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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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Fans Think This Photo Of Barbie Is Proof She’s An Out And Proud Lesbian

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Fans Think This Photo Of Barbie Is Proof She’s An Out And Proud Lesbian

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The fact that the early days of Barbie were not quite so inclusive to all of us comes as no surprise. The blonde, impossibly figured doll with a penchant for similar-looking friends is a far cry away from the Barbie of today who has friends of all shapes, races, sizes, sexual identities, and abilities. Even better, today’s Barbie crew includes dolls who give queer children a broader playgound for their imagination.

Recently, Barbie has added a new addition to her friend group whose bringing more power to her LGTBQ fans.

Social media has dubbed the LGBTQ positive Aimee Song doll Barbie‘s girlfriend.

Twitter’s latest excitement is about a theory that Barbie and Aimee Song are dating. Photos of Mattel’s doll Aimee Song doll show her wearing a “Love Wins” T-shirt that supports LGBTQ+ rights. The Mattel doll was inspired by fashion blogger Aimee Song and recently caught renewed attention in a viral post shared to Twitter.

The “Love Wins” photos are only now going viral but were actually released in November 2017.

The photos of Barbie and the Aimee doll were shared to Twitter last Monday by user @kissevermore and now has Twitter debating whether the two are dating.

The pictures of Barbie and Aimee show the two dolls eating avocado toast. petting a dog, and smiling at each other. The images have fans questioning when Barbie came out and how she managed to nail a hot girlfriend before they did.

Even REAL Aimee Song weighed in on the images to confirm the relationship.

“I am the girlfriend,” she tweeted with a photo of herself and the Aimee Song doll. 

While Mattel has yet to officially identify Barbie as a lesbian, the original Instagram posts related to the Love Wins Barbies are proof that she is at least an ally.

Confirmed or not, true or not, one of the best parts of Barbie is that she is meant to be whoever her fans want her to be.

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Christina Haswood Wore Traditional Navajo Clothing Made By Her Bisabuela To Her Swearing-In Ceremony And It Was The Most Powerful Look Of 2021 So Far

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Christina Haswood Wore Traditional Navajo Clothing Made By Her Bisabuela To Her Swearing-In Ceremony And It Was The Most Powerful Look Of 2021 So Far

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Newly elected member of the Kansas House of Representatives, Christina Haswood, paid tribute to her heritage on the day of her swearing-in ceremony with the ultimate power look. Dressed in traditional Navajo attire, the 26-year-old made history on Monday when she became the  youngest member of the Kansas legislature, and only its second Native American member. 

Haswood took her oath of office wearing traditional Diné regalia which she made with the help of her mother, and partner.

Wearing moccasins, a velveteen skirt, and a red blouse embellished with silver string made a point to highlight her heritage and identity. Speaking to Vogue in an interview about her clothing, Haswood explained that she “wanted to honor my ancestors and all their sacrifices for me to be here and in this job. I wanted to honor my family, who has taught me how to be a strong, young, Diné woman while growing up in Lawrence, Kansas.” 

In addition to her dress, Haswood wore heirlooms given to her by family members which included a squash blossom necklace, a belt given to her by her uncle, and an additional belt given to her by her shimá sání (grandmother). Her great grandmother also gave her the earrings she wore. In addition, she wore a tsiiyéé (a Navajo-style hair tie) that she made with her shimá sání.

“The significance of these pieces are priceless,” Haswood explained to Vogue. “Many of the pieces I wore that day only come out on special occasions, because of how old they are. I don’t have the funds to be a collector, so many of my pieces have been passed down to my mother, who lets me borrow them.”

Haswood gave a behind-the-scenes look of her swearing-in attire on a TikTok video that has gone viral with more than 500,000 views.

In the video, Haswood readies her hair and does her makeup before eventually getting help from her mother and grandmother to get dressed.

Haswood won the Democratic primary after running unopposed for a seat in the Kansas state legislature that represents District 10.

With degrees in public health from Haskell Indian Nations University and Arizona State University, Haswood also received a master’s degree in public health management from the Kansas University Medical Center.

At the moment, she also serves as a research assistant with the National Council of Urban Indian Health and the Center for American Indian Community Health. There she studies nicotine addiction in tribal youth and researches the impact of COVID-19 on indigenous groups.

“Just two years ago I was in graduate school, and my greatest worries were about getting a job and student loans,” Haswood said in an interview with the Daily Kansan. “Today, the world has changed.”

According to Esquire, four Native candidates ran for office in Kansas. This week, each of them won their primary elections.

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