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Maluma Spills The Tea On His Relationship With J Balvin, Starring In A Movie With J Lo And What His Future Holds

It’s safe to say that Colombian music artist Maluma has got this success thing covered. If we’re looking at his online following, the Latin pop star has over 47 million followers on Instagram and his YouTube channel has a combined total of 13 billion views. His ticket sales are another huge win. Maluma has been selling out arenas around the world for years. This includes New York’s famous Madison Square Garden where the star just played a sold-out show in October of 2019. If these marks of professional achievement weren’t enough, the Latin star also recently added the accolade of “Pop Sensation of the Year” to his resume after it was awarded to him by “GQ Magazine.”

In his interview with the respected publication, Maluma talked about his surprising global fan base, his upcoming move to the big screen and his determination to stay true to HIS kind of music.

In the interview by Julyssa Lopez (photographed by William Ukoh), Maluma’s beginnings in the music business were explored. While he first had ambitions to be a professional soccer player, the Colombian decided at 17 years-old to use his natural charisma to pursue music instead. Using the first two letters of his mother’s, father’s and sister’s names, he took on the stage name Maluma to honor his family and began performing at local quinces.  

He started off using lighter reggaeton beats and blended in hip-hop and Latin trap. During this time, other music professionals pressured Maluma into exploring genres and styles he wasn’t comfortable with. However, the pop star was very confident in who he was as an artist — even while he is exploring his own sound — so he didn’t give into this pressure. 

“I think people at the beginning were confused because they thought I was strictly a reggaeton artist,” Maluma explains in the “GQ” interview. “My genre is the genre I do—it’s salsa, it’s reggaeton, it’s hip hop, it’s R&B, my genre is the genre of Maluma.”  

Staying true to his own sound has been a smart strategy because it has helped the pop star reach fans in unexpected places around the world. 

During his “GQ” interview, he recalled a large group of fans waiting for him outside the Madison Square Garden performance back in October. According to the interview, this group of fans was memorable because they had flown to New York all the way from China — a country that Maluma didn’t even realize already had access to his music.

In the interview, Maluma explained that the Chinese fans shared news of his huge fan base in the People’s Republic. However, he had never visited the communist country so they had to make the trip all the way to the US in order to see him. In the interview, Maluma says he promised to make it a priority to visit China in the future to meet these new fans; showing just how far-reaching his popularity already is.

Maluma’s ability to blend his style with different artists has also allowed him to collaborate with some of the biggest names in music.

As the “GQ” interview points out, Maluma’s absurdly popular music has featured a number of musicians from Ricky Martin, Ty Dolla $ign and Madonna to Steve Aoki, Jason Derulo, and Shakira. However, his more widely talked about collab came about this past year and the attention surrounding it was mainly caused by a supposed rivalry. In September, Maluma and J Balvin released the song for “Qué Pena” and made harmless fun of each other in the accompanying music video. 

Still, according to the “GQ Magazine” interview, there is a perceived rivalry between the two. 

“I never felt anything bad toward him, but all the attention on the genre and people created this tension between us,” Maluma says of Balvin. “I said to him, ‘Yo, bro, come on, I used to listen to your music when I was 14 years old. I used to go to quinceañeras, if you were performing there. I used to see you performing, I was your fan, cabrón.”

While 2019 was an phenomenal year for Maluma, 2020 will only be better thanks to his big move to the big screen. 

For his first shot at the movies, the Pop Sensation of the Year was hand picked by a fellow Latinx superstar. According to his interview with “GQ Magazine,” JLo chose Maluma to star in the film, “Marry Me,” opposite the superstar. Due out next year, the movie features JLo as a jilted pop star who marries a random person (Maluma) after being stood up by her fiance. Of course, shenanigans ensue. We can’t wait to see the chemistry and humor this duo brings to the big screen.

