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The 10 Year Challenge Is Showing How Gracefully Latinos Age And It’s Beautiful

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It’s a brand new year with a brand new Twitter hashtag trending. Essentially, what we’ve learned from this trend is that Latinos reverse age and we all have a lot to look forward to. We’re also happy that A-line animal print belts haven’t carried through to 2019.

Friendly disclaimer: all these people are paid to be beautiful for forever. It’s a full-time job. Don’t torture yourself.

Jennifer Lopez

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She’ll be at the top of all our lists because this woman is mega on top of her game. She’s a business mogul, producer, mother, and artist. I’m okay with these genes.

Alex Rodriguez

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Once J.Lo posted her #10YearChallenge, we knew A-Rod’s would be moments behind hers.

Caption: “How would you caption this?!.#10yearchallenge” 🙈

Mark Consuelos & Kelly Ripa

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Power couple Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos win the Cutest Couple Award with this caption:

Caption: “#10yearchallenge closer now ❤️❤️”

Mariah Carey

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Meanwhile, Mariah is the Aries queen who is above it all.

Caption: “I don’t get this 10 year challenge, time is not something I acknowledge. 🤷‍♀️ *Picture taken at some point prior to today”

Laura Gomez

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The only way I ship Laura is with a Frida-style brow.

Caption: “What can I say? It’s been a rough decade 👵 ¿Qué puedo decir? Los años me dieron duro. #10yearchallenge”

Bella Thorne

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When your celebrity crush’s #10YearChallenge reminds you how stinkin’ young they are.  🙈 🙉 🙊

Manny MUA

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While makeup mogul Manny MUA shared the most inspiring story of 2019.

Caption: “GIRLLLL that #10yearchallenge has me SHOOK! 10 years ago I graduated high school…. I was battling so much internally at the time and never wanted anyone to know so I’d bottle it away and pretended I was always happy and perfect… but the reality was that I was angry! I didn’t understand why I was gay, I didn’t want to be gay, that wasn’t part of my “plan” so I’d hide it away and do my best to never show the world who I truly was… leaping forward a decade and WOW what a difference! Not only have I accepted myself, millions of others have as well! Never give up on yourself, it will get better as long as your continue to strive to be the best you that you can be! ❤️ #2009vs2019”

 Christina Aguilera

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The only difference I see between 2009 Aguilera and 2019 is that she’s going for a bolder lip these days. Way to slay.

Jaime Camil

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Your favorite telenovela star seems to have found his salt and pepper look in only the last few years! You age well, Camil.

Antonio Banderas

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There is so much to unpack here, that we just won’t. Let’s instead acknowledge that Banderas looks exactly the same as ten years ago.

Justina Machado

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Now we begin the series of Latina women who truly don’t seem to age. Is she rocking the same earrings? I’m impressed.

Marisol Nichols

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You can’t even tell which photo is of the older Marisol, can you? Truly, this is brujería, which would also explain what is happening in Riverdale right now.

Salice Rose

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I’m sorry, what, Salice?! This comedian/beauty queen has it so together, it’s impossible to believe she’s only 25 years old. #Fierce.

Yesika Salgado

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Caption: “My thirties look better than my twenties”

Honestly, yes, queen. This bangin’ Salvi poet is La Reina of #bopo, and is embracing all of it with those red lips and gold nails. Te amo.

Snooki

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You thought we’d forget about our favorite Chilean-Italian-American? Snooki has graduated from playing in sandboxes to snuggling with her adorable hijos.

Massy Arias

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Then there are the fitness glow-ups.

Caption: “#10yearchallenge From unhealthy, depressed, and unhappy. To healthy, confident, and living the best years of my life. Life isn’t a race, but a marathon. I started working out and eating healthy as a way to cope with depression, lack of self-confidence and purpose in life. It became my passion, and my medicine. Today my passion has become my career. I am thankful for all the hardships, the set backs, the late nights, the sacrifices, and everything life has thrown at me. Because today I an say I feel and look better at 30 with a toddler, than I 10 years ago.

Make your life count. Do not waste your best years doubting yourself waiting for the perfect moment to act on the things you want the most. Every year brings different challenges. Let’s keep learning, growing, and pushing ourselves. Happy Monday my tribe, I’ll be seeing you at the LA Fit expo January 26th-27th. Cannot wait to see you there.”

Melissa Alcantara

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Melissa’s ten-year transformation has earned her the coveted slot as Kim Kardashian’s personal trainer. You don’t need to wait another year to feel inspired by another #10YearChallenge. @fitgurlmel will challenge you every day of the week.

