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

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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

Mexico Is Putting Luxury Cars, Condos, And Land Seized From Real Life Narcos Up For Auction, Here’s What You Could Buy

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Mexico Is Putting Luxury Cars, Condos, And Land Seized From Real Life Narcos Up For Auction, Here’s What You Could Buy

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Giant estates with swimming pools and escape tunnels, a ranch surrounded by acres of land, and a chic luxury apartment with a terrifying history were among the 27 properties Mexico had seized from drug traffickers and others auctioned on Sunday.

The government is seizing property and selling it at auction.

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The apartments auctioned on Sunday include one of a cartel leader who was killed there and disposed of by his brothers.

The government is also selling off land. The cheapest is a lot in Culiacán, Sinaloa, priced at about $11,200 USD, while the most expensive is the Rancho Los Tres García in Naucalpan, México state, priced at over $1.6 million USD. It was confiscated from convicted drug trafficker Carlos Montemayor, father-in-law of Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villarreal, after he was arrested in 2010.

According to Mexican media, the auction raised $56.6 million pesos (or about $3 million USD) of the 167m pesos predicted.

The Mexican President pledged that all the money raised from the auctions would go to benefit impoverished communities.

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According to Lopez-Obrador (AMLO), the proceeds from the auction of properties and land, which had been seized by previous governments, would go to aid marginalized communities in the poor and violent state of Guerrero.

“Buyers will know that in addition to acquiring a good deal, they will also be doing good, that is, they will be helping those who need support because of the situation of poverty and marginalization they suffer,” AMLO said Friday.

In one of his first acts in office, Lopez Obrador enforced an austerity plan.

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AMLO sold government-owned vehicles and even planned on selling the president’s brand new Boeing 787 jetliner. He also dismissed the Presidential Guard, which is tasked with protecting the president, and declined to move into Los Pinos – Mexico’s version of the White House – and instead lives in his private home.

In a similar auction at the end of May, Mexican authorities raised $1.5 million from the sales of 82 vehicles, including a Lamborghini and other assets seized from criminals and at least one former politician.

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The late-May auction saw 800 bidders, with the money raised going to two poor communities in the southern state of Oaxaca to improve roads and schools. Seventeen black, bulletproof Chevrolet Suburbans were also up for auction but it was the muscle cars and vintage VWs that got all the attention.

Reactions on Twitter were pretty mixed.

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A pretty common sentiment across Twitter was that people just wouldn’t feel safe moving into a home that had been seized from a former drug lord. I mean just think of all the risk that carries with it. Like that drug lord still has connections, still has friends – there are still people that are aware of its history. Maybe they’d show up wanting to take it for themselves at some point.

But everyone agreed that giving the proceeds of the auction to help the poor was the right move.

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Especially since the communities that will benefit from these proceeds are in violence plagued Guerrero state – a state that has suffered greatly because of the Drug War.

13 Lessons From Jefas On How To Make Your Business More Instagrammable

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13 Lessons From Jefas On How To Make Your Business More Instagrammable

Anyone can create an Instagram account, but only a few can sustain a coherent online presence and narrative. From individuals to companies, everyone is trying to find the golden rule of social media. We have found 17 authentic jefas from around the world (with plenty of Latinas, of course!) who totally slay their Insta game. They have created authentic brands around their personas that both wannabe influencers and established companies can learn from.

Gracias, jefas! 

1. Thou shall keep your color palette constant

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Amelia Goldie is an Australian Instagrammer who has sustained a black-white-red color palette throughout the year and has become a real influencer in terms of fashion and style. Her slightly French quirkiness also makes her approachable. She is also honest about her personal struggles with mental health, making her approachable.

2. Thou shall repeat: “Fun is queen”

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In the old days of mass media people would say that “content is king”. Well, in the age of social media, when there are so many channels to be entertained by, good old simple fun goes a long way. @kidjess knows it, and is supported by almost half a million followers. She is quirky and has a cute aesthetic that is always on brand.

3. Thou shall stay true to yourself, yes Ivon!

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We love this Latina jefa that has gotten quite a following by being herself: a proud Latina mom. She describes herself as: “Wifey & Mom*full time 💑 🐶🐶🐶•Be a Friend*all the time 💛•Having fun*most of the time🎉•Blogger*part time📷 •Californiana de❤️pero 💯% #mexicanalltheway“. She is not trying to pretend she is a gringa: her aesthetics scream latinidad everywhere!

