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While Everyone Was Obsessing Over Barbie’s DreamHouse, We Had These Latino Dolls To Keep Us Entertained

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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

CREDIT: @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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: @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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: @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”

CREDIT: @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

CREDIT: “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

CREDIT: “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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: @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

CREDIT: @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

CREDIT: @rickymartin / Instagram

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

18. Ricky Melendez de Menudo

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: AuntSisDolls / Etsy

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

CREDIT: 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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On Her 50th Birthday, 15 Women of Color Tell Us What Jennifer Lopez Means to Them

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On Her 50th Birthday, 15 Women of Color Tell Us What Jennifer Lopez Means to Them

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There are few Latinas who have made as big of an impact on the world of pop culture as Jennifer Lopez. From her days as a Fly Girl to the triple-threat who has sold over 80 Million records worldwide that she is now, JLo is a global icon. The Boricua has made headlines with her jaw-dropping fashions, star-studded relationships, and her elaborate performances. Lopez has done all this while repping the Latinidad and supporting her Puerto Rican roots. 

On July 24th, the diva hits another huge landmark: she’s turning 50! With her upcoming birthday, it’s the perfect time for us to reflect on the impact JLo has had on us as fans, on the Latinidad, and on pop culture. We asked women of color to share what the star means to them. 

Here’s what they had to say about JLo. 

1. The icon who never gives up on her dreams. 

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“JLO is an icon for all women, especially for minorities. She is a woman who doesn’t give up, who set big goals and meets them. Someone many young girls look up to and she allows them to keep dreaming.” — Karina Magallon, Body Activist

2. The Selena connection.

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“To me, she will always be tied to my love of Selena, she did so well in that role, I felt closer to Selena as a child. It seems silly, but the loss of my first hero felt less tragic because all I needed to do was watch the movie and I wouldn’t be sad anymore. So Jennifer Lopez allowed me to cope because of her great acting ability.” — Sonya, Houston

3. A celebration of la cultura.

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“I saw myself on screen for the first time in JLo. She celebrated my values, my features, and my culture unapologetically. I was too young to know Selena when she was alive, but JLo’s performance enabled me to know two Latina queens 👑 She gave me the confidence to go after my goals in the most fierce way possible 🔥💪🏽” — @getitgens

4. Body positive legend.

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“I just wanted to be her, that’s all. I was made fun of for a big butt growing up. She definitely helped my feel more comfortable with my body, then big butts became a thing and I was like💃🏽🍑 🖕🏼” — @kailababykakes

5. Her lyrics keep us singing. 

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“Sis, my love don’t cost a thannngg 🙌🏽” — @princessdianae

6. She’s an inspiration to her fans. 

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“In SO MANY WAYS! She is my idol and a great source of inspiration — I see myself represented by her and feel so connected to her. ❤️” — @natalieacorrea

7. Fly Girls unite!

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“Latina or not – she’s the reason I wanted to be a Fly Girl” — @zerowasteco

8. Confidence Queen.

Instagram / @JLo

“I have always listened to JLo growing up. She definitely made me feel confident about myself. I love her💜” — @sydsdanceworld_

9. Her body represented a cultural shift. 

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“She became popular around the same time that movies like ‘The Craft’ had a skinny white actress complaining about her butt being too big. As JLo’s popularity grew, so did acceptance of fat asses, and at least SOME curves. She helped end the whole heroine chic look…I appreciated the effect her body had on influencing changes society.” —@lilith.cenobite

10. Forever family-focused.

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“Of course I’ve been a fan of JLo since back in her Selena days, but what really resonates with me is her focus on her family. The co-parenting she and her ex do with their twins seems genuinely good-natured and aimed at keeping their twins happy and loved. All of the pictures she shares of her family on Instagram always make me smile because her family looks so full of love.” — @teoami   

11. Her music represents the sounds of the Latinidad. 

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“I like that she is there to represent the Latino/a community, gives a little taste of the music and sound that we hear/listen to.” — @wickedly76

12. Success is the name of the game.

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“As an Afro-Latina, I didn’t really see a lot of women who fell into a category of being Black and Latina at the same time. But as a Boricua, I still looked up to J.LO so much. I saw her success and it felt tangible for me. If she could look like she did and have success, I thought maybe I could too.” — Veronica, Chicago  

13. The honest misunderstanding. 

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“I hated her (at first) because I was too young to understand that she was just playing role and not trying to replace Selena 😂😂😂” — @ceegetsfit

