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Then And Now: Chances Are You Won’t Recognize Some Of These Celebrities From Their Childhood Pictures

As you transition from childhood to adulthood, one of two things happens when it comes to your facial features. You either maintain the same exact baby face as you get older, or puberty gets the best of you and you transform into a completely different looking person.

And when it comes to these Latino celebrities, chances are you might not be able to recognize a few of them.  

1. Selena Quintanilla

@selenaquintanilla1976 / Instagram / Digital Image / July 26, 2018


Before her long hair and signature front bangs, Selena used to rock this mullet-style pixie cut. Definitely only she could rock this hairstyle, don’t you think so?

2. Shakira

Credit: Shakira As A Teen. Digital Image. Nov 30, 2016. Lipstick Alley.


Even though Shakira is recognized for her long blonde locks, her hair doesn’t naturally look like that. Before the start of Shakira’s pop-color hair evolution, she used to rock simple black hair. She looks like a completely different person!

3. JLO

Credit: JLO as a Kid. Digital Image. Booms Beat. Feb 14, 2014.


Jlo is one of the most beautiful women in the world, but with this hairstyle she almost looks like Cindy Lou Who from The Grinch. How cute is this picture?

4. Marc Anthony

Credit: Marc Anthony as a Teen. Digital Image. Pinterest.


Talking about Jlo, check how her ex-husband Marc Anthony used to look like! He kinda looks like Kenny G’s doppelgänger, but if Jlo married him, I guess we all have a chance!

5. Juanes

Credit: Juanes as a Teen. Digital Image. Time Toast.


This throwback picture of Juanes looks like it belongs on the cover of the video game Guitar Hero. Did you know before being one of the most famous latino popstars, he used to play in a metal band? This totally explains the long hair and the bad boy eye expression.

6. Demi Lovato

@ddlovato992 / Instagram / Digital Image / July 30, 2018


If there’s one feature that hasn’t changed about Demi Lovato, it’s that big and bright smile. She has always been and will always be one of the most beautiful girls in the world. How cute is that smile?

7. Ricky Martin

Credit: Ricky Martin as a kid. Digital Image. Ricky Martin BCN. Jan 2013.


Who remembers this little baby face from his time in the boy band Menudo? If you grew up listening to Menudo, here are some facts about the band you probably had no idea about.

8. Christina Aguilera

Credit: Christina Aguilera as a kid. Digital Image. Yahoo Music. October 17, 2012.


Christina Aguilera has been slayin’ since 1980. Even though she is a grown up woman now, her voice has always been unforgettable, only by this pic you just know she was hitting some high notes already.

9. Pitbull

Credit: Pitbull as a kid. Digital Image. Hollywood Reporter. March 26, 2014.


If you’ve never been able to imagine Pitbull with a head full of hair, here you have it, it doesn’t even look like him! Who would have imagined he would become one of the greatest latino stars of all time?

10. Gael Garcia Bernal

Credit: Gael Garcia Bernal as a Kid. Digital Image. T13. August 28, 2016.


Gael Garcia Bernal is one of our favorite Mexican hotties, and it looks like he has always been a handsome boy : just look at those eyes!

11. Camila Cabello

Credit: Camila Cabello as a kid. Digital Image. M-Magazine. March 3, 2016.


Camila Cabello looks almost exactly the same!

12. Cardi B

Credit: @iamcardib / Instagram / Digital Image / July 30, 2018


If you’re familiar with this picture, then chances are you saw it in the form of a hilarious meme. And as you can tell by her facial expression, if there’s one thing that hasn’t changed about Cardi B, it’s her sassy attitude.

13. Bruno Mars

@brunomars / Instagram / Digital Image / July 31, 2018


Kid Bruno Mars as Elvis Presley is giving me LIFE!

14. Selena Gomez

Credit: Selena Gomez on Spy Kids. Digital Image. J-14. Jan 17, 2015.


In case you were wondering, yes, that’s Selena Gomez in the movie “Spy Kids 3D.”

15. Sofia Vergara

Credit: Sofia Vergara as a Teenage. Digital Image. The Huffington Post. September 9, 2013.


Stunning since the age of 17. If you love La Toti, check out these 20 Sofia Vergara facts you probably didn’t know about.

16. Mariah Carey

Credit: Mariah Carey as a Kid. Digital Image. La Casa Morett.


Her eyebrow game has always been SPOT ON.

17. Neymar Jr.

Credit: Neymar Jr. as a Kid. Digital Image. Daily Mail Uk. June 16, 2014.


Neymar Jr. as a Kid was already a rising star! 

18. Maluma

Credit: Maluma as a kid. Digital Image. Scoop Nest.


This superstar has always been a pretty boy. Check out these Maluma thirst posts if you can’t get enough of his now adult man hotness. 

19. Pedro Pascal

Credit: Pedro Pascal. Digital Image. Aqui lo mire. September 10, 2017.

Pedro Pascal used to be blonde?! Whaaaaat.

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9 LGBTQ+ Latinas Making The World A Better Place Through Representation

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9 LGBTQ+ Latinas Making The World A Better Place Through Representation

Women are a driving force for change. It has been proven time and time again in history. LGBTQ+ Latinas are part of this tradition whether it is in activism, media, or representation in comic books. Here are 9 LGBTQ+ Latinas who are doing their part to make the world a better place.

Stephanie Beatriz

Stephanie Beatriz is known for her character Rosa on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The actress wanted to create a character that someone like her could relate to and she made it happen. Rosa came out in the show as a bisexual Latina and it gave Beatriz a chance to play a character that reflects her real identity. For the first time, bisexual Latinas have someone on television that speaks to a very real and important identity.

