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Here Are The Latino Dolls We Had To Play With When Our Friends Were Playing With Barbie And Her DreamHouse

Most of us grew up playing with blonde Barbie dolls who looked nothing like us. I remember when the Puerto Rican Barbie doll came out, my mom bought it and wouldn’t even let me take it out of the box “porque va a valer la pena un día.” Yeah, I think she gave it to my little cousin to play with years later.

No te preocupes, because your imaginary (or not) kids will get to play with dolls that are relatable icons as soon as… well, today. Thanks to the continued push for diversity in all aspects of our lives, we are seeing dolls of color take their place in stores.

1. Camila Cabello, circa Fifth Harmony

@camila_cabello / Instagram | Mattel

When Cabello was a young 15 year old in the internationally renown girl band Fifth Harmony, she got her very own Barbie doll made to her liking. What do you think? I’m loving how the singer’s style has evolved. ????????

2. Frida Kahlo

Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 20 July 2018. | Mattel

To be totally honest, Mattel messed up by white-washing Kahlo’s eyebrows and body hair. Where is it?! Of course, there is something to be celebrated for having the icon in Mattel’s collection, but clearly there need to be more Latinas in that office to protect our bodies.

3. Jennifer Lopez Red Carpet Doll

Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 20 July 2018.

ICON. In an interview, Lopez shared her purpose, “I thought it was important to have a Latina Barbie, but a Latina Barbie that was real.” Attainable role models are important.

4. Jennifer Lopez World Tour Doll

Untitled. Digital Image. Huffington Post. 20 July 2018 | Mattel

J.Lo worked with Mattel to make sure that it wasn’t a generic Barbie face, but that it had her nose, and even went so far as to work with Zuhair Murad, the original designer of her iconic sleeveless jumpsuit.

5. Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez

@arod / Instagram | Untitled. Digital Image. Ebay. 5 September 2018.
It’s official. You can’t have a J.Lo doll without an A-Rod to keep her company. A-Rod made his claim to fame in the ’90s pitching for the Mariners and later by pitching for the Yankees. Now, he’s covering bases for his amor, J-Lo, and we ship it so hard.

6. Mariah Carey

Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 20 July 2018.

While Mattel didn’t induct Mariah Carey into the Barbie Hall of Fame, fans took matters into their own hands and actually crocheted a similar crop top knit and offered her a mic as an accessory.

7. Selena Quintanilla

Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 20 July 2018.

After Selena passed, a limited edition collector’s doll was released, immortalizing even what the Tejano Queen wore at her last concert in February 1995 at the Houston Astrodome. This one is actually worth money.

8. Lauren Jauregui circa Fifth Harmony

@laurenjauregui / Instagram | Mattel

Jauregui made up one fifth of the Fifth Harmony, entitling her to her own doll in her own fashion. Again, Mattel, white-wash much?

9. Shakira “Rockin’ Concert”

@shakira / Instagram | Mattel

OK, so this is the kind of Blonde Barbie I would want my kids to look up to. The Colombiana singer was actually fashioned into multiple versions of herself in the early 2000’s, but we like to rock out to Shakira over anyone, any day.

10. Bella Thorne as Cece Jones

“Mattel Disney V.I.P. CeCe Jones Fashion Doll – 2012” Digital Image. Amazon. 20 July 2018.

Bella Thorne starred as Cecelia “CeCe” Jones in the TV series “Shake It Up.” In a partnership with Disney, Mattel released a series of the Disney Channel’s most popular characters on TV.

11. Selena Gomez as Alex Russo

“Mattel Wizards of Waverly Place Alex Russo Fashion Doll with Spell Book” Digital Image. Amazon. 20 July 2018.

We had the privilege of watching our very own Selena Gomez grow up thanks to her role as Alex Russo on “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Her doll comes with a spell book and the spitting image of Russo’s favorite outfit.

12. Adrienne Bailon

Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 20 July 2018.

Quien es, me preguntas? She’s the OG Cheetah Girl, duh! We all remember the very creepy Bratz Cheetah Girls. Don’t worry, you won’t be triggered here.

13. Victoria Justice

Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 20 July 2018.

