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These Virgo Celebrities Will Make You Realize Why You Love Your Virgo Amigos So Much

Virgo Season (August 23-September 22) is upon us which might explain why you’re feeling suddenly industrious, organized and efficient. OK, maybe you’re not, but these celebrity Virgos have used their star-given talents to make it to the top.

Virgos are known for being crazy detail-oriented and are total perfectionists. They’re also known for caring about the greater good, and are rarely ever sheep.

Here are some of the most notable Virgos that you can totally relate to.

Salma Hayek

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Born on September 2, 1966, Mexicana Salma Hayek first made it in the business as a model before becoming a wildly successful telenovela actress and eventually a film star. Like a good Virgo, she has used her platform to speak out against domestic violence and for immigrant rights.

Fun fact: When she was 12 years old, Hayek was sent to a boarding school in Louisiana that expelled her after two years. She eventually went to study International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, but quit to become an actress. Ay-oh.

Marc Anthony

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Born on September 16, 1968 as Marco Antonio Muñiz, Anthony is one of the most famous salsa artists of all time. Originally from Spanish Harlem in New York City, he’s also known for being graced with Jennifer Lopez’s wifely presence. Nobody deserves her grace, which is why they aren’t together anymore.

Anthony first rose to fame for writing the songs for boricua group Menudo. His parents, Felipe and Guillermina, are originally from Guyana, Puerto Rico. Anthony is a true Virgo (y boricua) in that he’s joined forces with Jennifer Lopez to raise money for the victims of Hurricane María, who have largely been abandoned by the U.S. government.

Thalía

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Born as Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda on August 26, 1971, Thalía is known as the Queen of Latin Pop. She’s just as famous for her humanitarian efforts with March of Dimes and disaster relief work for Mexico after the devastating earthquake in Mexico City.

Thalía has sung in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Filipino. She also went to Liceo Franco Mexicano elementary school and has been speaking French since she was a niña. By then she was already a star, given that she had first appeared in a TV commercial by the time she was one years old. A true Virgo star.

Eugenio Derbez

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Variety magazine recognized him as the most influential Latino in the entertainment industry in 2014. Born on September 2, 1961, Derbez’s qualifying Virgo status (besides his birthday) is his soft spot for animals. Derbez is a vegetarian. 🙂

Fun fact: Derbez was the voice of Donkey in the Spanish language versions of the films Shrek and Shrek 2. It’s all fitting since he’s been acting since his first extra spot at 12 years old on a telenovela.

Justina Machado

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Born in Chicago on September 6, 1972, Boricua Machado is currently starring as Penelope Alvarez on Netflix’s “One Day at a Time.” Her role is honestly a service to Latino Americans as Penelope is a single Cuban-American mom who confronts mental illness, veteran issues, LGBT rights, immigrant rights and more in the binge-worthy series.

Seriously, go watch it now, before Virgo season is over. Mother Teresa was a Virgo, for Christ’s sake. Machado learned most of her acting from the Latino Chicago Theater, which launched her into acting roles in more than 15 films. In the last few years since she’s been in the spotlight, she’s generated at least $2 million in net worth. Take my money, Machado. It’s for a good cause.

Jessica Pimentel

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Born on September 20, 1982, Pimentel became an American sensation with her role as Maria Ruiz on “Orange is the New Black.” Long before that role, she has been playing Juliet on tour and is a trained classical violinist in a heavy metal band.

Talk about meticulous attention to detail? Girl is a violinist. That takes dedication. She actually shared that the orchestra has given her a metaphor for life: “In fact, where you sit is determined by how well you play. At any moment, someone can challenge you for your seat and if they are better than you, they move up. I always took that as a metaphor for life — you have to stay on your toes and put in the work to get to where you want to be.” Preach.

Will Levy

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He’s the Cuban Brad Pitt and the rest of America learned about his good looks and smooth moves on “Dancing with the Stars.” He’s basically a renaissance man, putting him right in line with every other over achieving Virgo you know. He’s also really dreamy.

Levy didn’t always want to be an actor. When his family moved from Havana to Miami, he wanted to become a professional baseball player. But then someone opened their eyes and swooped him into a modeling career, which launched him into some reality shows, which… well you get the picture. We like looking at him.

