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24 Times Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz’s Best Friendship Was Stronger Than Any Friendship Bracelet

Hollywood’s two leading Spanish language ladies, Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz, have long garnered attention for their friendship and love for each other.

Here are the fun facts behind their relationship.

1. The phrase “ride-or-die” should basically be an ode to them.

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During filming for their project “Bandidas” the pair took a flight together that almost had a tragic ending. In an interview, Cruz once said, “a thought came across my mind that if I were to die at that moment at least I’d die with my best friend.” 

2. They’re always down for a good prank.

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In a 2005 episode of “Punk’d,” Penelope Cruz played a hilarious joke on Salma Hayek. 

3. They have nicknames for each other.

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“She’s one of my best friends. We call each other huevos [eggs]. It was because when we were working together, we didn’t have children yet, so we used to sleep much more than now. So it was a way to call each other lazy,” Cruz said in an interview.

4. Sometimes people think they’re dating and they’re about it.

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In an interview with David Letterman, Cruz felt compelled to explain why she’d been caught grabbing Hayek’s bottom in a photo. “We are like sisters and we have some sense of humor. We did that in front of 100 photographers. And the story now is that we are lovers”

5. They trust each other more than you would your own hermana.

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When was the last time you let your sister take a pair of scissors to your hair? For Hayek and Cruz it’s been fairly recent. “When I was nine years old I used to spend a couple of hours a day washing and cutting hair at my parents’ salon and still, today, I’ll do everyone who lets me – like Salma Hayek, who is one of my best friends,” she says. “I’ve done her hair when the power went out in her house, with just a candle. That one really trusts me,” Cruz said.

6. They support each other like no other.

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“It is great to see somebody who you think deserves it get everything she has ever dreamed of. It’s magical. It gives you hope,” Hayek told Vogue in an interview that highlighted Cruz’s success. 

7. They’re each other’s heroes.

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In an interview about her favorite Hollywood Heroines, Hayek hit a number of names but was quick to also point out her love for Cruz. “But then Penélope [Cruz] has always been my hero and my friend. We’ve known each other for at least 20 years.” 

8. They adore each other’s worst qualities.

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“Other things that in other people would be neurotic or whatever, would be unbearable — on her they’re very graceful,” Hayek said in an interview where she detailed Cruz habits of playing with her food and ruining the plots of TV shows. “She has this bad habit because she tells you the ending of every episode.”

9. They’re all about each other’s dreams.

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“It is great to see somebody who you think deserves it get everything she has ever dreamed of,” Hayek told Vogue in an interview. “It’s magical. It gives you hope.”

10. They’re all about that goddess worship.

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“Penélope is a motherly creature, a warrior by nature,” Hayek said in a Vogue interview.

11. They’re friendship spans decades.

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The two actresses have been friends for over 20 years.

12. They’ve got strong selfie game.

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In a recent photo on Instagram Hayek posted a caption that read “Good #friends are forever. Los buenos #amigos son para siempre.” 

13. They just get each other.

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“The best thing about Penélope’s sense of humor is that it’s primarily about herself,” Hayek said.

14. They have a strict honesty only policy that wouldn’t work for most relationships.

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“We really respect each other, but if one asks a question to the other one, we know we’re going to hear the truth. And I think that’s why we are close friends and closer every day because there’s no B.S. in our relationship,” Cruz said of Hayek.

15. They get each other’s sense of humor.

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“The best thing about Penélope’s sense of humor is that it’s primarily about herself,” said Hayek about Cruz.

16. When they get together they live life on the dangerous side.

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News reports revealed that the two pals slept at a drug trafficker’s house for several days during the 2006 shoot of Bandidas.

17. They’re not afraid to get real with each other.

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After Hayek revealed that Harvey Weinstein had abused her during the making of Frida in 2002, she admitted that her dear friend wasn’t so happy wither. “Penélope was really angry at me, because I didn’t tell her what was going on while it was happening,” she said. “But, you know, I didn’t realize Harvey was doing it to other people, too, so I thought, ‘Why dump your stuff on someone and take away from their professional relationship with him?’ At that time Harvey was doing the best movies.”

18. They’ve supported each other financially.

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“Thank you my soul sister for your love of my country Mexico and your generous donation to UNICEF,” Hayek wrote after Cruz donated money to Mexico’s earthquake relief. 

19. Promoting each other’s success is just so natural for them.

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Fans of the duo will notice that it’s rare for one to be without the other for their film debuts.

20. The Academy Awards thinks they’re the same person.

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After the 2014 Oscars, the award show captioned a photo of Cruz with Robert De Niro as Hayek instead.

21.  They top the list of most Celebrity BFF goal lists

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Do a quick Google of the actresses names and you’ll likely find the top slots filled with listicles about the pair.

22. Cruz does Hayek’s makeup.

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“I like my career, but I love getting people ready for something because it’s a part of me. I can cut anyone’s hair no problem. I can do a blow-dry, I can put in rollers, I can wax somebody’s legs. I could have another job. The power had gone at Salma’s house and her make-up artist couldn’t come, so she called me and said, ‘You have to get me ready for this premiere’, and I lit some candles and did her hair and make-up too. No one noticed that it wasn’t done by a professional, so I was very proud of that,” Cruz said in an interview.

23. They love to wish each other happy birthday!

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In a post to her Instagram account, Hayek wished her bestie happy birthday with the words “You continue to #inspire me and I #feel #blessed that we are #friends.”

24. They’re 8 years apart.

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Hayek who was born in 1966 is 8 years older than Cruz who was born in 1974.


