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Yalitza Aparicio’s First Instagram Posts Shows She Had No Idea She Was Headed Toward The Hollywood Dream

Yalitiza Aparicio had quite a year in 2018. This amazing woman born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, went from living a private and quiet life to being in the spotlight after starring in the Oscar-winning film “Roma.” Soon after, Aparicio was being dressed by designers and walking the red carpet in Venice, Cannes and, of course, the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. All throughout her brush with fame, Yalitiza kept being her old self: a loving, selfless, sensitive woman — and that can be seen as far back as her first Instagram post.

Her first ever post on October 2, 2016, shows that she’s always been grateful for the little things.

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…And that she likes chocolate and wine as much as the rest of us. She is thanking someone for these delicious Argentinian alfajores, a sweet treat filled with dulce the leche. As sweet as her. 

Also in 2016, Aparicio is seen channeling her inner Selena in this crop top and killer smile.

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Aparicio has redefined what Mexican beauty is perceived as in popular culture. You see, in Mexico most famous people are blond and basically gringo looking, but Aparicio has broken barriers being cast as a lead in an Oscar-winning film and gracing the covers of magazines like Vogue Mexico and People en Español’s 50 Más Bellos.

Through her Instagram feed, it’s easy to see that Aparicio is the amiga incondicional we all wish we had.

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Life doesn’t get any better than this: some ancient ruins (we are guessing that is Montealban in the capital city of Oaxaca) and two friends to share this unforgettable moment with, or momento inolvidable, as Aparicio calls it.

Here is Aparico doing touristy things with her friends in the world-famous canals of Xochimilco.

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Just south of Mexico City, this canal is a great touristy spot where you can rent a colorful, flower-covered boat and promenade in the placid and ancient waters. We love this shot with Aparicio and her friends. Do you recognize the one in the middle? (hint, she also appears in “Roma”)

Like most of us, she loves capturing all of her new experiences.

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This selfie was shot in the Teatro Metropolitan, which used to be one of Mexico City’s old cinema palaces, huge theaters that could host hundreds of moviegoers. This is obviously the shooting of “Roma”and the now infamous scene in which Cleo is abandoned by the father of her unborn child. Aparicio has no clue of the fame that is about to take her life by storm. She just looks so innocent and pretty. 

Also flooding Aparicio’s feed is a ton of adorable nature posts.

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As an indigenous woman, Aparicio has a close relationship with the natural world. Here she is in the Hacienda Panoaya, in Amemeca near the Mexico City volcanoes. She seems so at peace we just want to share a cup of esquites with her and chat about life. 

Unlike many A-list celebrities, Aparicio doesn’t seem to care to be in front of the spotlight.

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Aparicio is a generous human being who looks even a bit uncomfortable getting all this attention. This photograph is so different from her hyper-produced recent posts. It is cute and innocent and amazing. We can barely see her under that aqueduct. 

Watch out, cuteness alert!

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One of the reasons why Aparicio’s acting in “Roma”stood out is the natural rapport she establishes with the children. Here, we can see that this rapport existed behind the cameras as well. These two seem totally at ease, like lifelong friends sharing a moment of complicity. 

Navidad, blanca Navidad.

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Need we say more? She has that childlike joy that is impossible to fake. 

Like a kamikaze.

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In the caption to this photo, Aparicio says: “Like a kamikaze, sometimes the only thing left to do is renounce the life you know and pursue a more noble objective…”. Thanks for that! 

Her family will always come first and they look like a fun bunch.

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On January 1, 2017, Aparicio published this picture with her family after New Year’s Eve. She says that they lost a family member, but a new one arrived (see the baby pictured here). Ah, the circle of life. 

Mexico lindo y querido was always her focus.

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Yalitza loves her homeland. Here, she captures the natural beauty of her beloved Oaxaca. Road trip, anyone? 

We really can’t get enough of the gorgeous Oaxaca.

And neither can she. Here, she writes: “The beautiful land where I was born”. People who become famous but have their feet on the ground are likely to grab on to their roots to not get all mareados with the attention. That is exactly what the Mexican actress has done. 

She shares the moments she spends reading a Latin American classic.

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Here she shares a fragment from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Memorias de mis putas tristes, one of the great Colombian novelist’s late novels in which he comes to terms with old age. Beautiful, sensitive and cultured: nuestra Yalitza has it all! And she had it well before fame struck.

Who doesn’t like a good post with their BBFs.

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Seriously, who wouldn’t want to have a cool, down to Earth superamiga who knows that good things are more enjoyable when shared? 

Remember that surreal crab sculpture in “Roma”?

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It is actually located in Puerto De Dos Bocas, in the Mexican state of Tabasco. Aparicio shared this image in February 2017, when the last scenes of the movie were being shot (actually, the movie was shot chronologically, trivia fact!)

Proud of Mexico’s Precolumbian past, as we all should be.

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Like most Mexicans, Aparicio is proud of her country’s ancient civilizations. Here, she is in the archeological site of Comalcalco, in Tabasco. The site was built by the Mayans in their Late Period. 

She is clearly the queen of road trips.

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She writes: “Traveling is such a pleasure”. Well, Yali, enjoying your life vicariously is a pleasure as well, we love your sense of wonder and discovery. 

A full rainbow should be expected from her at this point.

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No words needed. She simply says: “🌈😍”

Look at this tender evocation of childhood.

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What a great everyday moment of joy. Can she be everyone’s cool aunt already?

What an eye for photography!

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This image is seriously good: great composition and balance. Will we see Aparicio behind the camera one day? We would not be surprised.

