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She Turned San Marcos Blankets Into Jackets That Were Featured In Vogue And She Credits All Inspo To Her Mom

Long before women of color found a queen in Beyoncé, Latinas like Brenda Equihua saw reinas in their mothers. The Mexican-American designer is the founder and owner of the Los Angeles-based brand Equihua and says she found inspiration in her mother when it came time to design so many of her pieces. Many of which have been featured on the pages of Vogue and purchased by fans across the globe. But, like any jefa, Brenda’s path to success includes a thread of heartache, struggle and a coming to terms with wanting to chase her identity and desires.

Long before she launched her own brand, Brenda was –as so many creatives are– working to elevate another person’s dream.

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The designer who trained at Parsons School of Design spent her days creating clothes for other designers and their work. In the evenings, while so many were letting loose at happy hours with friends, headed home to work on her own future. “I would go home after work and I would work on my own ideas because I would never want to lose myself in what I was doing,” Brenda tells FIERCE in an interview.

The routine which often causes so many artists and creatives to burn out worked out well enough for Brenda for a while.

Then her mother suddenly passed away and Brenda found an urgent sense of motivation to focus on her own work.

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“I became very interested in art from an early age and my creativity was the one place that I could go to [and] kind of make sense of the world,” Brenda explains. “I had my mother’s passing and for a long time, I was thinking everything has to be in order for me to have the confidence to go out there and make this happen. That really impacted the way I saw life in general after that and I just decided I’m just gonna do it.”

She took some time to evaluate her life and what it was that she wanted to manifest in her future. “I was taking the train every day and I kept a notebook with a series of questions that I’d ask myself like who are your people what do you believe in what are your fears what motivates you just life stuff,” she explains.

One day inspiration struck Brenda with a new passion. She realized a dream she had that she would soon refuse to let go of.

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“What happened was that my brother had picked up and we were on our way to Six Flags and the idea just came to me,” she explains. “It was in the most bizarre scenario and when it happened I knew it was a really precious thing and I held it like an egg.

Eventually, Brenda quit her job to become La Jefa of Equihua with memories of her mom to throttle her designs and push her to ensure her business excelled.

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“My mom was a very fashionable person so I think it was a combination of art and fashion that really led me to where I am today eventually,” says Brenda. “That really impacted the way I saw life in general after that and I just decided I’m just gonna do it. I grew up seeing my mom as my Beyoncé. So you know you grow up and a lot of people have people that they idolize that are famous and for me, that was my mom. She was just very glamorous and just over the top and that had a lot do with how I developed the brand as well.”

Check out the full story on how Brenda became a real Jefa below!

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Embraces Natural Body Hair In Beautiful Selfie With Mom

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Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Embraces Natural Body Hair In Beautiful Selfie With Mom

Grooming habits should be a matter of personal choice, but thanks to generations of the patriarchy telling women how they should look, what they should wear, and how they should take care of their bodies, that isn’t always the case. Thankfully, more and more brave women are embracing their natural beauty and that includes their own body hair.

Lourdes Leon showing off her natural arm pit hair is the normalization of body hair we all need.

Whether it’s on the red carpet or in a photo with her mom, Madonna, Lourdes Leon has a relationship with her body hair we can all admire. For instance, he two posed for a rare selfie on April 10, and Leon’s natural look moved us another step closer to normalizing visible body hair.

The sweet image is captioned: “Like Pieces of your Heart Walking around outside of you #lola.”

‘Lola’ is the nickname of Madonna’s eldest child, whom she shares with Cuban personal trainer-actor Carlos Leon.

The fashion icon’s post has received more than 440,000 ‘likes’ with many fans praising her daughter’s decision to embrace her natural body hair – with comments including “two beautiful, strong women” and “beautiful mother with her gorgeous daughter.”

Leon has never been shy about embracing her natural beauty.

Her mother has pushed beauty boundaries for decades, so it makes sense the 24-year-old model would choose to do the same. In November 2018, Lourdes generated headlines when she showed off her unshaved armpits and legs on the red carpet at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala, just weeks after she turned heads for the same reason on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.

Earlier this year, in February, she also showed off a glimpse of armpit hair in a new fashion campaign for Marc Jacobs. 

It seems that Lourdes may even have been inspired by her famous mom when it comes to ditching the razor. Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar in 2010, the singer said: “Going to high school, I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn’t fit into that.

“So I decided to do the opposite. I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits.”

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