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These Telenovelas Critically Shaped Our Lives And Continue To Impact Our Views On Reality

In Latino households, telenovelas are, for better or worse, congruent with our culture. The TV is always on and if it’s not on Primer Impact or Walter Mercardo, you can certainly bet that some telenovela is playing.

It’s not that we’re obsessed with dramatic storytelling, but we totally are. However, this kind of programming is sort of like an escape from our own personal drama, and the actors end up becoming a part of the family. So why wouldn’t you watch the new telenovela featuring Ludwika Paleta or Angélica Vale, especially if we have grown up watching them?

That’s what it comes down to really. These actors and these stories somehow became part of our lives during crucial formative years. So while we know they’re fantasy, we’re still hooked on them simply because of the nostalgic factor of where we were when we first watched them, and how they were intertwined with our family.

Here are 19 telenovelas that shaped our way of thinking, our way of dressing, and sometimes our way of loving.

“Carrusel de las Américas” ( 1992)

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As a kid, this was probably the one telenovela that was okay to watch, and that didn’t show any inappropriate make-out session. These kids were just like us, and they looked like us too. They weren’t all cute blonde skinny kids (although it did feature one) like the ones that were on American television, so it was exciting to be a part of their world.

“Marimar” (1994)

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Oh, Thalia! If we could count the ways we loved her, we’d never stop. By the time “Marimar” came on the air, we were very familiar with the singer and actress, but we couldn’t get enough, which is why she had telenovela after telenovela.

“Marimar,” however, was our “Pretty Woman” fantasy without the prostitution part. Here was a poor young innocent girl who was raised by her grandparents, and by happenstance, falls in love with a rich hot guy. Like in all love tales, these two worlds cannot easily blend. The rich don’t just fall in love with the poor, but in this case loved conquered all, giving hope to many of us that grew up dreaming of the perfect life. 

“Yo soy Betty, la fea” (1999)

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One of the most important elements that every telenovela must have is relatability, because without that, how can we see ourselves in those stories. “Yo soy Betty, la fea” was one of those stories, with many incarnations from various countries, that made us feel like we didn’t have to be the pretty girl to get the guy. Not only that, we didn’t have to be the most attractive person to get far in life. With the right attitude and passion, anything is possible and Betty was proof of that.

“Corazón salvaje” (1993)

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“Corazón salvaje” is a period pieces that continues to be timeless to this day. The story of a love child born out of wedlock has been one of those very popular telenovela themes. Who doesn’t love a good love triangle between two young countesses? One of the reasons why this telenovelas was such a hit and crucial in our lives because it showed the intense passion and incredible chemistry between actors Edith González and Eduardo Palomo. It was palpable!

“Los ricos también lloran” (1979)

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Another Edith González classic is “Los ricos también lloran.” In this drama, we, the regular working class Latinos, see how the other side lives. Yes, rich people have problems too. Like “Marimar,” we once again see a young impoverished girl who wins the heart of a wealthy man. Here we see the man as a mean and unloving person. Thankfully, his love for her changes him, which made us hopeful romantics think: our love can certainly change a man.

“Rubí” (2004 )

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“Rubí” is one of those telenovelas that speaks to the devil in all of us. Internally, whether we’d like to admit or not, we are always secretly wanting more, envying those with a better life. That’s what Rubí represented, a devious and stunning woman (played by the amazing Barbara Mori) who would go to any length to get what we she wanted. While it’s great to have that kind of determination, what will cost you? Your dignity? Perhaps, yes. Y que?!

“La usurpadora” (1998)

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This novela is all about actors Gabriela Spanic Fernando Colunga, who we basically grew up thinking were part of our every day lives, simply for the fact that they starred in every telenovela. The storyline centers around twin sisters that are separated at birth and who reconnect later in life, but not in a good way. The poor sister has to act as a stand in for her rich sister who wants to leave her husband. Now, if the rest of us could have a double to do our dirty work, maybe we’d all be a little bit happier.

“Quinceañera” (1998)

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This is the one telenovela that needs to be redone again and again in order for the new generation to fully understand what it’s like being a teenage girl. Now that quinceañera’s are pretty much a term known around the world, this 1998 show, starring a young Thalia, needs a reboot asap.

The problematic experiences that a teenage girl endures stays with her forever, and for best friends Maricruz and Beatriz it is no different. They experience date rape, drugs, gangs, the whole enchilada, and while it was hard to watch some scenes, it’s crucial to remember that this things are a part of real life.

