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We Gave Celebrities The Baby Filter And You Will Self Combust With The Level Of Cuteness

Snap Inc. has created an entirely new facet of entertainment with its face filters, and lately, it’s become a social phenomenon. Celebrities have been toying with its gendered filters, which has sparked all kinds of discussions about true gender fluidity acceptance–off-app.

The baby filter is pure fun and games. Plus, seeing celebrities as babies makes it feel more likely that we would have hung out on the playground as kids. We not only added the filter to our favorite celebrities.

We’re passing out awards for cutest and ugliest baby faces.

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Bad Bunny posted this selfie of himself on Instagram. Haven’t seen a baby with that fly a fade in ever.

Baby Face Cardi B is giving us strong “Alpha Baby Vibes Award Winning Pout.”

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I mean… does she look any different to you all? Maybe she is just a sweet, baby-faced person in this land.

The 87-year-old legend Rita Moreno gets the “Try Me, You Dumb Baby” Award.

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Her hand looks freakishly large next to that baby face. We’re intimidated. You’re intimidated. We’re all just hoping she’ll let us pass without incident.

Ricky Martin is just proof that this filter works. Look at that Menudo face.

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Baby Ricky has some cool tats and strong selfie game. Tbh, he looks just like he did when he was a kid.

J.Lo wins the “Bratz™ Baby Face” Award.

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They say Latinos are born with a full head of hair. Baby Jenny has a whole ponytail. Get it, girl.

Baby Marc Anthony just won the whole game.

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He looks like those babies that already look like old men. You, win, Marc. We really hope your baby photos look like this.

Meanwhile, A-Rod’s ears are granting him rights to “Baby Dumbo Best Lookalike” Award.

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Why, Snap? Why wasn’t this addressed in the algorithm? There is nothing wrong with having big ears, brow. You are still loved.

Amara La Negra looking… exactly the same?

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When you already have flawless skin, this filter doesn’t do too much for you. She’s perfection.

Mario Lopez would have been “Most Likely to Prank Your Mom” kid next door.

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When you thought a baby face couldn’t get more baby face, and then you baby face filter Mario Lopez. 😂

Baby Gina Rodriguez was always “Too Kool 4 Skool.”

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She somehow got her hands on a big ole botellón 21 years too soon. Felicidades, Gina on 100 episodes of Jane the Virgin. That’s telenovela status.

Jaime Cami wins “Most Elegant Baby” award.

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Jane the Virgin‘s production actually used the Snap filter during an episode when Camil’s character, actor Rogelio de la Vega, was trying to adapt to his telenovela’s request for younger actors.

Rosario Dawson winning “Most Relatable Baby” award.

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She’s looking like literally all of us as a child. That classic no makeup natural baby look.

John Leguizamo takes home the trophy for “Baby with the Most Attitude.”

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He’s looking like a Boss Baby and we’re crying. 🤣😭

Meanwhile, Lupita Nyong’o is nailing the 2nd-grade yearbook vibes.

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Are you feeling like you could have actually have been friends with all these beautiful celebrities yet? Seeing them as babies makes them equal to the rest of us.

George Lopez wins the Most Disturbing Baby Photo contest of the year.

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It’s the firm jaw line mixed with the grey hair, we think. Maybe also the back posture.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made it on the Time cover as a baby twice.

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The congresswoman is the youngest elected member of the House, so we couldn’t resist. She’s still a baby, so the filter doesn’t change much.

Daddy Yankee wore this outfit when he was 2 years old as well.

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Every Latina mom gives their niño precioso a chain and a dad hat as soon as possible in life. Daddy Yankee wearing that look strong into his forties.

Salma Hayek hasn’t aged.

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She kind of already looks like this. Maybe we’re all just baby faces wearing makeup at the end of the day.

Benjamin Bratt is like a baby on Christmas morning.

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And he’s wearing the sweater abuela made him so he’ll never catch a cold again in his life. What a good baby boy.

Javier Bardem wins the “ERROR” message award for this competition.

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Does not compute. You can’t baby face Bardem.

And Gael García Bernal wins the “Most Serious Baby Face” award.

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It’s like he’s posing for a modeling gig or something. You’re just a baby, Gael–lighten up!

