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These Successful Latinas Dish Their Best Advice

It’s Women’s History Month, which means that we get to reflect on the women making history this year, and hope to make the list the next year. Being a Latina woman puts us up against unique stereotypes with unique backgrounds. There is no singular Latina experience.

These women have shared how they shaped their experience of success as a Latina in a white world. Whether you want to climb to the top of the entertainment industry, politics, law, or advocacy, prepare to be inspired.

Jennifer Lopez on loving yourself.

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In her own memoir, “True Love,” brilliant, filthy rich Jenny from the Block wrote,

“As women, we almost never give ourselves enough credit for what we’re capable of, for what we endure and how giving we are.
Part of loving yourself is about forgiving yourself – which is something I’ve always struggled with. It’s the messy parts that make us human, so we should embrace them too – pat ourselves on the back for getting through them rather than being angry for having gotten into them in the first place. Because loving yourself is ultimately about self-acceptance, about embracing every part of who you are. And that’s never just one thing.”

Frida Kahlo on knowing yourself.

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Kahlo famously once said, “I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.” May we all strive to yearn for our true selves above anyone else. This is why she is an icon.

Cardi B on the meaning of feminism.

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We all love Cardi B, and fell hard when she told Billboard, “Being a feminist is such a great thing and some people feel like someone like me can’t be as great as that. But then some people are smart but they don’t have no common sense. They think feminism is great and only a woman that can speak properly, that has a degree, who is a boss, a businessperson… they think only Michelle Obama can be a feminist. But being a feminist is real simple; it’s that a woman can do things the same as a man. I’m equal to a n—-. Anything a man can do, I can do. I can finesse, I can hustle. We have the same freedom. I was top of the charts. I’m a woman and I did that. I do feel equal to a man.”

Laurie Hernandez on self-empowerment.

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The world was watching as 16-year-old Puerto Rican American Laurie Hernandez took to the beam in the 2016 Olympics. That’s why we noticed her whisper “you got this” just before she freaking nailed it. #NewMantra

Selena Quintanilla on breaking glass ceilings.

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Selena shattered all expectations of the male-dominated Tejano scene, but not without difficulty. She once said, “Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl. My dad had a lot of problems while trying to set up shows for us because there are a lot of men who don’t think that women can get the attention of the public. But … WRONG!”

Sonia Sotomayor on the power of a Latina perspective.

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The first Latina Supreme Court Justice overcame all odds. She was raised by an alcoholic parent, who died when she was just eight years old, and still managed to get into Princeton and then Yale Law school. When conservatives were criticizing her for parading herself as a “wise Latina,” she famously responded with this very legalese clapback:

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

Justina Machado on finding humor in a political world.

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No question, “One Day at a Time” actress, Justina Machado, is the first to call Trump a pendejo. That said, when a pendejo is criticizing you, the best clapback can be to just say, boy bye.

“I’m a wise Latina woman. Whatever, man. Thank God I’m not in politics, because the fact that you have to explain everything – I’d kill myself. I can’t take all those little things they dissect. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, get a life.’ I don’t have time for this.”  😂

Rita Moreno on authenticity.

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The 86-year-old award-winning actress has gifted us with her memoir and the inspo for us all to start our own: “If you’re going to write about your life, you must write about your life.” There are so many ways to interpret this, but my takeaway is that your life is unique. Cross-referencing anyone else’s will lead you astray from your goal. Be you, boo.

America Ferrera on body positivity.

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We know her beginnings from “Real Women Have Curves” and her message stays true. “To me, the tragedy about this whole image-obsessed society is that young girls get so caught up in just achieving that, they forget to realize that they have so much more to offer the world.”

As Latinas, we’re far less likely to be naturally supermodel thin and our beautiful thoughts are more likely to be robbed by diet culture. Time to reclaim our fat, juicy brains and take up space.

Naya Rivera on having an eating disorder as a Latina.