Sara Ramirez

Born on August 31, 1975, Ramirez has been overachieving since the beginning. She casually graduated from Julliard and immediately started performing on Broadway long before her role as Callie Torres on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Girl actually won a Tony award in 2005 for her performance in broadway play Spamalot. Remember that epic musical episode where Callie almost died and Sara Ramirez was clearly the best? Now you know why. 🙂

Plus, she’s one of the most outspoken Latinos for LGBT rights in the industry and we’re all heart-eyeing for everything she touches. She actually took a year hiatus from acting in order to devote fully to LGBT rights, which awarded her the “Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award.” LOL–that was back in 2015 when she was an ally and not an out bisexual queen.

Johnny Sibilly

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Born on September 5, 1987 and well known for his work on “Pose,” “Femme” and “The Deuce,” Sibilly is also an outspoken LGBT rights activist and has shared the cutest first kiss story ever with Into More:

“I remember the first time a boy approached me and gave me butterflies and I’d never felt that before. I was at a drama competition and I saw this guy that I thought was super cute and I wasn’t fully out. I remember he came up behind me, I was sitting in a chair, and he whispered in my ear, “you’re so f*cking cute.”

And I just got chills all over my whole body and I’ll never forget that feeling as long as I live. It’s never been recreated. He was my first boyfriend. It was the most amazing feeling that I’d ever felt, it felt like an electric shock, like I was paralyzed for a minute or two and I wanted to tell everyone how it made me feel because it felt amazing.”

Caption: “GAY is more than okay!”

Cameron Díaz

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Born on August 30, 1972, Diaz is the retired model and actress we all know and love. What you might not know is that Diaz has learned to be happy and politically engaged. She advocates for voter rights and encourages all her followers to vote every single time.

Raised in Long Beach, Diaz struggled to be fully accepted into the Latino community because of her blonde hair and blue eyes, but says she tries to bring her Latin roots into every role she plays. Crazy story: between the ages of 16 and 21, Diaz lived in Japan, Australia, Mexico, Morocco and Paris to keep up with her modeling career.

Julian Casablancas

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He’s a cusper. Casablancas was born on August 23, 1978 and we know him best as the lead singer from The Strokes, RIP. Before The Strokes, he was trained in classical music theory, like a true meticulous Virgo. “I wanted to learn the basic rules. If you’re going to be a surgeon, you want the one who studied, you don’t want the one who was the most inspired.” He just beats to his own drum, what can I say?

Casablancas is completely open about his addictive personality and alcoholism affecting the Strokes’ early years. He admits his hay days are all a haze.

De La Ghetto

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Formally known as Rafael Castillo, De La Ghetto was born in New York on September 17, 1984. Virgos get the job done, and Castillo has been after it since he was a young boy. He actually grew up in Puerto Rico, in the midst of the birth of reggaetón in the 90’s and we feel the island vibes in all his work.

De La Ghetto told Billboard magazine this year, “I think people should listen to my music because I’m a second, third generation Latino American,” says the proud Latino. “I represent all the young kids in the streets that…que quiero luchar por algo importante por ellos [all the young kids in the streets that want to fight for something important — for them].” De acuerdo, De La Ghetto.

Lupe Ontiveros

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Born on September 17, 1942, we all loved to hate her as Yolanda Saldívar in “Selena” and struggled to accept her as anything other than a villain in every performance. Tragically, Ontiveros passed a few months ago, but her memory lives on in her work in Hollywood.

She appeared in over 100 movies and TV shows, from “El Norte” to “Desperate Housewives.” All through the 1970s, Ontiveros proudly played dozens and dozens of maids in shows like “Alice” and “Charlie’s Angels.”

J.D. Pardo

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Jorge Daniel “J.D.” Pardo was born on September 7, 1980 to an Argentine father and Salvadoran mother. We know him best from “A Girl Like Me” and “Twilight.” He played one of Jacob’s wolfy, hot-headed, hot-bodied friends. Recuerdes? Plus, if you’re a full fledged rom com dork like me, you’ll remember him from A Cinderella Story (2004).

To be honest, we haven’t seen him on the big (or little) screen in awhile but we’re certain he’s cooking up some new gigs like any good Virgo would. Te echemos de menos.

