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We Ranked Our Favorite 17 Looks By Latina Queens From Best To Bestest

“Rupaul’s Drag Race” has established itself as one of the best and most empowering reality shows. Throughout its normal and special seasons, Latina queens have wowed us with their sense of fashion, their self-confidence and the way they wear their hearts on their sleeves. Their glitter-covered personas have captivated us and made us appreciate inner and outer beauty and the courage that it takes to be who you really are.

So, without further ado, here’s our Top 17 of the most mágico, cómico and musical outfits worn by Latino reinas throughout more than a decade of glam attacks.

17. Adore Delano and her Lady Marmalade throwback to the early 2000s

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We could see her in the classic musical Moulin Rouge! being fab and dancing her heart out. Her pink wig was a total heart-stopper, with shades of Christina Aguilera. That black leather skirt caressing her hips is just the stuff that wet dreams are made of.

16. Cynthia Lee Fontaine as cowgirl rollerblade mamacita

 

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Be bold, be brave, don’t second-guess mixing styles. If you wanna evoke Westerns and the disco years, why not wear a cute hat and a wig to make every queen jealous? She was giving us some 1970s roller disco Dallas realness.

15. Ginger Minj as an even weirder version of Sia

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Back rolls be damned! She is fierce, she is fiery, she is weird and she knows it. She reminded us of Sia’s wonderful weirdness. A testament to self-expression.

14. Jessica Wild as a BDSM leather fetish princess

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This outfit sure made more than one supermacho straight guy question his carnality. She was totally sexy in this tender dominatrix outfit that looked both womanly and dangerous.

13. Miss Bianca Del Rio as a gorgeous queen catrina

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Body-Ody-Ody looking fine! Light and dark, night and day, cuteness and mystery. This outfit had it all and Bianca looked like a real Dolores Del Rio lookalike and showed that drag is art and art is drag.

12. Kandy Ho going all 1980s Cuban Miami, guapa

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Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve & Talent to spare! Part Latino hot MILF, part throwback to the crazy Miami party scene of the 1980s. Jane Fonda would be proud and that necklace just hugged her neck like a lascivious reptile. Caliente!

11. Lyneisha Sparx giving us a vibe of “Memoir of a Geisha”

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OK, she might be guilty of cultural appropriation, but this consummate sexy bomb looked like a good Bennetton ad with her Chinese fan, Japanese headdress, and delicious caramel complexion. Yummy.

10. Madame LaQueer with her emo cheerleader animal print extravaganza

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She looked like every teenage girl in the 1990s: confused, fierce and listening to emo bands. We love the pompons on her shoulders and the super brave move to combine flower patterns and animal print. It is a jungle out there.

9. Monica Beverly Hillz as a high heels amazon goddess

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Just look at her. She is a perfect testament to female perfection. That golden outfit is not discreet, that’s for sure, but it isn’t over the top either. Think Naomi Campbell, think Iman, think Grace Jones and all proud women of color before her. We just can’t get over those bold heels.

8. Naysha Lopez as a 1990s Nokia luxury mobile phone

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Chicken Cutlets working their magic! She needs to be brave to wear this super revealing tight outfit that really looks like a vintage mobile phone. Can we dial your number, honey? Cuidado con las manos!

7. Beyonce? Oh, its Roxxxy Andrews!

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That look makes us say: “That just flooded my basement!”. What a stare into infinity and beyond. What a way to trick the eye to what looks like skin but is really part of the outfit. Give us some Lemonade to quench our thirst for you, diosa color de cacao! She is an urban guerrera del Amazonas.

6. Valentina and those chic Carmen Miranda vibes

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Honey Mahogany Dress galore! This outfit was elegant and cute at once, which is what femininity is all about. It is just the right dose of Latino with a Marilyn air to it as well. Totally Valentina, the ruler of all that is glamoroso. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!

5. Violet Chakchi going full Dita Von Teese on us

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What a gorgeous glamazon, chiquita hermosa. Burlesque vibes all around. Totally dominating the stage with those sexy leather accessories and that pin-up girl sassiness. The pale skin and dark hair make for a beautiful and dramatic contrast. Showtime! She would also be a fantastic Sally Bowles in a revival of Cabaret. Call the producers, pero a la de ya! 

