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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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American Girl Is Re-Releasing Josefina Montoya and Their Other Historical Dolls For Their 35th Anniversary

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American Girl Is Re-Releasing Josefina Montoya and Their Other Historical Dolls For Their 35th Anniversary

Courtesy American Girl

If you’re a ’90s girl, chances are you begged your parents for an American Girl doll at some point (especially Josefina!). After all, American Girl dolls were the epitome of sophistication–trendy, cute, and above all, expensive. Well, if you’re nostalgic for the American Girls dolls of yore, you’re in luck.

On Tuesday, American Girl announced that they’re bringing the six original historical dolls out of retirement for the company’s 35th anniversary.

If you need a refresher on the six original dolls were Kirsten, Samantha, Molly, Felicity, Addy, and, of course, Josefina. American Girl created these characters to educate their young audience on little-known American history in an accessible way.

Josefina Montoya was the sole Latina doll out of the entire historical doll collection.

American Girl described her character as a “Hispanic girl whose heart and hopes are as big as the New Mexico sky.” Like every other doll, her character was also featured in a series of books that described the early days of the American Southwest (1824-1826, to be exact).

The book series’ author, Valerie Tripp, also did extensive research on 19th century life in Santa Fe de Nuevo México. Tripp visited la Hacienda de los Martínez in Taos and interviewed elderly New Mexican women who grew up in rural New Mexico.

American Girl went to great pains to ensure that Josefina Montoya’s features, accessories, and accompanying stories were historically accurate.

Per American Girl, Josefina was “developed with the guidance of an advisory board made up of historians, educators, curators, and other professionals deeply knowledgeable about the history and cultures of the American Southwest.”

The doll company also claims that the advisory board decided “what Josefina’s features, skin tone, and hair would look like.”

The 35th Anniversary edition of Josefina Montoya looks like it might give the original version a run for its money.

The 35th edition Josefina doll will include a bevy of accessories. She’ll come with a rebozo, a “white camisa with short puffed sleeves edged with lace” and a faux jola coin in an envelope.

Based on the Twitter reaction, ’90s babies can’t wait to get their hands on these dolls again. Many Latinas loved the Josefina doll. Josefina was the first time many had ever owned or played with a doll that was made specifically in their image.

But this time, we won’t have to rely on our parents to shell out their hard-earned cash for them.

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Exclusive: Maluma Talks Sun Collab “Rumba,” Working with The Weeknd, J.Lo And More

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Exclusive: Maluma Talks Sun Collab “Rumba,” Working with The Weeknd, J.Lo And More

Maluma is teaming up with the biggest star in the solar system for his new single “Rumba (Puro Oro Anthem).” As part of an Earth Day campaign with Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold, the Colombian superstar joined forces with the sun. He’s also coming on a decade in the music industry. In an exclusive interview with Latido Music, Maluma talked about the inspiration behind “Rumba” and the hottest collaborations of his career.

“Rumba” is part of Maluma’s campaign with Michelob.

“Collaborating with the sun was great,” Maluma tells mitú. “Maybe I’m the only artist in the world who has the opportunity. It’s a big thing for me. I enjoyed the process. I also enjoyed working with Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold. They love the same things that I love like helping the world. I feel grateful.”

Maluma recorded “Rumba (Puro Oro Anthem)” for Michelob to celebrate the beer brand’s ULTRA Pure Gold lager that’s brewed with 100 percent renewable electricity from the sun. The warm reggaeton track was recorded featuring sounds from the actual sun. Maluma wrote it with Keityn and Edgar Berrera, who also composed “Hawái” with him.

“These two guys are geniuses,” Maluma says. “When we work together we’re a dream team. When this campaign came to the table, I told them that I needed a big song. I recorded it in Turks and Caicos around three weeks ago. The song came out great. I love it.”

This year Maluma will be celebrating 10 years in the music industry.

This year, Maluma will be celebrating a decade in the industry since the release of his debut single “Farandulera.” After dropping his breakthrough album Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy in Oct. 2015, Maluma is one of the artists that helped globalize Latin music. He’s happy to be a part of the movement, but he also recognizes the stars that came before him.

“It’s not like we started this year or last year,” Maluma says. “This has been work that started with Ricky Martin’s ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ and Shakira like 15 or 20 years ago. I feel like I’m part of it. I feel proud of it. I feel like we still need to do more things, more big things.”

Next up, Maluma’s fans can see him on tour this fall.

As for what’s next, the “Rumba” music video will be released on Earth Day, April 22. Maluma is also hitting the road this fall for his Papi Juancho Tour in the U.S. The tour kicks off in September and runs through late October.

“Coming back to the stage is something that I really need,” Maluma says. “I miss being with my fans. I miss hugging them. I miss going on tour. I miss the whole lifestyle. I can’t wait to see you guys on tour and sing of course for the first time all my new songs that I released this year.”

Since Maluma is also celebrating 10 years in the industry, we had him break down some of the biggest collaborations in his career.

Jennifer Lopez

Maluma will make his big-screen debut in Marry Me with Jennifer Lopez in Feb. 2022. The movie was pushed back to that date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two singers also collaborated on songs for Marry Me like “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely.”

“I always wanted to work on a big project,” Maluma says. “In a big movie. I had a couple of opportunities to work on other things, but I said ‘no’ because I was waiting for this big moment. Thanks to Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson and the whole team to make me part of the movie. I have a lot of beautiful moments. She’s great. She’s such a master for me. She taught me many things when we were working together. I would say from the beginning to the end, the whole experience was great.”

The Weeknd

Maluma teamed up with Canadian superstar The Weeknd for a Spanglish remix of “Hawái.” They pushed the song to No. 12 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. Maluma helped The Weeknd with his Spanish in the remix.

“At the beginning, the first vocals he recorded, I had to tell him to change a little bit,” Maluma says. “The ‘Instagram’ part because he was saying it in the wrong way, like pretty bad Spanish. I sent him the vocals, like the way he had to say it, and then he changed it. He’s great. He’s super talented.”

Ziggy Marley

For his latest album 7 Días En Jamaica (#7DJ), Maluma teamed up with Jamaican star Ziggy Marley for the song “Tonika.” He performed the song for the first time with Bob Marley’s son at the Latin American Music Awards last week.

“That was great working with Ziggy,” Maluma says. “He’s one of my favorite artists too. I always wanted to work with him because I’m a huge fan of Bob Marley. It’s one of the best things I could’ve done in the album. He put the Marley DNA in my project and that was great.”

Shakira

Maluma and Colombian icon Shakira have teamed up on a number of collaborations, including the hit singles “Chantaje” and “Clandestino.” They also worked together on “Trap,” another cut from Shakira’s El Dorado album.

“I love working with Shakira, but I have to be honest, it’s not easy because she loves everything to be on-point,” Maluma says. “She’s super strict with everything that she does. I would love to work with her again. She’s a master for me too. She’s one of the first big stars that helped me and wanted to work with me. I’m forever grateful to her for giving me the chance to work with such a big artist.”

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