Salma Hayek Said The Monkey In ‘Frida’ Attacked Her And Left Her Severely Injured

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Salma Hayek Said The Monkey In ‘Frida’ Attacked Her And Left Her Severely Injured

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We adore Salma Hayek. We love her so much. We wish a million Salma Hayek’s were working in Hollywood, representing the Latino community. Just imagine what that would look like! Talented, smart, opinionated, hilarious, feisty, and beautiful (inside and out) Latinas working in film and TV, being seen on the red carpet and showing the world what they are made of. It would be something for sure. How did we ever survive without her? That’s the real question. 

In a brief 11-minute video, Salma Hayek discussed her fashion choices from the past, but through that also shared some remarkable stories since she first launched her career in Hollywood back in 1996.

Hayek, who is now a Hollywood veteran and also starring in the new film “Like A Boss,” opened up a book of fashion from her past. The video, presented by Vogue, showed the actress from the moment she stepped on the scene in Robert Rodriguez’s “Desperado.” There was no way anyone could deny Hayek’s beauty, which meant she made a splash on the red carpet. 

What is so fascinating about hearing Hayek speak about her fashion choices is that she was very determined to express what she wanted and not follow the advice of others, even if she wasn’t being taken seriously just yet. That, of course, changed quickly because Hayek wasn’t your average Hollywood beauty. Hayek had a lot to say and a lot to show whether you liked it or not. 

One of the most shocking (and entertaining) parts of the video is when Hayek explains a monkey that was in the Frida movie attacked her viciously. 

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Hayek recalled the incident while looking at a picture of her first Vogue photoshoot in 2002. Hayek’s portrait was emulating her Frida role and was pictured alongside a monkey that was in the film. It’s widely known that Frida Kahlo had a pet monkey, which she captured in paintings often. 

“I was very proud to be part of Vogue for the first time in my life,” Hayek said. “This monkey, who was named Tyson, actually attacked me during the filming of Frida, and I was really severely injured.” 

Hayek doesn’t explain how she was injured or what the monkey did precisely, but it could have attacked her precious face.

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“But I was brave enough to let him come back and work again in the movie, and then I still did a photoshoot with him for Vogue afterward.” Hayek said jokingly, “I was really hoping he wouldn’t go for my face.”

The monkey in the photoshoot looks pretty shocked as well. He probably couldn’t believe that he was still able to work and not just sent back to the zoo. 

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Some other gems from the video included Hayek going on and on about how she set fashion trends. For example, she was the original Ariana Grande. 

Hayek attended the MTV Movie Awards in 1996 and was nominated for Best Kiss. Hayek discussed her late ’90s fashion sense, which included a dark lipstick and tight black dress, but the real highlight for her was the ponytail. 

“I really like the hair,” Hayek said. “I was channeling Ariana Grande before Ariana Grande was born.” Just for reference, Ariana Grande was around 3-years-old at the time of Hayek’s high ponytail. 

Hayek also launched the tiara headdress look, which was previously intended for royalty or pageant queens only.

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The actress said back in the early ’90s when she was a relative nobody, she wanted to spruce up her look by wearing a tiara. Hayek noted that in the beginning stages of her career, no one wanted to dress a Mexican who probably wouldn’t last in Hollywood. So, to make a grander red carpet entrance, Hayek paired up her dress with a tiara even though her entire team told her not to. Hayek said she was proud of herself for sticking with her gut and taking a fashion risk. 

She said soon after she wore the tiara, Hollywood actresses started wearing crowns too. And she never got credit for being the first to do it. Hayek added that decorating one’s head is just as crucial as wearing jewelry and makeup. She said wearing a headdress became a custom of hers and was probably inspired by Frida’s famous crown of flowers. She said she aims to adorn her head as much as possible. 

Salma, we speak for the entire world when we say, you can wear whatever you want for the rest of your life. We will always love you. 

