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From Designers To Models, Here Are The Latinos Who Made This Paris Fashion Week One To Watch

Fashion Week represents so much for up-and-coming designers, celebs, models, and editors. For many people in the fashion industry, being present at Paris Fashion Week is perhaps the climax of their career. 

Fashion is known for being on the cutting edge of everything. But the one thing the industry is still severely behind on is diversity. For Latinos, the chances of being part of the Parisian event are pretty small as they navigate the nepotism and politics of the fashion industry. To be honest, fashion’s history with embracing Latinos (except for Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta, of course) is mediocre at best. This is why we can’t help but get excited when we see Latinos making headlines in the chicest of fashion weeks. 

Latino talent represented at Paris Fashion Week thanks to a small group of special ladies and gentlemen.

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Latino talent is rising through the ranks. A group of people, in particular, made the week a total success; Camila Cabello Walked the runway alongside Eva Mendez, Rick Owens showcased a Mexican inspired collection, nine Dominican beauties made history on the catwalk, and Cardi B slayed street style in a wild outfit. Here are the biggest Latino moments from 2019’s Paris Fashion Week this September.

Rick Owens: The California born designer took on immigration, the border wall and his own Mexican heritage during his show. 

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Born in California, Rick Owens is known for always giving his audience something to talk about. His Spring-Summer 2020 collection was an homage to a big influence in his life: his 87-year old Mexican immigrant mother. Owens was raised in the U.S., lives in France, and manufactures his clothes in Italy. “That all wouldn’t work without open borders,” he told Vogue alluding to the infamous wall that has caused so much tension between the U.S. and Mexico. 

As is often the case with designers, Owens’ inspiration didn’t just come from one reference. His collection draws references from Bauhaus and Mexican architecture, art and theater —and of course has his own spin on it. The result was a magical collection of pyramid-shaped floor-length gowns, tunics and regal shoulders. On their heads, models wore Aztec inspired crowns.

Tinged by rich hues of yellow and brick red, the collection was a glimpse into a futuristic world seen through the eyes of someone whose roots lie on both sides of the much-discussed wall.

Cardi B slayed the paparazzi in a face-covering, head-to-toe outfit.

The rapper set off a paparazzi firestorm on the streets of Paris this Saturday. Clad in a head-to-toe floral ensemble that covered every inch of her body —yes, face included, the rapper was serving a look.

The green and blue outfit designed by British fashion designer Richard Quinn disguised her face, making it difficult to guess who was hiding under the surreal ensemble. That was until she spoke, and her familiar tone was heard by everyone around.

“I heard you bitches were missing me at Fashion Week New York. I’m here to serve it to you mother-f–kers, and serve it to you cold,” she said in an Instagram video where she also confirmed that she couldn’t see a thing. Instructing her bodyguard and photographers to get out of her way, the pop star joked, “a bitch can’t see.”

Camila Cabello and Eva Longoria walked the runway.

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Camila Cabello and Eva Longoria is the dynamic duo we didn’t know we needed in our lives. The two Latinx powerhouse celebs walked the runway for L’Oreal Paris’ show on Saturday alongside other celebs including Helen Mirren and Andie Macdowell. The show, which intended to celebrate womanhood by featuring ladies of all ages and different backgrounds, brought together an all-star cast for models. 

The “Señorita” singer wore a black blazer with matching pants and chunky heels. Her long luscious dark hair was her only accessory of the night. Eva Longoria looked stunning in a black mock turtle neck and a navy leather skirt. The “Desperate Housewives” star brought out her adorable 15-month-old baby, Santiago with her on the runway.

Nine Dominicans make history walking the Valentino show.

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Latino representation is still abysmally behind in this industry. This week, however, we had a small victory on the runway at Valentino’s Spring-Summer 2020 show in Paris. 

The highlight of the night was that 9 Dominican models owned the runway. Sculy Mejía, Lineisy Montero, Hiandra Martinez, Jenniffer Concepcion, Melanie Perez, Kimberly Gilbert, Martha Almanzar, Yorgelis Marte, and Licett Morillo all made history that night. The fashion show, which was the first to ever feature nine Latinas, had a total cast of 80 models from around the world —other than the Dominican squad of nine, most models were European.

READ: Yalitza Aparicio Made Her Debut At NYFW And She Shined Like The Star That She Is Next To The Fashion World’s Elite

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Cardi B And Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” Isn’t Eligible For A Grammy And The Internet Is Freaking Out

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Cardi B And Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” Isn’t Eligible For A Grammy And The Internet Is Freaking Out

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I’m sure that few of us – myself included – could imagine the year 2020 without the hit single “WAP”. It helped soothe the craziness this year has brought us so far and gave us an unofficial summer anthem.

Along the way, the Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion hit also broke numerous records. So, it made sense why so many people assumed that it could also break records at next year’s Grammys. But recent reporting says that the track is actually packaged together with Cardi B’s still forthcoming album, which means that the “WAP” will officially be left out of the running for Top Record.

Of course, for a song that brought us so much joy, people are understandably upset about the track being omitted from any possible categories. And the idea of waiting until 2022 seems absurd!

