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Here’s How Natti Natasha Came From A Humble Town In Dominican Republic To Being The Woman With Most Views On YouTube

We love us some SLW! (it stands for Strong Latina Woman, of course), and Natti Natasha is certainly one of them. Her morenaza looks and her unashamedly fierce attitude have helped her climb the ranks of the musical industry, while becoming a voice for fellow women and for Brown identity, both in the United States and in Latin American markets such as Peru, Colombia, and Chile, where she is incredibly famous.

These are some facts you need to know about this gorgeous lady that has arrived para quedarse.

Su nombre completo is…

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Her birth certificate reads Natalia Alexandra Gutiérrez Batist, but it is OK if you simply call her Natti, short for Natalia in most Latin American countries.

Her birthday is very close to Navidad

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She was born on December 10, 1986. We wonder if tiny chiquita Natalia got double presents at the end of the year! And yes, this powerhouse is as young as she is talented.

She is a proud native of Santiago de los Caballeros, in the Dominican Republic

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This Caribbean queen began her mi involvement in music at a very early age. When she was just seven-years-old she registered in the School of Fine Arts of her hometown, training as a singer.

Her musical heroes are…  (hint, she has impeccable gusto musical)

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As a child of the sea, of course, she was influenced by Bob Marley, but also by Jerry Rivera and the amazing Lauryn Hill, a member of The Fugees and one of the most powerful female Black voices of recent years.

She moved to New York when she was just 18

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This brave lady moved to the United States when she was just dieciocho, trying to start a career in pop music. That is where she had a meeting that would change her life.

She met Don Omar and her life as a struggling singer living in the Bronx took a giant leap

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Don Omar, who is the godfather of Latino reggaeton in the United States, singed Natti Natasha to his record label, Orfanato Music Group. Her dream was starting to take shape.

En menos de lo que canta un gallo she was collaborating with Don Omar and Farruko

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Just like any reggaeton artist, Natti Natasha’s beginnings were marked by collaborations with more established artists. She released “Dutty Love” with Don Omar and “Crazy in Love” with Farruko. These songs were part of a compilation album released by Don Omar.

2017: the year of Daddy Yankee

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Another rite of passage in the industry is to collaborate with the legendary Daddy Yankee, and Natti Natasha did do in 2017, with the song “Otra Cosa”.

In 2017 she also broke into the Billboard charts, esa es mija!

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After her song with Daddy Yankee she collaborated with Ozuna, and the song, “Criminal”, was a hit, one of those songs that seem to be blessed by the gods of music. She reached the top five in the Billboard Hot Latin Songs.

Fuera la pijama… with Becky G

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If you are reading this, we are almost sure that you have listed to “Sin Pijama”, Natasha’s collaboration with the other reina del raeggeton, Becky G. The video has reached one billion views. Damn!

Her debut album was released in 2019

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Yes, the muy pegajoso and amazing album Illuminati was released on February 15 this year. It was launched by Pina Records and Sony Music Latin. Not bad for a Dominican princess who once had a dream!

Her YouTube numbers are higher than Taylor Swift’s and Ariana Grande’s

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Just to get an idea of how big of a deal she is: in 2018 alone her videos were watched over 4 billion times. Just let that sink in for a moment. Son un chingo de veces. 

She is a natural beauty

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Yes, she might be all maquillada and super-produced onstage, but she is a natural and honest belleza. Just look at this picture of her sans makeup: that skin speaks of self-care and self-love.

She has a raw, empowering sensuality 

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Natti Natasha is not afraid to show off her physical attributes and is very, very flirty and amazing on social media (see picture above!). She is what modern femininity is all about.

The industry has fallen at her feet

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Natasha has won so many accolades that we can only imagine what her mantelpiece will look like when she is an old lady looking back at her life. She was a big winner in the 2019 Premio Lo Nuestro awards, where she took home four awards. She has also won the Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female, award at the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

She has visited Venezuela recently, where she experienced first-hand the awesomeness of its people

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She recorded the video for “No voy a llorar” in the embattled country. She shared heart-warming photos and a positive message on her Insta. We can’t help but love her.

She is brave and is unafraid of challenges

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In the Women in the Lead Panel at Latin Music week, she said: “It was more about not being afraid of doing certain things. Not being afraid of collaborating with other females, not being afraid of singing as a solo artist. That’s the key to becoming successful in this industry: to dare and to not be afraid.” Thanks for your courage, queen!

She has succeeded in a world dominated by men

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And this doubles her merit. She told Rolling Stone about her experience writing her debut album: “I saw myself struggling with being independent. And being afraid to try different things, of going into different genres, of going into a studio and being [the only] girl.” We are thankful for women like herself and Becky G, who have broken the proverbial glass ceiling for future generations of Latina talent.

Rob Kardashian is head over heels for her, but he has been a bit creepy in doing so. No, Rob, just no. 

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Yes, Rob Kardashian was being a bit viejo cochino on Twitter... seriously, dude. There are DM’s and if Natti Natasha wants to reply, then that is her prerogative.

