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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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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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