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29 Times Latinas Stole The Show At The Red Carpet

Whether they are actresses, musicians, supermodels or Hollywood legends Latina celebrities have always been able to show Hollywood how the red carpet is supposed to be done. This year’s American Music Awards was a great example of Latina celebrities once again stealing the show on the red carpet. Loved it or hated it, Cardi B’s head to toe Dolce and Gabbana look was a red carpet stand out.

Latina’s have become trailblazers in red carpet fashion and their names have been cemented into Best Dressed lists. JLO’s Versace green dress anyone? Here are 29 times Latinas stole the show on the red carpet and brought the Sazon with their fashion choices.

JLO at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards

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Who better to start with than La Reina of the red carpet, JLO! She more than stole the show on the red carpet in this black and sparkly Reem Acra bib dress at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards. She paired it with HStern jewelry and a clutch. She won favorite Crime Drama Actress for Shades of Blue, but that dress needed its own award as well!

Cardi B at the 2018 Video Music Awards.

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Cardi B was the Latina Jessica Rabbit when she walked the red carpet at the 2018 Video Music Awards. The custom velvet Nicolas Jebran vintage style dress was classic yet sexy because of its neckline and bias cut. She paired it with matching shoes and emerald Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Her simple hair and make-up let the fashion do all the mic dropping. It was her first appearance after giving birth and she did not disappoint.

Camila Cabello at the 2018 American Music Awards.

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Cubana Camilla Cabello went with a modern twist on the classic ball gown with her black and baby pink Giorgio Armani Prive’ dress at the 2018 American Music Awards. She styled the dress with Bulgari jewels, Louboutin shoes and matching over the elbow gloves by Gaspar Gloves. Simple hair and make-up completed the look.

Lauren Jauregui at the 2018 American Music Awards.

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Former Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui, kept the princess vibes going at this year’s American Music Awards. The purple and black Pamella Roland gown is from the Pre-Fall 2018 collection. Said to be one of her favorite dresses, Lauren paired it with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and rings by the Lisa Bridge Collection and earrings by Elizabeth Garvin. Lauren who is Cuban, is expected to release her first solo album out this month.

Diane Guerrero at the 2018 SAG Awards

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Colombian author, activist and Orange is the New Black actress Diane Guerrero gave us a modern Cinderella in her Christian Siriano crop top gown at the 2018 SAG Awards. Beauty was kept simple, while she accessorized with Effy Jewelry, Graziela Gems and an Edie Parker clutch.

Selena Gomez at the 2017 Met Gala

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Simple yet scene stealing Selena wore a Coach embellished gown at the 2017 Met Gala. The gown’s delicate structure made Selena look like she was floating as she walked. She completed the look with a matching purse and a choker.

Gina Rodriguez at the 2018 Oscars

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Gina sparkled as she walked the red carpet in a straight off the runway crystalized couture Zuhair Murad gown at the 2018 Oscars. She accessorized with Jimmy Choo shoes and Forevermark jewelry.

America Ferrera at the 2016 Emmy’s.

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Stunning and simple, America Ferrera wore a navy sequined Jenny Packham spaghetti strap dress to the 2016 Emmy’s.

Becky G at the 2018 Latin Billboard Music Awards.

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Classic in black and braids Becky G chose a sleek halter dress for the 2018 Latin Billboard Music Awards. Her choice to braid her hair pulled the focus towards the cowl neck and perfect draping.

Natti Natasha

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Taking flight with her blue Bao Tranchi bird inspired gown was Natti Natasha at the 2018 Premio Lo Nuestro awards. The velvet long sleeve royal blue dress showed off her curves without showing too much skin.

Eva Longoria at the 2018 Golden Globes

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Using fashion to send a message of support during the height of the Time’s Up movement Eva Longoria chose a black dress by Genny for the 2018 Golden Globes. Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and a sleek hair style topped the look.

Roselyn Sanchez at the 2016 Latin Grammy’s

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Roselyn brought the heat to the 2016 Latin Grammy’s red carpet with her scarlet gown by Gareth Pugh. Jewelry was by RUNA Jewelry and shoes were by Christian Louboutin.

