24 Celebrity Instagram Posts From The Beginning Of The Decade Vs. Their Posts Now

It’s always amusing when celebs share throwback pics of when they were younger – or back when they knew nothing about fashion. But on the occasion of the decade coming to a close, we thought we’d celebrate with a different kind of TBT. We uncovered the debut posts from some of your favorite celebs, to show them as the mere mortals they really are, and compared them to their 2019 content. Just a friendly reminder that all of us posted terrible things on Instagram at one point or another. Enjoy…

Maluma in 2010

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The pretty boy, dirty boy wasn’t even on Instagram back in 2010. So we dug up this post of his via Twitter. He was the face of innocence, and his body was like a clean slate, little did he know about the fame and fortunes that awaited him.

Maluma now 

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Still shirtless, but with a lot more ink. Through the years the reggaetonero racked up tats and hits. Millions of streams and many records later, Maluma has positioned himself as a top exponent of his genre. His IG isn’t as polished as other celebrities’, but he still shares insights into his lifestyle, his appearances and tours.  

Selena Gomez in 2013

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Heavily filtered as was cool back in the day. Making great use of the famous Instagram frames. Ah, life —and instagram— was much easier back then.

Selena Gomez Now

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Sel recently made a comeback with her two singles ‘Look At Her Now’ and ‘Lose You To Love Me’ and her Instagram has been on fire ever since. Nowadays she shares photos of the making of her works, special moments with her friends and family —and she stays away from the haters. As we all should.

J Balvin in 2014

The Colombian singer had just dropped his second album ‘La Familia’ and was only just getting a taste of what would be his worldwide stardom.

J Balvin Now

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I think a lot about what J Balvin’s skincare routine is, and why he hasn’t let us in on his secrets. Nowadays the king of Urbano and Reggaeton shares photos of his lavish life —and skin— his looks are always fire, his hair is always colored in a bright hue and his concerts are always LIT. That pretty much sums up his content. 

Bad Bunny in 2015

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Behold Bad Bunny’s very first gram. It’s hard to imagine Benito without his signature bright manicure and wild outfits, but here it is. Proof that his style has definitely evolved into the psychedelic grandiose mess it is today.

Bad Bunny in 2019

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A musical king, a style icon, a fashion AUTHORITY. Benito has truly grown up these last few years, and we can’t wait to see what the next chapter will look like. Nowadays he serves a fashion clinic every time an #OOTD of his goes up onto Instagram and teases all of us with snippets of upcoming hits in his IG stories too. 

Camila Cabello circa 2012

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Here’s Camila’s very first post. A blurry photo-collage of a concert. Who was on? Who knows? Maybe Fifth Harmony themselves. Guess we’ll never know, but apparently it was a great night. 

Camila Cabello Now

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The former Fifth Harmony member is a Pop Princess of her own accord. These days she only posts high quality, hi-res photos of herself. And the looks she serves, give us LIFE. 

Demi Lovato’s first post 

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“You better be watching The X Factor tonight”. The grainy picture is giving us life, and not to mention the sexy cheetah makeup. 

Demi Now

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Demi has grown to be a true strong, confident woman. This year she shared this photo in which she promised to not airbrush her body any longer, “I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited – and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me. This is what I got. I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards.” —and we’re definitely on board. Here’s to an unedited new decade. 

Will Smith’s first post 

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Will Smith joined Instagram in December 2017 – a LOT later than pretty much every human being but when he did, it was fresh from the set of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’!

Will Smith in 2019

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The epitome of ‘cool dad’ style. Will Smith remains the king of comedy, his instagram videos are often funny or heartwarming, no in between. 

Beyonce’s first post

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Queen Bey’s very first post dates back to 2012, when she wore this tee to show her support for Pres. Obama.

Beyonce now

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Queening then, and queening now. This icon of a woman has definitely evolved in her IG content, now she wows up with her lewks and lavish lifestyle. We’re loving her with these braids, as much as with her signature gold locks.

J.Lo in 2013

Ah man, those retro-esque filters got all of us. Here’s Jenny from the Block back in 2013 sharing a pic of herself and dad. 

J.Lo nowadays

Glamorous, fabulous, athletic, bronzed. J.Lo won’t post a bad picture anymore uh-uh. She has a glam team to make sure that doesn’t happen —and tbh, we’re not complaining. She serves hair and makeup inspo for all of us to try —and in my case fail— to achieve.

Eva Mendes first posted in 2015

With this major throwback, the Cuban-American actress greeted instagram for the first time. 

Eva Mendes Now

A whole businesswoman. A mom, an actor. This woman is proof that yu can have it all —and Ryan Gosling is just the cherry on top, amirite?