The international sponsorships have started… be ready to live in Natti Natasha’s world!

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Natti Natasha has struck a deal with internationally famous liqueur Malibu (a coconut lover’s dream). This is a big breakthrough for any Spanish-speaking artist. Her charm and above all her talent will surely lead to more tratos jugosos.

She has collaborated with la crema y nata of Latin music, and she will continue to do so

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The ever-expanding list of talent she has collaborated with include Bad Bunny, R.K.M & Ken-Y, Becky G, Thalía and Cosculluela. The sky is the limit for this reina dominicana and we are sure we will see much more of her in the years to come.

Etsy Artist Sues Frida Kahlo Corporation After They Claim Trademark Infringement

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Etsy Artist Sues Frida Kahlo Corporation After They Claim Trademark Infringement

Artisan Nina Shope from Denver, Colo. is suing the Frida Kahlo Corporation (FKC) after her handmade Frida Kahlo dolls were flagged for deactivation. Last week, FKC lodged a trademark infringement claim with the popular e-commerce site Etsy.

Shope is demanding that the corporation ask Etsy to rescind its trademark infringement notice. The lawsuit also names a Panamanian organization related to the corporation, Frida Kahlo Investments, S.A. FKC is registered in Panama and has an office in Florida.

“I don’t believe that artists should be bullied or threatened into abandoning their art, silencing their voices, and stifling their creativity. That is the main reason why I am challenging the FKC’s alleged trademark registration, that has been used as a cudgel not only against me, but against a number of other creators and artists,” Shope wrote in a post on Facebook.

The complaint asserts that the FKC “submitted a false trademark takedown to Etsy claiming that Ms. Shope’s non-infringing use was in fact infringing.”

Shope isn’t the only Etsy artist selling Kahlo-inspired items on the site, a search of “Frida Kahlo” brings up more than 19k results while a search for #fridadoll on Instagram has more than 5K results featuring various artistic renderings.

The rights to Kahlo’s image expired in 2004, 50 years after the beloved Mexican artist and feminist icon died, and Isolda Pinedo Kahlo, the artist’s niece, placed a trademark on the name “Frida Kahlo,” and assigned that trademark to the FKC.

In 2018 the Kahlo family won a temporary injunction against toy manufacturer Mattel, forcing it to cease sales of its doll resembling the artist in Mexico as part of their “Inspiring Women” line.  

“I would have liked her to have a unibrow, for her clothes to be made by Mexican artisans. We, the Kahlo family, are the ones who have the rights to all these things,” Mara Cristina Romeo Pinedo, Frida Kahlo’s great-niece and Isolda’s daughter, told the AFP.

The mother and daughter disputed FKC’s rights to the artist’s name and image, demanding a redesign of the Barbie.

Consequently, FKC filed a lawsuit against Romeo Pinedo, alleging that she — who remains a shareholder and director at FKC — became dissatisfied with the group in 2011 and began a campaign to discredit the corporation and take over its role as the licensing agent for commercial products featuring the artist’s name and likeness.

“The Frida Kahlo Corporation actively participated in the process of designing the doll, Mattel has its permission and a legal contract that grants it the rights to make a doll of the great Frida Kahlo,” the company’s statement said.

Unlike Mattel, Shope and the other Etsy shops selling merchandise with her likeness are operating on a creative basis rather than overtly selling items directly connected to Frida or her work.

Shope’s complaint states, “The name of a doll does not violate the Lanham Act [the federal statute for trademarks, service marks, and unfair competition] unless the name has no artistic relevance to the underlying work whatsoever, or, if it has some artistic relevance, unless the title explicitly misleads as to the source or the content of the work. Here, neither concern applies.”

“We believe the doll represents a historical figure—you have to be able to say who that historical figure is without violating trademark. This is a brand new problem in the world of law and the world of art.” After having work removed from Etsy “the only way to get it back up is to sue the rights owner,”  Rachael Lamkin, Shope’s attorney, told ARTnews.

In a statement to ARTnews, a Frida Kahlo Corporation representative said, “We have made a significant investment in protecting the Frida Kahlo legacy, brand, and trademarks. We are prepared to vigorously defend our intellectual property and trademarks whenever our rights have been violated, and to stop any confusion that may be created in the market by such infringing activity.”

As of the time of publishing this post the handmade dolls are still available for purchase starting at $68 and featuring Frida’s signature unibrow.

Shope, who goes by SnapdragonOriginals on Etsy, launched a website detailing the reasons for the lawsuit, which she calls a “scary but exciting path.”

“I never imagined I would end up in litigation, especially against such a powerful corporation. However, I believe in supporting the rights of artists (especially those of us who are small artisans and craftspeople) to create beautiful and meaningful works of art that honor the legacy of Frida Kahlo. Although my Frida art dolls and hoops are not the totality of my collection (I have many folk-art inspired creations that I will later include on this website), they are a core element of what I create,” she wrote. “I will let you know how the lawsuit progresses, and hopefully the results will free more artists to share their visions with all of us.”

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