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson publicly came out of the closet as bisexual in 2018. The actress revealed her relationship with musician Janelle Monáe and fans were there to support her. Thompson made a real splash in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when she portrayed Valkyrie in “Thor: Ragnarok.” She will be slaying again as Valkrie in “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

Bamby Salcedo

Bamby Salcedo is unapologetically trans and fighting for trans lives and rights. Salcedo founded the TransLatin@ Coalition to create a network for trans Latinas to connect and help each other thrive. Salcedo is often in protests for trans lives including against Pete Buttigieg during a CNN/HRC Town Hall.

Victoria Cruz

Victoria Cruz is a gatekeeper of LGBTQ+ history. The indigenous trans woman was there for the start of the Gay Liberation movement in 1969. Cruz has been a leader in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Cruz has continued to her fight for trans rights even in the face of transphobia in the LGBTQ+ community. As the LGBTQ+ community tends for forget its history, Cruz is here to remind them of how important the trans community is in gaing LGBTQ+ rights.

Carmen Carrera

Carmen Carrera first came into everyone’s home as a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” This was before she started her transition. Since embarking on her transition journey, Carrera has had a very successful career as a supermodel, became a stepmother, and has been championing trans rights in the U.S. and Peru. The activist has spent years breaking down stereotypes about trans people wherever she goes.

Salice Rose

Salice Rose is a major name in social media. With more than 16 million followers on TikTok, Rose has created a place for people to feel safe and included. Using comedy and her spirituality, Rose has been able to tackle important issues, like coming out.

Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera was tapped to write for the America Chavez comic book in a move by Marvel that was widely celebrated. Rivera was able to give American Chavez, a queer Latin superhero, an authentic voice. Rivera is also the author of “Juliet Takes A Breaths.’ The young adult novel follows a Puerto Rican girl who comes out to her family right before going to an internship on the other side of the country.

Martine Gutierrez

Martine Gutierrez is a famed photographer and artist that has displayed work around the world. The art critic Barbara Calderon wrote about Gutierrez’s identity that has been an elusive yet broad identity. Calderon spoke of terms used to identify oneself yet none seemed to accurately describe who Gutierrez is.

Lido Pimienta

Lido Pimienta is an Afro-indigenous Colombian Canadian musician who is transforming Latin music, especially the scene with her sexuality. The queer musician is unapologetic about her identity for the sake of visibility. Pimienta feels a need to stay ver visible to change the long-running history of no queer visibility in media.

READ: Here Are Some Queer Films And Shows To Watch To Start Pride Off Right

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

As if 2020 and Coronavirus haven’t taken enough from us, just days before we usher in a new year, the world is forced to say goodbye to Armando Manzanero.

The famed Mexican-Mayan artist lost his battle against COVID-19 and as news of his death began to circulate, reactions from stars all around the world have started to pour in.

Manzanero died like so many in 2020 – fighting the dangerous Coronavirus.

One of Mexico’s most iconic and beloved artists has passed at the age of 85 from complications related to COVID-19. Armando Manzanero had tested positive for the virus on December 17 and put into critical care just a few days later.

The Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM), of which Manzanero was president, announced his death, saying: “The romantic soul of Mexico and the world is in mourning.”

His family told Mexican newspaper El Universal that he was set to be extubated in the coming days, after his lung health had improved, but he then died by cardiac arrest.

Maluma took to social media to share his sadness over the immense loss.

Losing a man who is considered a symbol of Latin American music has left many artists shocked and in mourning. Reactions and memories from around the world quickly poured in to remember the man who helped put his country and culture on the global map.

Maluma shared to Instagram an emotional post, where he expressed his sadness for the departure of maestro Manzanero, “💔😭 RIP MASTER,” the post reads.

In the description, Maluma said “one of my greatest inspirations” had died but that he’d forever treasure the memory of having met Manzanero. The video shows when Maluma, visibly moved, meets Armando Manzanero for the first time. “A pleasure to meet you,” says the reggaetonero; Immediately afterwards, the Mexican singer hugs him while patting him on the back.

J Balvin also shared his condolences while also condemning COVID-19.

Another of the many celebs who showed their sadness over the death of the star was J Balvin. In his Instagram stories, Balvin posted a photo of Manzanero and wrote “Rest in peace, Armando Manzanero.” In addition, he wrote what so many of us are feeling after such a devastating year: “FUCK COVID.”

And Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, addressed Manzanero’s death during a press conference, per CNN. “Armando Manzanero was a sensitive man, a man of the people. That’s why I lament his death,” he said. “He was also a great composer.”

Manzanero was a famed Mexican-Mayan artist who helped bring visibility to his culture and community.

Credit: Medios Y Media / Getty Images

Manzanero was a romantic crooner who was often covered by artists from around the world. In fact, many of his tracks were translated into English and performed byartists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Perry Como, and he was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2014.

He has since written more than 400 songs and released more than 30 albums, including nine since 2001, as Manzanero collaborated with a younger generation of Spanish-language romantic pop singers such as Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel and Lucero.

Manzanero’s impact on Latin music, especially romantic “bolero” songs, was widely recognized during his lifetime. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Latin Grammys in 2010 and the Grammys in 2014. Earlier this year, the Billboard Latin Music Awards recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, with musicians including Luis Fonsi and Pablo Alborán performing a medley of hits as Manzanero accompanied on piano.

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