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MJ Rodriguez Makes History By Signing First Ever Beauty Deal With Olay Body As Trans Woman

Actress and singer MJ Rodriguez is having an incredible whirlwind year. In 2019, she continued her role as Blanca Rodriguez in the history making series “Pose.” Her moving and capitalizing performance won her “Best Actress” at the Imagen Awards; the first time an openly trans women has ever received the honor. She also became the first transgender woman of color to play the role of Audrey in a major production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Rodriguez even preformed the play’s popular love ballad “Suddenly Seymour” on the “Late Late Show with James Corden” ⁠— wowing the TV audience with her powerful vocals. In addition to all that success, this week, her activism, advocacy and talent was celebrated when Rodriguez was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 NEXT.

Now, Rodriguez officially has one more win to close out her successful 2019.  

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This week, Rodriguez made history by securing her first ever beauty campaign. The “Pose” star announced her new partnership with Olay Body at the 5th Annual Diversity Summit where she gave the keynote speech. She will officially be one of the label’s brand ambassadors — making her the first trans Afro-Latina to fill this role with Olay. 

“Olay Body is leading by example for other brands by opening doors for trans individuals like myself,” Rodriguez said during her speech. “I am so excited to work with Olay Body on this campaign leading up to my speech at the Diversity Summit. This is officially my first ever beauty campaign — I am so thankful to have the opportunity to show other trans women of color everywhere that they are seen and that they are worthy.”

Rodriguez’s campaign joins other trans women like Laverne Cox, Tracey Norman, Lea T and Geena Rocero — who have all recently worked with hair, makeup, and skincare brands in public roles. 

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Rodriguez isn’t the only one excited about this new opportunity. Olay Body also expressed their eagerness to explore the new partnership and the diversity and inclusivity that Rodriguez brings to the brand. In an email to “Out,” the body care company shared their excitement over their new brand ambassador.

“Olay Body is excited to work with Mj Rodriguez on this campaign, as Mj is truly a recognized trailblazer,” the brand wrote. “She has transformed not just personally and professionally, but also as a leading advocate for diversity and inclusivity. This makes her the perfect fearless partner, where she is able to share her authentic journey of feeling confident in her own skin. As we begin to plan for future programs, Mj is definitely top of mind. We can’t divulge specifics at this time, but stay tuned for what’s coming next!” 

For the first act of their partnership, Rodriguez did Olay Body’s 14 Day Transformation and posted the results on her Instagram. 

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While she’s incredibly honored to have been selected as a brand ambassador, the call from Olay caught her off guard. Rodriguez even doubted if she was up to the task.

“When they called me, I screamed on the phone, because Olay is one of the leading forces in beauty,” she explained to “The Cut” of her new project. “I was like ‘Oh my god, am I really being considered for this, am I worthy?’”

Rodriguez explained that for trans women and women of color, these opportunities don’t usually come around so she was overwhelmed yet honored with the responsibility. 

“For starters, I’ve never been able to be considered for a partnership like this,” she told “The Cut.” “A lot of girls like myself — trans women — we don’t get the opportunity to have open dialogue, let alone be in partnership with organizations like this. As a woman, as a black or Latina or trans woman, we have to constantly give words of affirmation to ourselves. It’s just hard for us. I’m just focusing on amplifying my voice, trying to get it out there as much as possible.”

Of course, Rodriguez’s online fans showered her with love and affirmation for her new role with Olay Body. 

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Rodriguez’s mentions are full of fans congratulating her and wishing her the best for her career. One tweet by @guida told the star, “You deserve every good thing coming your way, I’m so happy for you!” Another by @nel_mamaboho thanked the actress, saying, “I actually truly love you just because YOU ARE SEEN. Your visibility makes so many more of us unavoidable. Thank Y.O.U.”

Rodriguez is truly paving the way for the visibility of other trans people and people of color. As an Afro-Latina, a trans woman and a member of the LBGTQ+ community, she represents many groups of marginalized people. As such, her role with Olay Body will set the precedent that these groups can and should have a visible place in our society.