Lady Gaga circa 2012

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Behold Lady Gaga’s first Instagram selfie, dating back to 2012. Grainy, dissheveled and natural. We love everything about it.

Lady Gaga now.

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The GLAM. The makeup, the hair, the earrings. The lighting! Looks like a lot has changed for mother monster in the last decade.

Salma Hayek then

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One of Hayek’s very first instagram posts. With the grainy texture, warm colors of the trendy Instagram filters we all loved and the neon lipstick that was all the rave back in 2015.

Salma Now

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Polished, glammed up, good lighting, good backdrop. La Veracruzana is a whole Instagram goddess these days.

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Cardi B Just Created An Instagram Account For Kulture And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever


Cardi B Just Created An Instagram Account For Kulture And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

There’s a new influencer in town and her name is Kulture Kiari. 

On Saturday, Cardi B posted a photo of 2-year-old Kulture to her Instagram page, writing: “Follow @KultureKiari new IG…So much cool cute baby stuff coming up.”

The Instagram page Cardi was linking to was a brand new page dedicated to the chart-topping rapper’s daughter, Kulture.

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So far, the page has only thirteen photos posted, but has already racked up over 700,000 followers–and counting. 

A few of the pictures show Kulture in peak-cute form, wearing an adorable plaid skirt and pink cardigan. She also has a big white bow fixed on top of her head. 

The rest of the photos range from Kulture swimming in a pool to experimenting with Snapchat filters. All of the pictures have captions written in first-person, like “I look like mommy here” and “My mom was annoying me but it’s ok cause I look cute.”

The Instagram account even has some #TBT photos of when culture was a baby–one notably cute one where she’s trying mashed potatoes for the first time. 

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Naturally, Cardi’s fans are eating up all the extra Kulture content, writing comments like “Kulture is looking all cute” and “She is so freaking beautiful”.

Commenters couldn’t help but exclaim over Kulture’s fashionable outfits, accessories and hairstyles. 

In the past, Cardi has defended her decision to dress Kulture in expensive designer clothing, saying that her child is in the public eye and deserves to be dressed as well as she is.

“If I’m fly and Daddy’s fly, then so is the kid. If I’m wearing Cha-nay-nay, my kid’s having the same, you know what I’m saying,” she said on Instagram. “Because if I was looking like a bad b**ch, expensive b**ch and I have my kid looking like a bum bum, then y’all would be talking s**t.”

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Kulture’s new Instagram page comes just days after Cardi B filed for divorce from husband of three years, Offset.

While she has largely stayed mum on the topic, she recently broke her silence via Instagram, explaining the reason behind the divorce. Cardi said she was simply “tired of the arguments” and that her and Offset “grew apart”. She also added that she “hasn’t shed one tear” over the dissolution of her marriage.

Interestingly enough, Offset has previously been candid about his desire for Kulture to stay out of the public eye and lead a relatively normal life. “I want my kids to be kids. I don’t like them having Instagram, I don’t want to move to LA, so there won’t be cameras in their face,” he told The Breakfast Club in 2019. “I keep my kids in public school, I don’t want my kid to be spoiled.”

Cardi, it looks like, has other plans.

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‘Vintage Latinas’ Is Hyping Up WOC Entertainers Often Forgotten By Media


‘Vintage Latinas’ Is Hyping Up WOC Entertainers Often Forgotten By Media

Amid a life-threatening pandemic, political upheaval and a dawning economic crisis, the future can feel frighteningly uncertain. We’ve all been coping in our own ways: from practicing meditation to trying out new recipes to starting creative projects. For me, joy has come in the form of history. Learning about women, particularly Latinas, who entertained audiences on the silver screen or at cabarets, fought for their countries and communities, and created beauty and fashion trends has brought me bliss at a time when I couldn’t even imagine happiness as a possibility. Realizing how healing the stories of our foremothers have been for me, I decided to create Vintage Latinas, an Instagram account dedicated to the Latina and Latin American women and femmes of yesterday.

Through the online community, I post daily photos and videos of women from the 1900s up until the early 2000s. I accompany each image with a lengthy caption that either introduces followers to former stars they’ve never heard of or shares little-known facts and stories about popular icons. Highlighting women and femmes across Latin America, the Spanish Caribbean and the U.S., the page is sprinkled with popular faces like Celia Cruz, Rita Moreno, Frida Kahlo and Bianca Jagger as well as radiant figures who aren’t as celebrated in popular media today like María Montez, Rosa Luna, Maribel Arrieta and Ajita Wilson. My goal is to commemorate the beauty, style, talent, brilliance and power of these women. To do so, I spotlight everyone from actresses, singers, dancers, models and showgirls to artists, designers, beauty queens, party czars, activists and trendsetters. 