She had a show named after her “Victorious,” so of course she has to have her very own doll. Spin Master actually created two different Tori Vega dolls.

14. Aimee Carrero

Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 20 July 2018.

Carrero is the Dominican and Puerto Rican princess that plays the voice of “Elena of Avalor,” the first Disney television series to feature a Latina protagonist. Yesss, mija, you can have this doll.

15. Leo Messi

@leomessi / Instagram | “12 inch ZCWO 2017/18 Barcelona 10# Messi doll toys cartoon souvenirs” Digital Image. Ebay. 5 September 2018

Messi is the hero of Argentina for becoming a household name playing as a forward and captain of both the Argentina national team and for Barcelona. They got his beard and knees spot on.

16. Neymar de Silva Santos Júnior

@neymarjr / Instagram | “Mattel FC Elite Neymar Junior Soccer Action Figure” Digital Image. Ebay. 5 September 2018

We’ve got another forward on deck for the Brazil national team. I’ll be honest. The hair is so beyond off. Que pasó Mattel? He should come with at least three hairstyles.

17. Ricky Martin

@rickymartin / Instagram

Amigos, we present to you a battery-operated singing Ricky Martin in a mesh top. Dreams made.

18. Ricky Melendez de Menudo

AuntSisDolls / Etsy

These have been around for decades, which makes them actual collectibles. You can order these on Etsy, but know that you’re paying for a collector’s item. And, no, baby Ricky Martin is too rare to find on Etsy.

19. Ray Reyes de Menudo

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You were either a die-hard Ray fan or you mocked your friends who loved him. How insane is it that people actually thought he was el gordito? Menudo’s manager actually put him on a diet.

20. Johnny Lozado de Menudo

AuntSisDolls / Etsy

Let’s talk about these waist bands on these dolls for a minute, OK. Did they wear these? If so, can somebody confirm in the comments because we’re concerned.

But we still want all these dolls because it’s the comeback age, and we’re praying for a Menudo moment. ????????


READ: 19 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Boy Band Menudo

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Jennifer Lopez And Matthew McConaughey Honor The 20th Anniversary Of ‘The Wedding Planner’

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Jennifer Lopez And Matthew McConaughey Honor The 20th Anniversary Of ‘The Wedding Planner’

2001. A year of quite a lot of big events and don’t fans of The Wedding Planner know it!

Twenty years ago the beloved romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez as a cynical but ambitious wedding planner and Matthew McConaughey the engaged doctor with who she falls in love with.

Twenty years later and of course we needed a reunion to celebrate.

Fortunately, the leading stars reunited for a virtual screening of the 20th anniversary of the hit film. 

During an Instagram Live event, the two actors reunited to wax nostalgia about their iconic romantic comedy from their respective homes. During the sweet gathering, Lopez and McConaughey talked about all things related to that time including their kissing scenes. Recalling one kissing moment in particular, Lopez said to McConaughey “You said, ‘Miss Lopez, I’m going to kiss you now.’ And I said, ‘OK, let’s do it. Let’s hit it.'”

Speaking about the movie’s impact on their career they both admitted that they’ve been lucky.

“When you do these movies… we’ve been lucky enough to continue doing what we love,” Lopez explained. “There are certain moments that always stick out in your head.”

“I so enjoyed working with you,” Lopez added. “We had such a nice rapport and chemistry. We were somewhat at the beginning of our careers at that time. It was exciting to be working on any movie. I still feel that way. It was a magical time. I’m such a romantic too that working on those types of movies have a real feel for me.”

Sweetly, McConaughey praised Lopez for her talent and ambition.

“You prepare so well for everything you do. I love your intentionality, I love how deliberate you are. You would have it down, you love the choreography. I love your deliberation, and the preparation you have,” he added before lamenting the fall of romcoms. “In a way, [The Wedding Planner] was the last of the rom-coms,” McConaughey said. “The rom-com doesn’t get made anymore.”

Lopez was quick to point out that she’s worked hard to ensure that rom-coms don’t die altogether. “I wanna know there’s a happily ever after, I wanna know that. Even though we know we’ve lived through a tough year, miracles still happen, love prevails, things can go right, for sure.”

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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

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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