“Cuna de lobos” (1986)

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This novela, we should say, would have been nothing without the role of Catalina Creel (played by María Rubio) and that freakin’ eye patch that matched every single thing she ever wore. Catalina’s role as the evil mother could be seen as the original Donald Trump: a person who will do anything (even murder) to protect the wealth of her son. This story taught us the true definition of a mama’s boy. 

“Dos mujeres, un camino” (1993)

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Do not call this another love triangle. Erik Estrada in “Dos mujeres un camino” is anything but. We were finally confronted with what happens when a Puerto Rican is perfectly placed in a Mexican setting. It’s insane and hilarious. That’s why we loved this telenovela. Where else would you see a cougar and a young muse fight over a truck driver that doesn’t speak Spanish very well? We need to rewatch this one again.

“Amor en silencio” (1987)

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This story could be one of the most complicated telenovelas of all time, which is why it’s one of the most beloved. The storyline revolves around Marisela and Fernando who, naturally, should not be together for a variety of reasons but it technically comes down to his mother. Either way, these two get together and shit goes down at the wedding, and that’s only the beginning.

Parents should be informed that you should never ever tell a child what they should or shouldn’t do because they’ll end up doing the opposite, especially if they end up being your secret relative. So ew but also, been there. It made sinful loving no so bad (but still eww).

“María Mercedes” (1992)

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Once again we see poor little Thalia, we mean Maria Mercedes, get swept of her feet by a rich older man, which in her case is a very good thing because she had to take care of her siblings. Of course, the wealthy man can always save the day, right?! Like we said before, for better or worse, these archaic storylines somehow seeped into our mentality that all you need is a rich man and all your problems go away.

“Muchachitas” (1991)

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Whatever your social status was in life, “Muchachitas,” starring a young Kate del Castillo, fit the bill for you and all your friends, which is why we loved it. Whether you were the rich popular girl, the super poor and pathetic girl, or somewhere in between, you could see yourself in one of those girls, the only thing we lacked was their knack for drama.

“La dueña” (1995)

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Before being a badass boss bitch was a thing, Regina Villarreal, played by Angélica Rivera, made that attitude famous in “La dueña.” Sure, Regina was pure evil who thought her money could buy anyone, even her lover, but Regina taught us that with a commanding and persistent spirit you could pretty much whatever you wanted in life.

“De pura sangre” (1985)

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In life you have to ask yourself: do you marry for love or money? For Florencia, played by Christian Bach, the question isn’t an easy one to answer. What do you do when your cheating husband can’t procreate and your marriage and inheritance depend on it? Well, the only thing left is to fall in love with the mysterious dark stranger. Yup, that’ll fix everything. Always follow your gut and your heart.

“Rebelde” (2004–2006)

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High school can be one of the most hardest years of anyone’s life, but for the students of Elite Way School, it’s so extra. While the students at this prestigious boarding school spoke to us on so many levels, what really made “Rebelde” legendary was their talent and artistry.

How many other high school students go off to make millions as a pop group around the world? Just one, so the crew of “Rebelde” will be with us for life.

“El Premio Mayor” (1995)

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Way before Diego Luna was head of the cartel in Netflix’s “Narcos Mexico,” he was just a chubby little guy looking to stand out, which was basically all of us in real life. In “El Premio Mayor” there were a lot of flashy characters after they main protagonist Huicho, played Carlos Bonavides, wins the lottery and is perplexed on how to handle his new found fortune, especially when there’s gold diggers around every corner. There’s one lady that is completely different from the rest, and that’s the great Laura Leon who plays Rebecca, his true love.

One key thing that made this telenovela a hit, the title song sang, of course, by Leon.

“Topasio” (1984)

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This 1984 telenovela from Venezuela told the story of young Topacio. She is blind, poor, and very beautiful. She meets Jorge Luis who comes from a wealthy family. Here’s the catch, they were born on the same night and switched at birth. So, in reality, she is born into wealth and he’s just slim pickings, but the hearts wants what the hearts. Just goes to show, you never know who you’re going to fall in love with so always do a background check before you walk down the aisle.


