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2019 But Make It Fashion! Here Are The Most Aesthetically Pleasing Moments of the Year

As we on the Internet like to phrase it, 2019 was a hot mess. All the drama of the last year made us even more aware than ever that the world can be a very scary place. Still, there’s beauty to be found in the every day. We should always work towards that if we want to address the uncertainties of society head on. No industry does this better than the world of fashion. 2019 was an especially good year for artists, designers and celebrities to create stunning works of wearable art and they were so good that we had no choice but to stan the fashion-forward stars responsible for them. Check out the best fashion moments of this past year. 

1. Zendaya in Vera Wang at the Emmy’s.

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Whether she’ll always be your “Rocky Blue” or you just discovered her as “Rue Bennett” on “Euphoria,” there’s no disputing that Zendaya has had the makings of a fashion icon ever since she stepped onto the scene. 2019 saw one of the young starlet’s greatest fashion moments yet when she walked the red carpet at the Emmy Awards. In a look that would have “Poison Ivy” green with envy, Zendaya rocked a half-sheer, half-satin Vera Wang gown for the Hollywood event. She completed the look with a silky red hairdo that would totally help her land that role as the Gotham City Siren.

2. Billy Porter in a custom look for the MET Gala.

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Honest question: are any other men besides Billy Porter actually trying when it comes to avent garde fashion? There’s only so many times we can see the same black tuxedo suit before we die of boredom. Luckily, we have Porter out here stepping up his game. The actor never misses an opportunity to serve and he gave us several choice fashion moments in 2019 alone. His most memorable one was his look for the MET Gala where he was literally carried in on a litter lifted by 6 shirtless men. Dressed as a sun god, he wore a bejeweled catsuit, a 24 karat gold headpiece and a prosthetic that gave him a 10-foot wing span. The ensemble was an original creation by innovative fashion duo, The Blonds. 

3. Gemma Chan in Valentino for The Oscars.

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“Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan looked glamorous and perfectly feminine as she floated down the 2019 Academy Awards Red Carpet. The Pink Parachute Valentino dress was the perfect show stopper because of its size and beauty but it also attracted attention for another reason: the gown had pockets! Any lady can tell you how big a deal this is since women’s clothing is notoriously sans pockets. To add another bonus, while on the red carpet, Chan reached into one of those pockets and pulled out a giant chocolate chip cookie. Sounds like a Queen to us. 

4. Gwendoline Christie in an Iris van Herpen couture gown.

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The last season of “Game of Thrones” might have been a little disappointing but at least we have this fashion moment to make up for it. Gwendoline Christie was one of the actors acknowledged for the talent she brought to her character, “Brienne of Tarth.” It seems Christie might bring greatness to every thing she takes on because this Iris van Herpen couture gown she wore to the premiere of the final season on “GOT” become the very flames of the series’ famous dragons. Surrounded by these imitation flames, Christie looked positively enchanting and much more satisfying to watch than the last few episodes of the HBO series.  

5. Selma Blair in Ralph & Russo Couture.

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Often mobility devices aren’t seen in much Hollywood and certainly not on the red carpet so when Selma Blair appeared with her cane following the announcement of her multiple sclerosis diagnosis, it was a huge deal. Appearing at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in a gauzy multi-colored couture dress, the disabled actress sported a custom monogram cane that contains a pink diamond! This simple act of vulnerability through fashion opened up the door to much needed conversations about accessibility, representation and disability. 

6. Maluma in Moschino by Jeremy Scott.

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He might not be Billy Porter-level fashionable, but at least we Maluma fans know that we can always count on him to impress. At this year’s MET Gala, the Colombian singer showed up in a shiny patterned suit, complete with creme colored cummerbund and matching tie. It was completely perfect considering the “CAMP Fashion” theme of 2019’s gala and was way more impressive than the hundreds of plain black suits other guys were sporting. Fashion is all about taking risks and all of these risks made 2019 much more worth while. 

TikTok Queen Rosa And Her Creator Adam Ray Okay Get The Magazine Spotlight

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TikTok Queen Rosa And Her Creator Adam Ray Okay Get The Magazine Spotlight

Even if you are living under the rock now called self-quarantine, if you’re online you probably definitely heard about Rosa. Within just a matter of months, the fun-loving jefa with crooked ashes and some shocking cheek contours has won over fans.

The character, created by Instagram and TikTok user AdamRayOkay has shot to fame, even getting invitations from Rihanna to her Fenty Tik Tok house. In a recent interview with Paper Magazine, the newly minted TikTok star spoke about her rise to social stardom and the crazy world we are currently living in.

Speaking about quarantine life, Rosa had a message of fans to remain positive and keep their chin up.

