her. She could never be with someone who doesn’t respect family so she bowed out.

18. Lydia Riera, “One Day at a Time,” Netflix

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You might recognize her as Glam-ma from Jane the Virgin, and that’s because Rita Moreno is the actual best. In a similar vein, Lydia is all about her beauty and is never seen without makeup.  Best quote: “we are Cuban. We don’t get divorced. We die.”

19. Aleida Diaz, “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix

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Sorry, but she don’t deserve a top at the spot because narcissism is too epidemic right now, and she left her daughter Dayanara to raise the rest of her kids. BUT–it seems like her fierce love for her kids feels like a weakness to her that she tries to mask, but can’t when she sees Daya on the news from the outside. She gets to the prison just in time to see her get taken away by police. We love to love her and we love to hate her.

20. Elena “Mami” Márquez, “Dora the Explorer,” Nickelodeon

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OK, so Elena Márquez only makes a couple appearances in the show, and lets her daughter run around all over the place unsupervised, but is portrayed as a kind and caring mother. But def negligent. Who can’t relate to that? ?

The Lizzie McGuire Cast Reunited For A Table Read

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The Lizzie McGuire Cast Reunited For A Table Read

Back at it!

Another Disney reunion occurred this week and it included your one true favorites Lizzie McGuire, Miranda, and Gordo.

On Monday, Hillary Duff shared a 44 minute “Lizzie McGuire” reunion featuring one of the series’ most memorable moments.

In a caption to her Instagram post, Duff shared that she had virtually reconnected with her former costars for an online table read of the series’ “Between a Rock and a Bra Place!” episode. According to People magazine, the episode was aired on the Disney Channel 19 years ago.

“LIZZIE MCGUIRE retro table read!” Duff wrote in a caption for the clip. “Some fun for you this Monday! Hope you guys have fun watching this! We could not stop laughing reading lines from tween us…this is the first time we were all “together-ish” in almost 18 years! This week marks the 19th anniversary of this episode ‘Between a Rock and a Bra Place!’ Do excuse our delayed singing…we will be taking singing lessons as a group to work on our craft!!”

The reunion included some of your favorite Lizzie McGuire characters.

Joining in on the fun was Adam Lamberg (AKA Gordo), Lalaine, (Lizzie’s BFF Miranda), Jake Thomas (Matt McGuire), Robert Carradine (Sam McGuire), Hallie Todd (Jo McGuire), Ashlie Brillault (Kate) and Davida Williams (Claire).

“I truly believe that this show was magical, and everyone that was a part of it created that … and made this show mean so much to so many people,” Duff said following the table read. “I think we’re all very grateful to have experienced that.”

If you don’t remember, the”Between a Rock and a Bra Place!” episode was the one in which Lizzie and Miranda wanted “a BRA!!”

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The episode followed Lizzie and Miranda attempting to be cool by convincing their parents to order them bras while Gordo helped Lizzie’s younger brother Matt enter a contest to become Jet Li’s sidekick in a movie.

No doubt the highlight of this reunion was getting to see Lelaine back in action!

Her role as Mexican-American Miranda Sanchez might not have been the titular lead of “Lizzie McGuire” but she was undoubtedly the character with the most heart, wit, and lessons. Here’s a look at the character who brought all the realness to Disney channel’s best show.

1. That time she dealt with body dysmorphia.

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In the episode “Inner Beauty” Miranda struggles with her self-image after seeing a photo of herself. The whole episode ended up sending Miranda into an unhealthy tailspin so bad that she…

2. She tried to deal with her body dysmorphia by not eating and explained why.

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After wanting to make sure that she looked super skinny for a music video project Gordo was shooting,  Miranda started skipping meals and nearly passed out during dance practice. After a sit down with her friends, Miranda spoke honestly about why she felt the way she did.

3. The time she didn’t  get a Valentine’s Day card.

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And gave the commercial holiday a great big middle finger and stuck out her tongue.

4. That time she predicted the future of all mean “cool kids.”

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It was a bit harsh, but the moment, like most MIranda moments, did it’s job in making sure Lizzie always remembered where they were headed. 

5. When she is reminded by Gordo that being grown-up is not that great.

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Literally, never a truer word has been spoken. Because meanwhile the rest of us have to deal with taxes.

6. That time she was smarter than her art teacher

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I mean really how many times have you sat in a class and wondered why you had to do something instead of dream about N’Sync.