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Different Scents of Latinahood

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Different Scents of Latinahood

As a Latina, the process of growing into a woman is so unique. Our madres, tías, abuelitas, and primas all gave us advice about the important stuff, whether that be beauty, boys, or schoolwork. As we live we experience different moments, and those moments are timeless, regardless of age. Sure, we may grow from a niña to a mujer, but the emotions we experience are universal. And the amazing thing about fragrances is that they can perfectly encapsulate how you’re feeling in the moment: whether that’s girly and flirtatious, sexy and bold, timid and mellow, or elegant and sophisticated.

Here at mitú, we asked our FIERCE staffers what perfumes best reflect the different, timeless scents of Latinahood. Here’s what they told us.

Cuando te Sientes Sexy Scents

This is for those times that you feel free, independent, and a little bit mischievous. Contrary to popular belief, youth is a state of mind rather than a life phase. These scents are for mujeres who like to keep things light and flirty. Here are the scents that our FIERCE staffers recommended for when you’re feeling fun and flirty.

Dior – Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet

This perfume is the epitome of flirty fun. The floral rose and peonies mixed with the white musk smell are effortlessly flirty. I always make sure to spritz this on myself when I’m trying to impress a date. – Alex C.

Valentino – Voce Viva

This scent transports me to the nights when my girls and I go out dancing and completely let our hair down. The mix of citrus and white florals starts with sweet, spicy, and bold, but calms down to a softer, warm, clean scent. Whenever I wear it, I feel confident, sexy, and feminine. – Cristal M.

Poderosa Scents

Once in a while, you want to wear a scent that helps you make an entrance. You feel strong and powerful while also feeling deeply connected to your femininity. You want a scent that makes you feel authoritative, focused, and confident. Here are the scents that our staffers recommended for when you’re feeling bold and powerful.

NEST New York – Seville Orange Oil

This exotic, citrusy smell turns everyone’s head when I walk in the room–I always get tons of compliments. It also makes me feel confident and empowered because of its spicy, bold smell. Whenever I spray some on in the morning, I know I will be making money moves the rest of the day. – Tati R.

Atelier Cologne – Clémentine California

This perfume smells like a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. I love how it almost has a unisex smell–it’s not too feminine or too masculine. It’s definitely the type of scent for someone who doesn’t love overly sweet or fruity smells–like me! – Monica A.

Versace – Dylan Turquoise

This scent is warm, musky, and modern. It’s definitely not your abuelita’s flowery perfume! I love how crisp and unique this scent is–wearing it makes you stand out from the pack. Whenever I wear it to work, someone always compliments me and asks me what scent I’m wearing  – Yeni P.

Feeling Myself Desde La Sala Scents

As a Latina, you probably have a lot of expectations put on you. It’s no secret that women are expected to put everyone’s needs before their own. Sometimes you might want to buck expectations and march to the beat of your own drum. These scents are for when the joyful, playful side of you takes over.

Armani – My Way

I love this perfume! The white musk and cedarwood blend with the orange blossom to make a distinctly fruity, feminine scent. It’s the perfect balance between warm and playful. And as an added bonus, its ingredients are consciously sourced. – Steph R.

Marc Jacobs – Daisy

This perfume is so light and pure that I’m instantly in a good mood as soon as I put it on. Jasmine is one of my favorite scents, and this perfume balances the smell of jasmine with berries so neither scent becomes too overpowering. –Isabella P.

Gucci – Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia

This perfume is sexy, light, and playful. It’s light and feminine without knocking you over the head with the gardenia notes. Melts into your skin and beautifully lasts through the day!  – Jessica R.

Comadre Brunch and Beach Escape Scents

Comadre brunch and beach escape scents are perfect for the days when you’re feeling bright and energetic. But they’re also great for when you’re feeling overwhelmed and daydream of escaping the chaos for a bit. These scents are perfect for a much-needed pick-me-up.

Maison Margiela – ‘REPLICA’ Beach Walk

This scent is perfect for the hectic mornings where I just want to take a vacation–even for 15 minutes. This perfume is ocean breeze, salt air, and summer vacation memories in a bottle. All I have to do is close my eyes, smell this fragrance, and I’m instantly relaxed. It’s a must-have for busy mamas. – Ashley C.

Dolce & Gabbana – Light Blue

As soon as I spray this fragrance on me, I feel refreshed, energized, and ready to take on the day. The notes of green apple, cedar, and white rose remind me of a villa in the South of Italy. The scent is sunny, fresh, and bright. The perfect pick-me-up. -Eva R.

