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Here Are Some Reality Stars Who Are A Better Follow Than Kim Kardashian

Keeping up with the Kardashians means keeping up with Kanye and I don’t need that kind of instability in my life, no shade to Kim. Keep your feed fresh with these fierce, unapologetically Latino reality stars that are just trying to make it in this world, like you.

Hint: Netflix is your new home for your more diverse reality TV needs. Meet the influencers that will become your 2019 obsession.

Cardi B

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Claro, we’re all following “Love & Hip Hop” star Cardi B. With almost 40 million followers, she’s still like 80 million followers short of Kim K, but Latino follows should count twice as much, because we’ll savagely defend her to all the haters.

Follow @iamcardib to see a Dominican bruja stay real, get glam, and be totally chill to live stream in her pajamas without makeup on. ????????????

Amara La Negra

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Another “Love & Hip Hop” alumnus, Amara La Negra’s mere existence on the show has raised awareness around Afro-Latinos. Latinos on the show itself were trying to tell her she can only be one: Black or Latina. Amara’s artistry is all over Spotify and you can support and enjoy her glam feed @amaralanegraALN.

Carmen Carrera

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She first came into our empty lives on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” before she transitioned, and has transitioned in the public eye. That’s a wildly vulnerable and courageous act of activism. Follow @carmen_carrera to watch this babe walk the catwalk, model on magazine covers, and slay.

Karamo Brown

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Another activist babe, Karamo Brown blew up at the start of 2018 with Netflixs reboot of “Queer Eye.” Brown is a retired social worker and activist and plays the “culture expert” on the show. Basically, he’ll melt your heart onscreen.

Taz Zavala

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Netflix’s recent release of “Westside,” a music reality series, features nine young musicians coming together for a local production. We get to know Zavala, who is open about her struggles to gain approval from her family for her career path. Her story is so relatable. Follow @tazzavalaofficial for all the bella and talent you need.

Anitta

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Anitta is one of the most famous Brazilian pop stars of all time, and now, she has her own reality show on Netflix called “Vai Anitta.” Trust, it’s worth a watch and you definitely follow her.

Laurie Hernandez

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The Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez was a celebrity dancer on “Dancing with the Stars.” Spoiler: she’s just as sweet and kind as she looks. No drama here, but lots of wild gymnastic moves on her feed.

Andrea Espada

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Don’t be fooled by her babeliness. Andrea Espada is the mother in chief of the self-made reality show “The Royalty Family” on YouTube, and she’s funny. Follow @andreaespadatv for prank videos, dumb skits, and all around beauty.

Christina Milian

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Milian has been in the spotlight since we were little. She is in the music industry. She has acted alongside Uma Thurman and John Travolta in “Be Cool.” She was a cheerleader in “Bring it On: Fight to the Finish.” Who can forget her own reality show “Christina Milian Turned Up” and her appearance on “The Voice”?

Follow @christinamilian for her best festival looks, cute baby pic throwbacks, and proof that Latinas don’t age.

Bianca Espada

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Mexican Espada made it on “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” and her feed is exactly what you would expect. Imagine “Pretty Little Liars” made Mexican, and just as fabulous. Truly, her fashion is Blake Lively iconic and upsetting.

Kelvin Peña

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Peña became Instafamous by just straight talking to the deer in his backyard. Watch him on Netflix’s reality show “Inst@famous to meet his deer squad, named Money, Baby Mama, Lola, Lil Bambi, Money June, Canela y Tequila. Or just follow him @kelv to meet all the other animals he’s befriended.

Chrissy Lampkin

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Lampkin was gifted to us by “Love & Hip Hop NY.” The Afro-Cuban beauty won her own show featuring her and decades-long rapper boyfriend Mr. Jones, called “Chrissy and Mr.Jones.”

Luis Ernesto Franco

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Luis Ernesto Franco started out as a telenovela star, but he did host Netflix’s “Ultimate Beastmaster” fitness competition reality television show for México’s competitors. His feed is basically him looking beautiful always. De nada.

Evelyn Lozada

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Lozada was made famous in VH1’s “Basketball Wives” all five and soon to be six seasons. The Nuyorican now has her own television series, “Livin’ Lozada.” Follow @evelynlozada to see her hang with Khloe, her fitness regime, and trips a Puerto Rico.

Niurka Marcos

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Cuban-Mexican Niurka Marcos started her career as a telenovela star in “Velo de Novia,” where she played an erotic dancer named Karicia. Today, @niurkamarcostv has her own shows “Espactularmente Niurka” and “El Show de Niurka” under her belt and has been with “Rica Famosa Latina” for the last three seasons.

Liz Woodburn

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The Chilean-American food blogger is now big on Netflix’s recent reality TV series “Made in Mexico.” Follow @lizwoodburn for very cute puppy pics and Dia de los Muertos inspo for 2019.

Follow @felizfoodie támbien!

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Woodburn followed her Mexicano husband to Mexico City and posts all the incredible food of the city on her separate, but just as worthwhile account @felizfoodie.

WARNING: Do not follow when hungry.

Kitzia Mitre Jimenez-O’Farrill

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Kitzia Mitre is basically Mexican royalty, descended from Gustavo Baz Prada, and, as a fashion designer, her feed is just chic. Find her on Netflix’s Made in Mexico or just read the Mexican press, which has featured her wedding photos, son’s baptism photos y mas.