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In her memoir, “Sorry, Not Sorry,” the “Glee” actress opened up about her eating disorder and how her mom took it:

“I finally worked up the nerve to tell my dad that I thought I was anorexic, which was a slap in the face to my parents. I don’t think that either of them had even known anyone with an eating disorder before, and while they knew it was a big deal, they still had no idea what to do about it. At one point my mom even said, “Naya, this is some white-people shit.””

Dolores Huerta on how girls are bred to serve.

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Dolores Huerta was the lead negotiator in the labor contracts between migrant farm workers and Big Ag. New moms, here’s how you make a Dolores Huerta:

“My mother never made me do anything for my brothers, like serve them. I think that’s an important lesson, especially for the Latino culture, because the women are expected to be the ones that serve and cook and whatever. Not in our family. Everybody was equal.”

Mariah Carey on turning struggles into achievements.

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Mariah Carey is most known as the Queen of Christmas, but many might not know that she’s battling bipolar II disorder. She told People magazine,

“I’m hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone. It can be incredibly isolating. It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me.”

Eva Longoria on raising feminist men.

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It’s no secret Longoria is a feminist. I had the honor of hearing her speak at the Women’s March when she called for radical change to the corporate bottom line, to elected positions, and systematic change to include women in America’s wealth. On Instagram, she announced that she was having a boy with this caveat:

“This boy, my son, will be surrounded by very strong, educated, powerful women and I think it’s important that he sees those types of role models in his life so he knows how to support it, how to applaud it and how to honor it.”

Gina Rodriguez on “busting that b*tch down.”

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The star of “Jane the Virgin” knows what rejection feels like. It feels like fuel to f*ck sh*t up when you finally get that chance to make your dreams come true.

“Yes, there are 150 doors that are going to slam in your face, but there’s going to be the one with a little crack in it, and you’re going to bust that b*tch down.”

Salma Hayek on being gentle with yourself.

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We’re all competing for the status of exhaustion in this world, but Hayek suggests competing for your happiness in this world. She told Stylist, “You have to believe in yourself. You have to take care of yourself, work for yourself, believe in yourself, and also be patient with yourself. Learn when not to push too hard, and give yourself a break.”

Selena Gomez on healing old wounds.

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Gomez is probably the most successful young Latina out here, but she’s human, too. At the American Music Awards in 2016, she told America, “If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.”

Carmen Yulín Cruz on scrapping the “play nice” prescription for women in politics.

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San Juan Mayor Cruz has become a household name in the aftermath of Hurricane María. Here’s how she did that:

“Politics is a rough game, and sometimes as females we are taught that you have to play nice. Sometimes you can’t play nice.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on breaking the mold.

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In an interview with “Girls Who Code,” AOC opened up:

“When you’re only seeing white dudes just like, running the world, you think you need to act like a white dude to run the world. The problem is that mold wasn’t made for you, and so even if you try the hardest at being that, you will not be as good as someone who is just that already.

That’s why I’ve tried really hard to authentically be myself while I’m here in this moment and in this position, because I want to show other people that there are other ways of being powerful in the world.”

Red lips and hoops, baby. I’m here for it.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on unconditional love.

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Ros-Lehtinen (R) is the first Latina to be elected to Congress and has served for thirty years. During her tenure, she’s tackled issues that today’s GOP would staunchly oppose. She raised a trans son and has fought for Marriage Equality. Here’s what she told the Human Rights Campaign:

“It’s important for families to support their children and to support their children’s choices. It’s important to listen to your children, accept your children and have your children know that you love them unconditionally. It’s not “I love you, but …”—there’s no “but.” “It’s just “I love you.”… To do otherwise is—you’re hurting yourself, you’re going to shun your child or grandchild. You’re going to say, “No, I have my views and my views are the perfect views and no one can have a different point of view. I’m right and everything else is wrong.” And that’s a lonely way to live. It just means you’ll be out of that person’s life, and who wants to be cut out of their child’s life?”

MJ Rodriguez on holding herself back.