Victoria Moroles

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We recognize this Tejana from “Teen Wolf” and our Disney days of “Liv and Maddie.” Born on September 4, 1996, our eyes are on Moroles to see how she uses her platform for good. It’s only been about a year since she graduated high school. Before that, she was going to Teen Wolf on-screen high school and an off-screen high school. If she didn’t become an actress, she told Zimbio that she would have become either a homeopathic doctor or member of an all girl rock band. “Depends on the day.”

Touché, Moroles. But thank you for becoming an actress instead. 🙂

Ryan Guzman

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Born on September 21, 1987, actor Ryan Guzman has been in the company of J.Lo, which makes him more famous than his work on “The Boy Next Door,” “Heroes Reborn” and “Boyhood.” Can you tell I’m a die hard boricua for J-Lo? Beyond being graced by J-Lo, he’s also a mixed martial arts fighter and son to an Air Force veteran.

His proud Latino heritage is a big motivator for him. He told NBC News, “The more I grow as an actor and let my name become known, I can start investing that into my own company and hopefully show off the embodiment of my heritage.”

Belén Rodríguez

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Born as María Belén Rodríguez Cozzani, Rodríguez, Belén is a classic Virgo in that she won’t be told what to do. Since her rise to fame as a model and TV host, Rodríguez has taken up residency in Milan, Italy and it seems like she’s staying there.

In Virgo fashion, she had to speak up publicly when she learned of Tiziana Cantone, an Italian woman who suffered online abuse and then killed herself. When men (and women) release sex tapes of other people, it ruins lives. Rodriguez spoke out saying that she actually had a miscarriage when she suffered a similar abuse. Thank you for speaking up. <3

Kevin Ortiz

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Born on September 18, 1995, Ortiz grew up playing the accordion with his family. While his brother is pop singer Gerardo Ortiz, he isn’t overshadowed by him. He’s been signed with BadSin Records after his performance at the Youth Awards.

In Billboard’s “Mexican Millenials” panel in 2015, Ortiz talked about the importance of unity within the Latin genre. That since he was a “chiciquito,” he was playing instruments and making music with his tios and, of course, his superstar brother, Gerardo Ortiz. He’s known for making modern music with traditional mariachi elements and is now a judge on the talent-hunt show “Tengo Talengo, Mucho Talento.”

Alexa PenaVega

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Remember “Spy Kids”? Our girl is all grown up and has been starring in “Ruby & The Rockits.” PenaVega was born in Miami on August 27, 1988 and is now 29 years old and married to the incredibly talented and handsome Carlos PenaVega.

Last Christmas, the couple released a beautiful Hallmark film called Enchanted Christmas. The film heavily involves dancing so if you want to see a Dancing With The Stars contestant work his magic with Alexa, dale.


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Latinos Are Taking To Twitter To Call Out The Stereotypes And Tropes In The Criticized Novel ‘American Dirt’

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Latinos Are Taking To Twitter To Call Out The Stereotypes And Tropes In The Criticized Novel ‘American Dirt’

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“American Dirt” is one novel grabbing all of the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The book, written by a Puerto Rican woman, has been dragged for relying on stereotypes and tropes about Mexicans to tell a tale of migrating to the U.S. Several celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, have praised the book sparking a more severe backlash from people. The novel has led to a Twitter trend of Latinos writing their own Latino novels using the same kinds of stereotypes found throughout the book.

Latinos on Twitter are dragging “American Dirt” author Jeanine Cummins.

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Social media has been calling out Jeanine Cummins and everyone who has endorsed “American Dirt.” The main complaint has been the insensitive and stereotypical writing trying to tell a Mexican story from a non-Mexican writer.

It wasn’t long until Latino Twitter users took to the micro-blogging site to show how ludicrous the book is.

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Several creatives have shared paragraphs playing up tired and offensive stereotypes to shine a light on what they see in “American Dirt.” Some stars, like Salma Hayek, have had to apologize for promoting the book without reading it.

Latinos from all walks, not just Mexican, have joined in on the social media trend.

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There have long been discussions about the proper representation of Latinos in media. From books to movies to television to comics, the conversations have long revolved around the lack of the people telling the stories. “American Dirt” is another example of someone not from an experience writing about the experience and totally missing the mark.

Some of the tweets are short and sweet but pack a punch.

