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Proof That Carmen Carrera Is The Trans Latina Warrior We All Need In This Crazy World

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We all know and love Carmen Carrera for her unapologetic assertion that trans lives matter, in the face of political warfare, and even just ignorant, disrespectful remarks. We haven’t always known her to be this warrior, though. When we first met Carmen Carrera, she was just meeting herself for in a real way on RuPaul’s Drag Race, where she identified as a gay man.

Today, Carmen Carrera has put RuPaul himself in his place on his transphobic remarks and has become a Puerto Rican-Peruvian supermodel. Hear her open up about her childhood and where she is today.

Carmen Carrera was born in Elmwood Park, New Jersey.

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Her parents were Puerto Rican and Peruvian and moved to the United States for a better life.

She’s been criticized by other Latinos for not being “Puerto Rican enough.”

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In an interview with HuffPost, her response was bella: “I think that if you are in America, you should live as Americans do. I have Puerto Rican roots — I eat rice and beans everyday! (laughs). I was born here and this is my country. I do visit Puerto Rico often; however, what the other girls think is a bunch of bullshit in my opinion. It’s like if I said they aren’t American enough. Kiss my ass!”

She named herself, Carmen, after her mother.

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Her mother is Peruvian and Carrera has penned in W Magazine that she is a “big beauty inspiration.”

“We’d always be singing the latest hits, and she would enroll me in little plays, but I was shy. I was more into doing things by myself: I’d wrap a T-shirt around my head and put on makeup to try to look like her. I knew that I was different, but my mom never told me I should be any other way. Consequently, I didn’t grow up thinking that I was wrong being who I was—until I got to school. That’s when the actress in me had to come out.”

Her father passed from complications to AIDS.

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In 2013, Carrera opened up on Facebook about her relationship with her father and with herself:

“I grew up without a father because he was too selfish to understand he was needed at home. He spent his time running the streets, catching AIDS, and leaving me and my mother behind when I was 2. I hid who I was in high school because I was afraid to be me. I grew up partly ashamed of who I was because I wasn’t like the “normal kids”. I couldn’t enjoy being happy in school, I was so focused on playing a role just so I can be with the popular kids. I played the role so well that after high school I met someone that loved my act so much, he married me. It took me 25 years to realize I couldn’t take it anymore, no one was giving me an Oscar anytime soon. I was done acting… Time to move on… Now that I’m being true to who I am on the inside, you’d think I’d be happy right? I’ve never experienced the type of heartbreaks I’ve felt in the past 2 years. Rejection, judgment, hatred, prejudice. I swear these are the times I realize how strong I am. Will I let it get to me? Hell NO. It’s not my fault the world isn’t ready to begin to understand how real I am, how deep I am. I will never go back to pretending. God made me a strong person for a reason. If I can pick myself up from the type of pain that almost feels like its manifesting on my body as physical pain, you can deal with whatever you’re dealing with, my loves.

Don’t ever sell out. Always stay on your grind. Never lose the ability to love. Be at your best and understand that life is a lesson. The quicker you learn, the quicker you can reach your promise-land 

She was kicked out of Catholic school for being too feminine.

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She had a crush on this boy named Anthony and “the nuns were not having it,” Carrera told Cosmopolitan. “I ended up going to public school in the first grade, and that’s when I knew I had to be very strategic about my survival in school. I tried my best to be friends with people who were going to protect me. I hid behind people. As a result, I didn’t go to my prom, I didn’t get to have any slumber parties, I didn’t get to develop myself as a young person — it really impaired my growth.”

On RuPaul’s Drag Race, she was called “the pretty one.”

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I mean, because we’ve all seen her at this point right? Total smoke show. Today, she’s a supermodel.

Fans petitioned for Victoria’s Secret to include her in their fashion show.

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The petition received 45,000 signatures back in 2013 and received a ton of media coverage. To this day, Victoria’s Secret has yet to include a transgender model on their runway.

Carrera finds peace with her baby pictures.

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It makes perfect sense why many trans people are pained to see childhood photos that reflect a time of total vulnerability to society before they were free from living up to a standard that didn’t match their innermost desires. Carrera shared this photo on her Instagram with this caption:

“I’m so proud to say that I’m still in touch with my inner child 👶🏼 This baby is turning 33 today feeling empowered, standing up for what she believes in and also never forgetting how far she’s come. I look into my own eyes in this photo and remember having way too much knowledge of self at the time and being almost afraid of it because the outside world reflected the opposite. I was too smart. I remember how my inner dialog, even back to the day this photo was taken, had always been center focused on how or where I would fit into this world. I’m glad to say that even through all the adversity and tribulations, that I am still able to smile and still able to rise to the occasion of my destiny, keeping true to the loving and joyful nature I was born with. 🤪😌🤟🏼 ”

Carrera came out as trans immediately after her season of RuPaul’s Drag Race wrapped.

