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Yalitza Aparicio Didn’t Win The Oscar But Her Fame And Success Are The Real Award

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There are reasons to celebrate Mexican cinema today! Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” was nominated for all the main categories in the 2019 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Foreign Language film. Among the film’s many nominations perhaps the most important was the Best Actress nod given to Yalitzia Aparicio, a first-time actress who gave us a performance for the ages as Cleo, a caring and amazing domestic worker who is the cornerstone of a middle-class white Mexico City family. Her gaze is tender but powerful, and her body language is that of an experienced actor. Who would have guessed this is her debut on the big screen.

Yalitza Aparicio is the first indigenous woman nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress.

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Aparicio lost the award to Olivia Colman for “The Favourite.” The win in the category came as a surprise as all eyes were on Aparicio, Lady Gaga, and Glenn Close and the forerunners.

One of the most adorable moments of her Oscars appearance was her mother meeting Diego Luna.

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Not only is Aparicio so proud to see her mother meeting one of Mexico’s biggest stars, but her mother’s pride in her daughter is also palpable. How can you not fall in love with this mother-daughter duo.

She has savaged racist stereotypes of beauty.

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Since the Netflix film debuted at the Venice Film Festival in early 2018, Aparicio has been gracing magazine covers worldwide. This cover for The Hollywood Reporter, where she looks amazing, smashed all the glass ceilings for Latinas in Hollywood, particularly considering the political climate in the U.S.

She is an icon for indigenous women.

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We are sad to admit that Mexico City’s society can be, well, pretty racist. Indigenous women who migrate from the countryside often face discrimination and try to “blend in” by hiding their heritage. Not our Yalitza, who owns an amazing self-confidence that we should all learn from.

She is a proud indigenous woman with Mixtec and Triqui heritage.

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Aparicio hails from the state of Oaxaca, a region that has historically struggled against colonial forces that steal land, as Aparicio’s character in “Roma” tells us. This region has a long history of struggle and political involvement.

She is bilingual.

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As shown in “Roma,” Aparicio is bilingual. She speaks Spanish and Mixtec, an ancient language that you can hear in Mexico City if you pay close attention. She was coached by her best friend during production to better learn the language.

She was studying to be a school teacher.

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Alfonso Cuaron was growing frustrated with his search for the perfect Cleo. Hundreds of candidates paraded before his eyes until a student by the name of Yalitza showed the depth and fortitude he was looking for. If she hadn’t been chosen, those kids would have been lucky to have a teacher as awesome as her.

Her Vogue Mexico cover received some racist backlash.

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Aparicio’s sudden success in “Roma” and across the world has upset many white Mexicans. Her Vogue Mexico cover was attacked by people mocking her for her skin tone and her indigenous roots. Meanwhile, she looked gorgeous on the red carpet and made sure she waved at the camera as she, the first indigenous woman nominated for the Best Actress Oscar, walked the red carpet with the biggest names in movies.

She is only 25.

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She recently celebrated her 25th birthday with the “Roma” family while the cast and crew were doing the festival and awards circuit. The sky is the limit for this awesome actress!

She didn’t want to attend the casting call.

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She was just coming along with her sister, and she auditioned just out of curiosity. She was suspicious of whether the casting call was real, as sometimes women get lured into fame and fortune to be abducted and possibly sold.

She has become a Mexico City icon.

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“Roma” has become the epitome of the Mexico City movie and has hit hard on the chilango nostalgia. Here we see Aparicio on the cover of Chilango magazine, which chronicles the cultural and social life of the city.

Time magazine says Aparicio had the best performance of the year.

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Aparicio has wowed audiences and critics. Time magazine chose her as the best actor of 2018, over established names like Ethan Hawke. What they say: “Her performance is the kind of jewel a filmmaker could seek forever and never find.” Cuaron is one lucky dude.

The New York Times has named her the discovery of the year.