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This Woman Says La India Maria And Raul Velasco Are Her Parents, Gave Her Away Upon Her Birth

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This Woman Says La India Maria And Raul Velasco Are Her Parents, Gave Her Away Upon Her Birth

As far as cultural icons in Mexican television you can’t get much bigger than Raúl Velasco and La India María. The former was the host of the huge show Siempre en Domingo, which saw stars such as Luis Miguel, Emmanuel and Timbiriche first reach the upper echelons of Latin American pop culture. His power as a gate keeper, a sort of padrino for musicians and almost all Mexican showbiz personalities in the second half of the twentieth century is unparalleled. Think of Velasco a Don Francisco a la décima potencia. On the other hand, La India María was the film persona of María Elena Velasco-Fragoso, who through her character used comedy to talk about the struggles of indigenous women in Mexico City and paisanos in Los Estates. 

Both Raúl Velasco and La India María have passed away (him in 2006, her in 2015), but this story and the echo it has generated in Spanish-speaking media revels their lasting popularity in the collective Latino memory. But we gotta remember that public figures, particularly those aligned with the Mexican media monopoly Televisa, are helped in showing their best face to the audience. Even though this story is surprising, it isn’t a complete shock.

So the bombshell news was quite surprising: a woman called Mirna Velasco claims to be their daughter.

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Showbiz journalists on both sides of the border just drooled at the potential scandal. The 50-year-old woman, who lives in Los Angeles, revealed her claimed identity during the YouTube show Chisme No Like

Her story is quite heartbreaking and if true would make us look at her presumed biological parents in a new light.

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MIrna claims that she was given away as a child and that she is product of an affair between Raúl, who was married, and María Elena. The story goes that La India María gave her baby away to one of her domestic workers. Sounds like straight out of a telenovela but stories like these are plausible and more common than one would imagine. Mirna says that her adoptive parents were “not very nice people” and that she vowed to have a large family and be different from them. If Mirna’s story is true, her biological father would have been 36 and La India Maria 29. Mirna was born on the same year that Siempre en Domingo first aired: 1969. 

¿Les da un aire a ambos? She kinda does, hey?

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Mirna has eight children. She told journalist Javier Ceriani that as a teenager she would wonder why she didn’t look like her mom, so her adoptive mother told her the truth. But the truth was revealed in a horrible way: her stepdad was accused of molesting Mirna’s younger sister, and it was all revealed during the court case, according to MSN News. She never looked for her biological parents because, she was told, they didn’t want her then and didn’t want any further contact. Just wow. This makes the fact that she built a career as an actress even more amazing.

So who is Mirna Velasco? Well, she is a pretty big deal actually, a self-made Latina queen.

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She is an actress and working mom. She is pretty active on Instagram, where she announced her interview and the big reveal. She has said that she doesn’t need money and is only revealing the truth to set an example for her kids. 

She is an exemplary United States Latina working hard for her community.

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And she is very active in building bridges between Latino communities and the City of Los Angeles. She has even been recognized by city officials as an outstanding citizen who works to create connections. 

The Mexican Internet is heartbroken.

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Raúl Velasco and La India María were the epitome of wholesome entertainment for millions of Spanish-speakers all throughout the Americas, so this story shatters the innocent public persona that was carefully tailored by both. We of course cannot confirm Mirna’s story (perhaps no one really can), but this case leaves a stain of doubt on their reputations. 

Let’s get one thing straight: we have no right to doubt her.

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No one can attest to the validity of Mirna’s story unless DNA tests are conducted. If she is lying or her adoptive family gave her inaccurate information then that’s on them. But we are better than the chisme culture that doubts everyone and believes we all have the right de opinar on other people’s lives, right? So let’s not come to conclusions. It takes a lot of courage to do what Mirna did. 

13 Lessons About Love From ‘Teresa’ You Could Copy/Paste If You Want Your Life To Turn Into A Dumpster Fire

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13 Lessons About Love From ‘Teresa’ You Could Copy/Paste If You Want Your Life To Turn Into A Dumpster Fire

It’s long been established that we have an undying love for telenovelas. In fact, they’ve taught us so many important life lessons over the years. While we will always be eternally grateful for what they’ve taught us, some lessons haven’t been as accurate as others. Especially when it comes to L-O-V-E.

We’re sad to say that the topic of amor is totally misrepresented in novelas. While that may make them all the more interesting, it also means that it’s misguided us once or twice in the love department. However, our loss is your gain because now we can share with you all the unrealistic love lessons we’ve learned from telenovelas. Hopefully, they will help guide you down the right path in your own adventures with romance.