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#OKBoomer Is The Hashtag Millennials Are Using To Let Baby Boomers Know Their Opinions Aren’t Wanted

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#OKBoomer Is The Hashtag Millennials Are Using To Let Baby Boomers Know Their Opinions Aren’t Wanted

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This country — already divided between liberals and conservatives — is now enduring another division, but this time it’s a generational thing. Young people, who typically get the brunt of being a scapegoat, are calling foul against older people who never get tired of life-splaining. This type of separation is nothing new, the only difference with generational venting is that we now have the internet to help us shout it out from the rooftops. Thanks to memes, TikTok, and hashtags, each message whether valid or not gets punctured into the cultural-sphere and lives there for a week or so and then hibernates until the next internet phenomenon. This week the Boomers are to blame for our societies woes — sort of. 

Before we explain the #OKBoomer hashtag, here’s a breakdown of generational age groups, so you can keep track of the players:

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Here’s where each age group stands. 

  • The Greatest Generation (or GI Generation): Born in 1924 or earlier.
  • The Silent Generation: Born 1925-1945. 
  • Baby Boomers: Born 1946-1964. 
  • Generation X: Born 1965-1976. 
  • Xennials: Born 1977-1984.
  • Millennials: Born 1985-1996.
  • Generation Z: Born 1997-current.

Now back to the drama.

Generation Z has been using the term “Ok Boomer” for a couple of months. Now, the rest of the world has finally caught on thanks to some trendy new merch and Twitter dialogue.

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After discussing the “Ok Boomer” phrase with a Gen Z person in my household, they told me that it’s basically a term that young people are saying in response to old people who think they know better. “It’s like us saying ‘whatever.'”  They added, “we are just making fun of them and everybody.” The sentiment goes a lot deeper than that. 

“The older generations grew up with a certain mindset, and we have a different perspective,” 19-year-old Shannon O’Connor told the New York Times. O’Conner created a very stylish hoodie with the “Ok Boomer” phrase on it, and she sold more than 10,000 sweatshirts. “A lot of them don’t believe in climate change or don’t believe people can get jobs with dyed hair, and a lot of them are stubborn in that view. Teenagers just respond, ‘Ok, boomer.’ It’s like, we’ll prove you wrong, we’re still going to be successful because the world is changing.”

Now some (white) Boomers are getting their panties in a bunch and saying #OkBoomer is like using the N-word. Um… don’t think so, buddy. 

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Yes, “Bob Lonsberry,” a Christian, father, and veteran actually compared “OKBoomer” to the N-word. He just proves some older people need to take a seat and shut up. 

Some have wondered if older Latino people would ever be okay if their kid was flippant enough to dismiss them with that term.

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Latinos on social media said they would never disrespect their elders by saying “OKBoomer” to them. While others shared, Latino Boomers aren’t to blame for today’s societal issues. 

We’re not sure how long “OKBoomer” will last, but just for posterity purposes, here are some of the best #OKBoomer tweets, memes, videos, and songs — there’s a lot out there.

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Where’s the lie?

This little diddy goes to those 65 and older.

It’s pretty catchy and you can dance to it. 

Let’s keep one thing straight: a hashtag isn’t nearly as bad as oppression. 

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Why do Boomers have such thin skin?

Gen Z’ers are bringing up serious issues. 

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This “OKBoomer” trend might seem silly to some, but when you break it down, these young people will be confronted with a new way of life that will be nothing like anyone has ever experienced, including Boomers.

A fight to the death! Or at least a fight on social media. 

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That work of art belongs in the Louvre museum in Paris. 

This Gen Z master should run for president.

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Mr. Trump, now that is what you call a good thread. 

If you’re wondering when and how you can use the “OK Boomer” term and tell off your least favorite old person to be quiet, here’s a near-perfect example

The video above features a white older male telling all of Generation Z that their idea of a utopian world is not possible because it’s not sustainable. Yadda Yadda Yadda, “ok boomer.”

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A Latina Paid Off Her $102K Student Loan In 6 Years And She Honored The Moment With A Funeral

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A Latina Paid Off Her $102K Student Loan In 6 Years And She Honored The Moment With A Funeral

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“DING DONG MY LOANS ARE DEAD💀,” Mandy Velez, 28, announced to her friends and family on social media. “It is with immense pleasure that I announce the death of my student loans. On August 2, 2019, after 6 years, I finally killed them. It was a slow death but was worth every bit of the fight.” Velez shared the extent to which she penny-pinched, side-hustled, and made advances in her full-time career. That might mean that Velez put away an average of $17k every year for the last six years while working and living in New York City. The real story is far more impressive.