Sofia Vergara

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During the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar’s after party Sofia Vergara’s custom Ralph Russo dress made her the queen of the red carpet. Accessorized only with Lorraine Schwartz earrings the dress stood out through its royal feeling beading, cape and neckline.

Leslie Grace at the Premio Lo Nuestro 2018

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On the Premio Lo Nuestro 2018 red carpet Leslie called for a change in beauty standards when she wore her hair in braids. She allowed her hair to be her most important accessory to her simple silver Diane Von Furstenberg dress.

Dascha Polanco at the 2018 Sag Awards red carpet

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Dascha showed off her gorgeous curves in a mermaid Bibhu Mohapatra gown on the 2018 Sag Awards red carpet. Loose waves and a clutch completed this nod to vintage Hollywood glamour.

Zoe Saldana at the 2016 Met Gala

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For the 2016 Met Gala Zoe Saldana stole the show with her Dolce and Gabbana gown with an immensely long feather train. Zoe styled her hair simply, allowing the masterpiece made by Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to shine on its own.

Michelle Rodriguez at Cannes 2018

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On the 2018 Cannes red carpet Michelle Rodriguez knew exactly how much skin to show in this Ulyana Sergeenko dress. An emerald green necklace and ring by Avakian added a touch of color to the black dress.

Jaina Lee Ortiz at the Vanity Fair after Oscars party.

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The Station 19 and Rosewood Boricua actress stood out on this year’s carpet at the Vanity Fair after Oscars party. She chose a nude and black Mario Dice illusion dress with short sleeves. A wet slick back hairdo and simple makeup were great beauty choices. While additional shine was added with Tacori jewels and Loriblu shoes.

Penelope Cruz at the Emmy’s

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For the Emmy’s Penelope Cruz took an elegant feather approach on the red carpet in Chanel. Paired with Swarovski jewelry and a sleek pony, its elegance at its best. A soft smoky eye and nude lip were the right choice for this standalone gown.

Victoria Justice at the Art of Elysium red carpet

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The half Boricua beauty, by way of her mom radiated in this blush toned Michael Cinco gown on the Art of Elysium red carpet.

Christina Milian at the Nylon Magazine pink carpet

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Cuban singer Christina Milian showed us why she didn’t need a stylist when she walked the Nylon Magazine pink carpet in Alice McCall.

Demi Lovato at the 2017 American Music Awards

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Demi chose a subtle way to show off her curves on the 2017 American Music Awards red carpet in then up incoming designer Ester Abner.

Joan Smalls at the 2014 Met Gala

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For the 2014 Met Gala Joan Smalls knew how to make a bold yet simple statement with her purple lips and Vera Wang dress.

Gisele Bundchen at the 2018 Met Gala.

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Gisele showed off her super model legs when the Brazilian goddess wore this gold Versace gown at the 2018 Met Gala.

Elsa Pataky

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Spanish actress Elsa Pataky stunned in this peek-a-boo Zuhair Murad gown at the 2017 Golden Globes.

Jordana Brewster at the red-carpet premier of The People v. OJ Simpson.

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The Panamanian, Brazilian born actress won the case when she wore this Vionnet Paris jumpsuit on the red-carpet premier of The People v. OJ Simpson.

Elizabeth Rodriguez at the 2017 Saga Awards red carpet.

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Orange is the New Black actress Elizabeth Rodriguez let the intricate dress made by Paolo Sebastian do the talking on the 2017 Saga Awards red carpet.

Naya Rivera at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

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During her pregnancy Naya let her natural glow and the sleek white Tadashi Shoji gown take the spotlight for the White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

Christina Aguilera

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Christina took a dramatic approach with this 16arlington menswear inspired gown at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

Honorary Red-Carpet Show Stealers:

Selena

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For her Grammy win Tejana superstar Selena Quintanilla wore this sparkly beaded gown that matched her gorgeous smile. Although she wasn’t seen on many red carpets her legendary on-stage fashion will always be remembered. And we can’t forget that her love of fashion lead her to open a store.