READ: Yalitza Aparicio Admits Her Greatest Fear Is Speaking In Public And Not Being Able To Express Herself Correctly

A 25-Year-Old Woman Was Murdered And Skinned, Then Mexican Newspapers Published Photos Of Her Body

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A 25-Year-Old Woman Was Murdered And Skinned, Then Mexican Newspapers Published Photos Of Her Body

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In Mexico, the recent brutal mutilation and slaying of a 25-year-old woman are spurning conversations about the country’s efforts to prevent femicide and laws that protect victims from the media.

On Sunday, Mexican authorities revealed that they had discovered the body of Ingrid Escamilla.

According to reports, Escamilla was found lifeless with her body skinned and many of her organs missing. At the scene, a 46-year-old man was also discovered alive. His body was covered in bloodstains and he was arrested.

As of this story wasn’t troubling enough, local tabloids and websites managed to bring more tragedy to the victim and her family by splashing leaked graphic photos and videos of the victim’s body. In a terribly crafted headline, one paper by the name of Pasala printed the photos on its front page with the headline “It was Cupid’s fault.” The headline is a reference to the fact that the man found at the scene was Escamilla’s husband.

According to leaked video footage from the arrest scene, Escamilla’s husband admitted to stabbing his wife after a heated argument in which she threatened to kill him. He then claimed to have skinned her body to eliminate evidence.

Mexic City’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, revealed that prosecutors will demand the maximum sentence against the alleged perpetrator.

“Femicide is an absolutely condemnable crime. It is appalling when hatred reaches extremes like in the case of Ingrid Escamilla,” Sheinbaum wrote in a tweet according to CNN. According to reports, Mexico broke records in 2018 when its homicide record reached over 33,000 people that year.

The publication of Escamilla’s mutilated body has sparked discussions regarding the way in which reports about violence against women are handled.

Women’s rights organizations have lambasted the papers that originally published photos of Escamilla’s body and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also expressed criticism of the media’s response to the brutal slaying.

In a press conference on Thursday, President López Obrador expressed his determination to find and punish anyone responsible for the image leaks. “This is a crime, that needs to be punished, whoever it is,” he stated.

Conservationists At Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Reserve Are Being Murdered And Investigators Aren’t Sure Why

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Conservationists At Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Reserve Are Being Murdered And Investigators Aren’t Sure Why

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Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Reserve is one of the world’s most famous wildlife hotspots. Hundreds of thousands come each year to view the annual migration of millions of beautiful butterflies that call Mexico’s Michoacan state home during the winter.

However, this iconic and majestic habitat for one of the world’s most endangered animals is now the backdrop for a dramatic murder mystery that is unfolding in international headlines. Two conservationists have been discovered dead just days apart and investigators still aren’t sure why.

A second victim has been pronounced killed by authorities in Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly reserve.

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One of the world’s most beautiful wildlife spots is now the backdrop for a dramatic double murder after two nature activists are discovered dead at Mexico’s El Rosario monarch butterfly sanctuary.

The deaths of Homero Gomez Gonzalez, manager of the butterfly reserve, and Raul Hernandez Romero, a tour guide at the sanctuary, have sent shockwaves across the world of wildlife conservation.

Hernandez Romero’s body was discovered on Saturday near the highest point of the mountainous sanctuary, which sits 9,000 feet above sea level in the state of Michoacan, about 130 miles west of Mexico City, according to a statement from the Michoacan state prosecutor’s office. Hernandez Romero’s family reported him missing on Friday, officials said.

The new victim was found just days after the first victim’s body was found after being missing for 16 days.

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Authorities discovered his body about three days after the Hernandez Romero’s body was found in a pond near the Central Mexico town of El Soldado, prosecutors said.

An autopsy performed in the presence of State Human Rights Commission representatives determined Gomez Gonzalez died from “mechanical asphyxiation” after suffering head trauma and being submerged in water.

Gomez Gonzalez, whose family reported him missing two weeks ago, was one of the region’s most prominent conservation activists and a vocal defender of the monarch butterflies. He had launched a campaign against illegal logging that threatens the butterflies nesting grounds.

Although petty crime and theft is common in these parts of Mexico, authorities don’t believe this to be the case in Gonzalez’s death. He was found with about $9,000 pesos (or about $500 USD) on him when his body was discovered.

Mexico’s Monarch butterfly preserve is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve that draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.

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Each winter, millions of monarch butterflies make their home at the El Rosario reserve in Mexico — one of the best places in the world to see them. Local guides lead tourists up the mountainside on foot and horseback to where the monarchs cluster in fir and pine trees. Their bright orange wings flit amid the mild weather of Michoacán, and signs ask for silence as visitors enter the nesting areas.

The El Rosario sanctuary is part of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, which was enshrined as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, calling the overwintering concentration of butterflies there “a superlative natural phenomenon.” It noted that more than half of overwintering colonies of the monarch butterfly’s eastern population are found in these specific areas of Mexico.

But the same forests that draw butterflies to migrate thousands of miles each winter are under threat from illegal logging and clandestine avocado farms.

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Officials in the state of Michoacán said they were unsure if the two deaths were linked – or related to the men’s work in the butterfly reserve. The state has seen a rising tide of violence in recent years, and the region around the monarch butterfly reserve has been rife with illegal logging, despite a ban imposed to protect the monarchs, which winter in the pine- and fir-covered hills.

Some illegal clearcutting is also carried out to allow for the planting of avocado orchards – one of Mexico’s most lucrative crops and an important part of Michoacán’s economy.

The deaths again called attention to the disturbing trend in Mexico of environmental defenders being killed as they come into conflict with developers or local crime groups, who often have political and police protection.