To celebrate, Velez asked her childhood friend, Mike Arrison, to bring his photography gear and meet her at a cemetery. She wore a long, black tulle skirt, and a black lace crop top. Her prop was four $.80 silver foil balloons that read: 102k. She even pulled off a viral, low-budget funeral for her student loan debt.

“I never asked for or received help. No one ever paid my bills,” Mandy Velez proudly shared.

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The good news is that Velez is holding her strategy close to the chest. She opened up about her whole journey on Instagram. “It began in 2013, when I graduated with a total of 75K in student loans,” she shared. “I moved to New York, but I made sure to pay more than the minimums, which totaled to $1K a month. It was like another rent. I took jobs not based on what I really wanted but what could help me survive. I did this for five years straight.”

At one point, Velez was laid off, but she still never missed a payment. 

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“Even after a lay-off during this journey, I hustled like hell and never missed a payment,” she confessed. “It was more than most people can do, and I, a single, childless, able-bodied woman consider myself lucky. But still, I carried this burden alone. I never asked for or received help. No one ever paid my bills.”

She savagely “killed the last 32k of debt in EIGHT months.”

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Velez felt like her life was “on hold” and reaching a breaking point. She wanted to do more with her money than pay off debt. She wanted a house and a family. That fueled a shocking final blow to her debt and paid off the last $32,000 in just eight months. It wasn’t easy.

Velez lived off a third of her monthly salary to save that $32k.

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“Turns out, packing lunches and not taking Ubers can save you a ton,” she wrote in a caption. The rest of her story does sound like murder. “I worked my ass off at work and asked for raises, and got them. I worked three jobs at once, my day job and then side hustles. I walked dogs until my feet literally bled. In the cold. In the rain. In the heat. Nothing was beneath me. I babysat. I cat sat. I stayed up for 24 hours straight to make a few hundred bucks as a TV extra on shows they filmed overnight. I cut my food budget down to merely salad, eggs, chicken and rice,” she revealed. 

“I said “no”—my God I said no—,” she continued. “To making memories with my family and friends and prayed there would be other opportunities in the future. Was it easy? No. Worth it? I’m smiling in a cemetery. 102K lifted from my back. You tell me.”

Velez thinks the system is rigged, and that America needs significant policy change to freely educate their citizens.

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“Lots of people will see my story and say, see if she could do it, so can you. But I don’t think that,” she said. She acknowledges that she was lucky in being able-bodied and healthy enough to miss entire nights of sleep and work three jobs. “Not everyone can do this,” she warns. Why? The game is rigged. “Only those who play know it,” she says.

Velez is sharing her story because she doesn’t “feel we student borrowers deserve the hardship that comes with these loans: high interest rates, sketchy providers, yearly tuition hikes, the list goes on.” She hopes that her story will inspire those who are in the game to murder their loans. She also hopes it better informs those who are considering playing. Finally, she wants you to vote for “policy that makes the system much more fair. Any little bit of action helps.”

Of course, what’s a celebratory funeral without endless gratitude to the Puerto Rican mami that supported her through it all?

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“To my mom who saved me from a year more of debt by encouraging me to go to a state school first,” she begins her Instagram tribute, “even though we sobbed together when the financial aid to Syracuse and Boston wasn’t enough. I’m sorry I gave you so much trouble. I am so grateful for your foresight. I love you always and forever. Thank you, everyone, for cheering me on.”

What’s next for Velez? Girl’s finally taking a much-needed vacation.

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First thing’s first. She has an emergency fund set aside. Next, she’ll set aside money for taxes for all the dog walking and other side gigs. Then, she’ll start saving money for a down payment on a house. Finalmente, Velez has her “Sights set on Sicily next year” and is taking recommendations. The cherry on top of a successful slaying and funeral? “A cool thing about paying off debt is now having that extra income for ME. And the things *I* want to save for. Not filling the pockets of predatory lenders with insanely high interest rates. Feels amazing.🖤”

Our deepest, gratifying condolences to you, Velez. Felicidades.

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