Celia Cruz

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Always a red-carpet scene stealer Celia Cruz showed off her one of a kind style even before she became the queen of Azucar! Known for her wild red-carpet fashion, these vintage pictures showcase a calmer version of her fashion choices.

Rita Moreno

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Legend Rita Moreno blew people away with a redo of her 1962 Oscar gown at the 2018 Oscar’s. This gown was the same one in which she won her first Oscar for West Side Story!

What is your favorite red-carpet stealing moment by a Latina?

A New Selena Album Will Soon Be Released But This One Is Made Just For Babies

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A New Selena Album Will Soon Be Released But This One Is Made Just For Babies

Since the death of Selena Quintanilla in 1995, new generations of people have come to know of her in the various ways others have celebrated her. Some may have discovered Selena through the 1997 film starring the incomparable Jennifer Lopez or by attending the Fiest de la Flor festival. Perpahs even newbie fans discovered Selena recently through the special collection created in her honor by Forever 21. Well, in the coming months, there’s going to be another wave of Selena projects that will surely get the next generation of  Selena fans doing the washing machine dance in no time because there’s also no age limit to Selena fans either. 

They come in all sizes — even little tiny ones because it’s never too early to become a Selena fan. 

A new album of Selena classics is set to be released all in the form of lullabies. 

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The Rockabye Baby! label has released lullaby renditions of Bob Marley, The Beatles, Coldplay, Adele, and now Selena is next! The label takes the music parents love and transforms it into soothing instrumental lullabies. So instead of guitars and drums, the label uses xylophones and bells. They’re actually really beautiful and relaxing songs that are great for adults too! So how did Rockabye Baby! convert Selena cumbias and rancheras into sleepytime music?

With the passionate sounds of her popular music transformed into soothing, beautiful instrumentals, using woodblocks, glockenspiels, xylophone and more, your baby is sure to fall asleep snuggled by the soft melodies of one of the greatest Latin artists of all time. As you gaze at your sleeping angel, your heart will melt con tanto amo,” Rockabye Baby! said in a released statement.

The album, titled “Lullaby Renditions of Selena” drops on Sept. 20, and includes 12 Selena classic songs. 

Here’s a sample below. 

Here’s the entire tracklist: 

  1. Bidi Bidi Bom Bom
  2. Como La Flor
  3. Baila Esta Cumbia
  4. Amor Prohibido
  5. La Carcacha
  6. El Chico Del Apartmento 512
  7. Si Una Vez
  8. No Me Queda Más
  9. Fotos y Recuerdos
  10. Tứ, Solo Tứ
  11. I Could Fall in Love
  12. Dreaming of You

This isn’t the first time Rockabye Baby! has released a Spanish-language album. Earlier this year, they also released lullaby renditions of songs by Juanes.

Their award-winning rock lullaby series consists of more than 90 releases to date, and more than 1.8 million CDs sold and over 567 million streams. The albums are available for purchase on iTunes, Spotify, and other music streaming services. 

We’re certain this album is going to be a hit with most parents (and kids), especially because this Selena children’s book was a best-seller last year.

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Last year, the creators of Lil’ Libros released The Life of/La Vida de Selena and the book was an instant hit on Amazon.

“This is our way of saying thank you, Selena. Thank you for your music, energy, and love. The love you had for us – your community. But most importantly thank you for allowing us to dream just like you did. This is how we can thank you,” creators of Lil’ Libros’ said on Instagram after the release of their book. “By never forgetting you; by sharing your smile, music, and life with our children. By reminding them that you were us. That you loved and sang in two languages. That wherever you went you were proud of who you were and where you came from. By keeping you part of our family just like our parents did when you were here. This is for you. Thank you.”

It’s been well-proven that babies and children need music stimulation to strengthen cognitive and sensory development, and also grow a healthy sense of self.

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There’s a reason why parents play music to their babies even before their born, and not just so they can listen to some cool tunes. It’s actually to help them grow and develop in a healthy way. 

A 2016 study conducted by the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, their results showed that a “series of play sessions with music improved 9-month-old babies’ brain processing of both music and new speech sounds.”