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“I’m just trying to stay positive [and] I want to make other people feel positive,” 20-year-old Adam Ray Okay told Paper. “So I’m just trying to put as much content on there as possible, on the internet. Just because right now both the internet and the actual real world are in a really dark place. So yeah, I’m just trying to stay positive.

On what inspired them to create Rosa, Okay explained she was easy to come up with because everyone can relate to her.

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“I had downloaded the TikTok app and I was just scrolling, doing my thing. I wasn’t really thinking of making my own content. And then I just got inspired by myself, my childhood growing up and, like you said, everybody knows this Rosa character and I felt that she had been forgotten about… So once I brought her back, everybody was just so familiar with her and that’s why I felt she did really well,” Okay said, going onto explain that just about every Latino knows a girl like Rosa. “She’s everywhere. So, even if you didn’t grow up with somebody like her, you know how she is. She’s predictable in an unpredictable way. She’s just so familiar… she is part of everybody.”

Speaking about going viral, Okay explained that they were shocked when heavy appreciation for Rosa began to come in.

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“I was honestly shocked. Like I said, putting my first video up there, I didn’t expect any of this to happen. So it made me feel good because I’m able to put my community out there like that, in a positive way. And I don’t know, I just… Even today I get the same exact feelings that when I first went viral because I just feel it’s so crazy that I can give Rosa this platform and express who she is and where she came from and stuff that.”

Okay also said that Rosa has given them a chance to fully embrace their interests in beauty and fashion.

“As Adam, I enjoy beauty. Makeup is something that I enjoy doing. So it definitely was a huge welcome and there was so much that I got to experience from the other beauty creators. I definitely enjoyed it, especially because everybody just does their makeup in a different way. So being able to see how everybody else does it differently. It’s so dope to see other creators discuss that.”

All Of The Latina Beauty Brands To Support During The Coronavirus Crisis

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All Of The Latina Beauty Brands To Support During The Coronavirus Crisis

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There’s no denying that we love beauty. Some of us learned early on to take good care of our skin, and to have fun with our makeup. So it’s not surprising that so many beauty brands are Latinx-owned.

From natural skincare brands to bold and edgy makeup lines, there’s a variety of Latinx-owned beauty brands to support. There’s a mix between indie, under-the-radar brands to celeb-approved ones. So whether you love wearing a bold red lip, or would rather focus on skincare, then there’s a little something for everyone.

1. Reina Rebelde

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Created by Texas native, Regina Merson, Reina Rebelde was made for unapologetic babes. With playful shade names like La Doña and Coqueta, this bold brand speaks to Latinx’s who are not only fearless but fierce AF.

2. Sigma Beauty

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Aside from its dazzling makeup products, Sigma Beauty creates the best beauty tools on the market. All of their tools are genius, too. For example, its Dry’n Shape brush cleaner deep cleans, dries, and reshapes your brushes, while the Titanium brush set is literally indestructible; its made so your brushes will NEVER fall apart. But when you learn about Sigma’s founders, Simone Xavier and Rene Xavier Filho, it’s easy to see why their products are made with a purpose. Brazil natives, Rene has a background in civil engineering and business administration, while Simone has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and a Masters in veterinary science. Talk about a power couple.

3. Lunar Beauty

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Founded by one of the biggest YouTube and Instagram beauty influencers, Manny Gutierrez (aka Manny MUA), this brand is all about celebrating your most authentic self. The San Diego native made sure to create a line that’s not only fun but one that’s inclusive.

4. Gaby Espino

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Venezuelan telenovela star, Gaby Espino, launched a line of super pigmented lipsticks. From bright pinks to sultry purples to deep reds, there’s a little something for everyone. The best part? There’s not one type of lipsticks. There’s a range of mattes, extreme mattes, glosses, creams, velvets, and more.

5. Tata Harper Skincare

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Founded by Colombiana, Tata Harper, this 100% natural skincare line has become a cult-fave among celebs and beauty lovers alike. The brand was created after Tata couldn’t find high-quality, natural products in the beauty market. Thanks to her, that void has now been filled. People don’t have to risk their health in order to get great skincare results.

6. Besame Cosmetics

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Cosmetics historian, artist, and designer, Gabriela Hernandez, created Besame Cosmetics after a life-long love for vintage makeup. Aside from its retro packaging and products (the lipsticks are replicas of shades from the past and the cake mascara is a product stars from the Golden Age of cinema used), Besame will make you feel special and glamorous.