2020’s unofficial bop – “WAP” – is not eligible for Grammy consideration.

This is shocking news – especially if you’re a Bardi stan. Despite racking up record after record, the summer’s hit single “WAP” won’t be competing for any Grammys at this next year’s prestigious music awards ceremony.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” was surprisingly not submitted for the 2021 Grammy Awards consideration, according to numerous outlets including Pitchfork. Instead, Cardi’s record label plan to submit the single next year when her forthcoming album will also likely be released. However, there is no official announcement of a new album so we hope these rumors are true.

According to the rules, submissions for next year’s Grammy Awards had to be made between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020. Since it was released on August 7, “WAP” fell within the eligibility window but the record label decided against submitting it.

While some immediately assumed the move was a colossal blunder, there’s a strategy at work. Like most good things in life, Grammy nominations don’t just happen: recordings must be officially submitted (usually by the label), and strong words and hurt feelings can ensue when a recording is mistakenly not submitted.

However, the announcement isn’t totally shocking as many artists have pursued similar strategies.

According to Pitchfork, many artists in recent years have been making use of a similar strategy. They’ll release in a single in August to qualify for one year’s Grammys and then release their full album in November to qualify for the next. Following this strategy essentially allows for double the Grammy exposure.

However, other artists hold off, presumably on the assumption that they’d have a better chance in a year when there’s more momentum behind them. For example, Billie Eilish would have been eligible for the 2018 Best New Artist Grammy behind the release of her debut EP “Don’t Smile at Me,” but elected to hold off until the release of “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” her multiplatinum debut album. Consequently, she swept the “Big Four” Grammys — Album, Song and Record of the Year along with Best New Artist — at the awards earlier this year.

“WAP” was easily one of the year’s top performing tracks.

The move by Cardi’s team is doubly surprising because “WAP” is one of the biggest singles of the year, and broke the record for most-streamed song in its first week of release with a whopping 93 million. Cardi and Megan definitely would have had strong momentum behind them if they had submitted for the 2021 awards.

“WAP” was also Cardi B’s first single as a lead artist since last year’s “Press” and set a new record for the biggest streaming debut week of all time. Meg followed it with the Young Thug collaboration “Don’t Stop” at the beginning of October, showing that both artists had big years to build off.

Of course, Twitter quickly ignited with debate about the entire fiasco.

Once the story broke that “WAP” wouldn’t be eligible for a Grammy, fans took to Twitter to express their outrage. Many were hoping to see live performances of the track on the award show circuit. But just because the song isn’t eligible for any Grammy Awards, doesn’t mean that the duo can’t grace us all with a live performance – whether at the Grammys or another award show.

However, at least we have an upcoming Cardi B album to look forward to.

Although the news of no “WAP” at next year’s Grammys leaves us all a bit disappointed, at least there’s the silver lining of an upcoming album. Although, little is yet known about Cardi B’s forthcoming sophomore album (it hasn’t even been formally announced yet!) but back in August, Cardi told Elle that the follow-up to 2018’s Invasion of Privacy would be worthy of Queen Bey herself.

“My music is always going to make a woman feel like a bad bitch. When you make a woman feel like she’s the baddest bitch in the room, to me, that’s female empowerment,” Cardi said. “But this album is going to be really different. Of course, it’s going to have my Lemonade moments, my personal relationship moments.”

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Body Positivity Hashtag Trends After Cardi B Accidentally Posted A Topless Photo On IG Story

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Body Positivity Hashtag Trends After Cardi B Accidentally Posted A Topless Photo On IG Story

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Cardi B is an unabashed supporter of women. The rapper has fought for strippers and politicians and everyone in between. A recent social media snafu by Cardi B has women coming to her side after some body-shaming comments made.

Cardi B accidentally posted a topless photo to her Instagram story and quickly deleted it.

The reaction to the post quickly spawned a social media trend of women standing up for her. #BoobsOutForCardi was trending on all social media platforms as women stood up for Cardi B. Social media users started to attack the rapper for the size of her areolas because that’s something that happens.

Now, in all fairness, Cardi B doesn’t need anyone defending her.

Cardi B is more than capable of standing up for herself and taking control of the situation. However, it is so nice to see women come together to stand up against the kind of body shaming that is so last decade. The world is already too cruel to allow for senseless body shaming to run rampant on social media.

People are celebrating the hashtag and the photos people are posting.

The amount of support for body positivity is a welcome social media trend in 2020. The year has been a tough one for so many people and for so many reasons. Seeing a world that embraces peoples’ bodies is a good reminder that there is some positivity in the world right now.

Even men as showing their support for the cause.

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Ain’t nothing wrong with men supporting women, okay? Body shaming is not specific to just one gender. On the contrary. Men and women face all kinds of pressure to conform to a certain body type.

Be proud of your bodies, y’all.

There is only one of you and your body does not define you. Be kind to yourself, no matter what other people might do or say. It is important to stay true to yourself and to never let anyone ever define who you are.

READ: Model Denise Mercedes Is Using Her TikTok To Empower Women Body Positivity

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