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The 2000s Were A Crazy Time For Fashion And These Photos Show Our Favorite Stars Rocking Super Dated Looks

The early ’00s were not a kind time, fashion wise. While the ’90s are back in style (much to some of our chagrin), we’re hoping and praying that the butterfly clips, glitter gel and Juicy velour sweatsuits (no matter how comfy they are) stay in the past.

Even so, all us fashion victims weren’t alone. Some of the biggest Latino pop stars were rocking just as embarrassing looks as we were. Yes, it was in style back then, but looking back – yikes! No one was safe from making major fashion faux pas, and here are 25 examples of some of the biggest Latino pop stars looking soooo 2000’s.

1. Jennifer Lopez

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The pink velour jumpsuit is one thing (and we’ll likely be seeing it appear in various forms). But the matching pink hat, single strap butterfly heels, and one leg rolled up? Oh J.LO, that is a lewk that does not stand the test of time.

2. Christina Aguilera

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Listen, Christina Aguilera’s fashion choices in the early ’00s were tragic. And this outfit,worn to the VMA’s, is seven layers of no. The ultra low patchwork jeans paired with a belly chain and lingerie top are bad, but topping it off with braided hair and a denim hat is just offensive.

3. Thalia

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Thalia brought some of the biggest looks of the era to life in her video for the song “Arrasando.” Sparkly, sexy halter top – check. Low cut flared jeans – check. Spiky hair – check. If you didn’t rock the hair twists and spikes, you didn’t do early aughts right.

4. Paulina Rubio

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Before there was Pharrell’s infamous hat, there was this banger sitting atop the blonde head of pop star Paulina Rubio. What even is this hat? The low-cut jeans are back also.

4. Shakira

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Shakira, warrior princess, had the abs and hips to pull off the slinky halter and low waist pants that were the look back then. It’s a fierce look, for sure, but something that doesn’t need to be revisited nowadays.

5. Ricky Martin

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Ricky has been a big star in Latin America, but when “Livin’ La Vida Loca” hit the English-language airwaves he blew up, bringing his Austin Powers dance moves, frosted tips, and leather pants with him. We all swooned hard.

6. Marc Anthony

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Oh lordy, Marc Anthony. While the former Mr. Jennifer Lopez brought the heat to the dance floor with jams like “I Need to Know” back then, the outfits were not so good. The wide collar and rope-chain necklace is a look that needs to never, ever come back.

7. Enrique Iglesias

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Enrique had all the bases covered in the early ’00s when he hit the VMA red carpet with his longtime love Anna Kournikova. He’s got the distressed jeans, vintage style t-shirt, leather jacket, and slouchy beanie. This look should be immortalized in the Smithsonian for its importance in the history of fashion.

 8. Juanes

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We’re all used to seeing Juanes looking clean cut and more grown up, but back in the day the rockero was all about that grungy, scraggly haired style. He was going for down to Earth and effortless, but we saw dorm room hacky sack competitor.

9. Luis Miguel

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Luismi has been a heartthrob since he was just a little kid, but it was his handsome face and probably his button up shirts buttoned real low to show off his chest that got the women screaming. Among them was Mariah Carey, whose heart he notoriously broke. Not cool, Luis, and neither is that belt buckle.

10. Mariah Carey

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Speaking of Mimi, while Luismi might have dropped her but he might have regretted it once he saw this outfit. Her love of butterflies is well documented, so naturally this midriff baring halter shaped like a buttefly had to be worn by non other than Mariah. And those jeans with the top cut and frayed! They take me back.

11. Luis Fonsi

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Luis Fonsi has got great style now, but the early ’00s weren’t his highlight. The denim cowboy shirt with the layered beaded necklaces is one thing. Add the clear glasses and the shaggy hair? Well, that’s a look.

12. Alejandro Sanz

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Oh. My. God. Alejandro Sanz is fine af. No one is denying that. But this whole look, from the bleached hair to the baggy distressed jeans and all the mess in between, is just bad. So so bad. Thankfully he’s done better for himself.

13. Chayanne

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If there’s one thing male Latin pop stars absolutely cannot live without, it’s a v-neck tee and vest combination. Chayanne was just one of the many who rocked this look back in the day. It’s a good thing he’s aged out of it.

14. Alejandro Fernandez

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And sometimes you don’t need clothes at all, especially when you’re Alejandro Fernandez and have a bod like that. Well, at least back then. The slick back hair and stacked dog tags and rope necklaces just sitting on that chest are still sexy, and so are the peak a boo white undies. Still, soo 2000s.

15. Carlos Santana

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To be fair, Santana’s look hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years. He’ll forever love a fedora and a tie dye shirt. That’s just Carlos, and we’ll always love him.

16. Adrienne Bailon

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Whether she was a Cheetah Girl or a member of 3LW, Adrienne Bailon rocked a style that was very era specific, and she went all in on it. The chain belt and dip dyed, distressed jeans paired with that halter is something any girl would have dreamed of wearing.

17. Lumidee

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The ultimate eyewear of the early 00s were the clear lenses (preferably in a bright color), and one-hit wonder Lumidee wore them like a boss. We all wanted these shades that didn’t actually protect from the sun!

18. RBD

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Low waist, ultra short plaid schoolgirl skirts were it in the 2000s, and RBD represented them well. And the fellows weren’t far off with their distressed jeans and boots. This is like looking back at my high school yearbook.

19. Nina Sky

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The duo behind Nina Sky brought the bright colors and frosted eye shadow that were an absolute must during the early ’00s.

20. Daddy Yankee

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He hasn’t changed too much over the years, but his taste has gotten much, much better. The man that gave us hits like “Gasolina” will always love his bling.

21. Julieta Venegas

The accordion queen has always bridged the alt rock look with some earthiness and a bit of sophistication. Still, this look that’s almost 15 years old missed the mark, even if it gives us the polka dots and hair we longed for back then.

22. King Chango

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This one-hit wonder brought were all about that Latino reggae sound – which in itself is something to discuss. With the dreads, they wandered into cultural appropriation territory. With the outfits, they wandered into a rummage sale at Sports Chalet and took everything one size too big.

23. Sasha Sokol

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The former member of Timbiriche, telebovela actress and TV host also dabbled in some solo music back in the day. When she released “Seras el Aire” she (and every other pop star) was doing the etherial Eastern look, with bindis and flowing tops to prove how earthy and cool they were. Don’t worry. They got over it quick.

24. Aleks Syntek

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Syntek was all about bringing a kooky edge to the pop scene, wearing funky glasses, fedoras and suits that you wouldn’t find at Men’s Wearhouse. While he went all out with the look and truly committed to it, in hindsight, it wasn’t the best.

25. Belinda

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Someone was really into Paris Hilton back in the day! Belinda really went for it. The hot pink D&G tank, cuffs, and abundance of accessories? Well, that’s hot.

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Luis Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Luis Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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