Pura Elegancia Scents

These scents are for when you’re not trying to prove yourself to anyone–you know who you are and you’re comfortable in your skin. You feel confident, powerful, and mature. But, don’t get it twisted–you still know how to have a good time. Here are the scents that FIERCE staffers recommended.

Viktor&Rolf – Flowerbomb

This perfume is the essence of sophistication. As soon as I spritz some on, I feel like I’d be right at home at a fancy garden party or a gallery opening. The jasmine and rose stands out immediately, and the longer I wear it, the more the notes of patchouli and vanilla peek through. It lasts so long and smells better and better the longer I wear it!  – Yami H.

Yves Saint Laurent – Libre Eau de Toilette

This perfume is fresh, sexy, and sophisticated. I love white floral scents, and this perfume combines notes of lavender, orange blossom and white tea accord. My husband says this is his favorite fragrance, so I always make sure to wear it out on date night. – Andrea P.

Sephora Favorites – Deluxe Mini Perfume Sampler Set

If, like many of us, you’re not sure how you’re feeling in the moment, don’t worry. No matter if you’re picky, or simply adventurous, Sephora Favorites has something for everyone. Sephora’s Deluxe Mini Perfume Sampler Set has a range of scents for when you feel fun and flirty, elegant and sophisticated, and any other feeling in between. 

Included in the set comes a scent certificate to redeem at any US Sephora store. Once you sample all of these fragrances, then you can choose your favorite and redeem the scent certificate for a FREE full size of your favorite featured fragrance at no extra cost. 

This gift would especially be perfect for Mother’s day, for the mamá who loves a great value (this sampler is a $148 value, but is going for just $75), loves to collect things, and loves to be adventurous and experiment with her beauty routine.

As the FIERCE ladies mentioned above, the scents we choose to wear should reflect how we feel in the moment. Every woman contains multitudes and shouldn’t limit herself to a specific box. You can be bold and sexy, while also being regal and powerful. You can be playful and bubbly, while also being smart and strong. And you should feel free to express these sides of yourself with abandon. Go ahead–express yourself.

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Mariah Carey Got Her First Dose Of The Vaccine And Made It Into An Iconic Moment

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Mariah Carey Got Her First Dose Of The Vaccine And Made It Into An Iconic Moment

Vaccines are rolling out across the country. People are getting their shots so life can finally start getting back to normal after a year of quarantining and social distancing. Mariah Carey let her fans join on her first shot and it became iconic.

Mariah Carey got her first shot of the vaccine and hit that whistle note.

More and more Americans are finally getting vaccinated to get the world back to normal. More than 160 million vaccines have been given in the U.S. and people are starting to see the results. Life is slowly getting back to normal for families who haven’t seen each other in years.

The singer was “excited and nervous a little bit” about getting the vaccine. Her demeanor showed just how impactful it is for people to do their part to get us back to normal.

True to form, Carey was in her camera-ready pose when she was getting ready.

People receiving the vaccine are told to keep their arm relaxed but Carey clearly isn’t made for that. How do you just turn off your star charisma?

It’s important to keep your arm relaxed while you are getting your vaccination to save you from the pain. If your arm is tense or in an awkward position, it is more likely to move during the jab, which can be painful. Listen to your nurses.

Some people are very curious how someone so young got the vaccine.

President Joe Biden announced that all states must make vaccine eligibility open to all adults by April 19. Some states are allowing people as young as 16 to get vaccinated. This is an accelerated deadline from the previously called for May 1. President Biden has worked hard to push the vaccination rate up and he has delivered on his promises for various vaccination deadlines.

People want to know if the vocal skills are a side effect of the vaccine.

There are a lot of conspiracy theories circulating about the vaccine. Some people believe that Bill Gates is microchipping them using the vaccine. It is a conspiracy that persists despite people definitively debunking the theory.

Congratulations, Mariah!

The world is eager to get back to normal and the vaccination rollout across the world is going to get us there. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is slowly releasing new guidelines about what fully vaccinated people are able to do.

For example, it is safe for fully vaccinated people to gather in small groups indoors without masks and social distancing. Fully vaccinated people can also fly on airplanes without much risk because of the effectiveness of the vaccine.

READ: This Is How Cuba Is Developing Its Own COVID Vaccine When It Can Barely Get Daily Necessities To The Island

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