Coachella is in its second weekend and people are excited about the exceptional lineup. Yet, while most festival-goers enjoy the music and decoration, few pay attention to the people who clean up after the festival ends for the night. Now, Twitter users are spreading the word about the people who make the festival the enjoyable and Instagramable experience it has come to be.
The Desert Sun reports that Coachella Vally farm workers are picking up night shifts to clean up the festival.
According to the Desert Sun, some farm workers in the Coachella Valley work their full day in the fields and end the day with a night shift cleaning up the festival grounds. The workers start just after midnight when the last festival-goers leave the grounds and their shift ends at 3:30 a.m. with the grounds perfectly cleaned.
“Like a magic act,” Enriqueta Magaña, the team leader for those working double shifts, told the Desert Sun.
Festival-goers are using social media to give attention to the hard-working people who make the festival the dream getaway it is for all the Instagram posts.
According to the Desert Sun, festival attendees have nothing nice to say to the people cleaning up the grounds of the Coachella festival. The partiers look down on the people working till 3:30 a.m. because their job involves them picking up the trash the partiers throw about.
“They don’t want to be near us,” Magaña told the Desert Sun. “They say, ‘They’re the ones who pick up the trash. They’re dirty.’”
Some concerned Coachella visitors want to make sure that the workers are being properly compensated for the hard and late work.
The Desert Sun reports that Goldenvoice, the company that produces Coachella, sold 250,000 tickets to the 2017 festival. In total, the festival pulled in $114.6 million. The farm workers pulling a second shift to clean the grounds reportedly get paid the minimum wage of $11 an hour.
The manual laborers sacrifice more than just their aching feet and sore backs to do the work. Between the day-long shift on the fields and the festival clean up, the laborers could work up to 48 hours during the three days of the music festival.
“What we do is nothing more than changing the trash bags,” Magaña told the Desert Sun. “This is not tiresome — you do this in your own house.” She added, “it’s tiresome for the people who aren’t used to staying awake past midnight.”
This conversation happens on the backdrop of Latinos finally getting a stronger representation at the festival that takes place in a Latino community.
The community around Coachella is one of hard working Latino laborers. They have provided the produce we eat every day and then turn around and clean up the mess from festival goers to insure a clean and fun experience. The lack of Latino representation at the festival in a place steeped in the culture is disappointing.
Fortunately, this year is giving Latinos a chance to shine in their own community. Specifically, Los Tucanes de Tijuana rocking out at Coachella was one highlight Latinos won’t forget. Now, if only the laborers who make sure the festival grounds are clean and ready for Coachella revelers could get the same respect and support.
In Summer 2019 the Council of Fashion Designers of America will acknowledge what her fans have always known: that Jennifer Lopez is a fashion icon. On April 16th, the CFDA announced that Lopez will be the 2019 recipient of their Fashion Icon Award. Considered the “Oscar’s of Fashion,” the award has been bestowed on impecable dressers such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga. However, this is the first time she or any a Latina will be honored by the council as an Icon.
Ever since the world received their first glimpse of JLo, her genuine talent and impressive personal style have won her fame and fans. Whether she’s wearing couture or a tracksuit, Lopez has the confidence and personal style to own any look. We can’t wait to see what outfit she will rock at the CFDA Awards on June 3rd but — considering what we’ve already seen — we know it will be iconic.
Here are some of JLo’s most en vogue looks that prove she’s an undisputed fashion icon.
1. The most fly of the Fly Girls.
The first time the world got a real look from Lopez, she was showing off her moves with other dancers on “In Living Color.” Not only did the comedy show hype us to her dance moves, but it also introduced her cool-girl style. In addition to being one of the few people who actually looked good in the early 90s, Lopez was a fan of crop tops from way back when. Some things just never go out of style.
2. ¡Viva Selena!
For her part as the Tejano queen, Lopez borrowed some staple styles from another Latina fashion icon. When the public first saw JLo as Selena, there was an honest shock at how right she looked in the singer’s classic outfits. Selena’s purple jumpsuit, bustier, and even her casual styles were amazing on her. We should have known then to expect great things from the starlet — both in her career and in her future looks.
3. Glitz and glamour at the Oscar’s.
Lopez’s performance in “Selena” earned her critical acclaim and a nomination for a Golden Globe. Later that same year, she turned heads at the 69th annual Academy awards. Wearing a lacy light purple Badgely Mischka gown, JLo shined like the star she was quickly becoming.
4. The era of bikini tops and joggers.
On May 11, 1999, Lopez released her first music video for “If You Had My Love.” Besides bringing us a video with a unique voyeuristic look at cyberspace at the dawn of the new millennium, it also offered several hip looks. While all outfits in this video are still pretty stylish, this bikini top, jogger, and body jewelry outfit is quintessential JLo.
5. Jenny from the Block.
What’s needed for a good JLo music video? A romantic Male lead, amazing choreography and several fierce costume changes. That’s why “Jenny From The Block” is a great video and a fashion icon moment. It’s hard to choose just one chic fashion choice but Lopez made those Manolo boots famous so this look has to wins.