READ: Salma Hayek’s 29 Boldest Looks

Johanna Ortiz Is The First Latin American Designer Ever To Collaborate With Major High Street Brand H&M

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Johanna Ortiz Is The First Latin American Designer Ever To Collaborate With Major High Street Brand H&M

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No affordable clothing company brings high fashion designers to the masses quite like H&M does. The retail company has become known for its designer partnerships as much as it has for it’s cheap prices. Following hot on the heels of Giambattista Valli’s tulle-laden collab, the Swedish retail company H&M has unveiled it’s latest partner in crime, the Colombian, Johanna Ortiz. 

H&M’s first-ever collab collection with a Latina designer is coming early next year, and we’re excited.

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H&M’s partnership with Johanna Ortiz has us jumping with excitement. The collab would mark the very first collaboration between the retail giant and a Latina designer. Since 2004, H&M has released one —or sometimes two— designer collaborations a year. Karl Lagerfeld was the first, and ever since, the fast-fashion giant has released affordable collections designed by the likes of Kenzo, Balmain, Alber Elbaz, and many more.

The majority of these collections sell out in hours, with people lining up outside the store, hours before doors open. The limited-edition pieces hit the secondary market for two or three times the price of the originals.

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Featuring a flamboyant color palette, exotic floral prints and glamorous silhouettes that have become synonymous with Ortiz’s brand of feminine, maximalist dressing, the collection is replete with elegant day-to-night options for those seeking to make a statement.

Ortiz’s signature ruffles, floral prints, and off-the-shoulder styles have captivated consumers everywhere.

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The Colombia native’s signature ruffles and off-the-shoulder silhouettes perfectly capture the spirit of the Latin American Caribbean and have resonated with industry insiders and consumers alike. Ortiz makes use of vibrant colors and feminine silhouettes that have proved commercially successful, earning her worldwide stockists and a loyal clientele base.

The Cali-native designer has garnered global fame with her feminine label.

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The designer has become something of a fashion ambassador for Colombia and has been invited to show her collections at the White House in Washington and the United Nations in New York. She is currently expanding into new categories, having made a bridalwear debut with an exclusive collection for e-tailer Moda Operandi.

There will be an exclusive ‘pre-drop’ this month, before the full collection launches.

The full collection will be dropping in March of 2020, with an exclusive pre-drop of four dresses available this week. All four frocks are an iteration of Ortiz’s flirtatious, floral, over the top, yet effortless aesthetic: one tunic dress, a wrap dress, the mini dress, and a tiered floor-length style dress. 

Ortiz is proud of her heritage, which has a strong influence on her creative aesthetic.

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“The prints all come from my obsession with the flowers, the palm trees and the beautiful colors I am blessed to see out the window when I wake up at home in Cali, in my native Colombia,” explained the Colombian designer in an interview with The Evenging Standard. 

Johanna drew inspiration from her own archive. 

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The tropical and floral prints extracted from Johanna’s archive are called, Wild Roses, Orchid Paradise, Cacatua, and Coquelicots, and live on warm yellow, dusty pink, forest green, and coral-infused dark brown canvases. “The imprint of Latin America and its uniquely festive atmosphere is something that can be felt in each Johanna Ortiz design, so I’m thrilled that so many women in the world will have a little piece of Colombia in their wardrobes thanks to the Johanna Ortiz x H&M collaboration,” said the designer. 

In an effort to give back to the community, her label places a high priority on working with indigenous communities and women in Colombia.

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Ortiz founded her namesake label in 2001 and counts Beyoncé, Sienna Miller and Kate Hudson among her legion of fans.

In an interview with H&M’s online magazine, Johanna shared what she’s most looking forward to about with this collab: “I’m most excited about the fact that I’m taking a bit of my design and a bit of Colombia and reaching a new audience of women. I think that’s really satisfying.”

An exclusive Johanna Ortiz x H&M “pre-drop” of four dress styles will be released in selected stores and at hm.com on December 3; the main collection will be available in March 2020.

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