Gisele Bündchen

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While we’re always ready for more Gisele pics, the supermodel gave us food for thought instead.

Caption: “#10yearchallenge is a great opportunity to reflect. Have you ever stopped to think where you were 10 years ago? What were the dreams you had for yourself and for the world? What are you most proud of today? If you ask me, I would say that, besides creating and nurturing my own family, I´m also very proud of the Agua Limpa Project, that my family and I created 10 years ago to help to better the quality of the water in my hometown – Brazil. In the beginning it was challenging, but we had a dream and a deep desire to be helpful. 10 years later, I’m happy to say that we did it! We planted more than 40,000 trees on the river banks that not only improved the water quality and helped to preserve the area for the future generations but also created an ecological corridor that brought wildlife back! It´s incredible to see when we give Nature a helping hand, she does the rest and thrives. The more we take care of Nature the better she can take care of us. We are all connected.”

POTUS

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This is one stunning and jarring photo. It’s kindof amazing how much the White House can change in just 10 years.

Sammy Sosa

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Nothing is worse than seeing Dominicana baseball hero Sammy Sosa bleach himself white. Hopefully, the next ten years are all about self-love and Latino pride.


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Here's What Went Down During Fox's Not-Live 'Rent: Live' Special That Left Fans Wanting More

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Here’s What Went Down During Fox’s Not-Live ‘Rent: Live’ Special That Left Fans Wanting More

To say that we were excited to see Valentina act in her debut television performance is an understatement. If you consider that Valentina — born James Leyva — hasn’t been a drag queen for very long and that we’ve only honestly seen her on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the idea of seeing her in another role is a big deal. So, fans have been anticipating the musical performance of “Rent: Live” for a couple of months. Valentina was hand-picked for the role of Angel Dumott Schunard meaning she didn’t have to audition. Here’s what went done on the not-live live show.

Fox didn’t air a “live version” of “Rent: Live” because an actor suffered an injury, and that was the first of many things that, honestly, went wrong.

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The first mistake had to be that Fox did not have an understudy for the roles, because, in theater, there’s always an understudy ready to take on the part if there’s ever an issue. After actor Brennin Hunt got hurt during a dress rehearsal, there was no one to take over, which is why they had to air a taped version on Sunday night. The program also started late, so there was a delay, which naturally would turn away viewers.

The taped version had major issues including the singing performances. According to Vox, actors sometimes “save” their voice during rehearsals to show their best during the live show. Since Fox aired a taped rehearsal from the night before, some of the actors, in particular, Valentina, perhaps did not perform their best.

Valentina’s singing in the taped version of “Rent: Live” was unfortunately sad.

Perhaps Valentina was attempting to save her voice for the live version. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Valentina talked about how she was chosen for the role.

“[The casting agent] had me audition without knowing if I could sing or act or anything,” Valentina told the publication. “I was always a big fan of musical theater, dance, and choir so those things that I did in school are all part of what I get to do now. I was not an expert performer in those times, and I wasn’t getting the best training, but I always had a love for what I get to do now with ‘Rent.'”

The tragic part is that we will never know how good she could have been in “Rent,” and others feel the same way.

The New York Times review of “Rent” pointed out that Valentina’s significant solo number suffered a lot.

“In the case of ‘Today 4 U,’ a musical showcase for the larger-than-life optimist Angel (Valentina, a star of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’), the audience was so hyped it drowned out much of her vocals.”

The actors also watched along with viewers, and Valentina was seen crying during the taped performance.

Valentina has not spoken out since the airing of the taped version. Before the airing of the show, Valentina did say on Instagram that it was an honor for her to play the role of Angel saying that she is the “heart and soul of ‘Rent.'”

“Angel has now become my angel that guides me to be a better person. I’m diving into this role wholeheartedly with all the love she deserves. A big shout out to all the Angel Stars that have come before me, I’m so blessed to be a part of the RENT family.”

Here’s what others had to say about Valentina’s performance.

It was pretty hard on the ears.

We wanted to stay engaged, but it was so hard.

It is a true disservice that Fox didn’t prepare for a chance that one of the actors would hurt themselve when rehearsing. It is important to have understudying to take on the roles when things happen. We can only imagine that Valentina would have been so much better during a real show.

People brought up her iconic lip sync performance on “Drag Race.”

People are savage on social media. They hide behind screens and keyboards meaning they never have to deal with saying things in person.

Fans, despite their sadness with her vocals, still love Valentina.

She will rise above this, we know it!


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