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MJ Rodriguez tells Paper Magazine about what gave by the time she auditioned for hit series “Pose”:

“Well, want to know something? There was a point in time where I was scared, and I hadn’t gone in for roles before Pose had even started. I had hindered myself by being in the way and thinking that world wouldn’t receive me, and then I stepped out of my way and I started going in for roles as the woman I was. Even though my mindset was “They’re going to say no, they’re not going to want me,” I challenged myself to be 100% who I was and not care what anyone thought, and when I walked into that room and just stepped into myself, the people behind the table didn’t care!”

Believe in yourselves, hunnies, and the rest will follow.

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Watch: ‘Walking Dead’ Actress Ditches Zombies For Red Lipstick In New Selena Series Trailer

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Watch: ‘Walking Dead’ Actress Ditches Zombies For Red Lipstick In New Selena Series Trailer

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Hold on to your heart, chica. Netflix is coming for it and your tears.

Fans of Tejano music singer Selena Quintanilla are used to talk of production studios wanting to tell her story. Since the “Baila Esta Cumbia” singer’s death in 1995, fans have seen her story retold as a movie starring Jennifer Lopez and a 2018 series by Telemundo. Recently Netflix announced that they were going for the grab on her story, this time with a biographical drama web television series. While fans were treated to updates for “Selena: The Series” throughout the summer and earlier fall, Netflix officially dropped its biggest news yet with a teaser.

And there’s no doubt the nostalgia and passion of it all will make you tear up and ready for some cumbia.

Released on Tuesday, the Netflix series’ trailer teased a first look of actress Christian Serratos as the Tejano Queen in all of her jumpsuit glory.

This past August, Netflix announced that they had cast Serratos, best known for her roles in “The Walking Dead,” “Twilight,” and the Nickelodeon show “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide,” as the beloved Mexican-American singer. In the newly released one-minute trailer, Serratos can be seen channeling Selena’s classic looks as she looks over a script and practices some of the singer’s most recognizable dance moves. Donned in red lipstick, feathered bangs and later Selena’s iconic purple jumpsuit,  Serratos can also be seen greeting the two stars, Ricardo Chavira and Seidy Lopez, playing her parents Abraham and Marcella Quintanilla.

The Netflix teaser trailer ends with someone out of frame calling, “Alright, Christian, We’re ready to shoot” before Serratos gives a smirk to the camera and stepping on stage to sing “Como La Flor.”

The series, which was created with the participation of the Quintanilla family and announced by Netflix last December, has already garnered quite a bit of anticipation online.

 Back in 1997, the casting process for the singer had the Latino community astir for months until it was finally revealed that then-dancer, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (still known as a triple threat for her moves, voice and acting chops) had earned the role. The Boricua’s casting caused quite the controversy primarily because she was not Mexican. This time around, Netflix kept the controversy in mind while conducting casting. In a recent interview with NBC News, Moisés Zamora– who is the head writer and one of the executive producers for the show– explained how crucial it was for him to ensure Mexican- identity was strongly included in the show.

“I associated her with my family and being Mexican in America,” he told the outlet at the time while highlighting how the younger singer was shaped by her identity of being a woman of Mexican heritage who also grew up in Corpus Christi while speaking English.

For the latest portrayal of Selena, the executive producer was involved in the casting of Serratos, a Latina of both Mexican and Italian descent.

Serratos knows all about breathing life into deceased characters.

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For four seasons she has raged against the undead in “The Walk Dead” and in her earlier career played Angela Webber, friend to Bella Swan lover of vampires, in Twilight.

According to outlets, it’s unclear how the series will tackle Quintanilla’s vocals.

Back when Lopez took her turn as the singer, she was made to lip-sync to Quintanilla’s vocals. We’re pretty sure that if Netflix doesn’t decide to do the same, they’ll be in good hands because Serratos voice is banging. She even sings “Baila Esta Cumbia” in this compilation!

So far fans of Selena are on board with the news.

Of course, while most of the reactions to Serratos casting have been positive the TWD club is a bit worried.

Okay TBH it feels like a worthy sacrifice.

