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Celia Cruz Would Have Slayed The 2019 Met Gala Camp Theme And Here Are The Looks To Prove It

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Celia Cruz is as widely revered as the Queen of Salsa for her genre-breaking vocals as she is for the regalia she adorned on stage. After being exiled by Fidel Castro from Cuba, she brought her Afro-Latina culture to the mainland–undiluted.

Given how much her homeland tropical paradise influenced her fashion, there’s no question the La Reina would have brought all the azúcar to the 2019 Met Gala theme: “Camp: Notes On Fashion.”

She wore hibiscus flowers in her hair at black tie events as only she could.

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Not to mention all kinds of feathers to tie the whole look together. Cruz is Mother Nature and we just enjoyed our moments basking in her greatness.

They say birds of a feather stick together.

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We’re sure that in 2019, she would have seen all the PETA footage and would be blowing up her own fashion line of faux feathered gowns. How about those wrist cuffs?

She totally crushed this peacock look.

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Oh, honey, it’s camp theme Cuba style, or didn’t you hear? Birds and flowers of paradise are what Celia would get to work with. Not only does she look flawless in her style, but she is also happier than ever in those outfits.

Remember when Cruz started this shoe trend?

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Imagine her bringing this back with some serious tread for those talus, rocky trails. This is thee workaround for wearing heels outdoors. Lady Gaga should be thanking Cruz for opening the doors for this kind of footwear.

Meet a regal, cozied neck Queen.

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If you wondered whatever happened to turtle necks, they went camping. Cruz was rocking turtle necks for many decades and they just seem to suit her.

The wider the turtle neck, the closer you are to God.

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She’d slay the red carpet via towering turtle necks or dressed as a songbird. Either way, Celia Cruz isn’t about being cold. She is just like our abuelas, after all.

Behold, an Ice Queen.

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Are those faux icicles around her neck? Imagine with the advances of fashion technology today what this look would become at the Met Gala. It is clear that she is not shy about trying something new and different.

Back in the day, her more modest looks were classic favorites.

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Bet you’ll see a pea-coat at the Met Gala tonight. You’ll never find a shivering Celia because she was prepared for all weather conditions.

She might be the only person to ever pull off a fringe poncho.

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Ponchos may have been in for a minute in the 2000s, but when you’re “camping,” there are no rules. You can wear a poncho in the rain and in the cold and be feeling good about yourself.

Cruz was Poison Ivy before Uma Thurman.

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She looks like a flawless goddess of nature and we are here for it. She gave us all of the Poison Ivy vibes we never knew we needed before Uma Thurman even tried it.

Celia Cruz giving us snow melted, pristine alpine lakes you just need to swim in.

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Please note the embroidered neckwear and tell me she hasn’t dressed her whole life to win this theme. She has and she is still winning this theme because, well.

Cruz could easily win the Met Gala with this regal falcon imagery.

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She’s beauty and she’s grace… and she’s also a stunning predatory bird who will comfortably have the rest of y’all for dinner. Okay. So no one wins but she would be the best dressed for sure.

Meet the elevated beanie look.

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Your mami would never let you go outside without a hat to keep your head warm. Cruz was only ever seen dazzling.

Patterns are Cruz’s best friends and here’s the proof.

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No zebras were harmed in this homage to Africa’s most recognizable mammal and the Aloe flower, native to the continent. Mother Nature.

This one is a bit toned down but imagine Cruz being given the challenge of camp and her incorporating her stars.

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The only way we can look at Cruz is to look up to her. Here she is as dazzling as a remote night sky and we can only imagine that her campy take on this would include a moon headpiece.

Color blocking at one of the highest levels.

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Here’s Cruz giving us both and the difference is night and day. This is a day to evening dress for sure. It even feels like a little bit clownish and would totally stand out at the red carpet.

She might have a toned down outfit but her sunglasses are giving us all the camp we want.

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We just can’t get enough of Cruz and her looks. She knows how to deliver and we just want to see her shine all the time. If she was here today, the Met Gala audience would be gagging.

Whether she’s wearing literal tropical flowers…

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As is her right. Most guests at the New York City Met Gala will only have memories (or Instagram inspo) in American desert, pine forests and Pacific alpine meadows for reference.

Or is embodying the essence of the Roseate Spoonbill bird…

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That bird is worth looking up. She looks like a flamingo with a wide flat beak and she gets her color from exclusively eating shrimp. You can’t find those birds in New England.

There’s no question that Celia would have owned the red carpet tonight.

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Here she is wearing the Sun, the Moon, and a campfire ring all in one. In terms of light and heat, that’s the only way to summarize camping.

We’ll be thinking of you tonight, Celia.

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She would have been 92 years old, with even more experience to back up her look. What we know is that if Celia Cruz could walk the carpet, it would be full of hibiscus’, feathers and all things tropics. Te queremos, Celia!

