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We Talk To Spoiled Latina Founder About Double Standards, Not Being A ‘Cookie Cutter’ And Prioritizing Your Own Self Care

In recent years, emphasizing one’s own self-care has become a veritable movement within the wellness industry. But, adopting a self-care lifestyle has been a challenge for many Latinas. As many people have pointed out before, women in the Latinx community are not known for putting their needs before others’. But Yvonne Guidry wants to change all that. The Texas-based entrepreneur has built a lucrative brand off of the belief that Latinas, like all other women, should pamper themselves. With almost 40,000 followers on Instagram and 22,000 page views of her blog every month, Guidry’s ideology has very obviously resonated with people. 

Yvonne Guidry, a first-generation Mexican-American from Corpus Christi, founded SpoiledLatina.com back in 2008. Back then, the internet was still in the early stages of developing its influencer subculture, so Guidry is one of the firsts. Not only is Guidry a pioneer among lifestyle influencers, but she’s also a pioneer within the Latinx community. Guidry’s mission aims to inspire Latinas to “spoil themselves”–a philosophy that is foreign to a group of women who have often been taught the opposite. Guidry has made such an impact on the Latinx community that in 2015, the City of Houston, TX proclaimed July 9th Yvonne Guidry Day. Luckily for us, we had a chance to talk to Yvonne Guidry about being unapologetically herself, expanding her brand, and the easy ways busy Latinas can practice self-care.

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Mítu (M): When did you begin to prioritize self-care as part of your lifestyle?

Yvonne Guidry (YG): I began to prioritize self-care as part of my lifestyle about nine years ago when I had my son. I didn’t realize how hard it was to be a woman, a mother and a wife, all while trying to become…myself. I thought I had it all figured out but I didn’t and it took me a second to pull myself together and focus on how I could be happy and at peace with myself. I knew that I needed to make myself a priority before I could make others happy and meet their needs. It’s so hard to make others happy when you’re not happy yourself. It consumes all of your energy leaving you drained, which can make you feel unhappy, bitter, and unhealthy.

M: Why do you think Latinas are so often taught to put others’ needs before their own?

YG: I honestly don’t know why Latinas are taught to put others’ needs before our own. For me, it started in my home. We would watch our mother clean the house, cook, watch the kids, and she was always the last to eat. Occasionally, she would make time for her hair appointments and her girl time with the comadres, but that was not often. We are in a new era and moving into a new decade where women are understanding their worth, what we contribute to our household and that self-care is a must.

M: What do you believe are the most important steps for women to take when addressing their own self-care needs?

YG: Some of the important steps that I would recommend is to look at yourself in the mirror and decide what is missing in your life that can possibly make you happy. Then, go out and do it. 

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M: Why do you think so many Latinas resonate with your content?

YG: I think Latinas resonate with my content because I’m not a cookie-cutter type. I do what I love, say what I mean and I don’t let anyone stop me from making things happen. I’m funny, I make people feel good. I try to keep my content as positive as can be because I know there is a lot of negativity in the world. I don’t want my content to have that energy and carry it over to my audience and my community.

M: Do you think Latinas are misrepresented in the media? How do you want them to be represented?

YG: I think the media has their own idea of what a Latina is, but the reality is that Latinas are strong, relentless beings who are professionals and are contributing a great deal to society. Latinas are making money, spending money, we are recognizing our value, and we are demanding to be heard.

M: Is there a Latino influencer or entrepreneur that you look up to? That you’d like to model your career after?

YG: If I had to name a Latino influencer or entrepreneur that I would like to model my career after it would be, [America-Cuban journalist] Cristina Saralegui. I dream of having my own show [like her] and she is someone whom I definitely admire. A goal of mine that I want to make happen in 2020 is to have a talk show and become the next Cristina. Anything is possible.

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M: Where do you see your career going next? Do you have plans to take your SpoiledLatina events outside of Texas?

YG: I have a strong passion for interviewing entertainers and entrepreneurs who are making a name for themselves or whom I’m inspired by. At my annual event, I am the moderator because I’m passionate about learning about my guests. I can definitely see a SpoiledLatina Show and events happening outside of Texas. It’s been in the works for about three years now – I have a following in Los Angeles and New York and Miami and those are the cities that I will be focusing on visiting in 2020. I’m super excited about that!

M: What are you the proudest of having accomplished?

YG: I think I’m the proudest of accomplishing my goals outside of my marriage. When I first got married, I was in the background, making things happen for my husband and his business. One day, I got the opportunity to create my own lane and work with a brand that believed in me, my talents and my ability to shift the Houston Latino and urban culture and bridge that gap. Since then, my personal brand has grown tremendously and I didn’t need my husband to make it happen for me. I will say his support has been amazing.