7. And that time she totally nailed the feelings that come with growing up.

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Yes, girl yes. This is the definition of growing up and out of your adolescence. 

8. When she did spider braids before girls at Coachella.

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And rocked so many other hair styles you wouldn’t dare to pull off. Remember her pom pom phase?

9. When she was all like “I’m stronger than the person you think I am.”

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It’s hard being friends with someone who always gets to take center stage of your life, we get it Miranda. This episode of her sticking up for herself to her own BFF was so real. 

10. When her side eye was so on point with Gordo.

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Miranda’s side eye game was actually always so on point with Gordo. Those two had a rocky relationship and Miranda was always around to remind him to chill it. 

11. When she was the best friend ever for building her friend up.

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Even if it was the cheesiest chant ever and Lizzie acted selfish at times, Miranda was a great friend.

12. That time when Lizzie and Gordo went to Italy and she passed to chill in Mexico.

Fans of Miranda were super bummed to find Miranda nixed from the “Lizzie McGuire Movie” but we got when we learned that she’d ditched the show to be with her family in Mexico.

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13. When Lizzie overreacted about getting a bra and Miranda was like “chillll.”

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That time, Lizzie decided that in order to be popular she needed a bra was the most important episode ever. Mostly because Miranda was mortified to find her friend was so shallow.

14. And that time when she was this honest with Lizzie about her outfit.

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Every friend needs a BFF who will tell her truth about her outfit choice. While this one was forced upon Lizzie on a very important day, Miranda was not afraid to get real.

15. When, LBR, she brought better moves to that “Play” music video than Lizzie.

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There’s a reason why they put Miranda in the front for this dance scene. And it has absolutely everything to do with Lizzie’s average moves ( sorry Lizzie!)

16. When she was too cool to hurt the environment

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That faux leather and fur coat made the funky combination look just so damn good.

17. When she did the grunge look better than Lizzie

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Lizzie’s style was always cute and fashion forward but Miranda always pushed the status-quo with her edge. 

18. That time she was all about the rebelde.

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Can you deny that this “rebel” shit was not the ultimate look of the series? Didn’t think so. 

19. That time she freaked out after getting a B in class.

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Miranda is every child of immigrants who did not come all of this way for their kid to get a B in class. Gordo might have been the self-proclaimed group of the squad’s trio but Miranda was undoubtedly the cool beans school star Gordo wanted to be. 

20. The times her sense of humor was always better than everyone else.

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“Where is Lizzie? She never misses lunch. It’s her favorite class!”


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A Latina Seamstress To The Stars Is Going Viral On Twitter After Her Son’s Mother’s Day Post

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A Latina Seamstress To The Stars Is Going Viral On Twitter After Her Son’s Mother’s Day Post

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Updated: May 11, 2020.

If you were on Twitter, Instagram, or TikTok for Mother’s Day, you know that Latinos were out and about flexing about their love for their mamas. While many of us opted to share words of love and throwback photos of our beautiful madres, some decided to celebrate the labor and hard work their mamas have done over the years to get us, their kids, to where we are now.

While many of these posts got attention, none captured our hearts quite like this one created by Twitter user @MrAcosta89.

In a series of images shared to his Twitter account, the self-described “son of immigrants” from Ecuador shared that his mother is in fact that seamstress behind some of the biggest red carpet moments in celebrity fashion.

That’s right, according to Acosta, he’s blessed with a mother that has dressed the likes of Lupita Nyong’o and Riri.

Now after a bit of digging, we were able to find that the dresses, which were worn by Lupita Nyong’o, Saoirse Ronan, Millie Bobby Brown, and Rihanna were actually designed by Calvin Klein. But, whose needle and scissors poured over every seam? This mama’s! What’s more all four dresses continue to be praised and highlighted by fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Even to this day.

No doubt, this Latina is pretty incredible, and just about everyone who saw the post thinks so too.

Just about everyone praised Acosta for highlighting the hands that made these iconic dresses.

And so many Latinas vowed to one day achieve such celebrity status so that they could also hire his mother to create their dresses.

According to Acosta, his mother has lived in the United States for over thirty years.

And while she’s apparently not really interested in learning English or being a social media star, she is getting quite the following online.

We stan Acosta’s Mama and her designer dresses.

Updated May 11, 2020. @MrAcosta89’s mother’s name is Jenny Malo.