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If You Remember “Media Naranja,” You Also Remember These Latino Pop Stars Of The 90s

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The 90s gave us some of the best Latino pop music ever. It’s undeniable. But for every Thalía, Luis Miguel and Paulina Rubio that became icons, there are some that time may have forgotten despite their infectious jams. Or maybe you just never heard of them. Or maybe you’re still obsessed.

Either way, here’s 10 of our favorite pop throwbacks that are going to get your Spotify search bar feeling ??.

1. Fey

The pop star had hit after hit in the mid-’90s thanks to her catchy af bubble gum dance pop. She also rocked a scarf on her wrist, which then became the look of 1995. Her dance moves were also the look of 1995. So much choreographed flailing. Also: remember when people started the rumor that she was super old, but she was actually in her early 20s? Good times.

2. Garibaldi

This group featured eight – yes, eight! – ridiculously attractive young men and women wearing teeny outfits and singing in unison. Their Latino pop got all the tías shaking their hips at every backyard party. And with all those pretty faces and moderate singing ability, it’s no surprise that many members would go on to be major telenovela stars, like Pilar Montenegro and Pati Manterola. Seriously though, with eight members, how did anyone make any royalties?

3. Kabah

Kabah was pretty lit for a group of people who basically talk-sang not always on key. But “La Calle del las Sirenas” was so catchy you couldn’t even be mad about it. Their song “Amigas Y Rivales” even became the theme song for a telenovela of the same name. By Latino standards, that’s making it to the big time.

4. Magneto

This boy band got their start in the 90s alongside groups like Timbiriche (who also deserve some love), but blew up in 1991 with their song “Vuela Vuela.” The fact that they were, like, totally the cutest also helped. And if you got bored at any point deciding which Magneto cutie was your favorite, they literally replaced members 14 times so there was always someone new to crush on. But they were all the Michelle to Alan’s Beyoncé. Let’s be real.

5. Mercurio

Challenging Magneto for chart, and teen girl bedroom wall, dominance in the 90s was Mercurio. The boy band killed it non-stop, with some major hits in the 90s, including mega-banger “Explota Corazón.” And like many pop stars of the era, a few members went on to telenovela fame. They too fell victim to choreographed flailing, but they were so cute so whatever.

6. Proyecto Uno

Seriously, did you go to any quinceañera that didn’t set the dance floor aflame with “El Tiburón” or “Esta Pegao”? That ish was fire! No one could deny the jamminess of their Spanglish house pop. The Dominican-American foursome was all “no pares, sigue sigue” and damn it if you didn’t feel like you were about to pass out but you kept going.

7. Elvis Crespo

Listen. There’s people out there that have no idea who Elvis Crespo is. I feel bad for those people. But he’s included in this list for them, because those of us who do know the sensation that bubbles in the pit of your soul when you hear that “suavemeeeenteeee beesaaameeeee” escape the speakers have better lives because of it. Was there ever a wedding or a cleaning day at the house that didn’t feature this song? The answer is no.

9. Paradisio

This one-hit wonder weren’t even Latino. They were actually Belgian. I’m not even mad about it because damn if this song is party. It was everywhere in 1997 and probably the greatest song that gives a shout out to special effects. Lyrically, this song makes zero sense. At. All. It was clearly written by non-Latinos. But it doesn’t matter when you’re under the strobe light.

10. Jeans

Jeans was a group made up of straight up children. Children talk-singing about wanting to lure in a hot dude with a dope pair of 501s. People weren’t too weirded out by it, probably because the song was so bubbly and cute. Their dance pop songs carried them all the way through puberty though. The Jeans girls eventually grew up, had their braces removed and it got less weird, setting them up for a sexy makeover and reunion later.


READ: 10 Things You THOUGHT Made You Look So Cool In The ’90s

We know we’re missing a bunch. Onda Vaselina, OV7, Ragazzi, Flans and tons of others. So share them! Let’s all TBT together in the comments!