M: If you could tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?

YG: If I could tell my teenage self one thing it would be to appreciate being a kid more. I think as teenagers, we are so eager to grow up and get out of our nest, not realizing the amount of pressure that is headed our way as adults.

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M: Do you consider yourself a role model? Why or why not? What does being a role model mean to you?

YG: I definitely see myself as a role model. A role model is someone that a person looks up to or is inspired by. I’m very careful about what I choose to share with my followers because I know that I have the power to persuade and I don’t want to be the advocate for doing the wrong thing.

M: What’s your advice to women who feel that they don’t have the time, energy, or money to commit to their own self-care?

YG: Make time! Self-care doesn’t require money, self-care can be simply relaxing and reading the book you’ve always wanted to read. Taking a walk in the park to plan your next big move or sending the kids off to grandmas and staying in for a hot bubble bath. It’s all about you and what makes you feel good. Life is too short for you not to spoil yourself. Spoiling yourself will give you the energy you need and I promise it’ll make you feel great!

M: What would you tell fans of yours who are looking to follow in your footsteps as an influencer and entrepreneur?

YG: Take control of what you desire and make it happen. Life is short, do what you love, love what you do and spoil yourself along the way!

JLo And Shakira Are In Charge Of The Super Bowl Half Time Performance, But We Want To Know Who Will Be The Guest

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JLo And Shakira Are In Charge Of The Super Bowl Half Time Performance, But We Want To Know Who Will Be The Guest

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There’s already so much stardom packed into one Super Bowl half time show with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira performing, that it’s hard to think how they’re supposed to condense it into a half hour show. To make things even more interesting, the internet has been wondering, who’s appearing on stage as a guest. And there’s already a fan favorite. Here’s everything you need to know. 

How will they cram so much superstardom into such a 30 minute-long performance?

There’s already enough talk about this year’s Super Bowl performance. Are JLo and Shakira really not getting along in the days leading up to their show? Which hits will they be performing? And now, most recently, who will be joining the two Latinas in the watched-by-the-entire-world program? Twitter just voted and if it’s any indication of what’s coming, it should be interesting.

Their performance at the big game has special meaning for J-Lo and Shakira.

During an interview with ET Canada, the two expressed their excitement to be representing the Latino community. “I love that the Super Bowl has two women performing this year, that they have two Latinos performing this year,” J-Lo said in the interview that aired last September. “This is a marker of a new time, not just for the NFL but for the country.” “I’m honored, I’m humbled, to be next to J-Lo, representing the Latino community,” Shakira added. “It’s such an important force in the United States,” added Shakira.

The world was astonished when it was announced in 2019 that not only would Jennifer Lopez be headlining the halftime show, but also Shakira.

Both Latinas are two of the biggest names in music on one worldwide stage. And sharing the stage on this occasion seems to have been producer Jay-Z’s idea, so how could Lopez and Shakira say no? The two women spoke with ET Canada at the time of the announcement in 2019. Lopez said, “I love that it’s in Miami, it is a very Latino town.”

Who does Twitter think should join Lopez and Shakira on the halftime show stage?

Billboard.com asked Twitter, “Who do you hope #Shakira & #JenniferLopez bring out as a guest during their Super Bowl halftime performance? Vote!”

The running rumor has been that Miami native Pitbull will be joining them.

In fact, it’s reported that Pitbull has been pushing to get invited on the halftime show stage and his fans initiated a Change.org petition to get him added to the billing for the show

Fans believe there are obvious reasons why Pitbull should be the guest appearance.

Almost immediately after J Lo and Shakira announced they were co-headlining the event fans started buzzing that Pitbull is a MUST-HAVE guest on the stage too. Turns out some big wigs in Miami feel exactly the same way.

Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ, Pitbull’s camp has had talks with J Lo’s team and the NFL about making the guest appearance happen.

More than that, TMZ reported that honchos at Hard Rock Cafe International are pushing for Mr. Worldwide to get on the stage—Remember, the game’s being played at Hard Rock Stadium.

Everyone’s aware of the groundswell to have an authentic Miami artist to rep the city—and the obvious choices are Pitbull or Gloria Estefan.

The thing is, Gloria’s already performed at 2 Super Bowls—’92 in Minneapolis and ’99 in—where else—Miami.

Sources connected to Roc Nation—which is producing the Halftime Show in conjunction with the NFL—say “other surprise acts” will definitely appear with Shakira and J Lo.

While there’s no deal in place yet, TMZ reports that everyone involved is aware of the momentum—public and corporate—to make room for Pitbull.