Follow @kitziamitre to meet her horse, dog, pony and two llamas.

Patricia de Leon

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Panamanian beauty queen, host, actress and now “Rica Famosa Latina” TV star, Patricia de Leon will give you all the beauty and drama you need in the new year. Remember when she broke a glass on castmate Luzelba Mansour and Mansour needed 30 stitches?

Well, whatever the new year brings, @patriciadeleonb will guarantee to bring you a feed of beauty and gratitude.

Joseline Hernandez

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“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” queen has six seasons of reality TV drama under her belt, and while she started life out in Puerto Rico’s public housing, @joseline will give you a bit of booty and a bit of her adorable family life today.


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Chris Harrison Is ‘Stepping Aside’ From Hosting ‘The Bachelor’ After Public Outcry Over His Racially Insensitive Remarks

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Chris Harrison Is ‘Stepping Aside’ From Hosting ‘The Bachelor’ After Public Outcry Over His Racially Insensitive Remarks

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If you’re a Bachelor Nation fan, you’ve probably heard the news: long-time “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison is going to be “stepping aside” from hosting duties in the wake of recent controversy.

The move comes after Harrison caught major blowback for defending a current contestant who attended an antebellum plantation-themed frat party in 2018.

The contestant in question also liked various problematic social media posts before she appeared in this season.

The backlash (mostly directed at Harrison’s tone towards former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay) was fierce. Current and former BIPOC and non-BIPOC contestants condemned Harrison for his comments and asked for an apology.

Harrison did apologize before releasing a statement saying he would be taking a break from hosting duties for a “period of time”.

“The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions,” he wrote. “To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special.”

For those not well-versed in The Bachelor world, this news is shocking because Chris Harrison has been hosting The Bachelor since its premiere in 2002. He is the show’s voice, face, and figurehead. His name is synonymous with the brand.

And while some people are happy to accept Chris Harrison’s apology, others still have their reservations.

Colombiano and season 13 winner Bryan Abasolo took to his podcast to call Chris Harrison’s apology “weak”.

Abasolo, who is married to Rachel Lindsay, started off his comments by saying that he had “highly respected” Harrison before his comments but now, he “definitely lost respect” for the Bachelor host.

Abasolo also said that Harrison’s comments were “irresponsible”, “hurtful” and “flat-out unacceptable.”

“Chris comes out and says this, and to me it makes me wonder like, ‘Damn, is this how everyone on the top feels?’ I hope that isn’t the case, but this is the figurehead. Is this the sentiment that we are trying to overcome, still in 2021?”

“[Chris was] adamant about it, vented Abasolo. “Quite frankly, the apology…I thought it was weak, not gonna lie.”

“You said everything you’ve said in public, I believe that it should be standard that you should apologize by showing your face and speaking in public the same as your words were aired in public when you said them.”

Abasolo also explained that while he “doesn’t believe in cancel culture” that the public “needs to see the growth” from people in the spotlight who mess up.

“You have too big of a platform and you’re too big of an influencer for you not to lead by example in this situation,” Abasolo said. “I just pray that we see that evolution from him play out for everyone to see.”

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

As you probably know by now, a new season of the never-ending reality series “The Bachelor” has just started.

And this season is destined to be especially exciting–not just because of the promise of non-stop drama, but because the franchise has finally hired its first Black male lead, Matt James, after 18 years on the air.

And with the first Black “Bachelor” comes the most diverse group of contestants competing for the lead’s heart that they’ve ever had.

And one of the contestants that is capturing the hearts of both fans and Matt James alike is 24-year-old Puerto Rican-born pageant queen Mariela “Mari” Pepin.

On this season’s premiere episode of “The Bachelor”, Mari was immediately clocked by viewers as one of the front runners by the way that Matt reacted to meeting her. The former Wake Forest wide receiver was struck speechless by her beauty and couldn’t keep his eyes off her when she parted ways with him. It was obvious that Mari had made quite the first impression on him.

And because we love to see #representation on screen (and especially on reality TV), we decided to do our due diligence and find out as much as we could about this gorgeous and accomplished Latina. Here’s everything you need to know about Mari Pepin.

She’s Boricua–and proud of it!

Something that immediately endeared Mari to fans was the fact that she is so vocally proud of being Puerto Rican. In her first sit-down conversation with Matt, she opened up about how hard its been for her family to live through the relentless natural disasters that the island is going through.

She’s a military brat.

According to Mari’s personal blog, she spent the first few years of her life in PR before relocating to Germany because of her father’s military career. According to Mari, her unique childhood contributed to her love of traveling as an adult.

She was 2019’s Miss Maryland USA.

According to Mari’s official “Bachelor” bio, she began competing in pageants when she moved to Maryland as a teenager. She won Miss Teen Maryland and then went on to win the title of Miss Maryland. After that, she placed in the Top 10 of the Miss USA competition.

She’s wicked smart.

According to Mari’s LinkedIn page, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Towson University and she’s currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marketing Intelligence from the same institution. It’s safe to say she values education.

She’s multilingual.

Not only does Mari speak both Spanish and English flawlessly, but she’s also fluent in French and American Sign Language.

Based on all this info alone, we can’t wait to see Mari Pepin crush this season of “The Bachelor”. Hopefully, this Boricua beauty will be popping up a lot on our screens for years to come!

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