1. Be careful who you’re kissing. It could be an evil twin.

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Have you ever noticed that telenovelas are just full of twins? Living in a world where almost everyone has an evil doppelganger has to make dating extra hard. What’s stopping them from switching places with the good twin whenever they want?  Next time you go in for a kiss with your significant other, make sure to double check that it’s really them. Look for mysterious birthmarks or mustaches. Those are a dead giveaway for evil twins.

2. If you’re not feeling the relationship, you can always fake your own death.

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Have you ever been in a relationship and realized it was a mistake? You could do the grown-up thing and sit your significant other down to have an amicable breakup but where’s the drama in that. Telenovelas teach us that the proper way to approach this is to just completely ghost which can be pretty drastic if you ask us. If you DO follow telenovela advice and plan to fake your own death, don’t show up to your funeral. That’s a rookie mistake.

3. Love triangles are something you need to worry about.

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Torn between two lovers? You might be in the middle of a novela and not even realize it. Telenovelas have taught us that at some point in our lives there will be two people passionately in love with us and we will have to choose between them. If you’re single now, this might give you some hope but we wouldn’t hold our breath. Real life usually isn’t as gracious with the love interests as novelas are.

4. Cheating is to be expected.

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If you are stuck between two lovers, it’s no big deal. Novelas have taught us that cheating is just part of love. Hopefully, you don’t take this lesson to heart because cheating is actually a really gross thing to do. Additionally, being cheated on is the worst. This is one lesson we are happy to leave in the novelas.

5. All conflicts can be resolved with an intense kiss.

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Chances are, if you rush up to a significant other during an argument and try to kiss them, things might not go as well as they do in the novelas. In these stories, a fiery kiss is all that is needed to end any conflict. In the real world, not so much. Use your mouth to talk it out before you move onto the smooching. Your relationship will work better that way.

6. There will always be a jealous former lover in the picture to mess things up.

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Things are going perfect. You have someone who you love and who loves you back and the rest of your life is just as together as your romance. However, lurking in the shadows in them: that devious ex who is just waiting to trip up your happiness. Not to say this never happens in the real world but usually, we don’t have to live in a state of paranoia over our exes. That business belongs in the past and in the novelas.

7. Your makeup will always look flawless no matter what.

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Have you just had an intense make-out session? We can’t tell because your makeup looks flawless. Just been dumped and have been crying your heart out? Your perfect face says otherwise. In telenovelas, ladies look flawless no matter what is happening in their lives. We would love this to be true because it would save a ton of time primping every morning but, alas, this is strictly a novela teaching.

8. A rich man and/or member of royalty is totally going to fall in love with you.

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You are a poor girl who worked on your family’s alpaca farm and he is an undercover South America prince who falls in love with you. He whisks you away — despite objections from his family — and you live the rest of your life as a princess. Yeah right. If only it was that easy.

9. Be careful of that new novio. He might just be your long, lost half brother.

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Your parents had a whole life before they had you and who knows what they got up to during that time. If you go off of telenovelas, that cute guy you’ve been texting might just be your long, lost half brother. No amount of therapy can make you unsee his nudes so let’s thank goodness that real life isn’t as traumatic as novelas can be.

10. You’ll probably leave someone at the altar. That is if you don’t get left yourself.

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Marriage is a big deal but the chances that you’ll actually go through with your wedding is pretty low if you’re in a novela. Will you leave your fiance at the altar? Will they leave you? Maybe it will be a double runaway situation and neither of you will show. All we know is that weddings cost a lot of money so you might want to think it over before booking the DJ.

11. Prepare to be betrayed by your best friend.

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Your best friend may be your ride or die but they are the first person you should be suspicious of if you’re in a novela. Are they plotting against you? Trying to steal your man? Trying to steal your job? Pump the breaks on the paranoia. Hopefully, your real life isn’t as dramatic as a novela because you deserve a BFF you can trust.

12. There will be a controversial pregnancy.

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If we were only following what we’ve learned from novelas, we’d expect a controversial pregnancy any moment now. Hopefully, we can avoid paternity tests, babies switched at birth and life-threatening pregnancies in our real life because novelas make that look way too stressful.

13. Love conquers all.

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Not to be cynical but this is an important lesson that novelas get wrong. Sometimes love isn’t enough. For a relationship to work, it also takes compromise, communication, sacrifice, and understanding. Only then can love flourish and bloom the way we see it do on telenovelas. We all want that novela romance but, in the real world, it takes a little work. Still, it’s well worth it.