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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

The Coronavirus Is Starting To Hit Mexico’s Poorest Communities And The Results Could Be Devastating

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The Coronavirus Is Starting To Hit Mexico’s Poorest Communities And The Results Could Be Devastating

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Mexico has been ravaged by the Coronavirus pandemic. That’s a fact. It now ranks fourth globally in terms of deaths related to the virus, with nearly 50,000 dead. However, many of those cases and deaths have largely been centered on the country’s large cities – including Ciudad de México, Guadalajara and Tijuana.

That appears to be changing as many of Mexico’s most remote and poorest pueblos – most inhabited by Indigenous communities – have started to see the virus appear on their doorsteps. With many rural pueblitos lacking access to healthcare and many having extreme rates of poverty, this could spell disaster for Mexico’s most vulnerable communities.

Mexico’s poorest village has its first case of Coronavirus and this could be devastating for locals.

Mexico’s rural pueblitos, largely home to Indigenous communities, had mostly escaped the worst of the Coronavirus pandemic. For months, as the virus raged across the country, Mexico’s Indigenous communities enacted their own checkpoints and lockdowns and roadblocks that helped contain the virus’ spread. However, that strategy seems to have reached a dead end as new reports of Covid-19 emerge from Mexico’s poorest and most rural communities.

In Oaxaca, the village of Santos Reyes Yucuná – which is Mexico’s poorest, reported its first case of the virus on July 17, four months after the pandemic reached Mexico. The virus took longer to find its way to this remote, Mixtec community located 140 miles from the state’s capital due to its lack of infrastructure, especially roads.

Santos Reyes Yucuná is especially vulnerable to virus. The government’s social development agency (CONEVAL) estimates that 99.9% of the 1,380 residents live in extreme poverty. The region has no hospital and most residents do not have health insurance or the means to travel to a hospital in another area. Another town in Oaxaca’s Mixteca region, Coicoyán de las Flores, is in a similar situation with similar levels of poverty. One case of the Coronavirus was reported last month and the patient, a 25-year-old woman, died. 

Last weekend, 23 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Mixteca region, for a total of 482 positive cases and at least 48 reported deaths. The area’s municipal seat, Huajuapan, has the highest number of cases at 30, with three people hospitalized. 

Many rural communities had been labeled ‘Communities of Hope’ and were allowed to reopen early to avoid severe economic costs.

As the Coronavirus first arrived to Mexico, many leaders of rural pueblitos were quick to enact strict preventive measures, closing food markets and installing health checkpoints and roadblocks. But as the economic effects began to be felt, the government launched a program known as the “Municipalities of Hope.”

The program included 324 towns that the government decided were eligible to reopen early. The plan allowed places with no Covid-19 cases – and with no cases in surrounding areas – to start lifting restrictions, in an attempt to mitigate the shutdown’s devastating economic impact.

But just a couple of months later, that list has dwindled to just a few dozen villages. One town – Ometepec, Guerrero, lasted less than 14 days on the list. “In just a few weeks, we went from zero to 47 confirmed cases and six dead,” said Ulises Moreno Tabarez, a postdoctoral researcher who lives in the town.

According to Dr Carlos Magis Rodríguez, a professor of medicine and a public health researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a lack of serious lockdown measures doomed the strategy from the beginning. “If there were strict control of entrances and exits, a quarantine upon arrival, it could have worked,” Magis Rodríguez told Reforma. “The places this has worked are practically islands.”

But less than two months later, Mexico has become one of the worst-affected countries in the world.

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As of July 29, Mexico has more than 400,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 44,876 people have died from the virus. Mexico now ranks 6th globally in number of cases and 4th in number of deaths. And these numbers are widely seen as under reporting the severity of the crisis. Mexico has one of the lowest testing rates in the world, at approximately 2.5 tests per confirmed case, compared with the U.S. rate of 12.52, the UK’s 22.57 – and New Zealand’s rate of 359.2.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s weak healthcare system is underfunded; hospitals attribute a large number of coronavirus deaths to faulty equipment and a lack of resources rather than the virus itself. The country is in no way equipped to provide unemployment benefits or stimulus checks to almost half of the population that lives in poverty. Furthermore, many informal workers lack health insurance. The country has very little in the way of a safety net, so many are forced to decide risking their health or risk going hungry.

Mexicans are not alone as countries across Latin America have failed to support their citizens.

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Across Latin America, poor families have faced an impossible choice – between obeying quarantine measures and starving, or venturing out to work despite the danger of infection.

But unlike other leaders, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has not introduced stimulus measures to help the most vulnerable communities, instead his government has pushed through a string of severe austerity measures – even as he emphasized the need for the economy to stay open.

The president has also downplayed the pandemic – claiming in April that Mexico had “tamed” the virus – and repeatedly emphasized the need for the economy to stay open, striking a notably more relaxed tone than warnings from the country’s Covid-19 tsar, Hugo López-Gatell.

People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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Netflix has a new food show out and it has everyone buzzing. “Street Food: Latin America” is bringing everyone the sabor of Latin America to their living room. However, reviews are mixed because of Argentina and the lack of Central American representation.

Netflix has a new show and it is all about Latin American street food.

Some of the best food in the world comes from Latin America. That is just a fact and it isn’t because our families and community come for Latin America. Okay, maybe just a little. The food of Latin America comes with history and stories that have shaped our childhood. For many of us, it is the only thing we have that connects us to the lands our families have left.

The show is highlighting the contributions of women to street food.

“Street Food: Latin America” focuses mainly on the women that are leading the street food cultures in different countries in Latin America. For some of them, it was a chance to bring themselves out of poverty and care for their children. For others, it was a rebellion against the male-dominated culture of cooking in Latin America.

However, some people have some strong opinions about the show and they aren’t good.

There is a lot of attention to native communities in the Latino community culturally right now. The Argentina episode where someone claims that Argentina is more European is rubbing people the wrong way right now. While the native population of Argentina is small, it is still important to highlight and honor native communities who are indigenous to the lands.

The disregard for the indigenous community is upsetting because indigenous Argentinians are fighting for their lives and land.

An A Jazeera report focused on an indigenous community in northern Argentina who were fighting to protect their land. After decades of discrimination and humiliation, members of the Wichi community fought to protect their land from the Argentinian government grabbing it in 2017. Early this year, before Covid, children of the tribe started to die at alarming rates of malnutrition.

Another pain point in the Latino community is the complete disregard of Central America.

Central America includes Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Belize, and Panama. Central America’s exclusion is not sitting right with Netflix users with Central American heritage. Like, how can five whole countries be looked over during a Netflix show about street food in Latin America?

Seems like there is a chance for Netflix to revisit Latin America for more food content.

There are so many countries in Latin America that offer delicious foods to the world. There is more to Latin America than Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, and Bolivia.

READ: This Iconic Mexican Food Won The Twitter Battle To Be Named Latin America’s Best Street Food