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She tells Attitude, “When I came through, I was a wide-eyed kid in New York City, not knowing who I was, I just wanted to learn. So I was like a sponge. I went to the gay clubs and made tons of friends that I still have, and I got to know the trans girls in the drag scene and the drag community, and performance art. Now I feel like after I’ve transitioned, there’s still that kind of disconnect between drag performers who live their life as male and go on stage as female, versus the trans performers. That’s where I feel like we need the most work.”

Carrera has called RuPaul himself out on his transphobia on the show.

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The show used to have a “SheMail” as a way of notifying contestants of their upcoming challenged, which obviously plays off the transphobic slur “she-male.” The show changed the phrase after she continued to speak out and there was backlash against Carrera for ‘biting the hand that fed her.’

Carrera has had to break down Katie Couric’s own ignorance during an interview.

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Carrera literally shushed Katie Couric when she straight up asked about her “private parts.”

“I don’t want to talk about it because it’s really personal and I’d rather talk about my modeling stuff, being in Italian Vogue, and showing people that after the transition, there’s still life to live.”

After that snafu, Couric was inspired to create an entire documentary on “Gender Evolution.”

She publicly came out as trans on an episode of Primetime: What Would You Do?

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You remember those social experiment shows? Carrera played a transgender server that was being hurled (staged) abuse by a customer to see how many people would come to her defense. From the beginning of her transition, Carrera has been speaking out for others in her position.

Carerra’s transition has been entirely public, and for that, she’s become a trans icon.

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We first met her on RuPaul as an out gay man, and last saw her on the show at the beginning of her transition. Since then, she’s gone on to model in Miami Swim Week, for David LaChapelle and on countless magazine covers. Her modeling career and public name is making waves for trans awareness.

Carrera urged all of her followers to vote in the midterms.

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It’s no secret that the Trump administration has actively been trying to hide trans people behind closed doors. Carrera refuses to allow that to happen and you can find her posting lingerie photos followed by VOTE promotional images in the same Instagram post.

Carrera held out hope at first that Trump wouldn’t attack her and her community.

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She told People Magazine, “I wanted to try my best to believe that [Trump would] be here for us and to understand what we were going through. I would just urge him to look at the facts and to understand the people that he’s affecting and how they are being affected. Just take a couple of moments to empathize with what we’re going through.”

She’s one of 1.4 million Americans to update their birth certificates to match their gender identity.

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Carrera is doing all of this for herself and for young trans kids who don’t see themselves reflected accurately in the media. “Just know that we’re here to fight for this. I’m trying to break ground in the industries I work in and I’m doing it for the trans youth across the globe,” Carrera told People.

Carrera became the first transgender person to get married on public television.

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She married her longtime partner Adrian Torres on Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn. The two started dating a decade ago and were in a domestic partnership until their split in 2013, around when Carrera began her transition.

The two have two daughters together.

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They are not these pomeranians. Torres’ daughters, Ahsia and Leeah, are from a previous relationship and Carrera considers them as her own children.

“When we originally got together, we sometimes felt like it was us against the world. But now, incredibly, it’s us with the world,” she told People. “Our children are so smart and such a big part of our lives. Having them there with us while we made this commitment really solidifies our existence as a family.”

She made a cameo appearance on Jane the Virgin‘s pilot episode.

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In an interview with Attitude, she said, “ideally I’d like to do non-trans roles. I’d like to just play a female character, just a teacher, a mom, or whatever, you know. Something relatable to women so that it normalises the idea that trans people can play regular roles and have regular jobs and be embraced for how they present themselves to be.” BOOM. She’s crushing it.

Carrera’s idol is J.Lo–just like us!

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The first song she ever performed on stage was actually Jennifer Lopez’ “Step Into My World” at Escuelita’s Diva Search in New York City. She told we are mitú that she remembers every exchange she’s ever had with the icon.

“Throughout the years, she’d watch me. I saw her at the GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Awards and she congratulated me. Then I saw her again in Vegas at her concert and she asked me how things were going,” Carrera says. “It was just so good to know that someone else that comes from a similar background like me and who I have similar struggles with, other than being Latinx, [supports me]. It was just good to know that she was supportive and that she still watches so that really inspires me to be better.”

We can’t wait to see what’s next for you, Carmen!

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Victoria’s Secret doesn’t deserve you, Archangel, and we’re so happy that you’ve taken on the very personal task of raising awareness for trans people, their stories and breaking stereotypes. 👏👏👏


READ: Here Are 11 LGBTQ Latinos Who Will Make You Proud To Say You Are Part Of The Same Community

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Latinas Need No Porn Because of These 21 Reasons

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Latinas Need No Porn Because of These 21 Reasons

Porn? Really? Who cares?

We´re young, powerful, and super confident women. So, that means we already know what we want.