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Victoria Cruz Sees Hope For The Future Of LGBTQ+ Rights 50 Years After She Witnessed The Stonewall Riots

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Victoria Cruz Sees Hope For The Future Of LGBTQ+ Rights 50 Years After She Witnessed The Stonewall Riots

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The history of Gay Rights in the country date back to the late ’60s and the epicenter was Manhattan. The core fighters of the LGBTQ community include Marsha P. Johnson, Scott G. Brown, Sylvia Rivera, and a slew of other pioneers. The sad thing is this generation has passed or will very soon, which is why we have to honor their legacy while they’re still alive. One of those people is an inspiring person in our Latinx community.

Victoria Cruz, who is in her 70s, is a survivor of the Stonewall Riots and is still very much a part of the fight for LGBTQ rights.

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Cruz, who was born in Puerto Rico, is one of 11 children that grew up in New York. While Cruz was born a male, she knew since she was in high school that she was a woman. Back in the ’60s, that was no easy thing to admit, yet her Puerto Rican family supported her transition.

While her family and close community were supportive, Cruz faced immense hardships including harassment from the police, and later in the ’90s, she was assaulted.

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Four of her coworkers physically assaulted her, which left her in ruins.

“I was very angry. Very angry,” Cruz said in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2017. “The worst part of it is that I couldn’t feel the ground beneath me, and added that she was “was contemplating suicide,” at the time.

But she overcame that tough time and is recognized as a leader in the movement for Gay Rights.

Yet, despite the hate and violence she faced, Cruz pushed on standing up for her LGBTQ+ family.

“I used to go to St. Vincent’s on my lunch hour…and I would see her,” Cruz told The Advocate. “She called to me, ‘Victoria, come here.’ And she always called me Dickie, you know, so when she said, ‘Victoria come here,’ I knew that she meant business. I sat down, and she looked at me. She said, ‘Try to keep the community together because we are our own worst enemy. And there’s power in numbers.’ And then she said, ‘The world will come up to try to divide us, and when you divide a community, you conquer it. So try to keep the community together.’”

As a trans woman and pioneer of the LGBTQ movement, Cruz said positive change is happening right now.

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“I’m optimistic, and I’m hopeful that it will change for the better,” she told The Advocate. “There’s power in numbers. If we unite and keep united, we can make the future different, and what we want it to be. By galvanizing one another, we galvanize each other. And with the same frame of mind, the same frame of thought, we can change what’s happening.”

Trans rights are the new frontier in the LGBTQ+ movement. Despite the contributions made to the movement by trans women of color, cis members of the LGBTQ+ community ignore their plight or add to the harassment.

“There is so much hatred directed toward queer people, particularly transgender women of color. For what? Why? I think it may be about people’s own insecurities about their own identities and sexualities. And further, people don’t know their history,” Cruz told BC/Stories. “The transgender experience isn’t new. It’s as old as the human experience, and anyone who does their research would know this. I think society needs to be educated, and maybe after being educated, empathy will follow.”

READ: Zuri Moreno Made Sure The Trans Community In Montana Remained Safe

Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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It’s always really cool to see a big name brand embrace the art of our Latinidad. It’s like a nod to all of the great Latinx artisans who add beauty and color to our culture. In fact, seeing consumers enthusiastically welcome these goods feels like further validation. With this in mind, it makes this new collaboration all the sweeter for us art and fashion lovers.

Keds is collaborating with designers Thelma Dávila and Lolita Mia on a line inspired by the Latina-created brands.

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In what the shoe company is calling a “collaboration fiesta,” Keds released three fun and vibrant new designs.

Some of the shoes borrow inspiration from Thelma Dávila’s colorful Guatemalan textiles. Alternatively, other pairs utilize Lolita Mia’s festive fringe as embellishments. These touches combine with Keds’ original platform shoes to make a unique product.

Of the partnership with these new brands, Keds’ website says:

“It’s so rewarding to be able to be a part of the professional and personal growth of women who decided to follow their dreams. Entrepreneurs (especially female ones) are always brave, they’re risk-takers that believe strongly in themselves. And we believe in them too. We’re so excited to introduce you to our latest for-women-by-women collaborations.”

The Thelma Dávila brand is named after its Guatemalan founder.

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The company specializes in designing and crafting unique pieces by hand. Furthermore, their products utilize Guatemalan textiles, leathers and non-leather materials. Obviously, this collaboration is built on a solid relationship between the two brands. Since last year, Keds retail locations have carried Thelma Dávila bags and products in stores.

On their website, Keds said the design collaborations were intent on “taking geometric design and color cues from [Dávila’s] native culture, our classic Triple Kick gets transformed into a fiesta-ready standout.”

Founded by jewelry artisan and entrepreneur, Elena Gil, Lolita Mia is a Costa Rican accessory brand.

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While studying abroad in Italy, Gil made a significant personal discovery. She realized that ethnic crafts and traditions were very alike across regions. Specifically, they were similar in cultural importance. In light of this, she decided to start her own brand. Lolita Mia’s handmade products embrace what Gil has coined a “Universal Ethnic Luxury.”

Of the collaboration with Lolita Mia, Keds’ website reads:

“[The] aesthetic shines through in these playful renditions of our platforms in the form of fun, festive fringe and punchy tropical shades.”

The Ked × Lolita Mia collaboration has two designs while the Ked x Thelma Dávila collab is made up of one.

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“Triple Tassel” is a multicolored platform with purple, pink, orange and white tassels attached to the laces. “Triple Decker Fringe” is an off-white platform slip-on with multi-colored fringe and golden embellishments on top. The “Triple Kick” features a neutral platform with Guatemalan textile accents around the bottom.

Each design is priced at $70 a pair. Moreover, they are available exclusively on Keds’ website. Be sure to order yours today and add a little extra Latinx flare to your summer looks.

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