Music simply helps with babies cognitive skills, which means it is up to the adults to nurture these artist forms of development. Without music, a child’s growth could be hindered dramatically and cause irreversible damage. 

How can we be truly sure that babies will love Selena as much as we do?

It’s been certified and tested at least by one Twitter user. We can’t wait for this album!

READ: Ali Wong Is Teaching Her Daughter Spanish And Listening To Her Baby Say ‘Feliz’ Will Bring Your Heart So Much Joy

A Latina’s Viral Facebook Post Sends Message To First-Generation Students: “You cannot behave like the rest of them”

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A Latina’s Viral Facebook Post Sends Message To First-Generation Students: “You cannot behave like the rest of them”

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A new fall season is upon us, which means it’s time to hit the books and go back to school. For some of us, “back to school” can ignite dread, anxiety, and stress. For others, it could mean a time to reunite with friends or go full-throttle into our studies. For most of us, going back to school fuels feelings that teeter between anxiety and utter joy. It’s a confusing time, especially for those incoming freshmen Latinas that will be entering a whole new world of firsts, doubts, and loneliness.

College life isn’t just about studying for so many children who are first-generation immigrants. Instead, for many, education and the potential paths it can lead us to, weighs heavier.

Valeria Alvarado, a Texan Fulbright scholar, wrote an incredible Facebook post that highlights the hardships that first-generation Latinas will face as freshmen in college.

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Alvarado, who’s currently in Serbia as an English Teaching Assistant, began her letter of advice to Latinas by saying, “You’re gonna see all the other freshmen moving in with their families, taking box after box into their rooms, while you’re standing there, alone, with your two maletas [suitcases] and backpack. It’s sucks; I know. And you’re going to be meeting so many different types of people and students. You’re going to see the other students sometimes online shopping during class. You. Can. Not. Be. Like. Them.”

“You. Can. Not. Be. Like. Them” was the overall general theme of Alvarado’s post, and it hits home for so many of us who have been in those shoes.

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Alvarado’s post went live 24 hours ago and has had almost 8K shares.

She goes on to say in her post that while other students may be partying it up, and taking school for granted, Latinas have to remain focus because our life depends on this privilege of being able to go to college. There’s no slacking off in school for us, she wrote, “Estás becada y no puedes actuar como los otros.” You have a scholarship, and you cannot behave like the rest of them.

Your duty, as a first-generation Latina in college, is to help your family out of poverty. You’re able to have a college education because of their hard work and sacrifices.

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Alvarado, who became a U.S. citizen in 2013 and has been an advocate for the Latinx community since the Donald Trump’s election win, noted, “This education is for you, for your papis, your siblings, your community.” She also expressed concern over your mental health which will be immensely affected by this new period in college. She reminds you, though, that you have much more strength than you know because your family has strength.

You will want to give up, she wrote. You will be frustrated, but rest assure your work in college will pay off.

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It will feel like the future of your family depends on your studies, and it does. That means you have to know that your worth is what put you in college in the first place, she offered. That is what will pull you through your college days when you’re feeling frustrated and lonely.

Alvarado not only offered words that were 100 percent on point, but she also provided words of encouragement and support.

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“You have people who LOVE you. You have little Latina girls that you are INSPIRING. You have abuelitos, abuelitas, tías, y tíos that BRAG about you cuando están chismeando. You have friends and neighbors that are so PROUD of you. Eres el orgullo de tu familia.”

She finished her touching post by giving tips which including a message to Latinas to call their abuela when they want to make comfort ford.

More than anything, Alvarado wants first-generation Latinas to know that their self-worth and that dedication makes us stand out above the privileged elites who take school for granted.

“You are the first, but not the last,” she wrote. “So unpack those two suitcases with pride. You are powerful.”

People loved her words of wisdom and shared their own stories of going away to college for the first time.

Ashley Cruz commented on Alvarado’s post by writing, “Oh freaaakk I remember moving to San Francisco with 4 maletas, $100 in my pocket, and no family to move me in but it is so fucking worth it.” Merrina Mendez-Itima wrote, “I seriously felt this so much! If you’re reading this you got this mama and you have a team behind you who did it before you!”

Share this with any college freshmen you know!

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