4. Thou shall scream: “B for Brown and Beautiful”

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Kimberly Gomez is a gorgeous jefa from the Dominican Republic who is a proud representative of her ethnicity, she wears her Browness on her sleeve and we applaud her for that. Standards of beauty won’t stop being Anglo territory only if influencers AND brands don’t start exalting Brown and Black hermosura.

5. Thou shall take us on your creative journey

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Valeria Gascon is a Mexican illustrator and academic who takes us on her creative and emotional journey as she expands her “fantasmitas” series, her flower girl series, and she studies her Ph.D. in Glasgow, Scotland. Her Insta is a delicia full of music, literature, plants, and nostalgia. Moraleja: whatever your brand does, take your audience on a ride.

6. Thou shall remain sencillita, no matter how big you are

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Ana De La Reguera is one of the best and most famous Mexican actresses of her generation. She has broken into Hollywood as well and she is basically a Mexican Meryl Streep in the making. But she has enough time and self-confidence to post pictures like the one in the upper left corner: look at her foodgasm eating that taco. No matter how big you or your brand are: humble is best, always. She wears her wrinkles with pride, para rematar!

7. Thou shall showcase the woman behind the product

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Online presence is all about people. Brands that remain stale, faceless, are bound to have a boring and just meh online presence. Follow the example of Carmen Bruna, who owns a company of gorgeous invitations and other products featuring her watercolor illustrations. Her feed is a perfect mix of personal and professional content. If you are a brand, creating an attachment between the production process and the customer surely translated into loyalty.

8. Thou shall know that sometimes less is more 

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Nerya Yeger is a fitness and vegan influencer who curates a gorgeous Insta feed in which she mixes motivational messages, art, and selfies. We love all the blank space in her feed. The white is a welcome relief in a sea of oversaturated images. La elegancia es lo que cuenta. Don’t you just love that illustration of Frida blowing a bubble gum? We can only imagine the impeccable taste with which her house must be decorated! Jealous!

9. Thou shall recommend a healthy lifestyle, but not be preachy, no suenen como madre enojada

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Instagram is full of influencers who try to tell followers how to leave their lives, and to be honest that is not good branding. What is good branding is showing rather than telling, making healthy choices look fun and something you would actually wanna try. That is what @lacoctelhera does: just look at those colorful shots of food and the smile that this Spanish jefa has on her face, like all the time. Also, fluffy animals are engaging whatever your business is!

10. Thou shall sometimes do ONE thing, and do it REALLY WELL

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Karen is a succulent lover and grower who curates a super appealing feed featuring the favorite houseplants of the millennial generation, full with tips, info on different species and photographs that frankly make us feel relaxed. Moraleja: sometimes diversifying your brand is not the best move. Do one thing and do it lo mejor que puedas. After scrolling through this feed we bet you will buy a pot, a small succulent…. and then you will have a new collection.

11. Thou shall give your fans/customers the place they deserve

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Lupita Nyong’o is one of the biggest actresses in Hollywood. She has won an Oscar, acted in Jordan Peele’s “Us”, and been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will all of this going on, she makes the effort to share fanart made for her by followers. Can you imagine the smile on the fans face when seeing the art Lupita shared? Y’all know she was born in Mexico, right? And that she holds a Mexican passport? Social media has made celebrities more approachable, but only a few are like Lupita: whatever she posts feels authentic, unredacted and from the heart. Lupita, hermana, eres mexicana! 

12. Thou shall create a unique and irreplaceable style

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Margaret Zhang is a Chinese-Australian fashion powerhouse who has made a name for herself in the upper echelons of the industry. She is an art director for top brands and has moved permanently to New York. Her style is a combination of French chic and the visual aesthetics of Asian filmmakers such as Wong Kar-Wai (by the way, Quentin Tarantino’s hero). The takeaway: be like her, strive to find a unique style that can be translated into different media. Anything can be relevant, even a plate of food, if presented in a way that adds to a coherent visual and emotional narrative.

13. Thou shall deliver on your promise

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Nomvelo Chalumbria is a South African young woman who defines herself as a globe trotter. And she delivers: her Insta is full of pictures from around the world, but also of the amazing original owners of what is now South Africa. She seems to always have her feet on a plane and one foot at home but firmly grounded in her cultural roots. Do yourself a favor and follow her for her bubbly personality.

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