4. Alexis Mateo and her cosplay manga anime locura

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She made us think of all the sexy anime characters of years gone by, but with a fresh and slightly wild touch. That cleavage is deeper than anyone’s wildest desires and the net gloves give it a very early Madonna feel. Simple, yet nostalgic and amazing. We are sure she could release a very successful line for divas everywhere, East and West.

3. Nina Flowers and her Annie Lennox-David Bowie-Sci-fi supercrazy futuristic look… slay queen!

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Talk about a powerful and imposing figure. Those futuristic spikes look menacing and remind us, at the same time, of ancient civilizations like Egypt and gorgeous women like Cleopatra and Nefertiti. Nina bridged past and present with style and boldness. All hail the almost-queen!

2. And the fav runner-up is… Bianca Del Rio channeling every single Disney villana

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Not Today Satan, Not Today! Funny and iconic: that is how we can define this outfit worn by Bianca, one of our faves. She is bitchy and romantic, with a great sense of humor but zero patience for BS. She is Cruella De Ville and Ursula, but in a good way.

1. And the gorge winner is…. Adore Delano in bridal

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Adore got into our hearts and minds wearing this bridal lacey outfit that let her be fabulous. That veil is like soft mist falling over a cosmopolitan city. The look says girl’s night out and humping honeymoon at the same time.  It was quite a symbolic decision as well, given the tribulations that LGBT communities around the world face when it comes to the right to just do whatever the hell they want. Good on you, girl, we adore Adore!

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Ricky Martin Opens Up On Being A Queer Latino And Talks New Music In Powerful New Interview

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Ricky Martin Opens Up On Being A Queer Latino And Talks New Music In Powerful New Interview

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Ricky Martin has long been an international superstar – even long before ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ took over virtually every airway in the world. But it’s hard to deny that with that song, the Puerto Rican singer entered the global mainstream and ever since he’s been a pop icon.

From being one of the first major pop stars to publicly come out as gay, to acting in popular TV series, and getting married and becoming a father of four, Ricky Martin has always been a very busy man.

And despite a global pandemic that has forced all of us to stay at home and find a ‘new normal,’ Martin has forged a path forward. He recently sat down for an interview with Billboard to discuss everything from new music, the global Coronavirus pandemic, and his identity as an out and proud gay Latino.

Considering we’re all still living amid a global pandemic, the Billboard interview started on this very relevant topic.

Billboard points out that Martin and his family live in a very big and beautiful house in Beverly Hills, which likely makes staying at home a bit easier compared to the rest of us. However, Martin points out that he has a very loud home – with four kids and his mom all living under one roof. But he admits, “…I am very lucky. I am in a comfortable home where my kids can play.”

Ricky Martin is also working on new music. He released Pausa in May, and now as he works on new music the world is a very different place. He told Billboard: “I started working on my music maybe nine months ago. In my mind, the album was going to be called Movimiento, which means movement. But with all this [pandemic], it just told me… “The way it was, was not working. Let’s do it differently.” I have music with rhythm, but I was not going to tell people to move! So I named it Pausa.”

He also speaks about his close relationship with fellow Puerto Rican, El Conejo Malo.

Shortly after Billboard released its history-making cover with Bad Bunny on the the cover, Martin described San Benito as a “Latin queer icon.” Many people – of all backgrounds – took issue with that. But Ricky Martin tells Billboard that “allies are so important. Without them, our fight for equality is impossible. It really tickles me to see Bad Bunny as a gay icon — just like Cher could be. Why not?”

The Puerto Rican singer shared what his coming out experience was like and reveals he never tires of sharing it.

In the interview, Martin is very open about his coming out as gay. The singer came out as gay in 2010, married husband Jwan Yosef in 2017, and together the couple is raising four children.

Rolling Stone asked Martin, 48, what it was like to remain closeted during “the most public, exposed period” of his life.