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It is not often that a woman of color convinces American media that she is the real deal, let alone someone of indigenous origin. Aparicio had never acted before auditioning for “Roma.” It is one of the most incredible stories from Hollywood in recent history to watch an indigenous woman get nominated for an Oscar in her first role.

She doesn’t consider herself an actor.

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Her life has made a 180-degree turn in the past few months. She is still humble and proud, and not blinded by the glitz and glamour. She told The Guardian: “I don’t think I am an actor because I haven’t studied to be an actress.”

She had no idea of who Cuaron was.

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When she attended the casting call, she faced a guy who was just any other guy to her. She has told The Guardian: “It was only when I went to my final casting that I got to meet Alfonso, although it didn’t make any difference to me because I didn’t have a clue who he was or his role in the film industry.” Perhaps her innocence is what made her shine during the audition.

She has inspired activists north and south of the border.

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Her role as Cleo has inspired those who fight for the rights of domestic workers in the United States and in Mexico. By highlighting how workers can have a fundamental emotional role in the family dynamics, “Roma” speaks the truth to thousands of employers and employees.

She was extremely shy before filming.

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Aparicio did not like to be under the spotlight. In fact, she had to ignore the cameras while filming which is perhaps one of the factors that made her performance so natural and free.

Her mother was a domestic worker.

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For Aparicio, “Roma” was a tribute to her own mother, who was a domestic worker. She understood how bonds are created between employees and particularly the children they care for.

She wants to study acting.

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This is not the end of Aparicio in the film industry. Now that she is a veteran of the Oscars and the awards season, Aparicio knows it is time to learn a bit more about the craft of acting. Guaranteed that we will see her for a long time to come.

The Oscar nomination is not her only one.

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This role has brought an avalanche of accolades. In addition to the Oscar, she has been nominated to awards such as the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, the Hollywood Film Awards, the Gotham Awards, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the Satellite Awards, and the Women Film Critics Circle.

Hollywood is in love with her.

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Just look at Tom Hanks’ face when he met the nascent star. She has a power that few possess and her long list of award wins and nominations from her first role prove her worth in the industry.

Her parents fought for her name.

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Mexican officials said that Yalitza was not a common name and refused initially to write it down in her birth certificate. She told Flood magazine: “My mom really loved it and my dad stuck to his guns”. Good on them.

READ: 21 Reasons Why You Simply Must Watch Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-Nominated ‘Roma’

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Netflix Star Carolina Ramirez Is More Than Just A Stellar Actress, She’s A Social Media Highlight

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If you’re Colombian then you already know about the talented Carolina Ramirez. If not, you must watch all 82 episodes of La Reina del Flow on Netflix and learn about her skills. All it takes is a deep social media dive, which we all seem to have time for these days, to find out that she is so much more than her character on the Netflix show. Here’s what we’ve been able to gather about the Colombian actress.

Meet Carolina Ramirez.

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Netflix purchased the Colombian telenovela of the year and all 82 episodes are streaming, featuring this beautiful angel. I know you miss telenovelas now that cable is a relic of the past generation.

She’s stunning, and the world is starting to take notice.

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So many people are hoping that she will be the love of their lives but she’s pretty busy right now so just hold tight.

Who doesn’t have a thing for strong mujeres?

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In La Reina del Flow, she’s plays Yeimy Montoya, a girl who was wronged by Charly Flow. Don’t worry, after he frames her and puts her in jail for 17 years, she comes back as an undercover DEA agent and ruins his life. 😇

Baby Carolina was a tortured ballerina.

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Caption: “Año 99… La Habana Cuba. ENA. Dias muy difíciles de mi vida…de mucho trabajo, de mucha entrega y sacrificio.”

Today is a dancing star on Canción para Dueto.

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Teatro Colón describes the Colombian play as “a perfect and unforgettable mix of silence, music, surreal humor and a body placed on the edge of the abyss. The stage is poetically constructed and is used for an eternal wake, an old house in the middle of a solitary place that transforms subtly into a furious sea, into a room where everything comes to life, where an overflowing party will happen, where a woman will transform in bird, where a demented game of apparitions and disappearances will take over everything.”