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The backlash against “American Dirt” has been so strong and sustained that even Oprah Winfrey has had to change her tune. The media megastar has announced a deeper panel discussion about the book to really bring to light the underlying frustrations with the books.

Latinos have long been underrepresented and ignored but it seems critics are on track to win this battle.

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What do you think about the controversy around “American Dirt” and the celebrities who praised and promoted it without reading it?

READ: Here’s Why The Oprah Winfrey-Promoted Book ‘American Dirt’ Is Getting So Much Heat

Salma Hayek Said The Monkey In ‘Frida’ Attacked Her And Left Her Severely Injured

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Salma Hayek Said The Monkey In ‘Frida’ Attacked Her And Left Her Severely Injured

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We adore Salma Hayek. We love her so much. We wish a million Salma Hayek’s were working in Hollywood, representing the Latino community. Just imagine what that would look like! Talented, smart, opinionated, hilarious, feisty, and beautiful (inside and out) Latinas working in film and TV, being seen on the red carpet and showing the world what they are made of. It would be something for sure. How did we ever survive without her? That’s the real question. 

In a brief 11-minute video, Salma Hayek discussed her fashion choices from the past, but through that also shared some remarkable stories since she first launched her career in Hollywood back in 1996.

Hayek, who is now a Hollywood veteran and also starring in the new film “Like A Boss,” opened up a book of fashion from her past. The video, presented by Vogue, showed the actress from the moment she stepped on the scene in Robert Rodriguez’s “Desperado.” There was no way anyone could deny Hayek’s beauty, which meant she made a splash on the red carpet. 

What is so fascinating about hearing Hayek speak about her fashion choices is that she was very determined to express what she wanted and not follow the advice of others, even if she wasn’t being taken seriously just yet. That, of course, changed quickly because Hayek wasn’t your average Hollywood beauty. Hayek had a lot to say and a lot to show whether you liked it or not. 

One of the most shocking (and entertaining) parts of the video is when Hayek explains a monkey that was in the Frida movie attacked her viciously. 

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Hayek recalled the incident while looking at a picture of her first Vogue photoshoot in 2002. Hayek’s portrait was emulating her Frida role and was pictured alongside a monkey that was in the film. It’s widely known that Frida Kahlo had a pet monkey, which she captured in paintings often. 

“I was very proud to be part of Vogue for the first time in my life,” Hayek said. “This monkey, who was named Tyson, actually attacked me during the filming of Frida, and I was really severely injured.” 

Hayek doesn’t explain how she was injured or what the monkey did precisely, but it could have attacked her precious face.

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“But I was brave enough to let him come back and work again in the movie, and then I still did a photoshoot with him for Vogue afterward.” Hayek said jokingly, “I was really hoping he wouldn’t go for my face.”

The monkey in the photoshoot looks pretty shocked as well. He probably couldn’t believe that he was still able to work and not just sent back to the zoo. 

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Some other gems from the video included Hayek going on and on about how she set fashion trends. For example, she was the original Ariana Grande. 

Hayek attended the MTV Movie Awards in 1996 and was nominated for Best Kiss. Hayek discussed her late ’90s fashion sense, which included a dark lipstick and tight black dress, but the real highlight for her was the ponytail. 

“I really like the hair,” Hayek said. “I was channeling Ariana Grande before Ariana Grande was born.” Just for reference, Ariana Grande was around 3-years-old at the time of Hayek’s high ponytail. 

Hayek also launched the tiara headdress look, which was previously intended for royalty or pageant queens only.

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The actress said back in the early ’90s when she was a relative nobody, she wanted to spruce up her look by wearing a tiara. Hayek noted that in the beginning stages of her career, no one wanted to dress a Mexican who probably wouldn’t last in Hollywood. So, to make a grander red carpet entrance, Hayek paired up her dress with a tiara even though her entire team told her not to. Hayek said she was proud of herself for sticking with her gut and taking a fashion risk. 

She said soon after she wore the tiara, Hollywood actresses started wearing crowns too. And she never got credit for being the first to do it. Hayek added that decorating one’s head is just as crucial as wearing jewelry and makeup. She said wearing a headdress became a custom of hers and was probably inspired by Frida’s famous crown of flowers. She said she aims to adorn her head as much as possible. 

Salma, we speak for the entire world when we say, you can wear whatever you want for the rest of your life. We will always love you. 

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