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A California Mom Is Recreating Iconic Album Covers Using Her Children And They Are Incredible

Creating a family is one of life’s most beautiful aspects of being human. Part of raising children is passing down important family traditions and also instilling critical aspects of life that perhaps we didn’t get ourselves as kids. We create little versions of ourselves by sharing with them our taste in fashion, giving them our favorite foods, taking them to special places we loved as kids, and also inspiring them our favorite musical artists. That is what makes this story so undeniably special. 

A mom from California plays dress up with her little girl and it’s giving us major #familygoals.

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Marie Corona’s Instagram is filled with images of her family like most people have. However, what makes her Instagram a little different from the typical mom is that she’s using creative ways to pose as inspirational and influential artists. From the looks of her account, Marie initially just dressed up her daughter Juleanna “Jules” Navarro for fun, but then it all changed when she got a shoutout from one of her favorite music stars.  

In 2015, she dressed Jules up as Erykah Badu wearing a headwrap just like her. Badu retweeted the image and a star was born. “It was the most exciting thing to me at the time because I had just seen her live the month prior and, well, the legendary Miss Badu called my daughter cute,” Marie said in an interview with The Houston Chronicle. That image inspired Marie to take her creative skills to another level.

For the past couple of years, Marie has been recreating album covers featuring her daughter. Here’s one of Kanye’s 2010 My “Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

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Marie told the publication that she didn’t know how to use Photoshop so she improvised and created entirely new sets. 

“I got some old cardboard we had at home and painted it red, then taped a painted poster board over that to look like the album cover. I printed out the ‘Parental Advisory’ sign to make it a little more legit,” Marie told The Houston Chronicle. “For the final touch, I got one of my wine glasses and filled that with apple juice and a little food coloring to make it look like wine.”

We must say her DIY mind definitely makes the image stand out a lot more had she just used Photoshop and taken a short cut. 

Here’s her daughter recreating Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener” cover.

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Utter perfection! One of Marie’s followers wrote on Instagram, “Jajajaja omg I didn’t reconocer her I swear you out do yourself every time I love it.”

Of course, she had to do Beyonce. 

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To incredible females side-by-side. We adore how much Jules is a total sport about the whole thing. But it does leave us wondering if she’s a perfect angel during these photoshoots because we’d love to see some outtakes for sure. 

The picture that is getting the most buzz is Marie’s recreation of Selena’s “Amor Prohibido.” 

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Marie said that the picture earned a “Like” by Selena’s sister, Suzette! 

Here are some more amazing album covers. 

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Here is Jules as Snoh Aalegra in her 2019 album cover for ” Ugh, those feels again.”

Here’s a great one of Amy Whinehouse. 

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We love that Jules gets the sentiment down so perfectly. She’s a natural in front of the camera and clearly takes direction well from her mom. 

“I decided to add another powerful voice with the Amy Winehouse cover. Jules was all for it, as long as ice cream was involved afterwards,” Marie told the publication. Oh, so she bribes her with ice cream. That is our kind of kid. 

Now that Marie has her second child, a little boy named Andre, she is getting him into the swing of things just like his big sister. 

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Not only does it look like Marie has mastered Photoshop, but we can’t wait to see more of little Andre. Marie added that her motivation is not just to get “Likes” on social media, but for her kids to see how much she loves them. 

“I hope they look back at these pictures when they’re older and appreciate not only the craziness, but also my love for them, music and Halloween,” she told The Houston Chronicle.

READ: This Latino Family Went Viral For Throwing a Costco-Themed Party For Their Son

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Good news, Selenators! Word on the street is that Selena Gomez will soon be dropping her first-ever Spanish language album. The rumors started after Gomez dropped a surprising (and beautiful!) new Spanish-language single, “De Una Vez”.

Soon after the single dropped, rumors of a full Spanish-language studio album began to swirl when murals promoting “De Una Vez” and a yet-unreleased single “Baila Conmigo” popped up across, Mexico.

To make matters even better, Selena already dropped “De Una Vez”‘s music video.

The lush and imaginative video has been garnering praise for its inclusion of Latin American visuals and symbols. Gomez hired Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez to direct her video–a husband and wife team who hail from Mexico and Spain, respectively and go by the moniker Los Pérez.