6. The dress that launched Google Images.
After the public saw Lopez in that legendary green Versace dress at the 2000 Grammy’s, they couldn’t get enough. In fact, searches for JLo in that dress was the most popular search query Google ever saw. Due to this, the young company decided to flesh out an image driven search platform — aka Google Images. Considering this dress launched a tool most people use every day, we think it’s safe to say that Lopez is a fashion icon.
7. Everyone wanted this look back in day.
Sometimes when we look back at clothing from decades past, we’re completely baffled by what we see. Other times, those outfits are worn by JLo and we realize we’d still like to cop this look. The early 2000’s saw velour track suits become popular and Lopez’s “I’m Real” video did a lot to spark that trend.
8. The Bennifer phase had its share of looks.
Fun fact: it’s thanks to the union of JLo and former fiance Ben Affleck that we have fun celeb couple names. Since Bennifer split, both have moved on to bigger careers and more compatible loves. JLo was going through a glam phase during their relationship and she made some really great fashion choices — including the gown she wore to the “Gigli” premiere. The movie ended as poorly as the relationship but at least we have this great dress to remember both by.
9. A little black dress that’s anything but basic.
In 2013, the Grammy’s enforced a new dress code collectively written by all the abuelas of the world. The new code banned thongs, any necklines cut too low and all hems cut too high. Pretty controversial for the often risky reward show. Leave it to JLo to stay within the rules while still maintaining making it sexy.
10. Giving the Sun reasons to be jealous.
Besides looking great on the red carpet, in music videos and in everyday life, JLo also brings her amazing style to editorials. In this 2013 “Harper’s Bazaar” feature, the star combined tall gladiator sandals, a canary yellow mini dress and soft, sunkissed waves. The styling is relatively simple but the impact very memorable.
11. A look that combines fashion and art.
Some times we see clothing that reminds us that fashion is as much art as anything found in a museum. JLo wore such a dress for the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Designed by Welsh designer Julien MacDonald, the shimmering black gown has intricate cutouts to make use of negative space. It makes for a show-stopping look that’s meant to walk the runway or red carpet.
12. Even her stage looks are flawless.
Lopez gives nothing less than visual perfection with her regular wardrobe but she brings it to a whole new level with her stage looks. Her 2018 VMA performance for MTV’s Video Vanguard is a great example of this. The golden bodysuit, sparkly thigh highs and sheer flowing cape make her look like a high fashion superhero.
13. Styled head to toe.
Sure, she’s an entrepreneur, movie star, award winning performer and fashionista but JLo hasn’t forgotten where she came from. Here dancer origins have brought her back to TV as a judge on NBC’s “World of Dance.” To celebrate season 2 of the dance competition, Lopez shared a series of pics featuring this ruffled blouse, golden harem pants and one of the most intricate braided updo you’ll ever see.
14. JLo’s style for “InStyle.”
Casual and colorful, Lopez blessed us with this ensemble in a December 2018 spread in “InStyle.” The tunic dress is Valentino Haute Couture as are the gorgeous emerald suede boots. Topped off with Chopard Haute earrings, this is an effortlessly hip outfit.
15. Green dress 2.0.
That “InStyle” spread gave us so much JLo fashion goodness that we’re still obsessing over it. One such bold look is the sparkly Valentino Haute Couture cape she wore with nothing else on. The star looks great in anything and we’re more than a little jelly. Still, we’re okay with it if it means we get to see great editorial styles like this.
16. As pink as she pleases.
Looking like she just stepped out of a telenovela, JLo shared this fine feathered frock on social media. The cut is modest but she still looks incredibly feminine and romantic in this soft pink color. The glitzy addition of those blinged-out earrings are just icing on the cake.
This might seem like a weird flex, but this seemingly low-glamore ensemble is one of our favorites on this list. Who else do you know that looks this high fashion in a track suit? Nobody, that’s who. Her addition of shiny stilettos and oversized gold hoops has us really vibing with this complete picture.
18. This dress is a religious experience.
The MET Gala is all about pageantry and our favorite looks are always the ones that dress for that year’s theme. Lopez did great service to 2018’s theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” with her ornate Balmain gown. What’s even better is that the hand embellished piece was later auctioned off to benefit HIV research. We love a good cause as much as we love this dress.
19. Cute and sexy all in one.
As an international star, JLo does her fair share of jet-setting. One such trip to the United Arab Emirates saw Lopez and fiance Alex Rodriguez stepping out to elite nightclub Base. There, the star rocked this adorable and flirty Balmain minidress. The combination of soft ruffles and peek-a-boo cutouts make for a style that is both sweet and sexy.
20. Simply jaw dropping.
If you ever doubt Lopez’s fashion sense, take a look at this awe-inspiring dress. Worn to the “Vanity Fair” Oscar after-party, this Tom Ford mosaic dress illuminated with hues of pink, purple, blue and silver. This gown photographed beautifully and was the absolute perfect choice for a master poser like JLo. The girl really knows her angles.
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