And here´s why porn is simply not on our list, baby! Cause we have waaaay more important things to do in 2019.

So no matter if you´re feeling a bit lonely, super bored or just curious, you can join us now in this sexy ride. Until you can´t take it anymore.

Are you ready to look?

Make yourself comfortable cause this can´t just get any hotter!

Here go the 21 legit reasons latinas don´t need to watch ANY porn. It´s not my fault—thank Instagram instead!

1. He can take us to deep waters in a few seconds…

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Maluma will be always right next to you, as long as you don´t mind agrandar el cuarto. Of course, sin contratos, as you can imagineAre you in? People always say there´s plenty of fish in the sea. Let´s ask Maluma if he´s found any out there! Don´t you think he looks pretty focused? And basically pretty?

2. This is what really turns us on!

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This pink explosion of flavor in your mouth makes up the perfect recipe for the climax. It´s somewhat exotic, original and sexy. I´m talking of course about Dragon Fruit or Pitaya—which is full of anti-aging benefits for you! I guess you´ve already created your own smoothie bowl recipe to hook up. Share it, girl! Don´t be so greedy.

3. The only ménage à trois we´re willing to watch

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Cause we wanna do bad things with you, and you! If this TV trio doesn´t ring a bell, you go fix it tomorrow. You listen to the opening, learn the lyrics, binge-watch the whole series. The rest is history. Please don´t miss seven glorious years of sexy bites. It’ll leave you wanting more!

4. The true golden shower is here

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From the intimacy of the bedroom to the sensuality of the high-level catwalk, gold probably couldn´t have got any sexier. Thank you glitter!  We couldn´t wait anymore to have you inside us.

5. Doing it outdoors? Seriously?

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It always sounds like a super sexy idea, especially if it happens in these beautiful Panama beaches. So, think carefully about the next book you´re gonna read. And when you travel to paradise again, prepare yourself well for the occasion. 

6. Not every package is huge 🙁

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But size does definitely matter when it comes to pizza, right? This delivery guy will certainly guarantee you regular happy endings. And most importantly, with no strings attached. He´ll be busy knocking on other girls´doors so please don´t get too clingy. It´s pointless.

7. This one makes us wanna lie down forever…

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Cause who doesn´t adore red roses? And a good tattoo? And some finger painting?

8. …while this one makes us melt

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Which independent woman needs any porn when there are SO CUTE real dogs? From the color to the pose, he´s just flawless. We feel like getting playful with him ALL the time. And any time.

9. What´s truly keeping us up all night?

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Our little dirty secret is just a good cafecito! And if there´s some latte art to it (like here), we´ll give it some extra points. Coffee is the ultimate stimulation menu for ladies. You can learn it like the back of your hand and he´ll never disappoint you!

10. There´s nothing like one of those between your hands

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What you´re talking about? No, think again. Now yes, you got it, gurl! It´s a delicious, sensual, warm cup of tea! What´s your favorite? Do you prefer doing it alone or with company?

11. And what´s a cup of tea without cake, anyways?

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Nothing, of course! Or maybe cake by the ocean is better. Is it a tie? Your call.

12. Real lust

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Comes in the form of cookies, a cozy house, and extremely random pajamas. We can watch movies all night while talking, and THAT makes us genuinely happy. Who said women are complicated? We´re the simplest creatures ever!

13. Morning glory

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Is now all about nude headstands. Forget about average selfies in the bathroom. Yoga is the new sexy! Are you already practicing your positions? There are more than you could ever count.

14. That match we´re craving for

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Is to finally find the exact same color of nails and sneakers! And show it to the rest of the world first thing. What´s Tinder anyways? All hearts go to nails and outfits.

15. Almost self-explanatory

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But, just in case, remember you must always peel a banana before eating it. Where´s your mind, girl? Are you thinking about sex again? Come on…grow up!

And we´ll obey—if and only if it´s written in our skins. And we´ll only follow Rihanna songs.

16. Please, tell us what to do!

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17. Hey! We´re busy here!!

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Reminiscing on him. How manly he looked when he played Alex in Dunkirk (2017)! Do you remember? He almost stole the whole show. A kind invitation to test the waterslide.

And we´d go aaaall the way to get one of these over and over again! (After all, Miami is around the corner.)

18. Mouthgasm was just inevitable…

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19. And eyegasm too!

Cause Shawn Mendes can´t look any hotter in this blue hoodie. Period. We´re packing our bags to Canada right now. Maybe we get lucky enough to find him watching basketball again.

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20. Why is she even here?

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Cause we´re still trying to figure out how she gets that awesome hairstyle—AND booty! Any ideas?

21. And what about Shak?

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Another top celeb who makes us lose sleep cause we never really knew that she could dance like this…

After this, I do hope next time you even consider watching porn, you think twice and go back to this list!

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