14. Two Words:

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“Hoop earrings” — kaycasti

15. THE Latina Fashionista 

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“I grew up in a house with a mother who dressed relatively conservatively. (Like she literally wears pearl studs and a cardigan every day.) It’s a style that I’ve always admired and has had a huge influence on my own dress but I do remember seeing J.Lo when she was in her earlier days and really feeling so in awe of her style. Any new trend she was sporting on a magazine cover I was too. I remember seeing her on a Cosmo cover when I was a little girl wearing white and I still try to find dresses like that!” -Akportee / Instagram

Here’s Why Cardi B’s New Tattoo Maybe Isn’t The Best Idea

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Here’s Why Cardi B’s New Tattoo Maybe Isn’t The Best Idea

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Big time rapper Cardi B might have carved her career from a different path, but there’s no doubt she’s done a lot of things right to get where she is today. The Dominican-Trinidadian rapper managed to transform her career multiple times within the span of just a few years. Having started as a stripper she turned her life around as a reality tv star and then came up on the up as a multi-platinum rapper. Now, the stripper-turned-reality-star-turned-rapper is turning a new leaf and becoming an actress ( if you didn’t already know her film debut will be alongside J.Lo in the film “Hustlers.) So like we said, she’s done a lot of things right and made some clearly lucrative decisions.

However, we’ve gotta say Cardi’s latest choice is giving us some pause. 

It looks like Cardi has a new tattoo and the content and location of her newest ink has people talking. 

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On July 22nd, Cardi’s hubby, Offset, shared a Face-Time snapshot of a call between him and his wife on Instagram. In it, we can see Cardi contoured to show off her newest tattoo. In elaborate script on the back of her thigh, the tattoo reads “Offset.” This tat matches Offset’s own “Cardi B” tattoo that he sports on the back of his neck. 

While getting a tattoo isn’t a big deal, the fact that she’s decided to ink her husband’s name on her has us a tad concerned. It’s no secret that Offset and Cardi have been on-again, off-again in the past. As recently as five months ago, the Grammy-winning rapper addressed rumors that Offset was once again stepping out. The pair has appeared publicly many times since their reconciliation and have appeared to be totally in love but, as we know, passions can burn out quickly. 

Many see tattooing a lover’s name on oneself as a set up for the relationship to soon end.   

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It’s tattoo superstition that once you get your love’s name inked on you, the relationship is about to be over. Unlike most superstitions, however; this one has a little bit of truth to back it up. 

Take for example the singer and actress Adrienne Bailon. 

She famously dated a certain Kardashian brother back in 2007. During their time together, the Latina inked the famous last name on her butt before the relationship ended because of infidelity. 

“I made a very bad decision!” Bailon shared. The Latina eventually got the tattoo removed in 2013 in a very painful procedure  “You can smell your flesh burning,” she graphically explained. 

Bailon is far from alone in her former tattoo regrets. 

Actress Eva Longoria also knows the pain of regrettable tattoos. 

Back when she was married to NBA star, Tony Parker, the star got a set of three tattoos honoring their marriage. The first was Parker’s jersey number, the second was the date of their wedding and the third was Parker’s initials. When the marriage ended in 2010, Longoria also endured the painful procedure of getting all three tattoos removed.  

Christina Aguilera also made the mistake of getting a tattoo in honor of now ex-husband, Jordan Bratman. 

The Latina diva got her then-husband’s initials tattooed onto her elbow in the Hebrew alphabet. Whether it was a sign or just a mishap, the tattoo DOESN’T actually say “JB.” It was actually mistranslated and says the number “12” instead. This could have been a lot more embarrassing had the couple stayed together but we’re sure that Aguilera still has to regret the tattoo a little bit. 

It isn’t just people who get their loved one’s names tattooed on themselves who regret it. 

A spur of the moment decision resulted in Demi Lovato getting her friend’s lips tattooed on her forearm.

 The singer soon grew annoyed with the piece, however; and re-dubbed it the “vagina tattoo.” In 2012, the Latina had it covered up with new art in the form of a white rose. Lovato likes the new tat better but still definitely regrets that first one. 

Jessica Alba also recently admitted that she had a couple of tattoos that she wishes she never committed to ink. 

She told REFINERY29 about her skin art:

“I do have a few tattoos, and I regret one of them…maybe two. I got it when I was like 17 and I’m so irritated that I got it. I got it lasered many times and it’s not coming out.”

She’s referring to a back and back-of-neck tattoo that she got as a young woman. The neck tattoo is a sprig of flowers and the back ink is a pair of angel wings. The neck tat has been lasered a few times but some tattoos take longer than others to remove. 

The point we’re trying to make is that sometimes you love something and think it makes sense to immortalize it on your skin. Yet, the truth is that a tattoo isn’t all that permanent anymore so maybe you should find a less painful way to commit to your love. Either way, a good tattoo is one that you don’t end up regretting later. 

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