Cool Things Every LatinX Owned in the ‘90s That Cost 50¢

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Cool Things Every LatinX Owned in the ‘90s That Cost 50¢

The older we get the more we realize how expensive everything is. It’s hard to find anything that costs 50¢ nowadays…well, except a delicious Frosty® from Wendy’s. Remember how in the ‘90s you could buy a ton of cool stuff for half a dollar? You’d be on your way out of the Latino supermarket with your mother and beg her for two quarters so you could buy something ridiculously awesome. Here are some cool things every LatinX owned in the ‘90s that cost only 50¢.

1. Butterfly Clips

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It was very cool to wear butterflies in your hair. Wonder if this ‘90s trend will make a comeback?

2. Vending Machine Stickers

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Remember how you’d cover your binder with stickers so you could barely see the material underneath? Ahhh, those were the days!

3. Sticky Hands

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Now these little buggers were addicting. Every time your mom saw them on the counter at the supermarket, she’d have the quarters ready for you before you could even ask.

4. Vending Machine Slime

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Who knew slime would make such a comeback for kids these days? Back in the ‘90s, we didn’t make our own slime though. We got it straight from the vending machine!

5. Pogs

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Pogs were the most addicting toys in the entire world. Every trip to the supermarket with your mom was a chance to add more to your ever-growing collection.

6. Beaded Animal Keychains

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It was very important for keychains to be fashionable…and beaded animals were all the rage! How fancy us ‘90s kids were.

7. Bolas

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While completely uncomfortable, these bolas hair ties were super popular and super cheap.

The nostalgia is real with all of these cool ‘90s things that every LatinX owned. Lucky for all of us, Wendy’s is serving up some Frosty® Treats that also cost 50¢ for a limited time! So as you take a trip down memory lane remembering the toys and trends of your youth, enjoy a delicious Frosty®.

Small size Frosty offer at participating U.S. Wendy’s®, for a limited time. Price and participation may vary in AK and HI. © 2018 Quality Is Our Recipe, LLC.

21 Beauty Products Our Latina Moms Forced On Us In The ’90s

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21 Beauty Products Our Latina Moms Forced On Us In The ’90s

Isn’t it so nice to have a couple decades between the range of embarrassing to horrifying things our Latina moms forced on us as kids? Whenever our white friends told us to just speak up for ourselves, that we’re old enough to “Just say ‘No’,” it was a terrifying thought.

Burn your blue eyeshadow, fishtail braided prom photos and just enjoy this blast from the past.

1. The Mole

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If you’re like my tia, you actually got one tattooed on your face, because ain’t nobody got time for that whole dot, right? Well, it was a birthmark that happened to run in the family because all the women in your house had the same one.

2. All the Philosophie Box Subscriptions

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Your mom’s shower was like a graveyard for Philosophie products. It smelled amazing, and she didn’t just use one bottle at a time, so you could choose from 20 different half empty bottles. These were the good old days.

3. But you always had to use the horse shampoo

CREDIT: “Mane ‘n Tail Original Shampoo – 32oz – image 1 of 1” Digital Image. Target. 16 May 2018.


The bottle was actually big enough for a horse, but they swear by it for human consumption. Who doesn’t want hair as shiny and manageable as a horse? #GrowingUpHispanic

4. You never got the brands all your non-Latino friends loved.

CREDIT: “Herbal Essences Smooth Collection Shampoo – 33.8 oz – 2 pk” Digital Image. Amazon. 16 May 2018.


If horses don’t use it, or it doesn’t come with a subscription, it can’t be trusted. Just like you could never sleepover someone else’s house unless your fam knew them for generations, same goes for hair products.

5. You never ran out of soap.

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She’ll have all 20 bottles of Philosophie shampoo and conditioner, but will wait as long as possible to replenish your stock.

6. Mayo is for your hair and nothing else.

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Come home with lice? Your mami will lovingly make you a homemade mayo and egg hair mask to suffocate the lice. Don’t complain about your frizzy hair unless you want mayo up in it for the next hour.

7. No hair mask is complete without cellophane.

CREDIT: “Speed Up Hair Growth With This Natural Oil Treatment” Digital Image. The Hearty Soul. 16 May 2018.