READ: 21 Things You Didn’t Know About Celia Cruz, The Indisputable Queen Of Salsa

20 Stunning Latina Wedding Looks To Consider For Your Fall Wedding

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20 Stunning Latina Wedding Looks To Consider For Your Fall Wedding

When it comes to the big wedding day, every bride wants their look her best and Latina brides are no different. If anything we tend to go over the top with just about everything from the veil to hair and makeup, and of course, the dress. We have to stand out because, primero muerta que sencilla. 

For some novias, the wedding dress or suit is the most important choice a bride makes, and for others, it’s all about the accessories, especially those who want to use accents to highlight cultural traditions.

If you’re a Latina looking for a unique look for your wedding this Fall, here is some inspiration to make sure you look anything but sencilla on your big day. 

Embroidered Dresses

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These dresses are beautiful expressions of traditional hand-sewn styles from Mexico to Peru and are unique ways to add color to a seemingly boring white dress. This is a special way to remind your guests how proud you are of your roots.

Flower Crowns

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Not all queens wear tiaras. Channel your inner Frida Kahlo in a bright pop color and a beautiful flower crown to adorn your hair. These flowers can match your bouquet for a more cohesive look or you can go rogue and style a more earthy, boho look.

Elegant Vintage Goth

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Today’s brides have no reason to play by the rulebook. Break the rules, rock your tattoos and wear whatever type of crown you want to wear. This bride walked down the aisle with a dark glam, gray hair and a stunning headpiece to complete her look.

Botas Vaqueras

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Some of us are vaqueras and proud to show it. Many brides are incorporating a cowgirl theme into the wedding and the outcome is fun and picturesque. There are also many pros to having a cowgirl-themed wedding. For one, you get to opt for cowboy boots which means you’ll be square dancing to el Caballo Dorado all night in a great pair of comfy boots! Second, who doesn’t smile when they see a great pair of boots under a wedding dress?

Lacy, Sexy, Cool Jumpsuit

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Big puffy dresses can get heavy and are not very practical. Brides have the option of rocking bridal jumpsuits like the one above. Some novias like to jump out of their dresses after the religious ceremony and party in a more relaxed outfit like this. And if we’re honest this is just as eye-catching as a big puffy dress.

A Succulent Bouquet

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Bouquets composed of unexpected floral arrangements like wildflowers or succulents can make a statement. This is also another way to incorporate your culture into your wedding. You can use succulents, flowers from your country and even some nopalitos.

Crowns And Headpieces For The Reina That You Are

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If you’re a reina and you know it, rock your crown. Forgo the traditional veil in favor of a crown or tiara to lend a unique elegance to your look.

Jeweled Heels

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Looking to sparkle from head to toe? Wearing gems on your feet are the perfect accent to a cool winter wedding (and an excellent “something blue”). Closed-toe shoes are a better option during the chilly fall temperatures.

Cultural Dresses

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Mixing traditional elements with versatile styles, flower crowns can pull a whole bridal look together. For many brides, using a traditional dress reminds them and their families of how far they have come and how they plan to continue growing forward their culture embedded in their new family.

Goth Glam Bride

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White isn’t for everyone. If darker hues are more your style, black might just be the option for you. Black dresses are the default when it comes to glamorous events and a wedding does not have to be any different. With unique accents, you can bring out your glam or bruja style into play.

Cathedral Veil

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For those of you planning traditional religious weddings, the classic and elegant cathedral veil is always a gorgeous touch. These types of veils have been worn for centuries and they add an extra sentimental touch. In addition, if you don’t want your hair blowing in the wind, you can opt to have a light veil floating when you walk outside to make for a great photo opp.

Something Borrowed

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If you are looking to incorporate a special element into your bridal look, consider wearing “something borrowed” from a family member like a shawl or jewelry piece that is meaningful and will give you confidence on your special day. Not everyone has their mother or grandmother around on their wedding day. Adding a piece that belonged to them can sometimes make the bride feel like that person is present.

Volume Fit For A Queen

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For some brides, the bigger the dress, the better! A long veil and a wide skirt add the illusion of an hourglass figure. Plus, this is called a princess style for a reason.

Dashing Suit

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If a suit is more your vibe, stand out in your own style with a dapper, well-fitted suit. Suits can be accessorized with a bow, tie, cool color accents and, of course, a great hair day.

Greek Goddess

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If you choose comfort over style but also don’t want to look frumpy, a greek type of silhouette is the perfect option. Channel your inner goddess or fairy with flowy gowns and hairpieces that make you seem as though you stepped from a forest sanctuary and into your wedding.

Nails As Sparkly As Your Ring

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Everyone will be staring at your hands on your wedding day. Some brides opt for a nude polish but if you’re the ultimate glam girl, you have the option to add even more sparkle to your hand. Most nail salons have gel polishes with glitter but there are others that offer appliques like mini stones or pearls.

No Such Thing As Too Much Lace

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My mom has said that lace tends to look like you’re wearing a mantel. But traditional lace sheath dresses can be great for all body types and lend a romantic elegance to bridal looks. To avoid the tablecloth look, try a more delicate lace that isn’t bulky or heavy.

