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There’s A New Hairstyle In Town And This One Was Taken From The Unlikeliest Character: Introducing The Lord Farquaad Flip

In recent weeks, you might have been noticing a new hairstyle trend making its way through social media. From Selena Gomez to Khloe Kardashian, every Insta-girl has been sporting a Lord  Farquaad-esque bob with a flip. Honestly, the new trend is euqal parts curious and nostalgic. Who hasn’t thought about Lord Farquaad’s hair over the years? His hairstyle was the first hairstyle many of us were able to differentiate. 

Remember Lord Farquaad from Shrek?

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We all know Lord Farquaad, the ruler of Duloc and Shrek’s enemy. The evil monarch plots to become King by marrying Princess Fiona, and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants —even torturing the cute Gingerbread man. Farquaad is short, and he overcompensates for his lack of inches with a big attitude and sassy hairstyle, the one that we will refer to as: The Farquaad Flip.

So why is this hairstyle trending?

 Jesus Guerrero, the stylist behind the Kardashian-Jenner flips says it’s “an easy chic look” that will help you channel your inner Lord. “I love how simple it is, yet it exudes so much power,” adds Guerrero. Achieving the Farquaad flip is pretty simple. “To create this hairstyle, brushing with a small round brush is key,” Guerrero explains. “It helps create that full flipped in look.”

The long bob with the ends notably flipped inwards, aka the Farquad Flip, has made its way into Instagram’s creme de la creme, making Lord Farquaad undeniably, an influencer. And we have proof.

Here is one of the first sighting of the iconic ‘flip.’

Selena Gomez made her triumphant return to the AMAs in a (Shrek?) green Versace dress and a hairstyle that can only be described as Farquaad-ian. People were too excited about her return to the stage that they overlooked the hairstyle.

The Farquaad Flip was spotted at the TIFF red carpet thanks to the “Hustlers” cast.

Jennifer Lopez wore the cut on the TIFF red carpet like nobody else could. It looked so good on her that you kind of forget about the hairstyle being a part of the “Shrek” empire.

Khloe and Kylie were twinning in the style.

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Just last week, Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian drove the point home with not one, but two matching Farquaad flips at their epic annual Christmas party.

Here is Chrissy Teigen looking all cute.

Even everyone’s fave, Chrissy Teigen, has been spotted sporting the look. Coiffed by Jesus Guerrero, celebrity hairstylist to the Kardashian clan.

Kim Kardashian doing a perfect Farquaad look because everyone is doing it.

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This instance of the queen of Instagram is a good case in point. This is a Farquaad Flip if ever we’ve seen one. 

Jessica Alba giving the flip a more princessy vibe.

A little longer and with more volume, but the ends are flipped inwards and that’s all that matters.

Even Becky G in doing the flip and making it super impressive.

The ‘Mala Santa’ singer has been spotted in the style of the moment too, albeit a shorter version. There’s no escaping it! 

Celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway also loves the style.

And if a celebrity hairstylist loves it, that’s it, it’s officially a moment. The flip has been cemented.

Lastly, Bella Hadid giving us a half-up Farquaad flip moment. 

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Here’s one-half of the Hadid supermodels serving the Farquaad flip halfway up. Still an inward flip in our eyes. 

READ: 25 Latinas Who Have Championed Natural Curly Hair Even When Beauty Standards Have Said Otherwise

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JLo Is In Hot Water For Her Lyrics In New Song With Maluma After She Calls Herself ‘La Negrita’

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JLo Is In Hot Water For Her Lyrics In New Song With Maluma After She Calls Herself ‘La Negrita’

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One of the few highlights we’ve had amid this unprecedented year of trauma has been the music industry. From Maluma and Cardi B to Bad Bunny’s surprise albums, we’ve been blessed with some of the best songs ever. Plain and simple.

Despite the global pandemic, many singers have managed to stay busy and put out new tracks. Maluma and Jennifer Lopez are no different as the duo are working on music for their upcoming movie project, Marry Me.

However, the one of the tracks from the upcoming film isn’t getting the type of reception that JLo had likely counted on.

Jennifer Lopez is facing criticism for calling herself a “Little Black girl from the Bronx” in her new track with Maluma.

Despite the pandemic putting the breaks on so many aspects of the entertainment industry, Jennifer Lopez has managed to keep herself busy with new projects. One of her most hyped projects has got to be her collaboration with Maluma on the upcoming film, Marry Me.

In anticipation of the film’s release on Valentine’s Day 2021, the pair have released two new tracks that will also be in the movie’s soundtrack. However, the most recently released song, “Lonely,” isn’t getting the attention that neither JLo or Maluma had likely hoped for.

In the lyrics for the song, which JLo sings with Maluma, Lopez sings “yo siempre seré tu negrita del Bronx” (I’ll always be your Black girl from the Bronx). Obviously, that lyric is causing loads of controversy and fans and critics alike are letting Lopez know they’re out OK with it.