Twitter reactions to the question range from, “Pitbull, Yo!” to “Beyoncé” and even Camila Cabello.

One Twitter user wrote: “Shakira is already bringing out JLo as a guest so that’s enough” another even speculated: “Beyoncé!” —do they want the stage to explode from all that star power? Tweeters also threw out Camila Cabello’s name a couple of times, as well as Gloria Estefan’s yet again.

It’s looking pretty likely the guest will be Pitbull.

Both singers have recorded duets with him, he’s from Miami, and he puts on a good show.

By now, the singers have laid out the songs they’ll be performing and the electrifying performances they have in store for the millions who’ll be watching. The fact that they have 30 minutes, tops, to do it all is even more bonkers.

Gina Rodriguez To Speak At Black History Month Event? Apparent Fake Press Release Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

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Gina Rodriguez To Speak At Black History Month Event? Apparent Fake Press Release Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

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There seems to be yet another controversy that has found Gina Rodriguez being slammed on Twitter. However, the actress is the victim of a viral hoax created to anger people and cause injury to Rodriguez’s reputation. On Sunday evening, a fake press release was seen circulating on social media that apparently had the 35-year-old actress speaking on behalf of Black History Month. The false press release allegedly came from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Black History Month Committee and was originally tweeted out by journalist Yashar Ali, who was invited to cover the event.  

The odd press release set off a firestorm of criticism and confusion about how Rodriguez, who has previously found herself in hot water due to questionable comments on race, could be featured at an event focused on Black History Month. Again, the press release is false and the anger towards Rodriguez is misdirected.

Twitter was in disbelief about a false press release that stated Rodriguez, who hasn’t had the best history when it comes to comments about to Black community, would “take selfies with African American students.” 

The entire press release was odd altogether as it read that Rodriguez would “take selfies with African American students.” “Starting in 2020, the LAUSD will invite celebrities into classrooms to speak to students during this historic month. We thought that Ms. Rodriguez, who has both African and Latina ancestry, would be a great inaugural speaker,” the press release reads.

Twitter users reacted to the press release as if it was real and the attacks on Rodriguez began without users doing their own due diligence and researching the matter.

While there was no date attached to the press release or any mention of a Black History Month event on the LAUSD website or its calendar, the school district did acknowledge the month last year. The screenshot of the press release spread quickly on Twitter and by Monday morning there was still no statement or confirmation from LAUSD of its legitimacy. 

This isn’t the first time Rodriguez has been connected with controversy. In the last few years, she has made questionable comments about the Black community that has raised some eyebrows. This may be why so many people assumed the press release could have been real. 

The validity of the press release didn’t stop people from chiming in on what seemed to be another one of Rodriguez’s tone-deaf comments. She has previously made statements that her dad is “Afro-Latino,” which also raised some eyebrows. Social media users in return posted images that showed otherwise. 

Just last year, she faced some blowback after she posted an Instagram story in which she used the n-word while rapping along with the Fugees’ song “Ready or Not”. While the “Jane the Virgin” star apologized in a follow-up post, many dismissed as insincere. Many social media users used the incident as concrete evidence that Rodriguez has a less-than-respectful attitude toward black people. 

That incident followed another controversial moment from a 2018 panel discussion on pay equity where Rodriguez was criticized for comments that many perceived as anti-Black. She spoke about the pay gaps among women of different races, saying that Latina women made less than white and Black women, on average.

“I get so petrified in this space talking about equal pay especially when you look at the intersectional aspect of it, right? Where white women get paid more than Black women, Black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women, and it’s like a very scary space to step into,” she said. “Because I always feel like I fail when I speak about it because I can’t help but feel already so gracious to do what I do and I feel like, culturally, I feel like I was raised to just feel so appreciative of getting here.”

The Twitter account for the LAUSD Black History Month Committee has since deleted its tweet and its entire account. Yashar Ali, who originally shared the press release, also deleted her tweet. There has been no explanation of why from either side so far.

The apparent fake press release had social media users putting in their two cents on the issue despite knowing its validity. Public figure Jemele Hill chimed in on the press release as well simply saying “Make it make sense, y’all,” 

“Instead of giving Black women this space, you give it to Gina Rodriguez? The same Gina Rodriguez who has made it a point to discredit every experience a Black woman has spoken about? LAUSD, Fix this decision, Expeditiously.” another Twitter user wrote. 

While mitú has reached out to LAUSD, there has been no response yet verifying if there was ever going to be a Black History Month event featuring Rodriguez. It’s safe to say, from the reaction on social media, it might not be a good idea anyway. 

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