7. Melt Cosmetics

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Latina makeup artist Lora Arellano co-founded Melt Cosmetics with her bestie Dana Bomer. Together, they’ve built a beauty empire with their vibrant eyeshadows, bold lipstick shades, pigmented blushes, and dazzling highlighters. Lora’s background in beauty is just as amazing as the products she helps create. She started working the makeup counter at Nordstrom to doing Rihanna’s makeup on tour to creating a successful makeup empire.

8. Joanna Vargas Skincare

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Similar to Tata Harper, Joanna Vargas’ eponymous skincare brand is dedicated to plant-based ingredients that work. Not only is Joanna one of the most sought-after facialists in Hollywood—celebs flock to her before major events—but her luxury products are worth every penny. The New York-based Latina has been in the skincare business for over a decade, so she knows a thing or two about beauty.

9. KL Polish

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KL Polish was created by one of YouTube’s most popular beauty gurus, Kathleen Fuentes (aka Kathleen Lights). After having successful beauty collaborations with ColourPop and Morphe, the Cubana branched out to launch her own nail polishes. The shades in each collection are bright, bold, and vibrant just like Kathleen herself.

10. Dominique Cosmetics

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Another successful beauty YouTuber, Christen Dominique, launched an eponymous makeup brand called Dominique Cosmetics. From her first coffee-themed palette to her latest lemonade-inspired one, all of her products will make you want to have fun with your looks.

11. Chaos Makeup

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The brand’s founder, Megan Martinez, has created one of the most exciting makeup brands on the market. Their color-changing shadows are truly one-of-a-kind. And once beauty lovers discovered the mesmerizing rainbow highlighter, they pretty much broke the internet. While Martinez’s unique brand is quickly becoming a cult-fave among pros, her story is what really makes us admire her. She went from being homeless at the age of 14 to building a beauty empire.

12. Orlando Pita Play

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Cuban hairstylist Orlando Pita has worked with the biggest stars, including Beyoncé, Anne Hathway, Kate Moss, and Bella and Gigi Hadid. So it’s not surprising that after years of working as a celeb hairstylist that he wouldn’t create his own eponymous hair care line. And luckily for us, we can achieve that same celebrity-approved hair with his line of amazing products.

13. Vive Cosmetics

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Vive is a makeup brand created by Latinxs for Latinxs — and its two founders, Joanna Rosario and Leslie Valdivia, stand by that. With vibrant lipstick shades to choose from, like hot pinks, oranges, and reds, these are the colors you’ll want to wear all summer long. Each lipstick has a cheeky name, too, like Pan Dulce, Luchadora, and Cumbia. There’s even a sultry purple liquid lip inspired by Selena Quintanilla.

14. Loquita Bath and Body

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Known for making novelty products like the always sold out mangoneada, elote, and bidi bidi bath bombs, Mira Perez’s beauty brand is unlike any other. Aside from its playful bath bombs, the brand makes the most heavenly face masks, scrubs, and lip balms.

15. Rizos Curls

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Julissa Prado created Rizos Curls after struggling to find products that worked for her curly hair. She not only perfected her products to work for all curl types, but she set out to make formulas that were made with high-quality ingredients. Now, curly-haired babes can enjoy and celebrate their hair in all its glory.

16. Brujita Skincare

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Founded by Leah Guerrero, Brujita Skincare literally brings the magia to your beauty routine. The holistic beauty brand is enriched with mineral earth powders and clays sourced from the mercados of Mexico. Not only will these products heal your skin naturally, but you’ll feel Mother Nature’s enchanting powers.

17. No B.S. Skincare

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Like the cheeky name suggests, this skincare brand doesn’t mess around. Its skincare is made with effective plant-based, natural ingredients. Basically, they stripped away all of the bullshit. The products don’t have anything on their “shit list” like sulfates, parabens, artificial fragrances, etc. Even better? They even got rid of b.s. marketing. The brand’s Instagram feed and website are filled with daily affirmations that will make you want to live your best life. For example, they have a postcard that reads: “severely allergic to the b.s.” Agreed.

18. Mia Del Mar

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While Mia Del Mar hasn’t debuted all of its products just yet, this Latinx-owned brand is all about celebrating your roots. And with ingredients that have been passed down through generations, this line will mainly focus on skin care that’s both trendy and traditional.

19. Gabriel Cosmetics

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Gabriel Cosmetics, founded by Gabriel De Santino, has been around since 1992. Inspired by his own personal experience with botanical skincare, the cosmetics line creates some of the best natural products.

20. Alamar Cosmetics

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Gabriella Trujillo went from Boxycharm’s in-house makeup artist to launching her own brand, Alamar Cosmetics. The makeup line is a celebration of the Cubana’s heritage, and its first product, the Reina del Caribe Vol. 1 eyeshadow palette, is proof.