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25 Latinas Who Have Championed Natural Curly Hair Even 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.

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

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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 OG greñudas.

Clara P. Flores

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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J.Lo’s Social Media Challenge Has Backfired Spectacularly And People Are Having Too Much Fun

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J.Lo’s Social Media Challenge Has Backfired Spectacularly And People Are Having Too Much Fun

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Social media challenges are everywhere and some of them are super fun. However, J.Lo’s attempt to create a social media challenge for the anniversary of her song “Love Don’t Cost A Thing.” The challenge has drawn more trolling responses than genuine and here’s why.

J.Lo was probably expecting a different reaction to #LoveDontCostAThingChallenge.

J.Lo’s song “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” was released 20 years ago and it was a very important moment in Latino pop culture. We all know the song by heart and if you say you don’t then you aren’t being honest. Yet, J.Lo’s way of trying to celebrate the song’s release is, well, bizarre. We should keep in mind that we are dealing with an ongoing pandemic and it is winter, but J.Lo wants you to find a beach, walk around, and through your clothes and jewelry everywhere?

In fact, one of the responses questioning the challenge has more likes than the original post.

J.Lo literally just walked on the beach and threw her jewelry and clothing around. Like, what is happening here? There are so many questions right now and the text of the original tweet offers no real guidance. How is this a fun challenge?

@_nellerita makes a good point. We don’t have valuables that we can just throw around for a social media challenge. Most challenges involve dances, which gives a set parameter of what to do. This is just too open ended and, quite frankly, a wild concept.

Legit, people have a lot of questions about what is happening with the challenge and the tossing of jewelry.

A lot of people don’t have jewelry just laying around, tbh. We might have an Apple watch that is the only real thing we wear but why would we throw it? It is clear that J.Lo was hoping to see people recreate the iconic scene of the music video when she stripped down to go into the water. While the moment is iconic, it is something that we are not super eager to recreate as we stay isolated during this Covid winter.

Overwhelmingly, this has been the reaction to the #LoveDontCostAThingChallenge.

Most of Twitter is just sitting there trying to figure out what exactly is going on with J.Lo and her challenge. We appreciate someone getting people involved and mobilized. We also want to see our people succeed. However, some things need to be thought out a little bit more than this social media challenge.

READ: J.Lo Posted BTS Super Bowl Footage And Shared Her Booty Shaking “Tutorial” With Shakira

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Last year was a wild and often scary time. The world will forever remember 2020 being the year that everything stopped and we all had to isolate. It was also the year that we lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash and that death rattled the world.

Last year started with the shocking news of Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash.

John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mauser, Kobe Bryant, and Gianna Bryant all died when a helicopter crashed in the hills near Calabasas. The crash was a shock but TMZ reporting the deaths of Kobe and Gianna without Vanessa being notified angered many. Most of the world learned about Kobe and Gianni’s death because of the TMZ article.

People are remembering the Black Mamba as more than a basketball player.

Fans and friends have shared stories of Kobe and what he has meant to them. Social media is filled with fellow athletes remembering times they spent with Kobe and the kindness and wisdom he gave them in those moments. The basketball player was a legend in the sporting world and became a very important member of the Los Angeles community.

The Dallas Mavericks honored Kobe today in a tweet.

In 2007, Kobe requested a trade to leave the LA Lakers. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, revealed that during that time the Mavericks almost acquired Kobe in a trade. Though Kobe almost went to Chicago, Dallas was in the running to be the next home for the legend.

Kobe was honored throughout the sporting world with some teams retiring his numbers. The sorting world lost a legend and ambassador for athletics that day and his absence is still felt strongly today.

Some people have shared small notes that Kobe sent them.

Kobe always had the reputation of being a thoughtful and kind person. Someone that people were able to connect with professionally and personally. These moments have endeared him to the LA community and why the city mourned his sudden death for months after.

You can check out Kobe with Guillermo in this clip of Guillermo’s NBA Media Day interviews.

Continue to rest in peace, Kobe. You are greatly missed.

READ: People Are Keeping Kobe Bryant Murals Safe

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