“I had moments of extreme positivity, and not so positive [moments],” Martin answered. “Life was a bit on steroids in those days. Everything was really intense, but I could take it! I come from a school of military discipline when it comes to training for music, dance, and acting. I started when I was 12. So for me, it was about not being ready to open [up]. When you open an egg from the outside, what comes out is death. But when the egg opens from the inside, what comes out is life. It’s something that needs to come from within. Every time someone forces someone to come out, what you’re doing is you’re destroying the natural flow of the self-discovery.”

When asked what motivated him to come out publicly, Martin said that a kid somewhere in America needs to see positive headlines about coming out.

“Today I woke up to this beautiful headline that I know someone out there is in need of. The headline was something like, ‘I came out. And ever since I’ve been the happiest.’ Something like that, something… My heart is beating faster because I know today a kid somewhere in America woke up needing to hear those words. A lot of people say they get tired of talking about the same thing. Why would I? Are you kidding me? For so many years I had to keep it inside. And then the effect of someone… What people are getting from it in their healing process?”

Billboard also asked Martin his feelings on how the media is profiting and accepting Puerto Rican and Latinx culture.

When asked if he feels that the American media has gotten better or more open to understanding Puerto Rican culture, Martin responded: “We certainly have a long way to go, but the important thing is that we see that there’s an audience that is interested. And it’s up to us to bring [the] education.”

And he’s absolutely right. This year has seen several Latino artists rise to the top of all sorts of charts. Bad Bunny and J Balvin are among the most streamed artists globally and Bad Bunny is one of the most streamed artists on YouTube as well.

Meanwhile, Maluma and Jennifer Lopez are working on a film that will be out early next year. The Emmy’s, VMAs, and other award shows finally had decent representation of artists of color – particularly among the Latinx community.

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The Pope Tells Parents of LGBT Children That ‘God Loves Your Children As They Are.’

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The Pope Tells Parents of LGBT Children That ‘God Loves Your Children As They Are.’

Pope Francis is, once again, making headlines for his progressive views on contemporary issues. Since his election to papal office in 2013, Pope Francis has largely been considered open-minded due to his comparatively laid-back stances on controversial topics like divorce, climate change, and LGBT issues.

On Thursday, the Jesuit publication American Magazine reported that Pope Francis recently told the parents of LGBT children that “God loves your children as they are.”

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According to the publication, the Pope was having a dialogue with the parent of a lapsed-Catholic gay child who had left the church because “he did not feel accepted in his diversity”. The woman, whose name is Mara Grassi, is the Vice President of an association called “Jonathan’s Tent,” which “welcomes and provides information and formation to L.G.B.T. Christians, their families and pastoral workers.”

Before describing her interaction with the Pope, Grassi explained her journey as a Catholic parent of a gay child to American Magazine. “For many years I was like a blind person,” she said.

“After I came to know that my son was homosexual, I suffered a lot because the rules of the church made me think that he was excluded from the love of God. Nobody helped me,” Grassi added.

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It was only when Grassi attended a Catholic vigil against homophobia and connected with other parents of gay children that she realized that “faith and homosexuality are not in opposition” and that “God loves my son as he is.” And according to this most recent report, the Pope’s opinion seems to be in accordance with Grassi’s beliefs.

Grassi told American Magazine that she told the Pope she wanted to “create a bridge to the church so that the church too can change its way of looking at our children, no longer excluding them but fully welcoming them.” It was in response to this statement that the Pope told her: “The church loves your children as they are because they are children of God.”

According to the same report, before he left, Jonathan’s Tent gifted the Pope a rainbow-colored T-shirt with the words “In love there is no fear” written across the front.

Considering the Catholic Church’s traditionally conservative stances on gay issues, the Pope’s statement was surprising to many. In the past, the Catholic Church’s stance has been that homosexuality is “intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to natural law.”

The Pope himself also has a complicated track record on gay rights, implying that gay marriage “threatens” the “very institution of marriage”. However, he has also previously expressed sympathy and modest support for people in the queer community as well as their loved ones, saying “If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them?”.

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