Many are taking issue with the lyrics because “Jenny From The Block” has never really claimed or referenced herself as Black in the past. So why now? And why use an outdated term that’s incredible insensitive to the Afro-Latinx community.

Negrita is a questionable Spanish term that should definitely be phased out amid Spanish-speakers.

Many people are taking issue with the lyrics because they include the controversial term negrita, which is really an outdated Spanish-language term that’s often used as a term of endearment to describe people who are dark-skinned.

It’s a common nickname among Spanish-speakers but it should be phased out of the Spanish language as it’s extremely insensitive to Afro-Latinos.

Both fans and critics have called out Lopez on Twitter.

Fans were obviously confused as to why Jennifer would describe herself as ‘Black’. 

‘Maybe if she said brown girl she coulda gotten away with it,’ one fan said.  Another commented on social media: ‘This is so insulting as an actual black woman.’ 

‘I heard the song and I was like “what she just say? Rewind that. cause she definitely not Afro Latina,’ one fan said. 

However, many others from the Latina community weighed in to explain that while the translation of ‘negrita’ literally means ‘black girl’, it’s not used in that sense. 

‘If your hispanic or latino you know what she means. yes it sounds weird asf the literal translation but that’s not what she means,’ one fan explained.  They continued: ‘As far as I know it’s like a term of endearment for darker complexion within the community. I think she should have not used it being that not everyone would get it and in my opinion her skin isn’t even considered dark. Plus with the times we are in like let’s do better.”

This isn’t the first time the singer has come under fire for insensitive actions around race.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Jennifer Lopez has been called out for appropriating Black culture, but this is the first time that she’s facing such a major backlash.

Jennifer Lopez has proudly claimed her identity as a Puerto Rican woman but she’s never claimed Black ancestry or self-identified as an Afro-Latina – so her use of the term is troubling.

In the 2001 hit remix of “I’m Real” with Ja Rule and Ashanti, JLo sang along to the N-word slur and faced a similar backlash then. She ended up going on The Today Show to claim that the lyrics were written by Ja Rule and were “not meant to be hurtful to anybody.” She went on to say that “for anyone to think or suggest that I’m racist is really absurd and hateful to me.”

Then there was the whole debacle from this year’s Super Bowl halftime show (which feels like a lifetime ago!) when many criticized her and Shakira for performing for a franchise that didn’t support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Hopefully, this incident on JLo’s part will bring with it a discussion about the term negrita and we can finally eliminate it as a ‘playful nickname’ in the Spanish-speaking community.

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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The numbers are bleak. Latinos make up 18% of America’s population but only 5% of the number of speaking roles in movies in 2019 according to the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

Hollywood seems to be late to the party when it comes to Latino representation onscreen. But luckily, there are a handful of Latino artists and creators out there who are taking the fight to appear in front of the screen to behind the camera.

Take, for example, Eva Longoria, who was just announced to be directing and co-starring in the new action-comedy film, “Spa Day”

This marks the third movie the Mexican-American actress will be helming and the first Latina to ever direct more than one major studio film.

The other films on Longoria’s roster include a vehicle for her and Kerry Washington tentatively titled “24/7”, as well as the upcoming biopic “Flamin’ Hot”–a movie centered around Richard Montañez, the man who invented Flaming Hot Cheetos.

Longoria has been candid about how the decision to move into directing and producing has been a strategic one.

“One of the reasons I went into producing and directing was I wasn’t going to sit back and wait for somebody to create a role I wanted to do,” Longoria told Variety in 2018.

“You can’t just sit around waiting for [good projects], and I wanted to create that — not just for myself but for other Latinas.”

But her career transition isn’t unique as a Latina in Hollywood. She has joined the ranks of other Latinas in Hollywood who have began to produce and direct their own projects in order to finally see Latino stories told on screen.

Her peers include Jennifer Lopez (“Shades of Blue“, “Hustlers“), Selena Gomez (“Living Undocumented“), America Ferrera (“Gentefied“, “Superstore“), Gina Rodriguez (“Diary of an American President,” “Carmen San Diego“), and Salma Hayek (“Ugly Betty”).

All of these women have thrown their weight behind projects that otherwise wouldn’t be made if their names weren’t attached to them.

All of these women are creating stories that feature Latino stories and Latino talent–in front of and behind the camera.

America Ferrera explained the reason behind her conscious career pivot from acting to directing/producing: “My genuine heart’s desire is to tell stories that haven’t been told,” she told CBS This Morning. “It’s hard to get stories about people like us made. And then to get those stories told by us is very very uncommon.”

Although the endgame is to have Latinx stories greenlit without having to first be a famous singer or actress, the work these ladies are doing might be laying the foundation for an easier road for future industry players of Latino descent. Or as Longoria so eloquently put it: “If we unite and create opportunities for each other and pull each other up, there could be a lot more success for representation on TV.”

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