Every month, they’d ask, “Quiere cellophane? Tu pelo es tan frizzy.” We don’t know what exactly they put in our hair, but we know it was cellophane wrapped for an hour to three after. This is what Saturdays are for.

8. Cocoa Butter was the Vick’s of dry skin, hair, nails, etc.

CREDIT: “Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula With Vitamin E 3.5-ounce Lotion” Digital Image. Overstock. 16 May 2018.


Those brutal, awkward days of puberty when your inner thighs had stretch marks and you didn’t even notice until your mami gasped and whipped out the cocoa butter stick from her purse for an emergency application. None of us have body image issues at all.

9. Vaporú also helped with baggy eyes…

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Warts, toe fungus, pimples, etc. She also had a travel size in her purse, so you were perpetually aware of every blemish and dark spot on your face.

10. Crunchy, crimped hair.

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“You can’t leave the house como así!” If you didn’t dry your hair, you better expect some greasy shit to be scrunched in and to see the final result after you already got to school. You also prayed the whole ride there and couldn’t wait to wash your hair at the end of the day.

11. She probably used this product to make the crunch happen.

CREDIT: “Three Flowers Brilliantine Pomade Solid 3.25oz Image 1 of 4.” Digital Image. Walmart. 15 May 2018.


This can also be used to slick by your hair into a very painfully tight bun or ponytail. My primas and I would “rebel” the only way Latinx kids could: trying to say no, being forced to do it anyway, and harboring a resentment that turns into articles like these. 🙂

12. But first, you’d have to wear this crown jewel.

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Pull your hair back real tight and then scrunch the rest away. Thankfully, Sabrina the Teenage Witch wore this in one episode, so I felt like a bruja and not a loser.

13. They’d cut off your f*cking ponytails.

CREDIT: “Cutting your own hair” Digital Image. The Loop. 16 May 2018.


True story: My Titi tricked me into this and secretly had my friend videotape it. She just casually asked* me to put my hair in a ponytail, promptly cut it off and said, “Así, now you have layers!”

*Latino “ask” is to ask, persist, guilt and shame the child until they finally agree. I’m still mad about it.

14. Use Sprite or lemon juice to highlight your hair.

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All the cool kids had caramel or blonde highlights in their hair, and your mom did, too, but Latino style. Just squeeze lemon juice in your hair and help her pull weeds out in the sun for awhile. If you want red, just add Kool-Aid after.

15. Brown lipstick was the only lipstick worth wearing.

CREDIT: “Brown Lipstick” Digital Image. The Fashion Spot. 16 May 2018.


Obviously, there was also lip liner and a shimmery, bronze tint at the center of the bottom lip. Obviously, you were also 14 years old and hated everything about it.

16. “Hair Tendrils”

CREDIT: “Hair Tendrils” Digital Image. The Fashion Spot. 16 May 2018.


You didn’t go to a hair salon until you moved out of the house because your mom was always the one to cut your hair. I remember feeling drunk with power at the first salon I went to because she actually did what I asked her to do.

17. Mami was always crafty with how she ironed…

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Your skull burned every time, but “Why buy a CHI when you can iron more hair at once with this? Let me help you.” It was her way of staying involved with everything you did.

18. She also had you use butter for tanning oil.

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Everyone had all these name brand tanning oils, but your mom sent you to the beach with packets of butter to rub on your body. “It was good enough for me growing up, so it’s good enough for you.”

19. Hoop Earrings Every Day.

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I miss these days with my whole soul. If Selena rocked it, then the whole familia did, too. Including that extremely high pony.

20. Remember those fruity lip balms at the cash register?

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You could scratch the sticker to smell the flavor and your mom would get you the one she wanted and then never give it back to you.

21. And those Colombian jeans…

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You wanted to go to GAP, but instead went to the corner mart and got those low-rise, pocketless jeans with a massive bedazzled belt. There was no way around being “the girl with curves” at school. It was all a set up, and one day, we might do some of the same to our own kids. 😂

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