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26 Pictures of Your Favorite Celebrities Bundled Up for the Winter

We all know celebrities are just like us. Just like us, they get cold, bundle up, and dutifully trudge through the Holiday season. Sometimes, they manage to do it with style.

1. Jennifer Lopez

Source: Jennifer Lopez. Digital Image. Undated.

It was so nice of this squirrel family to offer to keep Jennifer’s head warm for a brisk walk in the city. And they avoided the Yankee’s logo on her cap, too. Respect!

2. Eva Longoria

Source: Eva Longoria. Digital Image. Fashion Bomb Daily. Jan 5, 2016.

Eva Longoria is going to single-handedly bring back the Snuggie. Even if she gets hers at Barney’s.

3. John Leguizamo

Source: John Leguizamo. Digital Image. Today.com. Dec. 16, 2013.

A native New Yorker, John Leguizamo should be used to the cold. So why does he look so uncomfortable? Could it be the CROCODILE JACKET?

4. Shakira

Source: Shakira. Digital Image. Style Bistro. Oct. 9, 2009.

Shakira could be just an ordinary woman waiting for the bus. Or an international pop sensation.

5. Selena Gomez

Source: Selena Gomez. Digital Image. Twist. Oct 9, 2015.

These hoods are perfect for celebrities. No one can see you unless you want. And then it’s like, “Boo!” Am I right?

6. Eva Mendes

Source: Eva Mendes. Digital Image. Style Bistro. May 29, 2009.

Eva Mendes didn’t expect to be outdoors for this long. Luckily, she has a hat that fits in her back pocket.

7. Demi Lovato

Source: Demi Lovato. Digital Image. Undated.

Meanwhile, hats off to Demi Lovato. The one celeb on this list rocking a legit Holiday sweater.

8. Jessica Alba

Source: Jessica Alba. Digital Image. The Fat and Skinny on Fashion. Oct 28, 2013.

Multi-hyphenate Jessica Alba always has her hands full. Especially around the Holidays.

9. Sofia Vergara

Source: Sofia Vergara. Digital Image. Just Jared. March 15, 2013.

Sofia Vergara dressed for church with the in-laws on Christmas Eve. That’s what we’re guessing, at least.

10. Bruno Mars

Source: Bruno Mars. Digital Image. Media Crumbs. Dec 23, 2010.

If you’re thinking, “Hey, I clicked on an article about celebs in winter gear!”, slow your roll. Bruno is Hawaiian, and this is winter gear there. He’s probably on his way to a luau to drink eggnog with Obama.

11. Enrique Iglesias

Source: Enrique Iglesias & Anna Kournikova. Digital Image. Pop Sugar. Dec 13, 2017.

Enrique Iglesias, with paramour Anna Kournikova. They probably just got back from carolling.

12. Rosario Dawson

Source: Rosario Dawson. Digital Image. Daily Mail. March 18, 2014.

Rosario has got this Holiday thing locked down. Just red, no green.

13. George Lopez

Source: George and Ann Lopez. Zimbio. Jan 23, 2014.

George is getting in trouble later. His wife got all dolled up and he’s wearing his Target jeans and a lone red scarf. Good luck, bud.

14. Gina Rodriguez

Source: Gina Rodriguez. Digital Image. Anthem. Jan 22, 2012.

Chicago native Gina Rodriguez knows all about snow. And apparently how to enjoy it.

15. Zoe Saldana

Source: Zoe Saldana. Digital Image. Undated.

Zoe Saldana trots out the scarf and sweater for brisk weather. And she’s got mittens in the purse, probably.

16. Adriana Lima

Source: Adriana Lima. Digital Image. HawtCelebs. July 21, 2014.

Yes, this is Adriana Lima, and yes that is a christmas tree. But she’s got it covered, pal.

17. Ariel Winter

Source: Ariel Winter. Digital Image. Twitter: @arielwinter1 Dec 25, 2015.

Ariel Winter is ready for Santa. And so are her favorite helpers.

18. Michael Peña

Source: Michael Pena. Digital Image. Zimbio. Undated.

Here’s Michael Pena getting festive. Maybe the less said, the better? Okay then.

19. David Ortiz

Source: David Ortiz. Digital Image. Undated.

Ho ho ho! It’s Big Papi Santa making the Season bright. He’s got a big bag, full of taters!

20. Salma Hayek

Source: Salma Hayek. Digital Image. Pop Sugar. Dec 4, 2013.

Salma Hayek requested “Stairway to Heaven.” She’ll wait through one more song to hear it and then she’s leaving.

21. Michelle Rodriguez

Source: Michelle Rodriguez. Digital Image. Daily Mail. Jan 4, 2016.

Michelle Rodriquez getting festive. Yeah, she’s wearing a Santa hat, so? You got a problem with that?

22. Ricky Martin

Source: Ricky Martin. Digital Image. People En Español. Jan 29, 2009.

Ricky is ready for winter, twins in tow. Knock the hat if you must, but remember, he’s from a very warm place.

23. Christina Aguilera

Source: Christina Aguilera. Digital Image. Mirror. Dec 17, 2016.

Christina is psyched to be Santa. If you don’t mind, she’s gonna take a taste of that cookie dough. Yum!

24. Mario Lopez

Source: Mario Lopez. Digital Image. Pop Sugar. Dec 26. 2015.

Mario Lopez, you host a show. You need more eyes on you? It’s always about you, isn’t it? Anyway, what are we drinking?

25. Mariah Carey

Source: Mariah Carey. Digital Image. Pop Sugar. Dec 26, 2015.

When you record one of the most popular Christmas songs ever, Santa works for you. And he’s happy for the job.

26. Bella Thorne

Source: Bella Thorne. Digital Image. Pop Sugar. Dec 26, 2015.

It looks like Bella is eating snow here. But she actually has just stuck her tongue to a flagpole like that kid in “A Christmas Story”. She’s way more chill about it, though.

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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 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.” 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.

Read: We Finally Have A Spanish-Language Song As The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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