Flowy Beach Bride

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If you plan to leave the cool weather for a beach wedding, you can do no wrong with a loose flowy gown, perfect for barefoot strolls and a seaspray ceremony. The style is effortless and the pictures are perfect — as long as you check the weather before.

Evening Veil

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Bring a touch of vintage romanticism into your look with a vintage mesh veil that reveals your beautiful face. This is a lighter option that is much easier to manage than getting tangled in a six-foot veil.

Geometric Dress Design

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Show off your personal style with a dress that hugs the curves and has a pattern all it’s own. These cutouts are what can make a dress more memorable.


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Kelly Ripa’s Daughter Lola Consuelos Is All Latina Teens After Making A Risqué Alteration To Her Prom Dress

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Kelly Ripa’s Daughter Lola Consuelos Is All Latina Teens After Making A Risqué Alteration To Her Prom Dress

Remember back in high school when we walked out of our homes dressed as hijas modestas our mamis were proud to send off with a kiss only to ditch our sweaters for spaghetti strap tops or put on a little lip liner the moment we hit the bus stop? 

Well, turns out Latina teens are still up to our mischievous ways.

Turns out Kelly Ripa’s daughter knows the rules of the trade too.

On Monday’s episode of The Jerry O’ Show, guest Kelly Ripa disclosed that her daughter Lola Consuelos, 18, made some risqué alterations to her prom dress that she and husband Mark Consuelos did not approve. ¡Que sinvergüenza!

“That’s the prom dress we had made and she had altered behind our back,” Ripa, 48, told host-actor Jerry O’Connell about the stunning gown her daughter wore to the formal dance in a photo displayed on a big screen behind them. “So that’s why you know, uh, the girls are fully on display.”

She’s not exaggerating, either. 

Lola dazzled in a form-fitting, emerald-green satin dress with a deep V-cut that put her breasts front and center. 

With her long brown hair in Old Hollywood waves, the Italian-Mexican young beauty looked gorgeous, but seeing her tatas so present in the ensemble was a surprise to her mother and father, to say the least.

“Everybody came down the stairs together, and I just mean Lola,” Ripa added, referring to her daughter’s impossible-to-miss boobies, as the audience erupted in laughter.

According to Cosmopolitan, the hidden alterations could have been payback, whether intentional or not, for a shocking sight Ripa and Consuelos delivered days earlier that is similarly haunting Lola.

During the teen’s 18th birthday back in June, she walked in on her parents having sex. 

“She shuts the door and you hear, ‘You just ruined my birthday, and my life,’” Ripa said of her daughter’s dramatic but also understandable reaction to the x-rated scene. 

In defense of Lola’s adolescent disobedience, seeing your parents naked and grinding on one another is pretty horrifying and revolting. Surely, at this point, both parties are probably, right?

Despite Lola’s mischief, Ripa proudly posted a photo of her daughter in the sumptuous prom gown, which was designed by New York-based tailor Raza Wijdan and styled by her mother’s own stylist Audrey Slater, in June. But, according to Ripa, even getting a photo from her daughter took some work. “It took me 20 hours to get that photo. I was like, ‘Please just give Mommy one. Just one photo,” Ripa told O’Connell, sounding like all of our mamis who are desperate to receive photos we have not yet had the time to thoroughly look through, scrutinize and edit.

Ripa, however, was lucky enough to receive two daughter-approved prom pictures, one of Lola and her date and another of the mother and daughter smiling side-by-side. “Love you,” Ripa wrote in a caption.

During the segment of the new Fox TV daytime talk show, Ripa also talked about what high school was like for her baby girl, who graduated this year and will be attending New York University’s new Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the fall.

When O’Connell asks Ripa if HBO’s new hit series Euphoria adequately illustrates what teen life looks like these days, the fellow actress-talk show host says, “I’m pretty sure that’s exactly how high school is.” Her response frightened the host, a father of young daughters. Before O’Connell had a heart attack, Ripa quickly noted that she was kidding and added that she hopes the show isn’t a genuine portrayal. 

The Zendaya-fronted series that debuted on June 16 follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love, and friendships. Apparently, Lola and her girls are big fans of the show, much like the rest of the world right now, which prompted Ripa to ask her daughter if it is an accurate representation of modern-day adolescence. 

Lola’s response was less than comforting: “I don’t really think so, not that much,” Ripa recalled her girl saying.

At this point, Ripa, O’Connell and all parents in the audience are validly terrified.

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Despite teasing her daughter for making adjustments to her dress behind her back, mocking her generation’s obsession with perfect photos and trying to make sense of Gen Z youngsters in general, she and O’Connell agreed that Lola is an all-around great young woman.

“She’s a smart girl. She’s a nice girl,” Ripa said of her daughter.

Ripa married the Spanish-born Mexican-Italian actor Mark Consuelos on May 1, 1996. 

The pair met one year prior as co-stars on the beloved soap opera All My Children. Together, the couple shares three children: Michael Joseph, 22, Lola Grace, 18, and Joaquin Antonio, 16.

Read: These Prom Dresses Inspired By Latino Culture Is Giving Us So Much Pride

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