Her selfie game is something we should aspire to.

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After you watch her play a tough woman on “La Reina del Flow,” you might be surprised to see all of the photos of her smiling and happy.

She also has a sense of humor.

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Carolina is of the people. Don’t expect to see a Kardashian-esque feed when you visit her social media pages. She is more about being real than fake and “perfect.”

Ramirez has never been afraid to show her true face.

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Actually, this is her Instagram avatar picture. You won’t find a single childhood photo that proves she was a happy child. She’s been plotting revenge since Day 1.

It’s kind of perfect when you see them.

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Let’s not discuss the creepy clown that is probably causing her to make this face. Let’s instead marvel at the fact that every Latina grew up with this haircut.

This Gemini beauty is 35 years old.

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Ramirez will be the first to post a photo of her getting skin rejuvenation work done. Like with surgical marker all over her face. She’s the most transparent queen you’ll see.

Her skillset as a dancer and singer make her a Renaissance woman of Colombia.

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She was made famous in La Pola and is basically huge in the Colombian telenovela world. She has also starred in La hija del mariachi.

While she’s a rapper queen in La Reina del Flow, she’s plays a salsa queen en Ciudad delirio.

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She plays Angie, a salsa dancer who has her own salsa school. She meets Javier, a Spanish pharmacologist away on a business trip to Colombia where the two fall in love.

Before you get too ahead of yourself, she is happily married.

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Ramirez has been married to an Argentine businessman, named Mariano Bacaleinik since 2010.

She’s like super close with her brother.

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Caption: “Cuando quiero estar de buen humor pienso en este man… mi hermano. No siempre nos la llevamos bien; tuvimos momentos de confrontación (con sangre incluida) como la mayoría de hermanos.”

English: “When I want to be in a good mood I think about this man … my brother. We do not always get along well; We had moments of confrontation (with blood included) like most siblings.”

“Te amo hermano, mi vida habría sido incompleta sin vos.”

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For no reason whatsoever, Ramirez will tell the Instagram world how much she loves her hermanito.

Caption: “El querernos incondicionalmente lo aprendimos con los años, pero fundamentado en todos los momentos (buenos y malos) que estuvimos juntos como familia desde mis tres años cuando llegó a ocupar un lugar reservado y exclusivo en mi corazón. Él no cumple años hoy, no está enfermo ni estamos tan lejos. Hoy es un día cualquiera en el que se me dió por decirte: te amo hermano, mi vida habría sido incompleta sin vos ❤️👫”

Ramirez also likes to wear beards in public.

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I mean, this post is about how hermosa and how dorky this human is. Maybe it’s to disguise her fame in public, maybe it’s just because.

It’s just a thing she does.

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There are so many photos of her on social media wearing fake facial hair in public. It’s kind of amazing how well she can pull it off.

Like our moms, she has to keep her facial hair under control.

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Caption: “Nada como tener onda en santorini y no tener bigote de bronceado en tus vacaciones #lapropiapiquiñadevacas”

She might be the goofiest, non-serious artist in existence right now.

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You just can’t imagine that this woman takes herself too seriously. She takes narcoleptic naps in the midst of art projects, and the people around her know that she not only wouldn’t care about this photo op, but that she’d post it on the internet to her 700k followers.

You can watch 61 hours of Ramirez on Netflix right now.

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Trust that La Reina del Flow was picked up for a Part 2 for next summer. Watch with abandon.


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  1. Rosa Chavez says:

    Hi! In this article you mention that Yalitza Aparicio speaks Mixteco. That is incorrect. Since speaking Mixteco is often a cause of descrimination in Mexico her parents never teached her the language. Her best friend Nancy Garcia Garcia (Adela in the film) in the other hand is fluent in Mixteco and is the one that helped her with her lines in Roma.