If fans of “The Walking Dead” are this bummed over possibly losing Serratos, that means she must be pretty damn good at taking on great roles. So here’s to Serratos and her new role! Hopefully, for TWD fans she’ll be able to juggle both… if not bidi bidi bom bom.

Ally Brooke Scored Two Perfect Scores In One Night On DWTS Landing Her On Track For The Semi-Finals

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Ally Brooke Scored Two Perfect Scores In One Night On DWTS Landing Her On Track For The Semi-Finals

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The competition is getting stiff on “Dancing With The Stars.” The season 28 cast has dwindled to a small group as they make their way to the semi-finals. We’ve already seen plenty of them get cut from the show, including  Kate Flannery from “The Office,” Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown, model and famous daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook, former NBA player Lamar Odom, and Supremes singer Mary Wilson. This week’s episode saw another cut (and some people were thrilled about it) during their “Boy Band & Girl Group Night” theme. The couples had to perform dance routines to songs made famous by girl groups and boy bands and controversial cast member Sean Spicer finally got the boot.

This week, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was finally eliminated.

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Critics of Spicer swore he’d never make it past the first episode. After all, who would vote for a man that lied continuously during their time in the White House?  A lot of people, actually. Spicer made it all the way to week 9. Even President Donald Trump thought he had a sure shot of winning again this week. The president first tweeted, “Vote for Sean Spicer on Dancing with the Stars. He is a great and very loyal guy who is working very hard. He is in the quarterfinals — all the way with Sean! #MAGA #KAG.” But when Spicer got the ax, Trump deleted that tweet and revised it to: “A great try by @seanspicer. We are all proud of you!” Spicer responded to him by tweeting, “Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump I can’t begin to express how much your continued support has meant, especially during my time on @DancingABC.”

Ally Brooke scored perfect tens all night. Now she’s going to the semi-finals.

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Since the theme last night was girl groups and boy bands, you would think the former Fifth Harmony member would have danced to one of her own songs. Then again, that would probably be considered cheating or something. She and dance partner Sasha Farber danced to Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” and New Kids on the Block “Step by Step,” which she danced to phenomenally. The judges thought so too. They gave her perfect 10s all night. “Making our way to the semi freaking finals…Step by Step! Two dances & two perfect scores? I will never forget tonight’s show! 

This is not the first time Ally and her partner have scored perfect scores. They brilliantly scored the same last week. 

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People think their natural talent and skills is going to take them all the way to the end. However, just because the judges give perfect scores doesn’t mean the people will vote for you. Brooke learned that lesson last week. She tweeted, “So many mixed emotions tonight. I’m elated yet disappointed because I landed in the bottom two even after receiving the first perfect score of the season. All I know is this. I’ve given this my all and I’m so thankful for my fans voting each and every week.”

Here’s Ally’s second performance of the night, which she rocked.

For anyone thinking that Brooke has a leg up on everyone else because she comes from a dancing background, you should remember these are hard dances to learn. They have a lot of technicalities. Her partner Sasha tweeted, “Samba is the hardest dance to teach out of all the dances, as it requires a very unique technique and a specific knee bounce! Watching this back we worked hours and hours on just that. I’m so proud of you!!! Thank u in believing.”

Just to be fair, here’s Sean’s last performance as a contestant on the show.

Who knew you could dance the Foxtrot to One Direction’s “A Story Of My Life”?

Spicer told People magazine that he was relieved to have been voted out. Oh sure, Sean, change the narrative, he’s kind of a pro at spinning stories. 

“There’s been a tremendous amount of support that’s kept me out of the bottom two the last nine weeks and I’ve truly been humbled by how many people have taken time out of their Monday nights to keep me going,” Spicer told said to the magazine. “I will look back on this as an amazing experience.”

Now that he’s gone, the remaining group includes Ally Brooke, the “Bachelorette” star Hannah Brown, actor and comedian Kel Mitchell, country singer Lauren Alaina, and “Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek. 

Who do you think will make it to the end?

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