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25 Curly Hair Latinas When Beauty Standards Have Said Otherwise

Desperately seeking straight hair, most of us have spent decades subjecting our poor manes to heat damage. In a love-hate relationship with blow dryers, straighteners and ‘Brazilian blowouts’, we tried everything to get the sleek look. But thank God times have changed. The last couple of years we’ve seen a switch from super sleek, to liberated curly locks —and boy oh boy are we happy. Here a list of curly hair Latina:

Despite straight hair being the number one look in every beauty magazine, these divas never gave up on their natural locks.

Even though flat, poker-straight hair has been the epitome of coolness since the eighties drew to an end, these curly-haired sisters listed down below never stopped championing their big, glossy locks —and with women embracing their natural hair more and more in recent years, we thought it would be appropriate to take a walk down memory lane to pay tribute to these Curly Hair Latina.

Clara P. Flores

This is the first curly hair photo we could dig up. Dating back to the mid-1860s, the woman depicted was Afro-Mexicana, Clara P. Flores, a resident of Guanajuato, Mexico. Funny to think that ringlets and curly locks were the trend back in the 1800s, look what the 1990s did to our hair SMH.

Beatriz Michelena

This Venezuelan-American babe was a star in many silent films. The photo, dating back to 1918, features Michelena’s loose, bouncy mane —when in fact curly hair was on trend, yes, but in a much more stylized ‘wavy’ style. Beatriz wore her hair natural, on her own terms, and we could use that positivity in our lives today.

Raquel Torres

These were the days of finger waves and little bobs, women actually used heat tools to curl and crinkle their shortly-cut hair rather than smoothen it out. Raquel was a Mexican actress who took Hollywood by storm in the 1920s alongside her sister Renee.

Dolores del Rio

Dolores del Rio is often credited for being the first Latina actress to crossover to the US. This iconic curly-haired queen wore her chinos proudly. However, del Rio’s beautiful looks, paired with her long, luscious and curly locks landed her many stereotypical ‘ethnic’ roles more often than not —not okay, Hollywood

Lupita Tovar

Another Mexican actress who enchanted Hollywood. Lupita’s thick dark hair was wavy and extended into beautiful curls —longer than the it-style of the time, the super short bob. Lupita rocked her long curls with a lot of glamour and probably set some trends herself.

Candita Quintana

This legend of theater and film was a charismatic and lively beauty. The Afro-Cubana Candita Quintana usually wore her curls down, flowing down her back, accentuated with flowers —if this isn’t a lewk, what is?

Lilia Prado

A true old Hollywood glamazon. This Mexican actress was a star during the Mexican Golden age of cinema. Her voluminous head of hair was a big part of her stardom and allure.

Pachucas

The iconic Chicana look of the 1940s and 50s —and precursor of the Cholas. This fashion wave was all about borrowing typically male aesthetics and claiming them for themselves, worn with ultra feminine hair and makeup. Pachucas wore their hair in bunches of curls, in pompadours and feminine wavy updos —Chicanas have been repping curls since back in the day.

Martina Arroyo

This Afro-Puerto Rican singer was an opera diva with international fame. Her stardom lasted from the 60s and well into the 80s, and she usually wore her hair in natural tight curls cropped shortly into a little curly pixie cut —very trendy at the time.

Rita Moreno

The Puerto Rican superstar was known for wearing her hair naturally curly. She were her signature ringlets in all lengths, from pixie to long cascading chinos.

Maria Felix

Another beacon of beauty, fashion, and obviously hair goals. La Doña is still to this day, and icon of Latinx beauty and glamour. Her striking dark hair was always coiffed in dramatic big, bouncy curls.

Lola Falana

The actor, dancer and singer Lola Falana was known as the First Lady of Vegas —that’s how iconic she is. The Afro-Cubanita always let her natural hair shine, showing off her beautiful ‘fro all through the 70s.

Lynda Carter

This Chicana was #hairgoals in the 70s and 80s after her role as Wonderwoman skyrocketed her to fame. The super talented beauty queen would sometimes let her curls come out to play and damn, did they look fabulous.

Rita Lucia Moreno

Afro-Argentinian actress and singer Rita Lucia Moreno sported a cascade of dark curls that were feminine and abundant, and oh-so-glamorous.

Raquel Welch

I mean… look at those locks, need we say more? This Bolivian singer and actress was a true sex symbol and it-girl in the 70s —and her rizos might’ve had something to do with it, don’t you think?

Iris Chacon

The Puerto Rican entertainer was a big champion of big, natural hair. She usually wore her beautiful locks in a halo of curls that framed her face and accentuated her features.

Victoria Santa Cruz

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Afro-Peruvian choreographer, composer and activist, Victoria Eugenia Santa Cruz Guamarra is referred to as “the mother of Afro-Peruvian dance and theater.” She famously wrote and performed the moving poem “Me Gritaron Negra” (They Called Me Black”) with a lifelong aim to awaken black consciousness and pride in Peru.

Veronica Castro

You may recognize this diva from the Netflx hit show ‘La Casa De Las Flores’, but her stardom goes back to the 80s. During that particular decade, La Vero’s hair was truly iconic —natural and permed big curly hairstyles were all the rage.

Celia Cruz

The queen of Salsa is perhaps one of the most iconic women in Latino music. Celia had so much fun with her hairstyles, she never shied away from a bright color or wild look. But she did know how to rock her own natural hair when not wearing an outrageous wig —This rumbera favored Afros, braids and big 80s curls, ¡azúcar!

Gloria Estefan

Ugh, just going back to Gloria Estefan’s look back when she debuted with her first album is giving us major hair envy. Her bouncy dark ringlets are all we want for our manes today.

Salma Hayek

Salma’s hair has seen many phases through the years, but the curly one keeps resurfacing over and over. Her natural loose waves give her head of hair a pump of volume that many would pay good money to achieve —must be nice.

Mariah Carey

Remember old school Mariah? Back in the early years of her career? Her natural curls were luscious and full of volume and we really miss this look. Can we start a petition to bring it back?

Shakira

If ever there’s been a Latinx star to champion curls as a signature style, that would be Shakira. The Colombian bombshell sure knows how to rock a shaggy, loose mane of hair.

Yaya Dacosta

Born Carmara DaCosta Johnson, the actress known as Yaya Dacosta has Afro-Brazilian and African-American roots. Since she first rose to fame after appearing as runner up on cycle 3 of  “America’s Next Top Model” she has been wowing us with natural hair. Since then, she has big chopped and grown back her massive crown of textured goodness — giving us hair life the entire time.

Amara La Negra

Our last Curly-haired queen is Afro-Dominican singer, actress and Love & Hip Hop: Miami star, Amara La Negra. This star has schooled a few —her producer included— on natural hair and what it means to be Afro Latina. Amara is proud of her afro, her roots and is a huge champion of the Afro-Latinx community.

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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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Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

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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