Of hiring Spanish speakers to direct her video, Gomez revealed to Vogue online that the decision was intentional. “If I was going to completely immerse myself into a project inspired by Latin culture, I wanted to work with native Spanish speaking creators,” she said.

And indeed, Verduzco and Perez tried to infuse as much Latin spirit into the video’s conception as possible.

“Magical realism has always been part of the Latin culture, whether it be in art or telenovelas,” Gomez told Vogue. “I wanted [to capture] that sense of a supernatural world.”

They accomplished this sense of magical realism by utilizing motifs from Mexican folk art, like Milagro, which is symbolized by the glowing heart that is beating within Gomez’s chest throughout the video.

“We wanted to play with powerful language and images. We designed the heart—we call it the Milagro in Mexican culture—and its light to be a metaphor for the healing throughout the story,” Verduzco told Vogue.

Selena Gomez fans are especially excited about this project because Gomez has long hinted at her desire to release a Spanish-language album.

Back in 2011, Gomez tweeted about her plans to eventually record an entire album in Spanish. “Can’t wait for y’all to hear the Spanish record;) it’s sounding so cool,” she wrote.

She retweeted the sentiment on Thursday with the comment: “I think it will be worth the wait”–which many fans took as confirmation that a full studio album is on its way.

It’s worth noting that Gomez has already dipped her toe into the Latin music scene with 2010’s “Un Año Sin Lluvia” and 2018’s DJ Snake, Ozuna and Cardi B collab, “Taki Taki”.

As for the difficulty of recording songs in a second language, Gomez said that it was a practice that came naturally.

“I actually think I sing better in Spanish. That was something I discovered,” she said in an interview for Apple Music. “It was a lot of work, and look, you cannot mispronounce anything. It is something that needed to be precise, and needed to be respected by the audience I’m going to release this for.”

She continued: “Of course I want everyone to enjoy the music, but I am targeting my fan base. I’m targeting my heritage, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

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A Brazilian Photographer Is Documenting Indigenous Tribes In The Amazon

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A Brazilian Photographer Is Documenting Indigenous Tribes In The Amazon

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Indigenous tribes are the most important connection between man and nature. These tribes have lived off the land before modern society and many have never interacted with modern society. Ricardo Stuckert is going through and documenting the indigenous Amazonian tribes in Brazil.

Ricardo Stuckert is photographing indigenous tribespeople in the Brazilian Amazon.

The indigenous community is something sacred that most people agrees should be protected. They are more connected to the land than we are. Their customs and traditions are more ingrained in this world than ours are and it is so important to protect them.

The indigenous community of Brazil has been subjected to horrible attacks and conditions from the Brazilian government.

One of the most widespread attacks against the indigenous Brazilians living in the Amazon has been for the land. President Jair Bolsonaro has tried to take land away from the indigenous communities to allow for logging and mining. A bill he sent to the congress sought to exploit the land for commercial purposes, even legalizing some of the attacks we have seen on indigenous people since President Bolsonaro took power.

Stuckert wants to preserve the indigenous culture and customs through photos.

“I think it is important to disseminate Brazilian culture and show the way that native peoples live today,” Stuckert told DailyMail. “In 1997, I started to photograph the Amazon and had my first contact with the native people of Brazil. Since then, I have tried to show the diversity and plurality of indigenous culture, as well as emphasize the importance of the Indians as guardians of the forest. There are young people who are being born who have never seen or will see an Indian in their lives.”

The photographer believes that using photography is the best way to share culture.

“I think that photography has this power to transpose a culture like this to thousands of people,” Stuckert told DailyMail. “The importance of documentary photojournalism is to undo stigmas and propagate a culture that is being lost. We need to show the importance of indigenous people to the world, for the protection of our forests.”

You can see all of Stuckert’s photos on his Instagram.

Stuckert’s work to documented the indigenous community is giving people an insight into a life many never see. Brazil is home to about 210 million people with around 1 million having indigenous heritage. The diverse indigenous community of Brazil is something important to showcase and that’s what Stuckert is doing.

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