It’s not surprising to me that at a time when I have limited control over the unpredictable future I decided to turn my attention to the past. A lover of history, I often find refuge in the narratives of people from yesterday who fought against powerful people, systems and countries to create change for their communities. This was no different. After losing my job in March and being locked up in quarantine for the months that followed, my mental and spiritual health took hard blows. While addressing the issues I was experiencing and developing a wellness routine, I decided to delve into literature about Julia de Burgos, Lolita Lebrón, Blanca Canales, Iris Morales and Denise Oliver-Velez — some of the Puerto Rican nationalists and revolutionaries I hold dear to my heart.

But unlike my experiences in the past, while rereading these works I began imagining the periods in which these women lived — the early- and mid-twentieth century — outside the political and social battles they were fighting.

Immediately, I found myself researching artists and actresses my heroines might have listened to and admired, expanding my interest in these eras beyond struggle and protests.

Soon, guarachas and boleros from artists like Myrta Silva, Carmen Delia Dipini, Lucecita Benitez and Toña la Negra were booming from my speakers more than my favorite reggaetoneros. I was spending my weekends happy that I was forced to stay home because that gave me the chance to search and watch Old Hollywood classics. Obsessed with the makeup and style of the women I was watching, I started repurposing the clothes in my closet to look like outfits inspired by some of my ‘60s and ‘70s fashion inspirations, like Lola Falana, Raquel Welch and Tina Aumont.

I was balancing news of a scary future with the stories and aesthetics of erstwhile powerful Latinas who resisted, lived and loved during similarly turbulent times.

When I started Vintage Latinas a month ago, I simply wanted to create a space where I could honor all the women who were positively influencing my life. For me, it was a hobby, something fun and joyful to do between freelance writing gigs and trying to land a full-time job amid a pandemic. But within days, the page grew into something more. Very quickly, people began following Vintage Latinas, commenting on the posts and sharing the content with their audiences. They even encouraged others to follow the page and called it their favorite account on Instagram. I knew that the dynamic personalities and enduring influence of these sensational women were as healing — or at least as captivating — to others as they were to me. By week one, the page went from a personal hobby to a creative project and online community where people from all over the world are remembering and discovering our Latina and Latin American heroines. 

As I embark on Vintage Latinas’ second month, I have several exciting plans I will begin executing. In addition to my daily posts about historic stars, I’ll be utilizing original and user-generated content to create a browsing experience I hope will excite followers. I’ll be creating activities, like trivia-style quizzes, polls and “Finish the Lyrics” games, featuring vintage images of the everyday matriarchs of the community and conducting interviews through Instagram Live with historians and modern-day Latinas who dress in vintage and pinup, among several other undertakings.

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Puerto Rican singer and politician Ruth Fernández is considered one of the most powerful women and barrier-breakers in Puerto Rican history. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1919, Fernández began singing publicly as a teenager, performing at age 14 on local radio stations for 50 cents a day. Heard by Mingo, a famous bandleader, she was invited to join the group in 1940, becoming the first woman to sing in a Puerto Rican orchestra. Performing in nightclubs, dances and casinos, Fernández became a star on the archipelago. However, celebrity didn't save her from experiencing anti-blackness. In 1944 when her band was contracted to perform at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel for a benefit concert for the American Red Cross, she was told she had to enter the building through the kitchen door because of the color of her skin. But on the day of the show, Fernández ignored the racist protocol and entered through the main entrance. When asked years later about that night, she responded: "Me llamaron negra. ¿Negra? ¿Y qué?" From then on, she began referring to herself as "La Negra de Ponce." In 1972, Fernández was elected to Puerto Rico's Senate, representing the district of Ponce as a member of the Partido Popular Democrático de Puerto Rico until 1980. As a legislator, she sought reforms and better working conditions for artists and also considered the needs of Puerto Ricans living in the contiguous U.S. In her honor, a tenement in the Bronx — the Ruth Fernández Apartments — is named after her. Fernández has received awards from several countries in Latin America, while many cities in the U.S. — including Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles — have official "Ruth Fernández Days." She passed away in 2012 of a septic shock and pneumonia at the age of 92. Here she performs "Soy la que soy" in the 1960s. #ruthfernandez #puertorican #1960s #latinasdeayer #vintagelatina #vintage #vintagestyle #vintagefashion #vintagebeauty #retrostyle #blackbeauty #blackvintage

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The stories of our foremothers, who thrived or continued luchando despite racist systems, colonialism and state-instituted violence, are inspiring and must be preserved. Through Vintage Latinas, I aim to ensure their vibrant lives and contributions to culture and social justice aren’t forgotten. Instead, I want our barrier-breaking predecessors to be celebrated, and I hope you’ll join me in this digital rave that is equal parts history, culture, glam and community. 

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